How do i entertain 2little monsters??

Krista - posted on 06/24/2012 ( 35 moms have responded )

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I have 2 monsters who get into EVERYTHING! everytime I turn around their into something.. One is 2 and the other one is 10months younger. We're up visiting my parents for a few weeks and their house is not babyproof. On a sidenote were stuck in the house and cant leave because we are flooded in. But what can I do to entertain them so theyre not constantly getting into stuff?? I'm 7months pregnant and they are getting quite exhausting (my parents are never home to help either)

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Amanda - posted on 06/24/2012

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Crafts, colouring, drawing, baking, hide and seek, read books, play games, hide one of their toys and they have to find it. Make a tent with a bed sheet or big blanket and have a picnic under it. Watch a dvd with them. Get them dancing and singing round the house. Pretend to be animals and guess the noises.

If you use your imagination there are so many things you can do to keep them entertained. Think about what they like doing and I'm sure you'll think of fun things to do with them

Lisa - posted on 06/27/2012

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The best advice I ever got when my kids were that age was that it was time to put them on a play schedule. Up until about 18 months I could just throw out some toys on a blanket and between feeding and napping, it was good enough to keep them occupied for the whole day.

No more. I was just about pulling my hair out trying to keep them out of the kitchen cupboards and linen closet when my best friend gently told me that it was time for a schedule.

This thread has lots of excellent ideas and I'm sure you have some inkling of what your kids like to do, right? Divide those things into catagories: inside, outside, things they can do by themselves, things they do with you. So now, give them one thing to do at a time, and never for too long.

Like this: Breakfast, morning free play (blocks or cars, maybe), clean up, snack, help mommy load the diswasher/washing machine, game/craft with mommy at the table, outside game/play (to get them tired), lunch, video, nap, afternoon free play (legos? thomas the tank engine?), clean up, help mommy vacuum (or sweep or dust), video (while mom finishes housework or does dinner), dinner time, bed time routine (bath, brush teeth, story, etc.).

It doesn't really matter how you set it up or how long each activity is, just do what works for you. The real point is to get the kids used to the idea that they will be doing one activity at a time and cleaning up before moving on before the next thing, AND that you will be following roughly the same order (changing up some of the activities, of course.) every day.

I know this sounds simple but I promise, it was like a revelation to me. Once the kids got used to the idea that they would do one thing for a little while and something else was "next," they quit trying to entertain themselves by pulling out all the DVDs and spreading them with peanut butter or dumping the entire canister of flour on the kitchen floor and driving their cars through it until they both looked like a couple of demented snow men.

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Alyce - posted on 06/28/2012

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Yea, I've never seen it spelled this way either- other than my own!!! How Do you pronounce it ?

Alyce - posted on 06/28/2012

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Okay I have to admit, dont really think monster is a good thing to call your children.... I say it to my lil guys jokingly because he is an absolute angel as I believe most kids are, IF they get the right about of one on one and playtime and attention. I get it its hard... I AM NOT JUDGING YOu as a mom AT ALL!!!! I say turn on some music and let them do "dance parties", have someone else(since you are pregnant) show them simple moves to copy, ring around the rosie, read to them, put on a tv show, if you sit to play with them they are more likely to want to sit and play!

Ashley - posted on 06/27/2012

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First off I LOVE the nickname u gave them lol..My oldest was a monster(he has adhd) so he was into EVERYTHING. I know how hard it is to do anything being pregnant so I feel for you big time. I have a 2 yr old now and she loves to do whatever im doing pretty much of the time, however she does get into alot. She loves tv, I turn on cartoons and she will sit and watch for a good clip of time. She loves her babies and blocks and her brothers cars and will sit nicely n play with those. She will attempt to color and actually does a decent job of not coloring where shes not spose to as long as im watching. Give it a try. She also likes to just dig throu the cupboards n play with the tuperware which if your parents have a big deal about that tell them to grow the f up and relax. They are kids and they need to explore. Good luck dear.

Patricia - posted on 06/26/2012

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i agree music and dancing is great a bit of tv did you bring a few of their toys my 10 half month old is very demanding but i work around it if your can't understand that they are just kids then that is sad she should if you ask nicely try and help you baby proof the house a bit i think it would not hurt i wuld love to help out where i could in your situation i think just playing with the kids would be of great enjoyment and the love nana should feel toward them and i know how tiring being pregnant can be i have 10 kids

Patricia - posted on 06/26/2012

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i agree do not lecture people about how many kids they have i have 10 and my mother is a neat freak makes visiting her very interesting i have to say

Pamela - posted on 06/26/2012

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Do you read to them? Do you take time to sit and play with them during the day or are you preoccupied with your own self simply because you are pregnant again?

