Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Entertainment

Toddlers are quite entertaining...just watch one dance to Yo Gabba Gabba or just listen to any stories they have to tell. Two of my favorite stories are:

1] I received tulips from my mother for Valentine's Day. Lila got one out of the vase and quietly pulled open all its petals. She looked up at me, "Does Thumbelina live in here?". I said, "No, I don't think so". She replied, "Oh, she must live in the other one."

2] One day this last Winter, I went to pick her up from Daycare and the Daycare lady had a story to tell me. It went something like this
"Lila what did you do last night," she asked.
Lila replied, "Daddy was crying."
"Why was he crying?" the worker asked.
"Because Mommy hit him," Lila said, matter-of-factly.
The Daycare lady stepped back, "Mommy hit Daddy."
"Yes *pause* with a snowball."
"With a snowball? It wasn't snowing yesterday."
"Well, it was at our house," Lila said indignately, hands on her hips.

Not only are they entertaining, but it's also a delight to entertain them.

1] Watched movies (more on that for the letter "M").
2] Created crafts using glitter, glue, buttons, scrapbook paper...whatever we could find.
3] walked around the yard. This was especially fun when she first started walking and every blade of grass, every bug, every rock was something new to explore.
4] Played in the snow.
5] Practiced our letters and numbers with flashcards and Leap Frog.
6] Played ball.
7] Played "The Tickle Bug" game.
8] Role played, as in she assigns us parts (I'm always Dora, Chris is always Map and she's always Boots) and then we play find the treasure...this is a game she totally thought of herself.
9] Swimming (in lakes, rivers, the ocean and swimming pools)

And, the list goes on and on and on...

How are toddlers that you know entertaining? How do you entertain toddlers that you know?


  1. I loved these stories! So cute. I don't live with a toddler but I've worked with them extensively.

    One of my favorite occurrences was when I photographing preschool classes. I happened to be at a Christian school one year when the school was celebrating its Easter happenings. All the kids were lined up in the hall and told to say "Hosanna!" in anticipation of "Jesus" coming around the corner. "Jesus" did so and the little girl beside me looked very confused. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, "I see Jesus, but where's Hosanna?" I laughed so hard.

    A to Z Blogger & SF/Fantasy Writer @ Visions of Other Worlds

  2. My son is six now and he seems to get more entertaining as he grows!

  3. Haha! I can just imagine the daycare ladies face!



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