how to entertain a toddler when you're stuck at home

How We’ve Been Entertaining our Two Year Old While Stuck at Home

The internet is full of amazing articles on the different ways to keep your children occupied during lockdown right now, and I just want to be really clear from the outset that this is not one of them.

No, you see, my child is 2-years-old. He has the attention span of a fruit fly. And almost all of the articles I’ve seen providing suggestions on how to entertain a toddler at home look a bit like this:

01. Baking

02. Crafting

03 – 100 Multiple variations on baking or crafting, I mean, FFS.

(Oh, and going for a walk, obviously. Actually, it seems like the answer to every lockdown dilemma at the moment is, “Are you going for your daily walk, though?” Walking, apparently, is the yoga of the coronavirus pandemic . And, unfortunately, that suggestion is absolutely no use to us either, because, as part of the shielded group , we can’t go out at all – no, not even for a walk. Which just leaves us with the crafting and the baking, and the daytime drinking, really.

Anyway, as I said, Max doesn’t really have the attention span for things like baking and crafting yet – which I’m secretly relieved about, because I freaking HATE baking and crafting. Seriously, before I got pregnant, I said to Terry, “If we decide to have kids, I’m only doing it if you can guarantee I will never have to do any baking or crafting.” And Terry was just like, “It’s cool, your mum loves all that kind of stuff: she’ll do it!” Oh, the sweet innocence of people who didn’t know they were destined to have to live through a literal pandemic, without any childcare help, and with the internet constantly suggesting that baking is a good way to entertain a toddler for 12 straight hours every day. GAH.

So, we’re not doing much baking or crafting, basically. Even more surprisingly, however, we’re not doing much in the way of playing with toys, either, because, a few weeks before lockdown started, Max decided he didn’t want to play with any of his toys ever again – he just wanted to play with things like scissors and magnets, and other super-dangerous things that definitively DO NOT appear on all of those 1001 Ways to Entertain Your Toddler Lists.

(Actually, I tell a lie: there are quite a few toys he’s still interested in playing with – and every single one of those toys is currently at his grandparents’ house. Which has made lockdown challenging, really.)

So: if we’re not crafting, baking, walking or playing with any of the 51,675 toys in the house, what ARE we doing to fill our days right now, I hear absolutely no one ask? Well, here you go: how to entertain a toddler at home, when the toddler in question resists all attempts at entertainment…

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01. The Tuck-In Game

This involves taking every blanket in the house, piling them around the toddler, and “tucking him in”. Sometimes I am required to “tuck in” with him. Other times, my attempt to “Tuck In” will trigger a tantrum. Guessing which reaction I’ll get is part of the fun!

02. Tuck-In-With Towels

As above, only – PLOT TWIST – with TOWELS, rather than blankets. Didn’t see THAT coming, did ya?

03. ‘Stuck Fort’

A ‘Stuck Fort’ is basically your standard cushion fort (So, take a bunch of cushions, and use them to create a half-assed ‘fort’…), with the main difference being that, once inside, your toddler will pretend to be ‘stuck’ in said fort (Hence the name), before dramatically making his escape by throwing himself head-first over the top of the cushion wall. Then rinse and repeat. Until you die.

04. Sink or Float

Fill a bowl of water, then place various items in it, in a bid to establish whether they will sink or float. And also in a bid to establish how much water you can spill on the living room rug, apparently.

05. It’s-The-Bath-But-It’s-Not-Bathtime

Fill the bath with water, place random objects in it, and … that’s pretty much it, really.

06. The Little Girl Who Goes Outside in the Nighttime

Inspired by the first few minutes of the movie Charlotte’s Web , in which a little girl wakes up in the middle of the night, and goes out to the barn, where she encounters a piglet named Wilbur. All of the animals in the movie can talk, but this is not nearly as interesting to Max as the fact that the little girl goes outside IN THE NIGHTTIME, so this game has the following basic rules:

  1. Your toddler pretends to be a little girl.
  2. He pretends to go outside during the night.

In related news, guess who regrets putting Charlotte’s Web on that one time?

