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Old 02-26-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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How to keep a 2yo busy?

All my youngest wants to do is watch tv. I wish she would enjoy other things and that they could hold her attention. What do you do with your 2yo during the day?


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Old 02-26-2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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Re: How to keep a 2yo busy?

I have 2 toddlers in my care. They are busy little ones. here are some of the old standbys:
Color (small motor skills,imagination and dexterity)
Paint (small motor skills,imagination and dexterity)
Fill objects (bucket, boxes, containers) and dump them. (spatial relations and math skills)
Cars (imagination, spatial relations, and dexterity)
Reading books (bonding,dexterity and literacy)
Dancing (gross motor, rhythm, imagination)
Finger plays (five little monkeys, itsy bitsy spider)(music, dexterity, memory)
Dolls (empathy-social skills, imagination skills)
Play cooking (math skills, matching, social, and dexterity)
Looking at pictures (verbal skills, memory, promotes sense of self)
Fill the sink and let them play sink or float. (spatial relations,cause and effect, dexterity)
Try a week with no T.V. a lot of imaginative play comes from being "bored" and not supplied with an activity.

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Old 02-26-2008, 06:36 PM   #3
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Re: How to keep a 2yo busy?

Great list! DD (23m) has never had the opportunity to watch much tv. (I know that's harder when you have older ones, though! <g>) She does a lot of reading to herself and with me. She also likes to rearrange plastics/clothes/papers.... I also have her "help" me a lot -- put away the clean silverware, pick dead leaves off bushes, wash dishes, etc. She'll happily sit in the kitchen with me for 45 minutes at a time if I keep her involved. We also do a lot of singing and playing with alphabet letters.
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