First, to call your own children monsters is to DISRESPECT them, no matter how you feel about their actions. Second, understand that they are learning by imitating YOU and YOUR husband and anyone else that lives with them, because that is how we first learn....by imitating those around us.

If you are SELF ABSORBED...they will be also. Before pointing the finger at them recognize that when you blame others you are refusing to take responsibility for your part in it all. Also when you point your finger 4 fingers out of 5 are pointing back at you!

Last, WE CREATE WITH OUR WORDS, so by calling your children monsters you are creating that situation for yourself. Loose lips sink ships!

Re=evaluate what ypou do with your time. You will find that you can set aside time in your day....say 1/2 hour in the morning and 1/2 hour in the afternoon where you pay attention to them and only them. Not the TV or anything else.

Try putting on soothing meditation type music while you are occupied with household chores to help them as well. The same goes for when they are going down for the night. Meditation music will help their bodies and minds get ready for calm sleep.

The highest and best to all of you!

Susan - posted on 06/26/2012

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Am I the only one who would recommend trying a bit of TV??? Not to have it on the whole time but it would give you a bit of a break, your kids time to chill (if they'll watch it) and potentially learn something new. I found that my daughter first got into TV when my son was born (just before she turned 2) - I was feeding him and the easiest thing to keep her distracted while I was otherwise engaged. Play-doh is great, as is letting them play with their toys but trying to entertain them the whole time will leave you feeling exhausted! I've also found that even though I tried to do crafty stuff when my daughter was very young, it's only just recently (in the past year or so) that I feel she's really benefitted from it, both in terms of being able to do it and actually having the attention span to concentrate. My son (at nearly age 4) still isn't really there yet - he's totally disinterested in anything like that.

I'm just trying to put myself in the position of being house-bound with two very young children, and trying to make it as easy on Mum as on the kids - all the things mentioned by other posters sound great fun but sometimes, and especially being pregnant with no.3, Mum needs to look after herself too. It can't always be 100% about the kids xx

Liz - posted on 06/26/2012

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I have a 1 & 2 yr old, my girls love water, so I usually pull up a chair, and let them water play in the bath until they're tired of it, I wouldn't recommend playdough as it gets into carpet and stuff with you being pregnant and all chasing after them up would exhaust you ten fold. As for drawing and all that glory I wouldn't recommend that at that age as it ends up on walls floors and any other place that would irritate your mother ... Ummm music activities, kids love interaction, acting out stories, my girls are into dora, maybe your two may have a fav DVD that may buy time also, the key would be to exhaust them, so there nap time is your nap, write up a game plan, hour here half an hour there, your comment sounds like your babies have lots of energy, mines are similar more monkeys then monsters totally different to my two older boys, I hope all goes well, tell your mum to massage your feet lol

Shelley - posted on 06/26/2012

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Love the wheel of tickles idea. I'm gonna remember that and put it in my idea box!
Thanks all for sharing with Krista. Let's try to just answer the question she asked, at least here in the forum.

Joyce - posted on 06/26/2012

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For one thing, you need to stop getting pregnant! Almost three kids under the age of two and you want help? Your parents did not have these kids...you did! Now go online and look up games you can play with them.Pat-a-cake....ring around the rosie...

Lisa - posted on 06/26/2012

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I'm not sure what kind of relationship you have with your mother, but if you feel comfortable doing so, you should tell her to get over it if you're all stuck together for awhile, and let them make a mess.

I'm reading this again--How are you and the kids flooded in but your parents are never home to help? Is there some reason they can get out and you can't?

Or, if it's that much of a pain, go back home.

Patricia - posted on 06/26/2012

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I saw fun craft called the wheel of tickles. You draw a wheel with different body parts in each section (feet, tummy, etc.). You place a pencil in the middle and spin. Wherever the pencil lands, you get tickled.

Patricia - posted on 06/26/2012

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Sounds like you have your hands full. A fun activity for small kids is making an instrument. Find old cans/jars with lids and have them think of items that they could fill them with to make different sounds. Like rice, pasta, sand, etc. You could also leave some empty to use as drums. They will enjoy beating the drums and making noises with the jars.

Believe it or not, they have online picture books with sound that you could download from the library for kids. They also have online games for toddler age children. You could play on the computer with them for as long as they'll stay still.

When my kids were that age, I would give them very long baths in the evenings before bed. If you have bubble bath, fill the tub with bubbles and toys. Sit by the bath with a magazine and let them play in the bath as long as they'll last. If they play a good 30-45 minutes and then you bathe them, thats an hour and a half.

