how to keep toddlers entertained?

@babykay (2133)
Ireland
December 3, 2007 3:39am CST
Oh people...my baby boy is a handful!!! Does anyone have ideas to keep toddlers entertained? One thing that works is if I play the hide and seek game with him or another variation, the boo game where I jump out at him and say "boo." He needs to be entertained all of the time... But I am studying as well as parenting and need to think of ways to keep him occupied for more than a few seconds at a time! And preferably ones that mean I can get a rest... Ideas are welcome!
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Dec 07
How old is he? That is a huge factor IMO on finding ways to entertain him..I know when my kids were both in the 2-3 yr old range they loved doign things that mummy was doing so if I was getting dinner ready I'd have them help set the table..if I was drawing or writing I'd have them do the same and so on..and always no matter what we were doing, I would talk to them..just carry on a regular conversation with them which in an adults mind seems odd since a child will come up with the most incredible versions of things and more often than not will say the damnedest things LOL but that was what made it more fun IMO... for times when you are studying, have him "study" too and make a game out of it..
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
4 Dec 07
he is over 18 months old. Yes, he is always trying to do what I am doing!
@urbandekay (18312)
3 Dec 07
Cover his hands in honey and give him a feather to play with. all the best urban
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Dec 07
ROFLMFAO omg that is TOO damn funny!!
@urbandekay (18312)
3 Dec 07
It's what my gran did with us all the best urban
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
3 Dec 07
My toddlers love playdoh and will usually sit for about an hour and a half solid playing with it. I have given them plastic silverware to use along with the hundreds of other accessories that come with the playdoh. It's fairly cheap to buy or you can go online and find lots of recipes to make it at home - you can even get your son to help you make it and he would probably love that. Another new fascination that my toddlers have is playing with my tupperware and a few mixing spoons and they "cook" dinner all the time. During the Fall they found acorns outside and "cooked" them. They also love to play dress up with hats, mittens and all sorts of other things that we find around the house. When all else fails there's always a cardboard box or laundry basket (they love climbing in and out of them) coloring a picture for a favorite person, or giving them a bag with different objects to put in and pull out. Good luck and keep your chin up! They grow up fast!
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
4 Dec 07
play doh is a great idea. And you are so right about them growing up fast...too fast really.
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@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
4 Dec 07
I'm pretty lucky me little boy entertains himself a lot. He has heaps of toys and toddles round playing with them. Yes I do play with him but he's quite independant so I let him do his own thing when he wants to. Have you tried giving your baby some saucepans and wooden spoons to play with or tupperwear. My little fella loves that.
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@RaedenX (24)
3 Dec 07
Give them the cardboard from the middle of a toilet roll. It seems to keep my little ones entertained.
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
3 Dec 07
You need to help him learn to entertain himself. Get him toys that he can manipulate, like blocks, puzzles, shape sorters. Sit and play with him for a few minutes, then just sit near him and watch him play, then move a little ways away and let him continue playing. Continue to do this until he is able to play solo for short periods of time on his own. It is very important for children to be able to play by themselves without constant adult interaction. Don't get me wrong, interaction is great, but he should also be able to be by himself sometimes. My son's favorite toys are his megablocks, board books, and a couple of mixing bowls and spoons I gave him from the kitchen.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
4 Dec 07
mega blocks? Sounds good : )
18 Dec 07
I have to play those sort of games with my 18 month old son quite alot. He also runs around playing with his toy cars and other noisy toys aswell. Some toys he plays with long enough for me to have a slight little bit of time to myself. You could see if there was any toys he enjoys playing with on his own for abit of time without wanting you to join in. ~Joeys wife
@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
17 Dec 07
I was reading in a magazine one way to keep kids entertained was to give them a fly swat and a balloon to play with. I thought that sounded like an awesome idea and such fun. You could branch so many different games from this idea and you could even use roll up newpapers or pretty much anything for a bat.
• United States
6 Dec 07
I had a little shopping cart for our children and had them go in their room and go shopping. while they shopped in their room I had a few minutes of quite. Then we talked about what they baught at the store. I would send them on their way with a kiss and a wave, knowing they would be safe in their room. I would put myself in site or ear shot of them. You can also pull the chairs out from the kitchen table and put a blanket over the table and make a fort and let him play in there for a while. Line the kitchen chairs up one behind each other and play train and let him be captain. You sit at the caboose at the table studing, while he is the conductor. I went to school when my kids where 2 and 5. I would put Mr. Rogers on and have one child on one side of me and the other child sitting on the other side of me with my books on my lap. Good luck.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
3 Dec 07
You don't say just how old ypur baby is so that makes it a bit harder. My kids loved boxes. boxes big anough for them to climb into or push around. They would play for hours with a box putting things into it and taking things out of the box. Putting thing from one box into another then back again. They also loved the pots and pans. Banging on the lids with a spoon is also fun for little one.