07. Anna and Elsa Climb the North Mountain

This game requires two players: “Anna” and “Elsa”. Together, they pretend to climb the north mountain, while draped in blankets. (YES, AGAIN WITH THE FREAKING BLANKETS.) The north mountain, meanwhile, can be played by anything you like – the stairs, the couch, a chair, I honestly don’t care: I gave up the will to live three weeks ago.

08. Anna Slips on the Ice

For this one, meanwhile, you will take on the character of Anna, while your child is Elsa. You will pretend to slip on the ice. Elsa will tell you not to do that. You will do it again anyway. Elsa will tell you not to do it. You will do it. Elsa will tell you not to do it. You will wish you could slip on some ACTUAL ice, just to break the cycle. You will not.

09. Ruin Mummy’s Makeup

Watch helplessly as your toddler picks up that tube of  £20 mascara and attempts to paint your dressing table with it. Allow it anyway, because you’ve been playing “Anna Slips on the Ice” for 42 hours straight at this point, and it’s not like you need much mascara on lockdown, is it?

10. Ransack a Drawer

Empty out a drawer together, allowing your child to enjoy exploring the various new wonders that lie within it, including pens, posh notebooks that he will now destroy with the pens, and, whoops, there’s those really sharp scissors again!

11. Scrape Slime Off the Rug

Slime is one of the few “toys”that Max is still interested in playing with for a few minutes at a time:  I’m just not sure if the five minutes of peace and quiet it gives me is worth the two hours I then have to spend picking it off the rug, his clothes, and trying to get it out of my hair.

12. Throw The Guys

Max calls his collection of soft toys, “The Guys”. In this game, he climbs into his bed and remains there while I throw “the guys” into the bed with him, from across the room. Then he throws them back. Then I throw them again. Then time slows down, and, eventually, goes into reverse. Then I realise that I’ve been throwing these toys around for 17 hours, but somehow only 10 minutes have passed. Then Max abruptly leaves the room, and I have to tidy up all the toys. Fun for all the family, really.

how to entertain a toddler when you're stuck at home all day

13. Scarves

Present your child with a box of scarves, then go back upstairs to collect the one scarf that’s missing from the box, which turns out to be the only scarf he actually wanted. Watch him parade around the room wearing the various scarves. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ATTEMPT TO TOUCH THE SCARVES. They are HIS scarves. Even although they’re actually all YOUR scarves.

14. Cooking the Cat

The play kitchen is another toy that continues to see some – albeit limited – use during lockdown. It is used to make “dinner” for mummy, and also to stuff Miaow Miaow the toy cat into the microwave. Yes.

15. Sidewalk Chalk

Fun for drawing on the patio in the back garden, but MORE fun for drawing on your clothes!

16. Hide and Seek: Now With Added Blankets, Because, Obviously.

In the words of Max himself, I bet you will NEVER, EVER find him in this photo:

Find Max

This is case I’ll never crack, folks…

17. Stones and a Watering Can

Take a large number of tiny white pebbles, the kind you might find a suburban garden. Insert every single one of them into the spout of a watering can.

18. Find a Friendly Wolf

This is basically exactly the same as ‘Ascending the North Mountain’ except this time you’ll be searching for “a friendly wolf”, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Matey , the bath foam people.

19. The Gnome Show

Your child plays himself. You, on the other hand, must provide the voices for five garden gnomes, a fairy and a small ornamental telephone box. Good luck with that…

And that’s pretty much how we’ve been getting through our days on lockdown: veering wildly between being thankful that he’s not old enough to require home-schooling, or to be too badly affected by the change to his routine, and wishing he was maybe just a little bit older, so he could entertain himself for a few minutes, while I grabbed a coffee or something. I’m sure other toddler parents can relate: I mean, I can’t be the only one spending most of the answering to the name ‘Elsa’ right now… can I?

 

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  • Laura

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    I feel a bit guilty about it but I found this hilarious, it had me howling! I’m so sorry, I’m sure it wasn’t half as funny IRL!

