07-31-2013 12:41 PM
What is your toddler's favorite activity? At the moment my 16-month old loves to re-arrange things - her books, the chairs at her table, tupperware and pots in the kitchen cabinets, and the shoes in her closet. Taking things in and out of her diaper bag keeps her content and occupied for up to 20 minutes and is a great distraction when I'm out and about and she's getting antsy.
What works for your child?
08-02-2013 02:53 AM
08-31-2013 07:16 AM
Using outdoor chalk is a special activity for my 2 1/2 year old twin granddaughter and grandson. I just happen to find a cute 4 pack for each of them at the dollar store, one with polka dots(my granddaughter is into polka dots lately) and one with stripes, so these were "special" chalks. Nona & Poppa were watching them for the first time overnight (the longest time before this had been from 3pm to midnight) while Momma & Daddy were going away for their 5th anniversary. Anyway, they love to chalk on the rocks lining a path in the backyard so I began to make a game of one rock, 2 rocks, 3 rocks, jump. one rock, 2 rocks, three rocks hop. Making up something silly each time they put a mark on the correct number of rocks. They even made Nona (me) do it while they counted out and made up something. We laughed and had such a good time, they didn't even know they were practicing listening, counting and coordination. When my granddaughter dropped one and it broke she started to tear up until I told her she now had a 'Momma' chalk and a 'baby' chalk and she was all smiles again.
09-12-2013 12:55 PM
My daughter is in to sorting and rearranging, too. I went to the thrift store and purchased a 25 cent board game with pieces. She LOVES it. I don't even know what the game is or if it has all of the pieces, but she loves taking them out of the box, sorting by colors, making up rules and asking us to play with her, putting everything back in the box, moving the next room and then starting over.