1. Give your child a spray bottle of water and watch them spray every
possible thing outside of the house!
2. Use shaving cream in the bathtub for extra fun.
It is usually possible to find cans of shaving cream that cost only a dollar
3. Remember that Barney dolls, Sesame Street dolls, and the like are as real
to your child as any other person that they have met.
Respect their relationship with their 'cloth' friends.
4. Buy a small pet, such as a frog, lizard, goldfish, bunny, hamster, etc.
Toddlers need something to love. A pet will add much more stimulation to
your child's life than any other toy will.
5. Replace your child's stroller with the wagon for outings to the park, the
Wagons can make both toddlers and their parents very happy. Wagons are
symbolic of you and your child making it through the baby stage and entering
the world of "big kids."
6. Teach your toddler to march to the beat of "one-two-three-four!" while
the two (or more) of you play your instruments.
Your child will never want this marching band game to end!
7. Make a sandbox out of a large plastic container for your child to play
If you put the container outside, covering it will keep the cats from
mis-using your new toy.
8. Build towers together with blocks.
Your child will learn about spatial relationships, balance, etc.
9. When using Play-Doh with your child, show them how to make little
snowmen, snakes, etc,. since it is difficult for their little fingers to
mold clay at this developmental stage.
10. Set up finger painting in an empty bathtub with your child wearing only
This can make finger painting a much less stressful activity for a parent.
About the Author
This piece was written by Dr. Clare Albright, Psychologist and Parenting
Coach, and author of "100 Tips for Parents of Two Year Olds", which can be
downloaded for only $5.77 from http://www.ParentsOfTwoYearOlds.com
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