    April 8, 2020
      • Gai

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        You are one of the most genuinely funny blog writers I’ve come across. I know you’re in agony with the lockdown, and being the shielded group, and dealing with a 2 year old. BUT, you have the knack of making it all so damned funny! I imagine you don’t want to think this, but honestly, this pandemic diary would make a great book—maybe not all of it, but most of it—especially the sections dealing with Max.
        I wish you well from the pandemic epicenter across the pond. I really do.

        April 8, 2020
      • Mandy

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        I thought I was the only one with a child like this!! Thank you for sharing this! You see on Facebook all these parents who have done baking and crafting alsorts with their darling little brats.

        So we (I) made loo roll butterflies. That wasn’t much fun. We (I) tried to make some cakes. She decorated them but half ate 4. I let her. I didnt care. Tried salt dough. That was fun for 3 and half minutes.

        Her latest favourite game is making a den with a massive blanket. Involves me holding one side, her dad holding the other and she runs in and out for 45 mins. Dog is allowed in. We arent. Not allowed to use a table or chairs to prop up the blanket either. Nope. That’s too easy.

        Roll on freedom!!

        April 9, 2020
    • R. Thompson

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      This made me laugh out loud today, we have a 20 month old in a one bedroom apartment no balcony or outside space and it’s hard work.

      Thank you

      April 9, 2020
    • William McCormack

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      This all sounds like great fun . Can papa’s play when the restrictions are lifted??

      April 10, 2020
  • Ruth

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    I needed to read this! I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and spend my (very long) days voicing various characters in a series of extraordinarily long and repetitive scenario games whilst simultaneously trying to work from home. My eldest played with the kinetic sand I bought him for 2 minutes and 8 seconds yesterday (yes I counted, don’t judge me) before demanding I resume my role as a buffalo. So no advice, just lots of empathy!

    April 8, 2020
  • Jennifer Kemberling

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    You guys are really having a rough time.
    Do you have any crayons? (for independent play?) (Put him in his highchair so he can draw with out your supervision)
    The game trouble? or a variant? The kids like to push the clicker and move the pawns around independently. (you have to deal w the clicker noise, however, its a hit for a while)
    a felt story board game,
    its almost easter, color eggs with him (highchair) its a one (or as many ties as you would like to thing) and its really fun at his age. Use solo cups and a spoon
    buy a kids living room tent.
    I can’t think of anything else – no coffee yet this morning – I hope some of these are up your alley.
    Any know please, you are doing a great job. This is terribly hard.

    April 8, 2020
      • Jennifer Kemberling

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        I know you are ok, just trying to help find independent ideas. That’s so hard. Just getting them to do anything on their own so you can breathe.
        and your post really made me laugh!

        April 8, 2020
  • Kara

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    I have a 22 month old and am totally in the same boat!

    We have “hide” where mama hides under a blanket with either a giraffe or bunny puppet on my hand. The puppet then pops out of the blanket at random points and says peek-a-boo! My toddler then runs around like a crazy either running from the puppet or trying to get the puppet.

    This eventually devolves into mama-is-furniture. Where I’m still hiding and he then sits in my lap and climbs all over me. And I cannot come out from under the blanket. This is definitely one of those time warps where 5 minutes have gone by for him but an eternity for me.

    Again with the giraffe puppet specifically we play “food.” Which involves the giraffe eating whatever pretend food he is offered and making commentary. Then when the pretend lettuce is offered the toddler grabs it and throws it across the room. To which the giraffe has to cry, “My lettuces!” And repeat. Forever.

    April 8, 2020
    • Kylie

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      Always so relatable 😀

      The ONLY game I’ve been allowed to play today has been to feed my 21 month old’s rocking horse every bit of bit of duplo he can find and then have to pretend to eat it too and go “yuck!”. It was adorable the first time he did it, but six hours later…

      I keep getting sensory play suggestions on instagram, do these people have kids who do what THEY suggest? Is my kid broken? 😀

      April 8, 2020
      • Kara

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        Not unless mine is broken too! Haha He never plays with anything how he’s “supposed to”

        April 8, 2020
  • Alice

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    I hate baking and crafting, you are not alone.

