New Activity Ideas Please

April - posted on 05/12/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My Son, Aiden is 2 years 4 months old. I'm running out of ideas for projects. What are some things you do with your kids? He's burned out on coloring and most of his toys. We live in North Dakota so its just now FINALLY getting nice enough to play outside so we will, of course, be spending a lot of time at the park and out for walks. He enjoys helping me cook. Does anyone have any age-appropriate cooking projects? Thanks!

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Mary - posted on 07/30/2014

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These days me and my kids usually do Park, library (Buena Vista in Burbank is great and it has story time!), mommy & me classes: music, (www.musictogether.com) Spanish (www.sonrisas.us), drums, they all offer wonderful classes! Play dates and swimming lessons. Hope this is useful!

Joanna - posted on 05/16/2009

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Puppet shows are fun! Make puppets out of small paper bags or socks. replay stories you have read to him, make up your own. Sand & water toys are cool too; blocks; singing & dancing

Michelle - posted on 05/16/2009

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I have a son the same age, when we make cookies I put the ingredents in smaller cups and got him to dump them into the bowl and gave him a spoon to mix with. By the time came that the cookies were ready to put on pans he wants to play other things. He loves that.
You can also use pudding to paint with, that way he can eat it as well. If you buy the make you own he can help you pour the milk in and watch while you beat it. You can also dip cut up fruit into it and do pudding fruit prints then eat the fruit. If he loves to put things in his month still he will love it and have a snack at the same time.
BUBBLES, kids love blowing them, popping them, and chasing them. You can make your own or buy them and do it inside or out. I use them at bath time when he does not really want a bath.
He also loves to use bingo dabbers to do art with (make sure you have newspaper under).
On nicer days use sidewalk chalk if you have a play to draw.

Brittany - posted on 05/15/2009

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Homeschool sites have GREAT ideas for science experiments, and there are great books made just for young boys on things to do as well (like make glurch, although with the carpet smashing, I'm not sure you want to tackle that one yet). Here's an example: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/expl... Also, if there is a good preschool with a set curriculum, you might want to stop by some time and ask to take a look. I know the one near us had a new unit ever 3 weeks with all sorts of activities and such for 18-36months, which amazed me.

Also, it sounds like your guy is active, so you can set up your house (cleaning day is the best) like an obstacle course with barriers (like a chair or couch) to maneuver around for large motor skills, and something easier like putting those large beads on a pipe cleaner for fine motor skills. You can do it with him, against him, or use a timer. Just remember to start off short, since remembering all the steps can get hard until you have a 'course' set for a while. Hope this helps!

April - posted on 05/15/2009

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Hey, thanks for all your suggestons! We're going out this evening to pick out a flower pot. I'm thinking of planting a veggie seed so he can watch it grow and we can eat it when we're done :) I've decided, from too many horrible experiences, that play dough is not an option quite yet... we'll wait until he's out of the "smash it into the carpet with his toes" and "put it in my ears" phase! But keep the ideas comin' if you have any more :) Those websites were cool too, thanks!

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2009

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My son loved to make experiments. Periodically I would clean out my cabinets and keep a box of stale spices, flour, sugar, etc. anything I was ready to throw away. My son would spend hours on the porch with a pot of water just mixing together ingredients. He called them spearaments. He did this for years. Kids love water colors, fingerpaint, playdoh, all of which are good for building fine motor muscles to prepare for cutting and writing. Have fun!!

Keisha - posted on 05/14/2009

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You can get some pretty neat crafts for cheap from Oriental Trading. www.orientaltrading.com

Becky - posted on 05/14/2009

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My son loves to help me water my flowers and is so proud of himself when he does so. Maybe you could get him a pot to plant different flowers in and he can water them and take care of them with you daily. Also, my son loves bubbles (duh-what kid doesnt). I was thinking about introducing play doh to my son- havent done so yet but now may be a good age. If you hear of any really good ideas, let us know :)

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have you tried any science experiments? rock candy is an easy one, and then he can watch the crystals grow over time. you'd have to do a lot of it, but he can add the food coloring and check on the progress of the crystals every day. as for other cooking type activities, check this site http://familyplayandlearn.com/ToddlerCoo... - there are some easy ones there that would take up some time. :)

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