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10 ways to entertain your toddler

I have two children myself and i remember how tiring those toddler years were, not to say it gets any easier lol, they are still hard work , just in a different sort of way.

These are a few ways i used to entertain my girls when they were toddlers, around aged 1 to 3 years of age.

  1. Give a toddler two pots, lids and a wooden spoon and they will be entertained for ages, you may want to take some painkillers though for the headache you may get lol.
  2. sit them in a large bucket of plastic storage box filled with shallow warm water and bubble bath, add some bath toys.
  3. Pretend to be a horse, a dog, a cow and let them ride on your back as you make animal noises.
  4. Blow bubbles then try to get your toddler to do the same, they will have fun catching the bubbles, make sure they dont eat too much solution though lol.
  5. If they have a favourite cartoon character - pretend to be that character so try to act and sound like him or her.
  6. Simply just pretend to fall over, over and over again, most toddlers find this hilarious.
  7. Teach them a song or game that involves actions, like incy wincy spider and peekaboo.
  8. Build a big tower of bricks/blocks and hear them laugh in delight as they knock it all down.
  9. Put them on some reins and take them to explore in the park or feed the ducks.
  10. If all else fails try to rotate their toys, only put out 3 or 4 toys for your toddler to play with at a time, then in a few days time put out 3 or 4 different toys and put the others away, toddlers will be excited with the freshness of the new toys. Number 10 was my most used tip when my children were young, i had a telephone toy box, whenever i was on the phone they would turn into little devils, hyperactive and thinking they could get away with all sorts of behaviour, so the way i dealt with that was to buy a few different toys and activities that they were only allowed to play with when i was on the phone. It worked.

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sconstantino wrote on July 24, 2014, 1:21 PM

I have a toddler right now, and I am always looking for new activities for us. I think your last tip is pretty genius! She will always feel like she's getting new toys!

astraldreamer wrote on July 24, 2014, 2:00 PM

sconstantino yes try it, its a good distraction as well, quite a few of my friends and family find that tip always works.

astraldreamer wrote on July 24, 2014, 6:33 PM

&theresawiza , yes that is a good idea as well to keep you occupied from pulling down all the clean washing lol.