    My 3 year old’s favourite game is to pretend that she is a mummy (or a swimming teacher or a football coach or a daddy) and that I’m the child, and give me instructions. She also likes me to pretend to cry then she gives me my milk and makes it better, and she likes to ask me if my nappy needs changing………

    April 8, 2020
  • Erin

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    This was an excellent & hysterical description of kid games and what I imagine (thank god, right now) parenting is like. I once told my best friend’s son a story about “the shoe eagle” because he kept sticking his foot out the window of her car and I told him that there was a giant eagle that snatched the shoes (and probably feet, because who knows what I said) off small children who put their feet out the window. Five years later this child still asks me about the shoe eagle and I cannot for the life of me remember what I told him originally. It’s honestly great how imaginative little kids are, but I cannot imagine trying to entertain one 24/7 right now. Hang in there. Hopefully this ends someday sooner rather than later <3

    April 8, 2020
      • Erin

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        I feel like no matter what you tell a child and think the result will be there’s a 50% chance you have it wrong and a 90% chance you won’t get the result you think you will. Hang in there ;*

        April 15, 2020
    • Sara Khan

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      Absolutely hilarious and so relatable. I’m currently 8 months pregnant so finding realistic activities to complete with my 20 month old has been really difficult. I like the scarves activity and will definitely give a few others a try. My toddler can’t even be left with crayons because he prefers to eat them instead of making marks! Thank you for all the suggestions!

      April 9, 2020
  • Hannah

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    This mad me laugh so much! You’ve pretty much described my days at the moment with my not quite 2 year old.

    April 8, 2020
  • Oh this made me laugh! This is why yours is my favourite blog to actually read, not just flick through pictures. I do *try* to entertain my eight month old but by about 3pm he’s playing with some cups and watching Baby Tv while I text my friends. I do feel guilty about it though!

    April 9, 2020
  • Really good to see a normal parent breakdown how different it is to entertain a young toddler.
    I have a 19 month old Grandson who is typical for his age into everything !
    I moved in temporarily with my daughter as I have a poor immune system so trying to entertain can get serious and sometimes Nanna just doesn’t cut it 😊
    Will try some of these to try keep him busy.
    Thank you 😊

    April 9, 2020
  • Tessa

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    I 100% relate to this! My eldest is 2, youngest is 1… They don’t care what I’ve done to entertain them, how much time and effort went into preparing crafty activities or sensory games, literally no shits given from either of them. All they want to do is hang off me, warbling like absolute animals, and eat whatever they can find in cupboards or on the rug. Neither of them can talk coherently yet, so at least I don’t get called anything! We may not be bossing this at all, but atleast there is some laughter during all the madness xx

    April 9, 2020
  • Ryan

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    Thank you! I enjoyed this read so much and it’s made me feel better knowing I’m not the only one parenting a 2 year old on lockdown that doesn’t like his toys (unless I touch them).. Was such an enjoyable read and totally relatable!

    Currently dealing with my son constantly standing on top of the dining table and screaming until he runs out of breath 👌🏻👌🏻

    April 9, 2020
  • Very funny, although no 16 would irk me somewhat since I have enough trouble with snails setting up home in my watering can!

    I had a couple of games I enjoyed in early 1970s Scotland that you’re free to try, although they’re probably variations on your themes. No 1 was Mary, Mungo and Midge inspired by a children’s programme of the same name (worth a wee look up on You Tube). I was Mary (the girl), Granddad was Mungo (the big labrador) and Granny got to be Midge (the mouse). Each player was required to stay in character which was fine at home. Until the day wee “Mary” shouted “Look, there’s Mungo!” in the middle of North Berwick High Street while we were out shopping (my granddad rather sheepishly snuck off to the amusement of his pals).

    The other was “Poogy.” Poogy being a lovely fake-fur hat my granny bought for herself in Edinburgh. As soon as I saw it I decided it was a cat – and she never got it back!

