R.B. asks from East China, MI on September 06, 2007
A.S. answers from Kalamazoo on September 12, 2007
what i have done for xmas is find crafts online to do.you can do this ne time just look upo crafts for toddlers or perschool they can be fun good luck
R.K. answers from Detroit on September 07, 2007
Hi! I too am a stay at home mom with an energetic toddler (although I don't have another one yet...) I also used to work in an amazing day care center. I would try to set up a routine so she knows what to expect and try to balance time she plays alone with time she's with you. There's going outside for a walk...Lucy and I usually try to either look for certain things like squirrels, leaves, cars...and we count them as we go or we listen for special noises...once again cars, trains, airplanes, wind, birds...whatever. Sometimes she's in the stroller, sometimes she walks and we don't go very far...but to her it's out of the house and a change of scenery. Also we do art projects, coloring, watercolors, stickers, gluing Anything to practice fine motor...if you're daughter is 2 you may be able to start cutting with her...let her cut out your old magazines or newspapers then the next day she can glue her pieces onto a paper (or later the same day). We also do story time and play with her toys which I try to rotate which ones are on her shelf so they always seem new. Another trick is we go to the library each week and pick out books. I have a basket I keep on top of the piano with her library books in it. They only come down at special times so they hold her attention longer. It's a basket with about 5 books in it, and I'll let her look at htem alone while I make lunch then after lunch we snuggle together and read them before nap.
There's lots of ideas out there...try to think in the categories they did at school...sensory (which is exploring different textures and feelings...like a sand box or cotton balls), science, reading, math, small motor and large motor...if you do a few activities each day she'll be happy...and remember her activities can be helping you get things done as well. As long as you talk about it like it's exciting and ask for her help she should be happy to "play" with you even if its folding laundry. Lucy loves to "try on" my clothes as I fold laundry. It keeps her busy and I get chores done. I also give her a dry rag while I wash windows and the floors sometimes.
Good luck! Staying home can definitely be a challenge but I think it's awesome for your children if you're able to do it! They'll learn how to be children and eventually adults from you!
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S.R. answers from Lansing on September 07, 2007
Some of the things that I do with my daughter who is almost 2 is story time at our local library and we also do playgroups. The playgroup is through Great Parents Great Start and is funded through the local school districts, so there should be one wherever you are and it is free. That has been great. It is an hour one day a week and it gets her interacting with other kids around her age and gives me different ideas of things that I can do with her at home. Story time at the library is good too. The library we go to has a children's section with all kinds of toys, the computers and of course the books. Story time last about 45min to an hour and they sing songs and do a project. She really likes that. Hope that helps give you some ideas. We also get together with friends and go to the playground and as a last resort or rainy day thing, we head to the mall. Have fun.
S.S. answers from Grand Rapids on September 07, 2007
What I have done for my 2 year old lil girl is I went to Target (or you can go where ever)And I got things like finger paints, color wonder markers and paper. popsicle sticks, finger paint paper,a bucket of foam stickers and a few other crafty things for her and I just used a cheap shower cover (so we could sit on the floor and have more room). With just that lil bit of stuff there are TONS of fun things to do! She even has her own lil tote that it all goes in! The first time she made her daddy a picture and was so proud! lol I have learned with mine, 2 year olds are happy with just about anything...lol Hope this helped!
N.K. answers from Grand Rapids on September 06, 2007
Check your local library for story times. Also, check your area for mom and tot or play groups. You may also want to do a search at michigan.org to find local activities. Sometimes the city offers free activities/events.
Best of luck.
M.B. answers from Benton Harbor on September 06, 2007
I just recently enrolled my son (21 months) in tiny tumblers at the YMCA. You can look up all the Y info on their website too to see what they offer.
J.M. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2007
My son is also 2 1/2 and I am always looking for fun classes/ activities for him as well. I wanted to let you know about a program that my business offers: parent/child Spanish classes. I own the Bilingual Fun Company which is located in Plymouth. We have classes for ages 2-10, which are interactive, filled with music, dancing, games, and more. Feel free to visit our site for schedules and more info. Good luck!
R.S. answers from Lansing on September 07, 2007
My daughter is 2 1/2 and loves going to the park where she can play on their slides, etc.
If you don't have those, an open field works too :)
Maybe some playdates with other kids her age and coloring, movies (and popcorn), dancing, helping you around the house, making cookies, cakes. Involve her in your daily tasks if possible.
J. answers from Grand Rapids on September 12, 2007
Check out the web site for International MOMS Club. This is a Stay-at-home moms club. They have local chapters all over. You can find one in your area to join.
If you are in West Michigan, you can check out our club. www.geocities.com/fruitportmomsclub
We have members from Muskegon, Fruitport, Spring Lake and Grand Haven. We have playdates and park play. You and your children will love it! Hope this helps.