Shawnn - posted on 06/26/2012

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Talent isn't the issue. Are you looking for a way to entertain your kids, or are you looking to enroll them in art school?

Krista, they're not putting these little projects into a contest, they're staying occupied. Sometimes its just fun to scribble, or squish, or whatever, without regard to what we're "supposed" to be making. Your mother does have every right to request neatness in her house, so what's stopping you from putting down a table cover (newspaper, etc) and letting them go at it?

Or, since you don't think they're "talented" enough to do crafty things for fun, how about hide and seek? Indoor tag? Twister?

I'm a little concerned that you have a 2 yo, a 10 month old, and one on the way, and you're not sure how to entertain them...Yes, your situation puts constraints on, but that's what imagination is for.

Shelley - posted on 06/26/2012

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Playing cards! Anyone can slap a jack, and they don't taste yummy. If you have them slap numbers, they learn numbers a tiny bit, too, and "win" the card. "I spy" can be fun, and they learn spatial relationships (over,under, etc). "I spy, with my little eye, something...on the couch!" Pillow, kitty, flower, etc. Tag could be good, but is tougher indoors. Duck-duck-goose might work. I'll second "Simon Says" and dancing, both were big hits. Pudding and applesauce make good finger paint, and don't be afraid to put them in the tub for a round or two. Hair gel can be entertaining, "fixing up" their hair, weird parts in the hair, etc, barettes/clips/curlers and even makeup. My son could play with a piece of fabric (or a towel) for hours. Lay it down, straighten it, wad it up into a "ball", put it over his head for peek-a-boo (or pook-a-bee!), "folding" it, rolling up in it, draping it over anything, "hiding" under it and hiding anything that dared to move. And towels come in different sizes, colors, woo-hoo! Laundry was a hit too, if I let him hang it anywhere he could get it to stay. Toilet tissue rolls were fun - we made endless "dur-durs" (the sound they make when you holler "Dur-DUR!" into one end. Fabric shopping bags were popular, too, for packing ANYthing around, and occasionally, for pick-up clean-up, or "zoopity-zoo!". Make food more of an event, maybe. Let the 2-year old "help" make stuff. I learned that it takes a long time to get enough milk from a carafe into a spoon, measuring cup, etc to cover up the cereal. Give them a plastic spoon to "cut up" bananas, scoop raisins, or even scoop up the cereal. Use your imagination and resourcefulness- and theirs - shine a light and everyday, ordinary stuff. Did I mention the amazing aluminum foil?! It makes pretty weird paper airplanes...but do blunt the end! Good luck. OH! And sleep when they do, if humanly possible!

Teresa - posted on 06/26/2012

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My son is almost 3 and he still doesn't sit still to color and do crafts. Do they like music? My little guy loves music and loves to dance. If you can get them to dance around for you it will be fun and they will burn some energy. Its no fun to be cooped up.

Dot - posted on 06/26/2012

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My tots are all about coloring and blocks. If your mom can't chill about some crayon marks, which wipe off, she needs to chill. If she doesn't want a big mess, she might want to I've in about small messes or there will be big messes. I feel your pain. I just moved away from my parents because of a control freak mother.

Alexandra - posted on 06/25/2012

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all the other ideas are good, I must add some type of exercise, so that they get tired for naps and at night. But I think the most important thing is really just giving them 100% attention so that they are distracted and with you all the time.

Karenda - posted on 06/25/2012

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It's hard at that age to keep kids entertained when not at your own house. It doesn't sound like you can go get supplies to entertain them either, I feel your pain. If possible I would try to create a small area in the house that is baby proofed where you can corral them and they can play without you having to say "no no" every 2 minutes;maybe a corner of the living room or a bedroom. For activities I would suggest shaving cream or jello in the bath tub, let them play, then just give them a bath to clean up. You can also put shaving cream in a plastic bag and seal it shut - the kids can smoosh the bag around and draw without a mess. colored water and oil sealed in a clear plastic bottle is also fun for them to shake a roll around. My kids loved playing in things like uncooked oatmeal at that age - just lay out a big sheet on the floor then give them a bowl of uncooked oatmeal, rice, or beans and some funnels, cups, and spoons. When they are done just pick up the sheet. Plus if they decide to eat the uncooked oatmeal or rice it won't hurt them. If you have a box and a few pots and pans you can make a pretend stove for the kids the play with. Yarn and fabric scraps work well for "food" and they can happily mix you up some soup. Good luck!

Bonnie - posted on 06/25/2012

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Trying to think about activities for young children/toddlers. They like to put everything in their mouth, love water, balls, large blocks, music, finger food, snuggling, looking outside windows, running, dancing, rolling around, animal noises, sesame street, other babies.