    April 9, 2020
  • Nina Fairbairn

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    Oh thank the Holy Mary mother of f***k for you! Finally a prenting style I relate to. I will steal all of the ideas you shared that my nearly 2 year old doesn’t already do. She loves scarves 🙄and the ones that don’t involve a garden because we don’t have one 😭
    Anyway thank you for being so genuinely, honestly you and being relatable to those of us who see crafty baking mum’s on Instagram and think “oh f***k off”

    April 9, 2020
    • Leanne

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      After putting my 2 year old son down for his nap I was literally about to either smash my head against the living room wall I painted last night (as a last resort for something that can be seen as productive and therapeutic) or ugly cry into the sofa cushions so my teenage son doesn’t hear me, when I chose google instead and found this post. THANK YOU for making me laugh at you AND myself with this incredibly hilarious and relatable post! I have no one around me with a 2year old as I have a 12 year age gap between my sons (14 and 2). I am a single parent also and am a college teacher “working” from home through this pandemic which everyone around me seems to be finding silver linings for and I just want to scream.

      Without going into detail, my days are very much like yours with my 2 year old and that’s combined with actually liking baking and crafts… (I’m also a trained ex nursery nurse, please don’t ban me!)

      But I really didn’t remember what it felt like to laugh out loud, until I read this post… some days feel like torture and some of his “games” have me questioning the meaning of life.

      So thank you for the keeping it very real and for sharing, you have made a difference!

      April 29, 2020
  • Nina

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    This made me chuckle so much!
    We’ve been playing ‘mummy hide’ repeatedly… Only works when they come and find you but it does give you 2 minutes of peace when they don’t…
    Oh and let’s torment the pets… Fabulous

    April 9, 2020
  • Mary McGuire

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    This has made me laugh so much and also feel so relieved that I’m not the only one wondering how these people on Instagram are getting their 2 year old to actually do crafts! 😂😂😂 We’re big fans of Tuck In, Ransacking a Drawer and Throw the Stones in Any Recepticle with Water too right now! 😂😂😂

    April 9, 2020
  • Jessica Mannion

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    Hilarious thanks for bringing some joy

    April 9, 2020
  • Jenny kell

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    Thankyou!!!!! Glad to hear its not just me!
    I work in healthcare so have the mixed relief of still being in work (for as long as i can get childcare) but this sums up my days off beautifully just with less frozen and more paw patrol. Oh and in duplicate because i have 2 year old twins 🤣🤣🤣.

    April 9, 2020
  • Jennifer Smith

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    Ah man! Someone relatively normal in the motherhood department! I have a feisty 21 month old girl – I’ve made playdoh (only to have her eat it). Got craft stuff out and she flings it all over the floor. Grandma’s button box (really thought I’d come up trumps there), she stuffs said-buttons in her ears. Water painting outside – she makes a puddle and so it goes on….

    I’ve given up on strict screen-time viewing (this is the only time I can actually enjoy a hot cuppa!), and we can actually have that long-ish walk in the afternoon. Thank the Lord for creating Ducks that’s all I can say.

    April 9, 2020
  • Vicki

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    Sounds like life with my 19 month old! Im just envious it took your little one so long to be obsessed with anything dangerous! I can’t remember a time when Alex wasn’t obsessed with anything dangerous!
    I tried taking him for a walk -he would walk into the road, into someone’s property, or the other direction. He would NOT walk in the direction we were headed! I got a great workout, regularly squatting down to pick up, and carry an angry toddler, to put him down (his request) to repeat process!

    April 10, 2020
  • Duchess of blackheath

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    I can totally relate 😂😅😂😅😅

    April 10, 2020
  • Louise

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    I love it, thanks for sharing. My toddler is 2 and 4 months. Thankfully she has two older brothers and am so relieved that they help (mostly even if it results in screams) to give her some entertainment. Not so helpful during homeschooling though and then Peppa pig and Thomas dvds are our friends.. I feel your pain, it will be over soon… please

    April 10, 2020
  • Chris

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    It was a good read while my 2 year old slide under our coffee table continuously until cracking his head of the table. You would think that would stop him but no 4 times over.

