Sunday, June 27, 2010

What to do, what to do...

Entertaining Audrey is a lot different this summer as opposed to last. Last year she was pretty stationary, so it was very easy to keep her occupied with toys & books. She also got a lot of use from her excersaucer and doorway jumper. Now it's a whole different story. She's completely mobile and I don't have any kind of cool contraption to put her in! So we tried a couple of new things this weekend: drawing and baby pool!


The crayon holders are for beginners (Target). Audrey preffered spinning them like tops.








Ready to go outside!










At first she wasn't sure about the pool (perhaps it was being inside a giant blowfish's mouth that freaked her out?)


She would bend down to splash the water, but wouldn't actually sit...






Loved the pool toys! Notice she's still not sitting...


Finally! She really loved this cup, she kept turning it over and banging on the bottom. She liked dancing to the sound.


Changed into warm clothes and watching some TV.

It has been so hot this weekend! The water activities and shade are great for Audrey, but I can only stand to be out there for so long. What kinds of indoor activities do you do with your toddler?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

To burn off energy, my 18mo old LOVES the inflatable bouncer we bought (for inside). It's small enough to blow up in the house (and store), yet big enough for him to have fun in with his sister. Little Tikes has a great triangle bouncer for smaller spaces.
The other thing he loves, (that we found on Craigslist) is the Step 2 Music in Motion Roller Coaster. It has been a hit with not only my children, but any child that has come to play.
Have fun!

Jenn said...

We have a few things that we do. She has a ball pit that is inside, but mostly she throws the balls around the house. We have a slide outside, but I am sure that you could bring it inside too. We like to stack blocks and build a castle. She colors, uses water color paint (they all get mixed together, but she loves it), markers, stickers and cardstock. You can make a bean bucket and put cups, spoons, small toys and beans in it. I just use a big rubbermaid container instead of buying something else and pour the beans in and she likes "digging" for toys in it. Emma Kate also has a drum and tambourine and we march around the house. She has one of those tents with the tunnel attached, but she doesnt really like crawling through it yet. Another HUGE hit around our house has been her kitchen playset. She likes to open and close the oven and microwave door and i give her spoons and containers and then she has a bunch of play food. She loves to "cook." Also, go check out Kelly's Korner (blog) I think that was the post that she did on Friday. Have fun!!

Ali said...

I can't wait to see what people post. I'm feeling short on ideas right now. My 16 m/o and I do the following: Outside - pool, sand / water table, picnics, 'gardening,' sprinkler, walks, chalk, visiting the Zoo, aquarium, and feeding the ducks. Inside - reading books (to my surprise she loves library books and going to the library), coloring on the sliding glass doors with bathtub pens, coloring, finer paints, "cooking" (she helps me stir & add ingredients to food I'm making for her. Target has tiny popsicle molds and we combine juice and yogurt and pureed fruit to make popsicles), making forts and tunnels with table cloths and chairs, ring around the rosie, dancing to music and playing with her toys. She has such a short attention span that most of the time I just feel like we are making a mess or cleaning it up.

Jill said...

I don't think I've ever posted on your blog, but I found it a few years ago when we were both on a TTC board at the same time. Anyways, Audrey is a complete doll!!! I have the same problem this summer, last summer my son was about 3 months old, this summer is a whole different story with trying to find things to do. He is no longer content strolling around the neighborhood 5 times a day, he wants to go. Today we are checking out a public pool, I hope it is fun. He also refuses to sit in our baby pool, he insists on standing the entire time. Kids are so funny.

Love Audrey's Micky Mouse shirt!! I almost bought the same on at Target last week.

Lauren said...

Have you tried finger painting with her yet? I'm trying to get the nerve to set that up with Philip in his high chair. It's supposed to wash off easily... we'll see! If she likes the bath, you could always just give her some recreational time in the tub to play with toys. I'm with you though, you want to be outside with them, but it's just so hot! We play with the water table a lot but I can hardly stand to be outside in between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Philip is desperate to be outside though, no matter how hot it gets!

Mrs.MommyLowe said...

My 18 month old son needs to be busy ALL the time and I am 30 weeks pregnant with twins! Have you tried finger paints? They have some really neat tubes at Target by Crayola. Also we watch the Baby Genius Music videos and he loves to dance. I bought a pool on clearance last year and some of those plastic balls for a ball pit. Have fun keeping busy this summer!

lena said...

We take LOTS of walks with the dog. Love Audrey's 2 piece!

Skylar's Mommy said...

Skylar is very into dress up right now, she also loves to cook so even when I am not cooking I give her a bowl, wisk, and empty jello box and let her pretend. We always hit the outdoor stuff before 11 if we can because it is much cooler and the UV index isn't as high. Finger painting is fun, actually you could let her help you make instant pudding and she can finger paint with it too. Just add a little food coloring. We haven't tried the outdoor chalk yet, but our afternoons usually end up with reading, playing my little poinies, we have an indoor pop up tent, and the "I'm gonna get you" chase. Our daycation trips have been nice too.