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Ok, my son is 27 mos old. I don't expect him to play on his own very well, but I need 15-30 minutes 2-3 times a day to put his brother to sleep (5 mos). I find myself resorting to turning the tv on (part of the problem is that the sec 5 mos old gets fussy, he demands to be held instead and is getting quite good at throwin tantrums/deliberate falling to make sure i deal with him first) ...<br><br>
Any ideas for something i could have him do on his own instead of tv? (he loves play dough, but still tries to eat it so that won't work)<br><br>
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I use it for Henry, it's the only time he sits still. Works for us, and to me, an hour a day (he's 3 1/2), isn't too much that I'm uncomfortable with it.<br><br>
At 27 months, he was into very simple puzzles, just beginning to color, and what else? Not much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's a really difficult age for alone play...the best thing I can think of are those 4-piece large puzzles from Walmart...we have about 20 of them. He's obviously outgrown them, but they certainly kept his attention for a long time.<br><br>
Does he like cars like Hotwheel size? What if you kept some on hand and every day, he got a new matchbox-size car to play with only during that time, for a special treat? And putting it up during non-quiet times would keep it interesting. What about trains? Does he have a set, or can you afford to buy a small set of trains? Those worked great for H at that age.
 

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Crayons. If you are brave markers will always do the trick for us.<br><br>
My friend had a "nursing basket" a special basket of toys only for when she was nursing the baby. It worked like a charm.<br><br>
My kids realy got into the magna doodle at that point, but if he's still eating things take away any small magnets it comes with.<br><br>
My 2yo LOVES Mr. Potato Head, it's my no fail toy.<br><br>
And yeah, I do use TV 1 or 2x a day when I'm desperate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Oh and sorry I forgot STICKERS. I pick up the cheap ones and they havea blast peeling them off and sticking htem on paper. If they can't peel them off well, I peel off a bunch of them and put them on an old sheet and then they have more space to peel them themselves.
 

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Make your own 'ediable' playdough???
 

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Do you guys have a Mr. Potato head? My son (27 months as well) LOVES it. He can easily spend 15 minutes or longer with it by himself. I got him the Mr. Potato Silly Suitcase (it's about $10-15). If you go on the Hasbro website, you can also buy different Mr Potato head "outfits" for $3.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you guys have a Mr. Potato head? My son (27 months as well) LOVES it. He can easily spend 15 minutes or longer with it by himself. I got him the Mr. Potato Silly Suitcase (it's about $10-15). If you go on the Hasbro website, you can also buy different Mr Potato head "outfits" for $3.</div>
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Yup, my DD loves her Potato. Only problem is, she sticks the ears IN her ears, the mouth IN her mouth, so SHE can be the Potato.... So not all kids this age can be left alone with it... I would strap her into the highchair, and give her crayons/ paper, a large sheet of paper and a couple small dabs of finger paint. Also she LOVES to play with dry kidney beans, but you have to be around for that, as they fit in ears, noses, etc. I usually let her play with that while I am cooking.<br>
But, I am not opposed to a little while of TV. She loves Cinderella right now, and it buys me enough time to get dressed, cook, etc.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yup, my DD loves her Potato. Only problem is, she sticks the ears IN her ears, the mouth IN her mouth, so SHE can be the Potato.... So not all kids this age can be left alone with it...</div>
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Good point. DS also does that, but I hadn't thought about it. I am usually in the same room or very close to him when he plays with "Patat", as he call it.
 
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