I have a very bright little 18 month old boy who needs alot of stimulation, we have heaps of toys, crayons, playdough, outdoor water play, blocks, instruments but he still gets bored, does anyone have any easy inexpensive activities they enjoy with their kids. I need new ideas to combat the boredom!

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Ranjani - posted on 07/12/2013

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Letting your toddler play in the bath tub or dishwasher when it is empty. Nested containers in the kitchen. Empty cardboard boxes that you are planning to throw. An electronic appliance you are trying to get rid of. A dry mop...

Tess - posted on 03/07/2009

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Wow that really make sense thanks I let him play on his own alot but the thing about adding to toys all the time bread discontentment was really helpful thanks

Misse - posted on 03/06/2009

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My son is an explorer and likes tools but he is 3. We do stuff like build what he calls a big house with paper cups and he runs through them, he loves it. Maybe you can get some treasure box with little things in it that he can rummage through but maybe take it away when he is done and get it out another time just put some interesting things in there that are different and that he can't have everyday. We have a sandbox too. With cold weather its hard to keep these guys busy. But if you have time to sit with him than you can play with beans in a bowl or rice, we've done that alot and my little one loves it. We hide trucks or cars in there and spoon things out. But if you are busy and which your a mother and probably are then you could be brave and let him do it all by himself, I did that and it was a mess but he was quite busy for a while. Also too they may put things in their ears and nose so be careful with that. Just some ideas cause I know exactly what you are talking about been there and still doing that. They don't make toys like they used to to play with for hours at a time. Theres always the computer, mine loves those games. Especially muppet babies, which you can set so it will play by itself and thats good when your busy. Good luck!

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You might also try putting some of the toys up for a week or two and then pulling them out again, It worked with my son he seems to think they are new all over again.

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Anita - posted on 03/06/2009

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I agree with putting away lots of toys then later getting them out...



It really worked with my daughter. It was like christmas every time I rotated them.



Also playing by yourself and entertaining yourself is an art. Its hard but  make him play by himself some so he won't depend on anyone to entertain him.



This will develope his imagination and give you more time to get other stuff done.



My daughter was getting to dependent on people to play with I decided that I was not going to play with her for awhile one day. She cried and fussed and hung on me but soon she gave up on me and played by herself...  Its not mean to not always play with them Independants and imagination is what you teach them.



As for neat toys I am afraid that if you just keep adding to the toys they have that it will just encourage discontentment and not teach them to be happy with what they have. This is a lesson that everyone needs at some point in their life. Better now then when they are older and have credit cards.

Carolyn - posted on 03/06/2009

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I give my son colored paper to cut then later in the day he glues all the cut paper to shapes I print from the internet. cost maybe two dollar (buy from dollar store) and keeps him entertained for hours.

Heather - posted on 03/06/2009

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overstimulation can sometimes be just as confusing for children as lack of activities.  I saw some other mommy's mentioned it as well, but it is a great idea - you should pack up many of the toys and rotate them on a weekly, or bi-weekly basis.



organize your day with specific activities - perhaps have a crafts week, outdoor week, mommys kitchen helper week, etc.  Then when its time to put the old toys up, have your little one help you pack up the toys in a bin and go pick out a new theme.



Since they hadnt played with the other toys in a while, it will give them the sense of new! Plus children are always growing and expanding their minds - just because your child may show a lack of interest in one field, say coloring one week, doesnt mean in two weeks all they will want to do is color, color, color!



You can also check out a local Barnes and Nobles for books on Pre-School/Toddler age activity books, or even online.  Simple is better - as much as it makes us feel like great moms to have some crazy day filled with as many toys as we can possibly fit into a playroom, many times its the simple things (like paper towel tubes, boxes, wrapping tissue and bows) that really get creative minds going in our toddlers.  :)

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Pots and pans from your cabinent. Are you sure your not confusing bored with active. I have a very active 2 year old and he always has been on the go. His attention span is small except with a few activies like basket ball and bowling (a game from walmart with milk jugs and a cow bowling ball). He doesnt stay with a toy for long. Its not getting bored its just that most little ones dont have a very big attention span. I babysit for a 4 year old and he still has a short attention span. It just makes it harder for you to keep ahead of him, but just keep things on hand to give him when he is done with one thing. My brother and I were the same way, but it gets better, hang in there.

Christina - posted on 03/06/2009

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Have you tried getting to a playgroup once a week? They can help with ideas for craft, different toys to play with etc. Also, I find that keeping all my old tissue boxes, paper towel holders and other recyclables can be useful for creating things like "post offices", cars, beds, aeroplanes, trailers for their trucks etc... There are also toy libraries around the place, you could look into joining one - they often charge an annual fee and you may have to do a duty once a term etc but they provide different toys, dvds (some do), dress ups and the like. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 03/06/2009

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Sometimes they get sick of the same old toys. Try to pack half of them away and bring them out in a few weeks time, it's like having new toys all over again. A cardboard box will entertain for a while and for free. Play some music to dance to.

Charlotte - posted on 03/06/2009

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My son is the same, he is now four but he still needs alot of stimulation, altho his imaginative games are fantastic. My son loves books, he likes books with flaps etc to look over himself. I saw a treasure basket idea that i made up for him. It can contain any natural objects (no plastic) like a sponge, a flannel, wooden comb, wooden spoon, shell etc etc. Anythin u can think of that obviously isnt dangerous. Its amazin how long they will play with it just the textures and so on. There is a piece of material in our, my boys play for ages pretending to be princes with it as a cape lol. Another thing my  kids love to do is paint outside with water. very inexpensive. They paint picture on the walls floor  etc n see how long they last. suprising what keeps them entertained. Get a big cardboard box, kids all love to play in them. If you get any other suggestion please let me know, try them with mine.

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