1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

Indoor toddler games

so its a wet day here, Im scanning websites for toddler games.....does anyone here have any particular favorite games?
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 13th, 2007 12:33pm
For 2 2 year old girls...I have enough trouble with 1 of them, I can't imagine your trials and tribulations.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 13th, 2007 12:44pm
And isn't it like midnight there or something?
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 13th, 2007 12:44pm
5:30 am.  I get up at 4:30 to really give myself a chance to enjoy my work.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 13th, 2007 12:52pm
We've looked and looked and have not found anything good and free.

We ended up buying these, which my 18 month old likes:
www.giggles.net
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March 13th, 2007 12:53pm
oh god.  the day I end up relying on software to entertain my children is the day I..uhh...think the less of myself.


besides which, its like buying them a big flash thingie with lots of wheels and lights.  they love it for the 15 minutes it takes to explore it, and then they dump it in favour of scribbling on a piece of paper.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 13th, 2007 12:56pm
Teach them tic tac toe, then.
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March 13th, 2007 12:59pm
are they old enough for the make-up-a-story game?  would they be excited about couch cushion forts?  my niece (about that age) likes rhymes and songs, she can entertain herself for hours singing about b-i-n-g-o and the itsy bitsy spider.
Permalink the great purple 
March 13th, 2007 1:03pm
> is the day I..uhh...think the less of myself

It's never too early to start...
Permalink son of parnas 
March 13th, 2007 1:05pm
It's not about relying on software. It's about them wanting to copy you. My 18 month old also takes my cell phone, holds it up to her ear, and pretends to talk and laugh into it.
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March 13th, 2007 1:06pm
"are they old enough for the make-up-a-story game?"

wow, I dont know.  how do you get them started on it?

"would they be excited about couch cushion forts?"

heh.  thats a nice idea.  I think they would.

"my niece (about that age) likes rhymes and songs, she can entertain herself for hours singing about b-i-n-g-o and the itsy bitsy spider."

heh.  Ive got an idea thats a personality thing, and hard to teach.  I might try though.

their current obsessions are (for the older) 'reading' and drawing, while the younger likes chatting...telling herself what she has just done, what she thought at the time, what happened next and so on, its mostly a mix between fantasy and real stuff...which maybe means she is ready for more directed 'make up a story' games.
I could write it down and everything.  hmm...nice idea, thanks..
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 13th, 2007 1:10pm
"It's about them wanting to copy you. My 18 month old also takes my cell phone, holds it up to her ear, and pretends to talk and laugh into it."

heh, yeah, ours do that.  the cellphone is a source of endless amusement.

Im really not interested in computer stuff for them just yet, maybe when they turn 10-12....I honestly dont believe the computer has much to offer younger kids except the exciting opportunity to abandon the real world into a rather more controllable environment..
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 13th, 2007 1:12pm
Isn't that the attraction computers hold for all of us?
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 13th, 2007 1:13pm
I'm actually not very good at leading, myself.  You start with a beginning and ramble on a bit, then pass it off to the next person to continue.  It's more of an activity than a game, I suppose, and if you happen to be good at coming up with beginnings it could be entertaining to see what they come up with for the middle.  Chances are you'll never come to an actual ending.
Permalink the great purple 
March 13th, 2007 1:14pm
Quake 4?
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 13th, 2007 1:17pm
"Isn't that the attraction computers hold for all of us?"

heh.  yep.  but I shudder to think how much less socialized I might have been if Id had a computer to hide in from, like, 2....
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March 13th, 2007 1:19pm
"  It's more of an activity than a game, I suppose, and if you happen to be good at coming up with beginnings it could be entertaining to see what they come up with for the middle.  Chances are you'll never come to an actual ending."

that actually sounds like fun.  I think I might suggest it to ms wSV though, she is the more imaginative/better talker.

miss wSV The Younger loves word games and the word rituals around this like tea parties, lunch, asking for stuff and so on and is a very good little chatterbox, she might well enjoy it.  Miss wSV The Elder is less of a chatterbox, and more inclined to listen..but may well still enjoy it.

worth a shot anyway :)  thanks.
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March 13th, 2007 1:21pm
I find it odd that you recall which twin is older which one is younger. I think if I were to have twins I'd ask the doctors to put the info in an envelope and I'd seal it till their 18th b-day.
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March 13th, 2007 1:41pm
heh.  they're not identical, in fact they are very different in appearance and behavior and have been literally since birth...

I know what you mean though, the fact we've retained it as a piece of information that we refer to is interesting, with a full 10 minutes between them the difference is clearly negligable.

meh, I see it as a social experiment, if I can bring them up right that age difference will always seem to matter...
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March 13th, 2007 1:56pm
I can't really remember what we were doing a year ago (when our daughter was 2).  After looking at some pictures...

Making forts seems promising.  We had a Jumperoo and she liked making a fort underneath it.  She also did it a bit with pillows on the bed, other stuff in the living room.

http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-J2460-Deluxe-Jumperoo/dp/B000BXC1AI

I was surprised to see that we'd already started taking her skating almost a year ago, but obviously that doesn't help you when you're staying at home.

Playing in and under laundry baskets.

Hanging a spoon off your nose.

Stacking things up and pushing them over.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 13th, 2007 5:28pm
Duplo.

Blowing bubbles.

Jigsaws.

Books.

Skittles.

Baking biscuits.

Sitting on your knee and helping you with your program.
:)
Permalink trollop 
March 13th, 2007 7:15pm

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