How do I keep my toddler entertained?

Things Teri already tried:

  • Play with ALL KINDS of toys
  • Play with magnets ( big flat ones, to avoid choking hazards)
  • Throw & catch balls ( all different sizes)
  • Listen to music & dance around
  • Read books, sometimes with hand puppet
  • Go around the house naming basic items teaching her the names of things
  • Go to the park/ playground
  • Watch a little educational TV ( baby sign language)
  • Extra bath time to play in the water
  • Join a gymboree class
  • Ride merry-go-round at the mall
  • Play with shadows
  • Play dates!
  • Pack and unpack a small handbag
  • Teach her to undo zips
  • Teaching her to draw, well, grab pens

More Ideas from internet:

  • Music/ art /swimming classes from local Parks and Recreation Department
  • Join a free story-telling group activity (library or book store)
  • Make playdough, then play with it (many recipes on the net, try 2 parts oatmeal, 1 part flour, 1 part water)
  • Finger-painting
  • Blow bubbles
  • Put a cheap shower curtain liner (from the dollar store) on the floor, and let them make a mess!
  • Visit local children’s museums or kid-friendly museums
  • Even just the boring chores around the house can be fun to them so include her in some of them, too (sweeping, “folding” laundry, washing dishes, etc)
  • Have another baby!
  • Freezing plastic animals inside big ice cubes and playing with those as they melt
  • Playing with water outside (cups, strainers, bucket, floating toys)
  • Giving her a set of cheap, sturdy playing cards to sort/throw/scrunch etc.

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