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I am not very creative, but have a daughter that is pretty with it. I don't want to waste her energy on me cooking and cleaning all day long, I think I've become BORING!!<br><br>
So I did a search in google, hoping I'd find some link to some teacher/ psychiatrist's page of things to do with your toddler, well to my amazement I found things I can BUY. I don't need to BUY things, I just need to be more creative and wanted suggestions...<br><br>
So what things do you guys do with your toddlers?
 

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How old is your daughter?
 

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I have a 16 (almost 17) mos old.<br><br>
Well, as far as the cooking/cleaning, my DD LOVES to help with that...I keep two sponges at the sink...one for me, one for her (we use a step stool or I sit her on the counter with me there). I bought a little broom and dustpan for her. She uses her lawnmower as a vacuum. Loves to put clothes in the laundry/washer/dryer/drawers. Adores cooking (pouring, mixing, stirring - use a DEEP bowl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) What's boring to you might be a thrill to her<br><br>
Or, I could just be grooming a maid.<br><br>
As for games, my DD lately loves body part tickle/kiss games. There isn't much of a plot...I say, "Where's Katie's nose?" and then when she points to it, I kiss it or tickle it. Etc. She's actually picking up body parts quickly that way.<br><br>
She also likes "chase" type games, and is becoming more clever (ie...she'll change directions, try to hide, etc.).<br><br>
She loves blocks. Likes to stack them with me (and knock them over, of course). Canned goods work equally as well, we've discovered.<br><br>
Loves books. We must read 20 books a day, easily (or the same book 20 times <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Library is great for that.<br><br>
I'm teaching her simple clap games (patty cake, gimme five up high, etc).<br><br>
She loves crayons, pens, markers, stickers. A sheet of paper and some of those keep her occupied for a while.
 

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Here's some of the things I'm starting to incorporate with my 18 month old ds.<br><br>
movement games like: Ring around the rosie, Hokey Pokey, Pop goes the weasle (go in a circle then jump up at POP) etc.<br><br>
Making forts with furniture and sheets<br><br>
Peekaboo and running around with silks<br><br>
Art projects like: chalk on chalkboard, watercolors (although he mostly wants to suck the water out of the brush lol), drawing with chunky crayons. Sometimes I will cut out shapes from construction paper and put glue on the backs with a glue stick and let him glue them down. I also have a few sticker books. We also do finger painting in the bathtub with shaving cream and food coloring...sometimes I will tape some bubble wrap to the bottom for texture. You can then take some paper and make a print with that.<br><br>
Bubbles are always fun...<br><br>
Different sizes/materials of balls to roll, kick, throw etc.<br><br>
Stacking blocks/cups/whatever else<br><br>
Reading books...<br><br>
He LOVES to help me do dishes...I put the non-breakables on his side while I do the others.<br><br>
Sensory buckets--- rice, cheerios, pudding, jello, corn starch and water puddy...
 

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Don't underestimate imitative play while you are cooking nd cleaning! That is a great thing for kids to be doing!!
 

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my kids LOVE it when I make popcorn for snack - they sit around the popcorn popper and the older one pours the kernals into the cup, then pours it into the canister. the little one gets the tupperware bowl out of cupboard and sets it in front of popcorn popper and then both kids sit and wait eagerly for the 'show' to begin.<br><br>
they'll sit eagerly watching the popcorn kernals pour out. Then they 'help' me add some butter and a wee bit of salt and then shake it all up to mix it and then we go into living room and eat it on the floor. Big excitement here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
the kids then 'clean' up the popcorn mess with the vacuum and get sidetracked when they realize that the vacuum has a 'blow out' area that makes the popcorn go flying far away. wee fun!<br><br>
yeah. that'll entertain my kids for a good hour. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> the mess afterwards is worth it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
another thing my kids like to do (oh, they're 22 months and 3 1/2 years old) is to get a pastry brush and a yogurt container with an ounce of water in it and 'paint' the cabinets, me, the floor, the fridge, etc.<br><br>
those are good activities so you can get something else done at the same time. water dries clear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
oh, yeah. remembered another thing I do a lot. i give the kids each a feather - you buy a bag ful for $1 or something in the craft dept and it will last you forever! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> then you all go around the house, blowing the feather and keeping it in the air. it's a fun activity for all. (myself included - that's one of my favorite things to do, *grin*)<br><br>
hth with a couple of cheap and easy ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i do all sorts of stuff like that.<br><br>
oh, a recent thing my kids are getting into - get some plastic lacing and round cereal with holes in it (like cheerios or whatever) and let the kids lace them up and then they have necklaces and bracelets to snack on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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My DS is 2 1/2 and really into:<br><br>
-bubbles. He and the dog could chase bubbles for hours.<br><br>
-He likes to "write" in shaving cream or finger paints. I put the shaving cream or finger paints in an oversized cookie sheet that I bought at Big Lots. It helps contain the mess.<br><br>
-Play Doh with tools- cookie cutters, spoons, forks, an old comb, an unsharpened pencil, various sizes of lids (like from milk jugs and yogurt containers)<br><br>
-rice box made from a shoe box full of rice with small objects in it (Matchbox cars, jacks, balls, etc.). He has to be supervised with it. You can also use beans instead of rice for a different "feel".<br><br>
-He loves to do anything that I'm doing in the kitchen-washing dishes, pouring, stirring, etc. I don't know what we would do without the really awesome stepstool that we bought at Ikea for $10.<br><br>
-He has free access to his art easel, which we've loaded with paper, different sizes of crayons, and lots of stickers.<br><br>
-DP "invented" a fun game for DS and the dog. He showed DS how to throw a tennis ball for the dog to chase and we're working on having the dog 'give' it back to DS. Again, DS and the dog could play this game for hours.<br><br>
Hope this was helpful!
 

