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Old 05-21-2007, 07:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My older ds has karate lessons for a half hour 2x a week. My 3 yr old would very much like to join the fun but he is too young. I run myself out chasing him around trying to keep him entertained. It's too hot to sit in the car unless I idle it with the air on and I don't want to. There is a lobby we can sit in so that he does not have to actually see the other kids.

I need some new and creative activities for a very short attention span little boy.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:43 PM
 
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I've had a similar situation with my younger guy when the older one was in occupational therapy and all the younger one wanted to do was to go in and jump on the trampoline.

a box (maybe kept in the car) with books and toys that only come out on that day could be really useful.
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Sticker books, it's worked for us HTH
A company called Phidal makes great ones, BN also has a few good ones, under the publisher name backpack books... on animals, dinausaurs, vehicles, animals
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Sticker books work well for us. I like to have lots of different ideas and swap them out.

Try these other ideas.

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Playing one day at a time
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Thank you.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with a high energy, stubborn, independant, must see and touch everything, 3 year old.
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We have a travel magna doodle thing which goes most places with us. Sticker books are also good and I like the look of hte magnetic ones as they should last longer. I haven;t tried them yet though.

DD is just starting to get into story tapes so maybe a walkman would work. Move novelty value than you reading I imagine.

ETA action songs work well for DD when we are in small spaces, keeps her moving without running around too much. Sometimes we sing really sloooooowly or as fast as we can.
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Sticker books, magnet books, coloring books.
I second the idea of a travel magna doodle. They have been lifesavers for us on long car rides or on a plane.
Playdough. Finger puppets. A special snack (depending on what time of day it is).
This may not work if other people are in the lobby, but my 3 year old's favorite activity to do lately is hiding and finding easter eggs. I bought a bunch of plastic eggs on sale after Easter, but you could hide just about anything - small cars, etc. Along the same lines, play I Spy (something red, something that's a circle, something that begins withthe letter B).
I really like the idea of singing action songs. Keep a list of various songs to sing with you. (I know that my mind always goes balnk in the moment.)
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Thank you.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with a high energy, stubborn, independant, must see and touch everything, 3 year old.
no, i've had two of them
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