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Wednesday
Feb132013

Entertain a Toddler on a Rainy Day

It rained for two days in Alabama. It rained and it rained and just when I thought it would stop it rained again. The sun briefly peaked out this morning, but I fear it will begin to rain again. But we need it, so I really shouldn't complain. 

However, I am left with a dilemma. How to entertain an active toddler on a rainy day? We don't call him busy britches for nothin'!

After reading almost every book we had and playing with all of our trucks it became clear, mama needed some ideas. 

1. Buckets of fun. Place some objects on a table or the floor near a bucket and let your baby "sort." My little fella can put things in and out of a bucket for hours. 

Clearly he loves it, he filled and refilled that bucket over and over again. 

And when he is finished sorting he has something fun to put on his head. 

2. Hide and seek. It's never to early for a little hide and seek. This is especially great if you are looking to tucker out a child before nap time. I just let him have free range of the house, walking and crawling wherever he wanted. Then I would "hide." 

3. Refrigerator alphabet. Last year I invested in some Melissa and Doug Alphabet Magnets. Money well spent. 

I place them on the fridge or the dishwasher while I am working in the kitchen and little boy loves to move them around. The downside is I find alphabet magnets ALL OVER THE HOUSE. 

4. Laundry unfolding. This one was not intentional. I had a basket of folded clothes on the floor. They quickly became unfolded clothes. But every house needs a master unfolder. Right?

5. Behold the power of the shopping bag. At one point I just handed him a reusable shopping bag. It was a huge hit and entertained him for a SOLID HOUR. He put it on his head. I put it on my head. He put all of the remotes in the house in it. He carted it around while he played with his other toys. Who knew? 

6. Coloring in the high chair. If you are certain your child won't eat the crayons, tape some paper to the high chair tray and see what he or she develops. 

7. Sensory play. I gave sweet boy some pom pons and a toilet paper roll. I saw this on Spoon Fed Baby. She taped the paper towel roll to a door and let her boy play away. My little bits loves it. And he doesn't eat the pom pons. Best part!

How do you entertain the kiddos on a rainy day?  

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