games you can play with your toddler?

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is almost two and i find myself playing with all day...do any of you have any game ideas that are fun and safe?

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Heather - posted on 05/04/2010

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Hiya..My daughter will be 2 in July. We do a lot of painting together. Water colour is the best cause it washes off of everything. And colouring. One great idea..is to tape some brown postal paper around the tub....And have your child paint his/her heart out..They love it cause it messy and fun! And then use the paper for whoevers Birthday is next.

Amy - posted on 04/30/2010

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We play Red Light, Green Light, and my son loves it! Plus, I've been able to use it in other situations too...if he's running away from me, but I want him to stop, I just yell, "RED LIGHT!" and he thinks it a game and stops! lol

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Terri - posted on 05/04/2010

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Me and my 22 month old son play numerous games peek-a-boo, hide and seek, Hokie pokie, red light/green light, conga line dancing and a host of others. Yes, some of these games are a little to old for him but I have a 16 year old and a 12 year old so we just play along. Red light-green light is a very fun one. You will be amazed a how fast they catch on and the game becomes contagious in parks/playgrounds, all of the children love it.

Rhonda - posted on 05/04/2010

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If it bounces it will keep my daughter amused for hours LOL She love sto draw unfortunately her easel of choice lately has been the living room walls, but since seh uses chalk its easy to take off. The park is a fantastic way to spend a few hours. My daughters latest interest is watching us fly a kite and when we get in the air she loves to hold the string ( make sure its attached to someone else too) I hope you and your little one have lots of fun and make many memories together as we all enjoy the time we ar egiven with each of our children.

Andrea - posted on 05/01/2010

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my son loves any kind of balls,football and rugby especailly.we keep the rugby ball for outside play as it involves lots of throwing,not so good indoors.he also loves painting and drawning,iv got plastic kids chair n table n i sit him at that n put a plastic sheet on the floor when hes paintin. we've also got megger blox, i often help him make a tunel or 'garage' then get his cars out and he'll play for a good hour,bracking it and building it back up again. worth a try,good luck.

Jenny - posted on 05/01/2010

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Get a bag of sand and put it in a large container. let baby play with it outside w/cups, spoons, pots, spatulas. Add water to the sand for fun. Exploring nature is great. just walking in the park and picking up and naming things. We like to walk along the lines or sidewalk borders. i also let harry play with the clock radio under supervision (make sure he doesn't mess w/electric cord). Collect big rocks (non-swallow size) and put it in a bucket. Let him sort away. Give him sidewalk chalk to "decorate" the rocks.

Natalie - posted on 04/30/2010

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my daughters nearly 2. i take her to the park everyday, she loves slides, playin football, the swings, now shes bigger i havent gotta b by her side holdin her hand n stuff, i sit on a bench n watch her make friends! she also enjoys paintin, drawing,watchin dumbo, dancing to the radio, she plays on the singstar she loves singing, its so fun now shes older!! x

Uyanda Gariellar - posted on 04/30/2010

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Hi ther mummy i usually play some music for my son who is almost 2 in july...He loves dancing with me i show him some dance moves and he has become a good dancer...lol in the process.

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2010

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All of you have great idea...thank you all so mmuch for your help i never thought there would be so much to do and have so much fun doing it...it was really kind of all of you to help me and my son out...now when my daughter gets bigger i'll know more things i can do with her to... =D

Dawn - posted on 04/28/2010

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Ohhhhh- another thing that my kids LOVE---- is a bouncer thing- don't know how to really explain it- it's like the air bouncer thing that you see at the carnival... except it's obviously alot smaller- the one that I got is made by BANZAI and it has 2.5" inflated sides so the kids can't fall out...... it's completely enclosed so you do have to put them in and get them out- unless they are daring like my two and they get together and help each other out- they are 16 mos and 2.5yrs old..... I actually blew it up today and it's great... not too big for a kitchen area(for a short time) and perfect for a deck or a backyard..... I have mine indoors for right now but it will go out on my deck soon.... you can also get creative and put those plastic balls in it for a ball pit.... I know that I saw a jumper at WalMart for around $40. I luckily found mine when I went to GoodWill to donate my kids outgrown clothes.. brand new in box for $8. BTW- the jumping around will tire your little one out- TRUST ME!!!!! They both fell asleep in it after 2 hours of jumping!!! hahahaha

Dawn - posted on 04/28/2010

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Hi- my 2yr old daughter and I play with her letter/number magnets on the fridge- she tells me what the letters are and I'll spell words for her and she'll spell them out when I'm done- I'll also ask her what the color is and she gets so excited when I clap for her.... it's a great way to teach and have fun.... also I bought her a couple of the Disney 'Look and Find' books- they are big and have thick pages- there is 'Mickey Mouse Clubhouse', 'Winnie-the-Pooh' and I bought her 2 different 'Sesame Street' ones.... magnets are $1 at Walmart... have fun!!!!!

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Today my 21 month old entertained himself while I made dinner--I gave him a big plastic bowl & all of the measuring cups & spoons. I put some cherrios in the bowl & he was content for probably 30 minutes or more.

Also, I've started making little forts for him with blankets--over the table, using chairs, whatever will work. He likes to hide out in them--sometimes I'll go in too and we read together.

Mehreen - posted on 04/28/2010

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Hi.. my daughter is 21 months and we usually play a CD of nursery rhymes and dance. Hokey Pokey, ring-a-ring-a roses are her favourite. Or you can take him out if the weather allows. I really like the painting idea and I am gonna try it with my little girl....

Bernadette - posted on 04/28/2010

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my daughter is 13 months, and we play with blocks a lot. She loves to knock down towers that I build for her, and she is even starting to try to help me build them. It is helping to develop her fine motor skills when she tries (now often successfully) to put a block on top without knocking it over. And of course, she loves the crash when they come tumbling down. She also loves to be chased. We play with balls a lot too, and she is learning to throw to people and her aim is getting quite good. She can't catch yet, but she tries! She has a ball pit that she loves to play in, just a plastic paddling pool filled with coloured balls, and a mini trampoline with a hand rail across it to hold on to. These are good because they are small enough for inside, but still encourage physical activity. We also read together - well, I try to read and she is usually more interested in just turning the pages as she doesn't get much out of the story yet. Pop-up books are great though, as there is a lot of interest on each page without needing the story. The posibilties are endless really. There are also craft activities (they don't need to be complex, and you don't need to be an artist yourself - try googling some ideas) and of course, going outside to the park or beach is always fun. We go to the park and take along a ball and Ella's little push-along trike, and she has a great time (after she gets over getting her hands dirty!) Anyway, whatever you come up with, have fun!

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Do you have playgrounds nearby that you can go to? He'd be big enough now for the climbing and sliding etc., and it's fun to get out of the house and go exploring. My son also likes building with blocks, playing with Duplo (large lego), stories, playing ball etc.

Alison - posted on 04/27/2010

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painting, play do, you can buy sticky back foam shapes in tesco my daughter has hours of fun making pictures with them. also we play roly poly oly as we call it and its just lying on the floor and rolling next to her from one side of the room to the other and back again she loves this and its good exercise lol

Charlotte - posted on 04/27/2010

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hiya my lo is only 16 months and we bake, we have playdo and her fave is painting i have washable paints from elc and i give her free reign with the floor covered in a plastic table cloth buyable from most material shops and she has great fun x ive also just taught her to bounce a ball that i catch amazing what can entertain lol x

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