Mothering Forum banner

quiet time activies for 2's

521 Views 4 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  leanbh
Anyone have any ideas for some quiet activities I can do with my son(who is very active busy boy) while I give him a breathing treatment? It is unlikely he will sit for story time. TV will not engage him. What do you do with your LO when you want to bond or have special quiet time for 10 minutes or so?
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
dd is two and a half and LOVES sticker books (there's also sticker scenes with reusable stickers that she likes a lot). as well, anytime i let her go to town with the washable markers, she will be quiet and still for half an hour or so. granted, she will have it on her clothes, hands, belly... but it's a really exciting activity for her.
Read our books together with blankets tucked up around us. Of course, that's generally her idea, but it might be possible to suggest it to a 2 year old and have it work.

If he's willing to try various activities, stringing beads, moving beans between containers with tweezers, connect four (just sticking the checkers in, not trying to play the rules), dropping q-tips into holes punched into the top of coffee cans--fine motor stuff that needs a lot of concentration lends itself well to sitting quietly and concentrating.

If he needs convincing:

Could he do something messy that's normally not in the cards? E.g. fingerpainting, corn starch and water in a bowl (ooblick), anything where he can sit in front of a bowl of glop and work his hands instead of his body.

Since it's a breathing treatment, I'm guessing that trying to wear him out before the treatment would be counterproductive?

Really soothing music and a video that's entirely of something he adores? Or, since this is a medically necessary situation, see if something with bright flashing colors is more hypnotizing.

Can his legs wiggle and the treatment still work? Could you play a game where you hold stuff up and he kicks it with his feet? And if he just needs to be still, but the quiet part isn't as important, could he sit on a wheeled chair and you push him around and spin him around? (Obviously, not going to work if the nebulizer's plugged into the wall.)

Maybe try starting kid yoga with him? It might not help quickly but could be helpful over time.
See less See more
I feel you momma, DD had to get a breathing treatment for severe bronchitis and it was hellish torture to get her to sit still for the 15 minutes it took to give the treatment to her.

We did sticker books, which worked fine. I also told her that the machine was like "dragon mist" and so we "pretended" to be dragons, which worked for a few breathing treatments.
Than she was like "yeah okay mom, I'm not a dragon I'm so not doing this without a fight..."

Reading, or maybe doing a puppet show or something or even well...bribery? Seriously, I would do anything I could to get her to sit there because she needed to, and I understood it wasn't exactly the most pleasant thing.
See less See more
dd can also not get enough of her magnadoodle.
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.