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post #21 of 34

Ha!  Yes, we've done that one too!  And after a Costco trip, we also like to build paper towel roll towers.  The toddler uses the first two or three rolls, as high as they can reach, then you help them make it higher.  Knocking it down is so much fun, and doesn't make too much noise.  I'm sure you could do it with toilet paper rolls too.

post #22 of 34

Our big discovery this winter has been Crayola window crayons.  They wipe off with a damp rag (or a baby wipe) and they look even more amazing on a lighted aquarium.  My three and two yos are very much geared toward running/jumping/climbing, but even they slowed down and piddled around with these.

post #23 of 34
Not to be Debbie downer but the original posters child is 15 months. Which is what attracted me to the thread as my ds is close in age. Some of the ideas are great but some are not age appropriate. Like balloons or sliding down stairs. As another said too they are still eating a lot at this age and can't be trusted not to put certain things in their mouth!
post #24 of 34

apeydef,

Just curious...why do you think balloons are not age-appropriate for a 15 month old?

I wouldn't leave him or her unsupervised with one, but you can certainly have fun with one!

post #25 of 34

because at this age they still put things in their mouth and supervised or not if a balloon pops it can shoot down the throat and cling, and there is nothing you can do. A friend of my FIL's son died this way. He stood right there while his son died and there was nothing he could do. Even before this story though I knew this could happen. That boy was older too like 6 or something.  

post #26 of 34

Oh, how terrible!  I always figured as long as I watched them closely, it was OK, but maybe not!

post #27 of 34
I know it was enough to freak me out!
post #28 of 34

Young toddlers like putting objects in and out of containers.  You can use plastic bowls or cardboard boxes of all sizes.  Have small objects- kitchen or toys- available and they can fill and empty containers.  Something they can do themselves, too, and feel good about what they are doing.

post #29 of 34
Oh yes mine does this. In fact the only toys he really plays with right now is toys that you put shapes in etc. or my Tupperware. He takes tops to stuff and puts them in my tea kettle or containers.
post #30 of 34
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Originally Posted by apeydef View Post
 

because at this age they still put things in their mouth and supervised or not if a balloon pops it can shoot down the throat and cling, and there is nothing you can do. A friend of my FIL's son died this way. He stood right there while his son died and there was nothing he could do. Even before this story though I knew this could happen. That boy was older too like 6 or something.  


Not saying this isn't horrible, but that's absolutely a freak accident and not the norm and could happen to anyone, anywhere, any age and I wouldn't stop playing with balloons.  Heck, every birthday party I ever had from age 2 on, involved a bunch of kids stomping and popping balloons to find a piece of paper my mother had hidden in one to get a prize.  Age appropriate is a pretty broad term - what's good for one kid isn't always good for another.  My DD still occasionally puts things in her mouth and she's almost 28mos, but it doesn't mean I don't let her do things like play with crayons...I just supervise and if she happens to take a bite out of a crayon (which she has), I take them away at that point.  Bubbles and sand? Yep, those have been eaten.  You live you learn, she doesn't tend to eat them a second time so for some kids it's trial and error.  Now we're pretty chemical free, so for something like sitting a baby in a bathtub full of chemical laden adult shaving cream...that would be a no in our house no matter how fun it might seem. But again, to each his own, some kids are able to do things at a younger age without eating everything.

post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by sassyfirechick View Post


Not saying this isn't horrible, but that's absolutely a freak accident and not the norm and could happen to anyone, anywhere, any age and I wouldn't stop playing with balloons.  Heck, every birthday party I ever had from age 2 on, involved a bunch of kids stomping and popping balloons to find a piece of paper my mother had hidden in one to get a prize.  Age appropriate is a pretty broad term - what's good for one kid isn't always good for another.  My DD still occasionally puts things in her mouth and she's almost 28mos, but it doesn't mean I don't let her do things like play with crayons...I just supervise and if she happens to take a bite out of a crayon (which she has), I take them away at that point.  Bubbles and sand? Yep, those have been eaten.  You live you learn, she doesn't tend to eat them a second time so for some kids it's trial and error.  Now we're pretty chemical free, so for something like sitting a baby in a bathtub full of chemical laden adult shaving cream...that would be a no in our house no matter how fun it might seem. But again, to each his own, some kids are able to do things at a younger age without eating everything.
It actually happens quite often!
post #32 of 34

I've been following this thread and gotten some great ideas.  I don't remember if someone mentioned this before but I recently discovered a great idea for us quite by accident.

 

I've been working on having DS (22 months) drink out of an open cup more often and the other day he poured the contents of his cup into his empty bowl from lunch.  At first I was telling him not to do this, but then I thought, what the heck, he's not hurting anyone/thing.  Now has regular play time after meals where he has several different size containers and a small amount of water to pour back and forth.  In fact, this is what he is doing as I'm typing this.  He's pretty much been entertaining himself for a good 20-30 minutes and I've checked emails, played on FB, looked for an elusive corner cabinet on Craigslist and am posting here.  This would have been impossible before now as DS would have been climbing all over me trying to type on the computer, or fussing to be let down from his seat.

 

Yes, the floor and often his clothes get a little wet and if I lived in a drought area I wouldn't allow it, but for me this new discovery has been amazing and DS gets to work on his coordination as well!

post #33 of 34
If you liked him pouring water, you might like this link:
http://www.racheous.com/kids-activities/montessori-toddler/

Pouring can be a Montessori activity.
I used a small bowl and put it on a plate them gave my kids with a small pitcher of Cheerios and other snacks and they would pour in their bowl.
post #34 of 34

Great link, thanks!

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