This happened in January:
My parents were thoughtful enough to think of giving a little boy some trucks and rocks (duh!). These rocks entertained him for two days. He made pictures with them, lined them up, but them in his tent (i.e., anything covering his head, usually a blanket held over your own head and his). Buy a bag of decorative rocks (if you don’t want dirt all over your house) and you have a happy boy, off his leg!
While the balloons tempted him to move and chase them, he enjoyed crawling around with them and hitting them once they started to sink (attach extra long strings so he can reach them).
6.) iPad and Movies
S has spent much more time than I like to admit playing on our iPads and watching movies. But, when The Hulk Leg is swollen and little boys are fussy from dragging around it’s weight, these are the only things to keep him entertained and still. We introduced a new show to him (“Team Umizoomi”) since he’s interested in letters, shapes, and colors now. He loves it.
We also purchased a few new apps for him to play.
7.) Dr Kit
You’ll see in the above picture, a stethoscope. S has spent SO much time playing “doctor” and listening to everyone’s heartbeats. My mom had a real stethoscope – he’s been on Cloud Nine with it. We’ve taught him to check out his animals with his kit. He’s a fan of getting check-ups from us. Whatever keeps him off his leg is fine with me!
I’m not sure what little boy doesn’t like flashlights! He has spent SO much time playing in our aforementioned “tents” and looking behind our couch cushions with his flashlights.
|with his best friend, Frosty, by his side!|
9.) Window Clings
Really, any magnetic toy for the fridge or clingy toy for the windows. He’s been entertained by these. I like the idea of the paint in a freezer bag and taped to the window, but I never got around to doing it. Perhaps in this last week with The Hulk Leg, I’ll break that out for him…
10.) Random Toys
This isn’t really an “idea,” but I found that he sat and played for the longest time when I gave him a bin filled with random small toys and musical instruments. This bin is part of my organization in attempts to contain the clutter in our small townhouse. He’s used to pulling out these bins and playing with the toys inside, but when I mixed up the random/extra pieces into one bin, he loved it!
11.) Picnics/Play Food
S loves stuffed animals, “I love ALL my animals”. So, we’ve spent lots of time having picnics with his animals. He’s spent quite some time playing with his kitchen and pretend food. We moved his toys to his level, and we’ve found he can entertain himself somewhat with little help.
12.) Lastly, Spoiling.
We have spoiled this child to no end during these last 5 weeks. I’m sure it’ll be incredibly difficult to get him to play by himself after The Hulk Leg leaves us. But, for now, we spoil. We cuddle, carry, play, whatever we can to keep him off of his leg.
|he lives a rough life… 😉|