Thursday, 3 April 2014

Activities for Baby and Toddler to do together

Seb loves Harvey. He gets so excited when Harvey is around and tries to follow Harvey around everywhere and is trying to do the things Harvey is doing. Harvey on the other hand is not used to having another little person in his life and hates sharing his toys with Seb. I can understand Harvey's frustrations sometimes as Seb is like an octopus-monkey and won't stop till he gets what he wants (my iPhone!).

Anyway I wanted the boys to learn to start playing and interacting with each other more. So I did a bit of experimenting and came up with some activities that I have tried on the boys. Not that these are original or anything. Some were a success, for about 5 minutes, and some a total failure.


1. Cup Tower Knockdown
Harvey would build the cup tower and and Seb knocking it down.

2. Water Games
You will need a tub or tray filled with water and different texture, colour, size objects for dunking and splashing. Warning it can get messy! With us it didn't last long. Everything came out of the tray and water was everywhere. If you can it is just easier to put water on the floor and them them go for it!


3. Music 
This could involve dancing around the room. or grabbing some pots and pans and anything that will make a noise. Put on your iPod to your favourite tunes.



4. Bubbles!
Especially as the weather is picking up now. A bubble machine is great, just don't let your toddler get hold of it!

5. Messy Play
With anything like coloured spagetti, bananas, carrots …. (haven't tried this yet but feel it may also benefit Seb as he has a funny thing about touching different textures. It is this or he is just lazy and needs to be hand fed everything!

6. Let Rip
Ripping paper or in Seb's case chewing paper and baby wipes! something about that rustling sound. To be honest this one wasn't popular for either boys.

7. Rock and Rolling
Rolling things down the stairs or a ramp (Of course please be careful when using stairs!)
Harvey would roll cars and balls down the cardboard ramp to Seb. It was fun but Harvey didn't quite grasp the idea of letting go of the car. And we had a fight about physics of how a plane should go. Harvey refused letting the plane go down the ramp and made angry flying gestures and sound. Balls worked though.

8. Story Time.
If you don't mind reading the same book over and over again thanks to a very demanding toddler.


9. 10 little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Harvey would jump and sing the song and Seb just laughed as he was bounced around the bed or couch. Even better if you have a trampoline.

10. Hide and Seek
Great for baby development and awareness of things still being there even if you can't see it. Seb can find a partially hidden monkey in his ball pit. Harvey loves to help hide things, be it not very well.

If you have any great baby and toddler activities, or if you think mine are just lame, please share with us by commenting below.


26 comments:

  1. What lovely ideas for helping to nurture their relationship together.

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  2. I have a slightly bigger age gap with my two but you have some great ideas for keeping both baby and toddler entertained here.

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  3. my babies have always wanted to do whatever it is their big sisters are playing!!! great ideas here x

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  4. It's so important to spend time with your children when they are very small. I remember doing a lot of the activities you are suggesting. Hide and seek was always fun. Oh and I too loved the bubble machine!!

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  5. Love seeing siblings play together. They are only little the once and memories can be made.

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  6. i dont remember much from my childhood, especially if i had any playful times with my sister, we have 8 years difference, maybe due to that we are not so close, its great they who are helping them to bond

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  7. Aw lovely ideas, I hope Baby doesn't miss not having a sibling to play with. Your kids are so cute x

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  8. Get a tuff spot, brilliant for messy play/sand/water/everything!

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    1. Yeah a friend has one and it looks pretty cool

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  9. Some great ideas here! thanks for sharing

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  10. Great post. My two are 14 months apart and all Maxi wanted to do with Mini was throw cars at him!

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    1. Haha. We get a few pushes and a lot of air punches!

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  11. Oh what some lovely ideas, they look like they are having such fun :) x

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  12. i think the worry i have is that my yteens dont get along with the toddlers, well other way round, my youngest loves his time with his elders but the olders hate joining in with younger ones unless its on a computer

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  13. We were getting our house extended and refurbished when my first two were small so mess wasn't an issue. I put bright blobs of poster paint on paper plates, unrolled some old wallpaper and we took off our shoes, stepped in the paint and tracked down the roll red carpet style!
    The kids loved it!

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  14. Aww this is such a lovely post, my son was 20months when I had my youngest so it's always great finding things they can do together. I found it hard trying to come up with stuff but I think that's because i didn't read any blogs ;)

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  15. What great ideas.

    Yes get a tough spot they are brilliant!
    Play dough is another sure fire winner !

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  16. Some really lovely ideas here, my boys are very close in age too so i will have to implement some of these activities for them. xxx

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  17. Some lovely ideas here, my boys are 16 months apart (aged 3 and 20m, with another baby on the way!) So we do lots of this sort of thing

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  18. I like the idea of a messy play... but I would keep it for summer months garden time :-)

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  19. Great ideas for siblings to do together here. Bubbles were always popular in our house.

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  20. Great ideas - we have got to the point now where my two eldest play well together but I think we'll need to use some of these in a few months when Little B starts wanting to join in!

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  21. Great ideas! I'm 32 and I still love bubbles. I think it's great to get the little ones playing together from a young age. It helps forge a really extra special bond x
    Love Vicky
    Around and Upside Down

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  22. Some great ideas on this post. I love the bubbles idea and the messy play idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I love the water idea......theres something about children and water

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  24. Wilf loves jumping on he bed and singing about the monkeys! x

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