I’ve been busy this week.
Not writing, sadly, though I have gotten some work done.
Nope, I’ve been terribly busy finding new activities to keep Toddler entertained so I CAN work.
Does he look like trouble incarnate yet? No? Oh.
Well, he is. Toddler requires a never ending supply of entertainment and once that is done, bedtime has become a cry fest. So, not much has gotten done. Right now he is watching cartoons so I can steal a few moments to wake up, drink my coffee and post this.
Today, I have no witty introspection on how the writer works or how my brain is hard wired. Nope. I just have a cup of coffee while I ponder what activity will keep him entertained the longest.
And a list of our favorite activities!
Shaving cream – As an adult, you have no idea how much fun a two year old can have with a can of shaving cream and a big plastic box to play with it in. Oh, and a convenient sprinkler for clean up. It keeps him entertained for HOURS. He has so much fun.
Water beads – These are kind of like squishy jelly beads that are wet. Water is always a hit with Toddler. Things I can vacuum up easily are a hit with Mommy. I think I possibly get more entertainment out of the water beads than Toddler does.
Vinegar and baking soda – This is one we play with indoors. Once it’s dry, you can vacuum up any messes. A big bin, some narrow vessels and a LOT of vinegar and baking soda for fun until the vinegar runs out.
Painting – We paint outside. Painting is a very messy endeavor when you are two and it is very hard to keep the paint on the canvas. Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds. I like to find cheapish canvases so that I can hang his glorious artwork on my walls. I’m awesome like that. And who needs brushes when hands and feet work so well?
Cars – I have to say, I love HotWheels. They are $.88 all the time at Wal-Mart. Who can ask for more and Toddler is a serious car aficionado.
Letters – Toddler is a big fan of letters now, despite the fact he refuses to sing his ABCs with me. We have wood letters, foam letters, magnetic letters. And he knows them ALL. He still wont sing the ABC song.
Ivory soap – Admittedly, I had much more fun with this than he did. You put a bar of soap in the microwave for two minutes and watch the fun begin. Then throw it in a nice big box and watch it get thrown all over the play room. It’s the little things in life.
Coloring – I didn’t know this, but apparently coloring is not for paper. It is for walls, and carpets, and mommy’s legs, and the letters, and… I could go on and on about what things coloring happens on. Rarely is it paper. And whose bright idea was it to use flat paint on the walls? Flat paint doesn’t scrub well.
Now, I would like to ask for a moment of silence to Ellie. Ellie was a good phone who died before her time. She had hours of entertainment inside her, which is now forever silenced. She will be missed.