HJ needs to be entertained.  All.The.Time.  He is always looking for something to do.  If he is ever bored, all I have to do is say, “On your mark!”

And it gets his attention.

Then I shout, “GET SET!”

He is in full runners stance by this point.


And holy crap, he is off.  The kid loves running.  I feel as if I have a track super star on my hands. (which is great, because most boys sports scare the bejesus out of me)

Other times, I actually act like a good mom and come up with activities.

A few weeks back, HJ had a friend over.  I suggested we strip them down to diapers and let them finger paint in the driveway.

(I didn’t want to post his friend without her parent’s permission, but trust me when I say she is a doll)

HJ was really into the red paint that night.

When I told him he could even make footprints, he got really excited.

There were little HJ footprints all over the driveway for a few weeks until it rained.  It made me smile every time I pulled into the driveway.

Then came a rainy day.  One where we couldn’t paint outside.  We had been out running errands that morning and came across tiny finger puppet angry birds for $2/piece.

HJ loves angry birds.  He somehow even made it appear on the main screen of my phone.  He was so proud of himself for that, I haven’t had the heart to remove it.

Here are the finger puppets:

We built towers out of blocks.

And knocked them down with the flying birds (no sling shot though).

And then we would pick them up.  I would build lovely little towers, and BAM!  Within seconds they were strewn about the kitchen floor.  This was not my favorite activity…neat freaks beware.

What boredom busters have you tried with toddlers?

2 Thoughts on “Boredom Busters

  1. My daughter has really gotten into pretend play. She loves dressing up so I made her a little treasure chest filled with old costumes, princess dresses and even some of my old stuff. She also loves to play school, restaurant or store. We pretend I’m the waitress and she’s the customer during meal times. She will set up all her stuffed animals and dolls on the couch and pretend she’s the teacher. It’s so cute to watch!

    I wrote a few posts with some fun activity ideas that keeps Emma busy: http://myadventures-in-mommyland.blogspot.com/search/label/activities

  2. Spend as much time as possible until the weather makes it so you can’t! (Depending on where you live). I am not a mom yet, but I worked as a nanny for 4 little ones for 4 years…it was no easy task keeping them all entertained. Thank god for the great outdoors, crafts and make-believe. Play dates help a lot, too. That way you can send him packing to a friend’s house for a few hours some day, too!

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