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Help! My toddler is getting bored!

Just wondering when I should start incorporating the idea of picking up after each activity? My son is 26 months old.

Also, my son is SO bored with what we have in our house. He has some magnate "blocks" that he likes, but besides that, he doesn't do much. What are some things I can do with him throughout the day that will help prevent boredom, while at the same time, allow him to learn?

This is not uncommon for this age group (toddlers) because they develop much faster and as a result, can get bored with activities, that is why in Montessori toddler classrooms the teacher rotates activities each week or every two weeks.

Putting activities away starts at age 21 months, so yes, now you can "help" him put an activity away before he gets out another activity.

Here are some activity ideas for toddlers:
1. pouring beans
2. a basket of items he can try to open and close
3. scrubbing (a pumpkin, a doll, a truck, etc.)
4. a small tea set with water
5. cylinder block one
6. land and water forms--pouring and only two at a time
7. spindle boxes (just use the 0-4 box)
8. chalk and chalkboard
9. water pouring

~Lisa Nolan