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#1 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:28 AM

Help!

I am struggling to keep my two amused and happy and entertained all day. DD is 21 months and DS is 10 months and only days away from walking.

They seem to have out grown all their toys (thankfully there is plenty of new stuff coming at Christmas) and seem to spend half the say following me around whining. I can only assume they're bored.

It's so hard for me to get out and about doing things with them because I just don't have enough hands. We do go to the park without much drama, but going to shops/play centres/library are all out of the question with my two.

At home, we do the usual stuff.. paddle pool outside, read books, paint, draw, rip up paper, make a complete mess of the house tongue.gif but I feel like I am resorting to TV more often then I should.

Does anyone have any suggestions of other activities, toys, whatever that I can use to occupy both of my bubs and keep them happy?

#2 mama123

Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

We have spent many hours in the sandpit. original.gif

#3 Feral WibbleWobble

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:21 PM

Sandpit.

Trampoline.

Ball pit.

Ball games - get the big one to roll the ball to the little one.

Little Tikes cars - little one can sit in the car, big one can push.

#4 CherryAmes

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

Well, just to add something a bit different - yoga.

I bought the 'itsy bitsy yoga' book and my 23 month old loves it and is doing 'poses' from it all the time. I had a bit of a google and saw some videos which had the baby and the toddler doing poses together. Maybe check it out?

I remember my sister (who had 2 close together) used to play games like 'going on a bear hunt' with different roles for the different kids, she'd set up the house with cushions and paper and so on and they would act out the whole thing. I'll have to ask her for some more ideas for my two, actually!

#5 LittleMissPink

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

Can you find some playgroups to go to a couple times a week? Then you get to sit and chat while they play!



#6 Natttmumm

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

I was thinking play group once a week, have some friends over once a week, park, nature walk  - one in the pram and one walking with her own pram to push, planting some fruit like strawberries, chalk on the driveway, play dough, go to the local pools and stick in the very shallow pool, swimming lessons for older child, train or bus ride a few stops where a local park is close and then come back an hour later, beaches where the water is flat and take sandpit toys.
It's gets easier. When the baby is 18 months old as they enjoy things more.
Assuming they both sleep during the day, I would usually spend the mornings out and come home for sleep and then play at home in the arvo with tv time at around 4 ish for an hour.



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