    April 10, 2020
  • Catherine

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    I can totally empathise with you guys! I have a little boy about to turn 2 so far too young for structured crafts & frankly I suck at baking. I have no toddler entertainment tips, mine is watching way more TV than usual & gradually covering the entire house in crumbs and sticky handprints. Putting on grown up podcasts or audiobooks helps me get through the endless duplo building/destroying cycles!

    April 11, 2020
  • Amy

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    Wow this is like reading about my little boy! He is 2, and our days are spent singing Happy birthday to his yellow car, his blue truck, his red car, his dump truck…you get the picture. The rest of the time is him asking “Mummy, what this called?” And pointing to every single object in the house/garden.
    He is a joy but man it’s hard to keep him busy! Such a people person that he has to play with someone the majority of the time. Thank God he still naps!!
    I’m with you sweetie, it’s hard. But also yay for not having to homeschool 😬
    Hilarious post, really enjoyed it! Xx

    April 11, 2020
  • Tanya

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    This post is hauntingly familiar. My toddler’s favourite game is using every washcloth she can get her hands on as a “baby blanket”, and I discovered this morning she’s started wrapping the cat’s toys in blankets too…
    Also she changes outfits every 2 hours or so throughout the day, unless she’s actually dirty and then she’ll scream to high heaven if someone tries to change her.

    April 13, 2020
  • SOPHIA

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    This has had me in stitches, honestly my life too right now although we have the addiontal sea side game, feeling less guilty with our failed ‘crafts’ Thanks for sharing 😀

    April 16, 2020
  • Caroline

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    This is gold! The most honest piece I’ve read so far. I won’t be using any of your games on my 2 year old, because we have some similar mind numbing ones of our own. Mainly where she pretends to be me and I answer to her name. Good luck! Hopefully this will all be over soon.

    April 25, 2020
  • Linda

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    I realised when reading this that all the things my daughter has been talking about for the past few weeks are true for other parents as well. She is constantly trying to find new ways to entertain her 18 month old son and most of them are similar to and with the same results as your story. It is funny and I laughed till I cried. Especially by the why in which you describe the events and the outcomes with just that touchn of sarcasm and despair as my daughter does. She had a tea party in the garden with the teddies the other day whilst said toddler popped inside for a drink and then got engrossed watching Mr Tumble and didn’t come back. She must have looked sweet out there with all the soft cuddly toys and a plastic tea set. Thanks for the laugh and good luck for the remainder of the lockdown.

    April 25, 2020
  • Nikki

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    I was crying with laughter by number 10! We do baby sign classes and have just discovered Mr Tumble… My toddler will sit on the sofa, unattended, for a FULL TWENTY MINUTES, so long as she has all teddies/cuddly toys in sight, her blanket, and the TV remote with no batteries in it so she can’t turn it off. Amazing.

    April 25, 2020
  • Sam

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    I came here for ideas for my 1 year old and wasn’t disappointed!

    Actually glad he’s one now and not 2! We turn to spending and drop off deliveries for books he suddenly wants to read ALL THE TIME and clothes he’s popped out of. I made a makeshift sandpit out of a under bed storage and kiln dried sand that was ment for the patio and dump cars and bath toys in it.

    I am NOT crafting or baking with him! Sounds like trouble and he won’t understand. Bought myself and my husband a frisbee and velcro lawn darts and he likes to watch/fetch with those.

    April 26, 2020
  • Rachael

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    This is so good

    April 28, 2020
  • Tamsin

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    I 100% needed this chuckle today just to get through the little storms of frustration I sometimes feel trying to keep my 1 and a half year old entertained through this period. So so relatable and real. Our play is similar to many of these, with age-appropriate variation but the common factor each time is that our daughter will not focus on an activity for more than 10 minutes, if we’re lucky. Except water play, but ONLY if she’s allowed to get soaking wet and then throw a tantrum when it’s time to get dry again. Ohhh we’ll get through this somehow!!!

