What are dome indoor and outdoor activites for toddlers?

Celissa - posted on 09/13/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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What are some educational and fun activites for toddlers?

My son is 17 almost 18 months. I think we watch entirely too much tv so we've been watching it in the mornings only. I still feel like this is too much tv considering tv isn't recommended at all for children this age. I'm a loss for activites to engage my son in though. He loves to read, so much so that he doesn't play alot with his toys which also concerns me a bit. Right now we read, play animal identification games(he's really into animals) and we sing a lot, mostly just about what were doing like making lunch or something. He also really likes to play outside but I don't know what to do with him out there. He mostly wants to pet our dog but he's too big for him to play with right now. I try to take him next door to our neighbors garden to look at veggies but he doesn't seem to interested. I'm a loss. I want to be the best parent I can be and do for him all that I can but I feel like I'm failing and were not doing enough.

Please ignore any typos. I'm on my phone and sometimes it autocorrects and I don't realize it. I'll fix it when ever I'm on the computer.

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Tamyra - posted on 09/15/2011

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I discovered one indoor activity my 19 month old loves. I bought a small blow up pool and a bag of plastic balls. I fill up the pool and she loves it. I tell her the colors of the balls and work with her on in and out concepts. My daughter loves TV to, so I try to use music and let her paint or color. Outside I use bubbles and sidewalk chalk. I also have a water table or you can use a dishpan . I sometimes put other things like rice or oatmeal in it and add cups and spoons. You might try the book The Toddler Busy Book. It is tough. Good luck.

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Celissa - posted on 09/14/2011

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Thanks a lot. We tried coloring again yesterday. He really likes taking them out of the box and putting them back in! I think we may try the playdoh today. I think he will really like it! :)

Melissa - posted on 09/13/2011

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Oh here are some recipes:
flour, water and food coloring = finger paint
Play dough:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup salt
3 TBS oil
1 package of Koolaid (use the color of your choice)
Heat in pot until thick consistency...then transfer to wax paper,let cool, and knead until play dough forms.
All this I found on Pinterest...so many awesome ideas!

Melissa - posted on 09/13/2011

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Also I feel the same way you do and I try to do all that I just told you...I still feel like there are hours just exhausted trying to figure out what to do next!

Melissa - posted on 09/13/2011

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Crayons, finger paint, I cut straws down to fit into an old travel size cheerio container and he loves to dump them out and put them back in one by one, sensory bins. My son is so into sports all he does most of the day is run around kicking or throwing a ball. He loves to get into his own pantry with pots and pans. We also put music on and have a dance party! I too feel I can't really avoid TV we also try to limit it but it adds up..
Outside You can make your own sand box, spray him with the hose, play ball, explore leaves and bugs and stuff...
Don't ever feel like you are failing... there will be tons of phases with lulls not knowing what to do next with toddlers, and days when you just can't do it all.
Also checkout pinterest.com click on kids for tons of ideas!

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It took a lot of reminding. I would also take away the crayon if she tried to eat it. After a while she learned to not put it in her mouth. I avoided them near any time that she'd be eatting and at resturants. I found that it confused her at first. I'll still catch her putting one in her mouth when she is spacing and tired. It now only takes a quick reminder and she stops (she's 21 months now).

Celissa - posted on 09/13/2011

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How do you keep her from eating the crayons? Jace just always wants to eat them.

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My daugther was really into coloring. I bought a huge thing of newsprint for her to color on. Since it is larger than a regular paper she doesn't mark up the table as much. I'll sit there and talk about the colors or draw little animals. I'll also build up a tower out of blocks and let her knock it over.

As for outside activities. I just chase her around and let her look and feel different (and safe to touch) plants. Sometimes I'll bring a ball out for her. We don't have a yard so I can't do somethings with her. But digging is a really good one for kids.

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