Activity suggestions

Melinda - posted on 01/07/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i have 14 month old twins and a two month old. i need ideas that i can do to keep them entertained during these winter months. they are tired as i am with being coped up inside the house everyday with no other kids to play with.

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Alicia - posted on 01/29/2014

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Ok,the twins,play knee bounce games,sing,dance and well I don't know about the 2 month year old,tickle,play things like round and round the garden?

Rosie - posted on 01/08/2011

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My daughter has a slide, trampoline, mini kitchen set, radio flyer interactive horse, puzzles, dolls, and lots of make and do materials. She enjoys these things, but what keeps her truly entertained is one on one time with mommy- especially when i'm telling her stories.

Aimee - posted on 01/08/2011

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do puzzles and dressin up paintin colourin my kids like to make tents usin old sheets and chairs and havin a picnic under there with your 2 month get a play mat on the floor and get some soft toys and let him/her have a kick about do some cookin with the 14 month like fairy cakes my kids luv doin it good luck hope some of these helped

Genia - posted on 01/08/2011

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the book Unplugged Play is great. You can also find lots of craft, play and activity books at the library (I browse the library catalog online, put things on hold, then I just have to pop in to pick them up, I know going to a library with 3 little ones must be impossible!). Some things we do -

make an indoor obstacle course using blankets, pillows, chairs, etc. Get creative.

make a fort with chairs/couch/table and blankets

involve the toddlers in helping with chores (for instance, my 17 month old loves to feed the cat and dog. I just give her a cup with a very small amount of the food in it and show her where to pour it. Sometimes she pours it on the floor or tries to eat it, but i just calmly tell her that's not where it goes, pick it up (encouraging her to help), and put it where it does go)...she also likes to help with laundry, dishes, sweeping and dusting...

lay on the floor or bed and wrestle/let them crawl all over you

pour some plain oats into a bowl, then give them some spoons and cups to sort/pour/dig/etc. it's pretty easy to sweep up when their done

make a ramp to roll balls and cars down (a poster tube works well, or just a cereal box with one end taped to a bookshelf or wall)

playdough

no mess painting (you take a freezer bag, put two big squirts of different colored paint in it, then seal it shut - either with tape or double bag it. Then they can use their hands to squeeze it around and watch the colors mix.)

tearing paper is lots of fun and great for fine motor muscle building

make a collage (go through old magazines, letting the toddlers pick pictures that you cut and tape or glue to a piece of paper then put on the frig)

lay towels on the kitchen floor, then put a casserole dish with some water on top of that. give them some cups and bowls to play with the water. or a washcloth and baby dolls so they can give them baths.

hth!

Kathryn - posted on 01/08/2011

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http://letteroftheweek.com/ has activities for all ages.

Also here are a few more...

Bubbles
Crayons
Reading board books
Dancing to music
Singing songs (itsy bitsy spider, etc)
Tag
Roll a ball to them to catch.
Provide blocks for them to build with.
Talk with them about their reflections in the mirror.
Let them fill containers over and over again.
Have them listen and move to music.
Play hide and seek.
Let them push or pull a favorite toy.
Provide wheeled toys without pedals.
Look at picture books with them and talk about the pictures.
Talk about the size, shape, and texture of everyday objects.
Make comparisons such as "this ball is bigger than that ball."
Talk about cause-and-effect relationships such as "if you push this block, the whole pile of blocks will fall over."

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