    April 29, 2020
  • Leanne

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    After putting my 2 year old son down for his nap I was literally about to either smash my head against the living room wall I painted last night (as a last resort for something that can be seen as productive and therapeutic) or ugly cry into the sofa cushions so my teenage son doesn’t hear me, when I chose google instead and found this post. THANK YOU for making me laugh at you AND myself with this incredibly hilarious and relatable post! I have no one around me with a 2year old as I have a 12 year age gap between my sons (14 and 2). I am a single parent also and am a college teacher “working” from home through this pandemic which everyone around me seems to be finding silver linings for and I just want to scream.

    Without going into detail, my days are very much like yours with my 2 year old and that’s combined with actually liking baking and crafts… (I’m also a trained ex nursery nurse, please don’t ban me!)

    But I really didn’t remember what it felt like to laugh out loud, until I read this post… some days feel like torture and some of his “games” have me questioning the meaning of life.

    So thank you for the keeping it very real and for sharing, you have made a difference!

    April 29, 2020
  • Erica

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    Thank you for being honest, my day sounds similar and I am so sick of looking for toddler activities and finding these Instagram perfect craft activities, who do these actually work for?!?
    I needed to know that I am not the only who feels like time is reversing sometimes, that is hilarious! Today has been the end of a rough week with not much respite so thank you for cheering me up.
    Bring on another day of play doh eating, screwdriver wielding and precarious chair climbing.

    May 7, 2020
  • Lauren

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    At last! Someone who tells the truth about the mindnumbingly boring, repetitive routine of a Mummy of a toddler during lockdown. Love him to bits but I fantasise about my partner and him going out for the day (A WHOLE DAY!!!) and me not having to worry about feeding, cleaning up after, changing or entertaining him for just a few, glorious hours of freedom! In the meantime, thanks for the hilarious post and the most honest description of toddler play I’ve read anywhere 🙂

    May 9, 2020
  • Lizzie

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    Thank you for bringing a smile to my face! I have a two year old and I have found lockdown difficult in the last few weeks. Its the constant mum guilt that is getting to me- am I doing the right things for her? Constantly overthinking and beating myself up. Its refreshing to read your blog and the comments and to not feel so alone in my feelings. Also I love the blankets and towels ideas, I’m bringing a pile down to the living room today. Thank you so much again!
    Right! I’m doing OK! My daughter is OK! We will all be OK! This will all pass and I look forward to the good times ahead. Xx

    June 1, 2020
  • Sobia

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    Finally, some ideas I can actually use during this lockdown! I’m also tired of all the crafts and baking ideas I keep finding online for my 2 year old. I feel relieved to see that other people are feeling the same as me. I’m pregnant and we are in the middle of moving houses, so I don’t have most of my son’s toys, or anything else for that matter. I could do with adding these activities into our schedule!

    June 3, 2020
  • Katie

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    This has given me such a good laugh (sorry!) this morning. We are going through the exact same thing atm (shielding also with a 2 year old boy who I find very hard to entertain). It is such hard work, but thank you for cheering me up today and being so realistic at a time when I’m feeling so guilty incase I’m not entertaining enough! X

    June 10, 2020
  • Simona

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    I think I understand your pain completely – aside from not being a parent, I mean: your post made me giggle a bit too much, the cat next to me did not appreciate it! – living myself with someone currently (still somehow) shielding here in London, it’s become quite difficult to entertain (even though she is a mere 29 years of age). I might give these a shot anyway, if it worked on a toddler, why not on my middle sister?!

    June 29, 2020
  • Emma

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    Thank god for this, this could literally be my two year old, especially the blankets and pillows. After a hideous day where he has been downright naughty, absolutely would not play on his own and hand to have mummy for everything while playing the inside/outside game, where we pretend we want to go out to the garden then go in again. Him refusing to nap at lunch time while singing twinkle twinkle little star at the top of his lungs, and then him refusing to go to sleep at night. All while nearly 6months pregnant, I was literally on my last nerve and crying while he refused to sleep, I am so sick of the online suggestions that are useless for a two year old, so finding this article after he finally fell asleep, had my side splitting with laughter and totally cheered me up to know I am mot alone. Thanks

    August 10, 2020
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