I have one DS, 21 months and I have noooo idea how to entertain him in the afternoons. Books / drawing etc only take up 5 minutes as he doesn't really wanna sit still. Plus I'm bored of his books
I take him out every morning (mothers group, playgroup, meet with friends etc) and he's in daycare 2 days per week, but what can I do with him today?
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07-03-2013 14:47 #1
How do you entertain your toddler?
07-03-2013 14:52 #2
Does he have a bike or trike? Usually in the afternoon I'll go outside and watch DS ride around the yard /play chasings /trampoline or he plays in the sand pit or water table , he is nearly 2-1/2 and will now happily play in the play room with his cars /toys by himself for about an hour
07-03-2013 14:53 #3
Painting or Playdough initially might only play with them for 5 mins but it gets longer as they get older!
A paddling pool or a bucket of water with lots of containers to pour water about the place!
Helping in the garden or cooking something in the kitchen.
07-03-2013 17:31 #4
We r in a unit on a fairly busy road so it's hard to get out unless I head to the playground I will try the bike thing though, maybe at the back of the block. I've done the paddle pool a few times (yesterday actually)
I'm so scared he's going to make a huge mess so I avoid paints, crayons, play dough etc
Horrible mother!! Haha
07-03-2013 17:41 #5
Subscribing because I'm stuck for ideas as well.
07-03-2013 17:43 #6
07-03-2013 17:43 #7
Just go to the playground, that's what i do. unless it's too hot in which case I usually resort to bad parenting ie abc4kids and an icey pole
07-03-2013 18:18 #8
I always take my kids out in the afternoon. We go to the park or a playcentre, beach, pools, library or just for a ride on bikes. I find if I take them out and spend a bit of time with them, they are happy to entertain themselves out the back or in their rooms whilst I get dinner ready. If I don't get out, I go crazy.
07-03-2013 18:35 #9
Loads of stuff:
Make things out of boxes. Yesterday I made DS a "mailbox" and he has been posting letters (and toys) all day
Gluing things on paper plates, painting and play dough
Cooking with mummy or cooking in his toy kitchen
Water play. Let him water the garden with his hose
Fill a baking tray with rice for his diggers and trucks to dig in
Sorting buttons by colour into cups
Blocks and puzzles
Making a cubby house out of the couch cushions
Chasing and tickling
Playing shops or pretending to be firefighters or trucks (eg I am a dump truck and DS is a digger)
And lots of helping with housework. He has a step he stands on while I do dishes and he "cleans" the bench. He passes me pegs when I hang out the washing etc
Also we go to the library, park, kindergym etc. Or just for a milkshake or look at the ducks. Not nearly as much since dd came along though as she is a horror out and about.
Pinterest has lots of ideas for entertaining toddlers.
Last edited by duckduckgoose; 07-03-2013 at 18:41.
07-03-2013 18:43 #10
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