You need room to let these kids run and play....So, does this home have a hallway, where you can block off doors, for them to roll a ball, play with blocks?
Bath play time, where they can play with bubbles, and measuring cups they can fill with water to play with.
Put on some music, and they may dance, or run around and get tired. Then they will want to snuggle, or eat, and sleep.
If your mum could see that the kids have one room where they could run, play, etc. This would really be a help for the whole situation. Next time, if your parents want you all to visit, they need to know, things need to be worked around you all. It isn't fair for you or the kids to get to their home, and not be able to move a muscle.

If they won't budge on kids having a place to play, then they need to invest in some mess free toys. For example, there are the blocks, or plastic mixing bowls, a wooden/plastic spoon, little people toys, the crayola coloring mat, that uses a water marker, just plain water that dries, and it can be used over and over again. One of those stationary jumping toys, (mind block), for you to put them in to play, you know what I mean. A baby swing. The list goes on.

Taco time, roll them up each in a blanket, and let them roll around silly, or watch some elmo. Sing silly songs with them. Roll balls with them, even if you need to do it sitting on a chair, kids love that. I sure hope you can find something for them to do, without you getting too worn out. I try to put a towel, or plastic sheet, or something down whenever my kids were busy with crafts that I didn't want to get onto the floor. Including picnics in the living room.

Samantha - posted on 06/25/2012

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craft idea: need white paper, crayons, and glue. Draw an outline or something on one paper in black crayon. Maybe a fruit or vegetable. Then have them color another sheet of paper, both sides, the color of the object you outlined. (so if you draw a banana shape, they're coloring yellow) Make sure they really cover the paper, "no white". Then, have them rip the paper up into tiny pieces, and put some paste in the outline, and they can paste the colored paper in the outline. It's fun and time-consuming!

Ashley - posted on 06/25/2012

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projects! lots of projects! Finger painting or even playing with shaving cream! At that age it's hard to keep them still. If you have a tile floor in the kitchen I'd say strip them down and get lots of paper and let them just sit on the floor and paint.

Sarah - posted on 06/25/2012

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Make musical instruments. Decorate empty water bottles with stickers, then put some dry pasta or rice inside. Put the lid on and you have shakers.

Baking is fun, but you need to be able to chill about the mess. It's easy enough to clean up afterwards. Jam tarts are good or chocolate Rice Krispie cakes.

Amanda - posted on 06/24/2012

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My 2 yr olds drawing consists of scribble on a page. It really doesn't matter how well they do it, it's about keeping them entertained, doing something you can all enjoy together and developing skills and co ordination.
She also tries to eat play doh.
If you don't want a mess with paints and colouring put paper or a plastic sheet down to catch the mess the just throw it away, or I have these great pens that wipe clean with a babywipe (even the black off of a white wall)

You could also do pasting and sticking, little kids love that. Do some water play in the bath tub and get them to fill them with water and see how many small containers it takes to fill a big one. The worst that will happen is you all get a bit wet and you have to mop the floor.
Sticker books and activities are also really good fun. All they have to do is stick stickers on a blank page, all kids love stickers.

If you constantly worry about what might happen you will never do anything. It's abit of mess not the end of the world

Krista - posted on 06/24/2012

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idk how tallented yalls 1 and 2year olds are.. but if we made play doh, they would eat it.. if we colored eggs, they would spill the color and break the eggs, and they arent coordinated to try n color an egg carton.. their coloring still consists of scribbles on a blank page.. are my children really that behind?? :/

Amanda - posted on 06/24/2012

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You can also cut out the individual sections of the egg carton and turn them into ladybugs or spiders

Amanda - posted on 06/24/2012

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do you have an egg carton???

Cut the box up so you have a row of 3 or 4 egg sections, get the kids to colour them in, draw eyes on the front and you have caterpillars

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Got any cardboard boxes- like big appliance boxes? They make for great entertainment! color on them, forts, etc. How about homemade play-doh? Bathtub soap? Pirate treasure hunt? Simon says? Toddler puzzles? Paint easter eggs?

Katherine - posted on 06/24/2012

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Oh geez. That's not good! Not too fair either. The kids need to do stuff!

Krista - posted on 06/24/2012

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were at my parents in minnesota.. idk what kind of crafts you can do with kids under 2.. other than coloring but my mom wont let us even do that cuz she dont want them to color on her table.. shes also a neat freak so heaven forbid anything in the house get messed up!

Katherine - posted on 06/24/2012

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Crafts? That's too bad you're stuck in the house because of flooding! Where do you live?

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