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Another voice for bubbles! My 20 MO DD is captivated by them, holds her intrest for a LONG time.<br>
She LOVES Play Doh too, but I have to be in the mood for that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Oh thank you all so much! I do some of that stuff but was beginning to feel stale! I really appreciate hearing what you guys are doing, she's going to have fun with a lot of the suggestions that I've never tried!
 

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My dd is 25 months old. She likes crayons and paper. Be ready to scrub crayon off the walls/floor/furnature if you don't supervise, though. I like giving her washable markers for that reason. Its easier to get off of stuff. It keeps her busy for atleast 10 minutes at a time. She also likes to help clean. She likes to play catch with a ball.
 

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DS is 25 months, he loves to play with water from the sink. Sometimes he stands on the chair with the faucet running and he washes vegetables and dishes. Then he usually drinks lots of water (hopefully minus the soap suds) and then he pours water all over...it's good clean fun. Sometimes I spread some towels on the floor and give him various sizes of tupperware. Some are filled with water...he washes his toys and pours the water from one dish to another...the towels make it so the floor isn't slippery...Sometimes I scrub the other half of the floor while he does this and he helps me...<br><br>
we also do a lot of art projects, play with the toy kitchen, read books...<br><br>
I just got this book and it has AWESOME ideas in it...I got it on sale at Borders for $3!! <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FToddlers-Busy-Book-Trish-Kuffner%2Fdp%2F0671317741%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_title_1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Toddlers-Busy-..._sim_b_title_1</a><br><br>
play dress up too, thats really fun and silly
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:<br>
subbing for the great ideas!
 

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Don't forget books! Read them and talk about the pictures.
 

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My DS love to play cook right along with me. He plays with onions, potatoes, rice, beans. I let him help with the real cooking where he can too. He tears veggies into smaller pieces, measures (with help), stirs and pours. He's always so proud when we actually get to eat it. He likes to help roll pie crust too.<br><br>
We have a front loading washer and dryer and he LOVES to do the laundry. He transfers it from the washer to the dryer. He likes to get the lint off the lint trap and start the dryer too. It really has to be his favorite task.<br><br>
We sing all day here too. If I can't think of a song he knows I just make one up. He's likes to drum while I sing something. Anything can become a drum and he could drum for an hour without losing interest in it.<br><br>
He came up with a new game, marching band. DH and I are to march behind him humming or slapping our legs as drums as we walk. This one get us all to and from the car at a decent pace.
 

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DD- 25 months- loves to play with uncooked beans. She has a few little cups and pitchers that she pours with. I give her a few different kinds of beans, she'll sort them, pretend they are meals that she's making, etc. She loves to pour water too. She helps me with the chores. She sorts the silverware from the dishwasher. She vacs and mops almost every day.
 

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Dd's favorite thing at the moment is to sit inthe empty bathtub with lots of bowls, cups, spoons and pour water (and stir and "make hot tea") She'll literally do this for over an hour several times a day.
 

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Some great ideas here.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> My 29mo older lad also likes to play with his Lego Quatro blocks or Brio track and train.
 

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DS loves his kitchen.<br>
Building with blocks is big right now - when we use the MegaBloks I'll build different things for him (vacuum cleaner, dragon, digger etc).<br>
Loves to blow bubbles.<br>
Have tea parties.<br>
Drawing - though he's all about pens at the moment, he's draw all day with a pen (like a biro) and a note pad.<br>
Loves forts (or castles as he calls them!).<br>
Painting outside with water. Or just playing with water in general. Drawing with chalk outside.<br><br>
He's a pretty active kid. Loves to run and jump.<br>
We play catch outside with the ball.<br>
I'll blow up a balloon and we'll hit it around the house.<br>
I put pillows on the floor for him to jump between.<br>
Just jumping on the bed!<br>
One great game that he adores is getting a scarf, you put it down the back of your pants (so it hangs out like a tail) and run. The other person has to grab it from you, then it's their turn.<br><br>
He also likes washing dishes, wiping down the benches, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping etc
 
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