How do you keep a 2 year old busy?

Tiffany - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I have run out of games and other things to keep my toddler son busy. I don't want him to just sit in front of a TV all day, any suggestions?

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Tiffany - posted on 08/31/2009




Thank you ladies, all great suggestions!! We're definitely going to give them a try!

Jackie - posted on 08/29/2009




my 3.5 year old son is a busy body and have a hard time keeping him focused for any length of time --- but painting baby food jars, or anything else helped some as did taking hin outside ---- and still do. His biggest fasination is bugs and trains. He is soooooooooo intregued by bugs that if he picks one up at the end of the driveway or the trail (we live on a farm), he is STILL holding it by the ime we get to the house and is as excited when we get back as he was wwhen he picked it up. He knows bugs stay outside (sometimes they are allowed in -- but then after he shows daddy it has to go back out). Not my thing for him to do -- and yet it is something that interests HIM and not me --- I am just enjoying him finding interest and someting that holds his attention for a good length of time --- and it takes 5 - 10 minutes to get back to the house. Giving oppertunity for new things and see what sparks his interest --- it does take trial and error (and yes even some bugs maybe). Enjoy !!!!!!

Heather - posted on 08/29/2009




Rotate toys. Only get out 1 group of toys a week, then the next week put those toys away and get a different group out of the closet. This way it is something interesting that they don't see everyday.

Peek a boo is still a favorite with my twin girls (will be two in December). Also this is a great age for playing tag!!

Audrey - posted on 08/29/2009




I like to have tent parties with my kids :) We put up some sheets and play in the tent all day. You could also take him for a walk, go to the park, go to the library, join playgroups, or put him in gymnastics. My daughter loooooved doing gymnastics...Good luck!!

Javita - posted on 08/29/2009




Take him outside. You will be amazed at the things he will find to do to preoccupy himself. Learning from all the little things in nature is great. Sometimes just being outside helps. Take him to the play ground. It is sometime difficult for a 2 year old to remain focus on games for a long period of time.
Give him a big box. I remember my girls being creative and making forts and other toys out of a box and walking pass the expensive toys that I thought were cool.

Stina - posted on 08/29/2009




Playdo- it's messy but they just love it.

coloring, puzzles, books... When it was just my son, I took him to a mommy and me class once a week... I miss being able to do that (three children now) Pots and pans make great drums. go to the park, build a fort.

Before my dd was born, before she was old enough to play with her brother, I would get my son involved in somthing and then go take care of things I needed to do. When we had another 2 year old visit us sometimes, I actually would tell her the TV didn't work... While my kids do watch a lot more TV now than they did 2 years ago, I find that if the television is not on, they'll find somthing to do... the trick is to have lots of positive things around for them to do that do not involve getting into mischief.

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