Bored toddlers can be a little stressful to handle and may push you to your limits. Often toddlers who are not kept amused or frequently taken out of the home become mischievous and play up and often the reason for this is lack of stimulation. As children master playing with toys or become bored of playing with the same games they find it very hard to stay entertained.
One way to tackle boredom is to choose new toys that require a bit more thought or effort. Books with different textures, buttons and sounds and pull out features are excellent. With something more than pictures and words the children can experiment more and actually explore the book in greater detail. Choose toys that will challenge your children a bit more and will take some time to get to grips with in order to help the toy to remain useful for fighting boredom.
Play Ideas for Bored Children
Playing with water may make a lot of mess but it’s so much fun and children love it. Under supervision let your child spend time pouring water into jugs, different pots, plastic tumblers and bowls. For some colourful play bring in some food colouring and if you’re happy for things to get messier add some extra ingredients to the water to see what happens – such as flour or sugar.
Puzzles are great, but they will need to be rotated or replaced once your child has mastered the puzzle hundreds of times. To help spread out the fun buy a few puzzles at once but only have one in the toy box at a time and change it for one that’s been hidden every few weeks. Keep the rotation up to keep your child keen.
Vehicles are fantastic too. As they can be carried around easily, used to play all sorts of different games and can be expanded. There are stunt launchers, garages, roads, play rugs, plus they can be played with outdoors, indoors even in bed! Think cars, construction toys, tractors and trains - all brilliant vehicles that children will enjoy playing with.
Rotating all sorts of toys will help to keep your child interested in what they are playing with. Split the toys into thirds, keep one in the living room or main room where most of the playing takes place. The second set of toys can go in the bedroom where the child spends less time alone or in a place where they have to ask to get the toys – just so they aren't as easily or frequently accessible. The third set of toys should be out of sight in a cupboard or spare room. Rotate the toys on a monthly basis, making the toys that were last in the main playing area the ones that are out of sight completely with each rotation.
Children develop quickly and can soon lose interest in toys that they don't find challenging. If you notice your child seems to be playing up more than before or showing signs of boredom it's a good sign that they have outgrown some of their current toys and need some new stimulation.
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