20 Toddler-Approved Activities That Make Moms Go Nuts

20 Toddler-Approved Activities That Make Moms Go Nuts

What’s more fun than flushing Mommy’s wedding ring down the toilet?


By Nicole Fabian-Weber

Before I became a mom, I assumed that all children were ... well, not insane. I dutifully purchased beautiful wooden toys for my daughter when she was a few months old ... only to have her gravitate toward the hideously garish plastic ones when she was big enough to play. And now that she's a toddler, well, my efforts to provide responsible and educational toys, games, and activities are proving to be futile once again.

Forget the handcrafted, artisan games welded together with organic fairy dust. Here are 20 "activities" toddlers really love playing (much to parents' dismay!).

1. Running in circles approximately 974 times, missing sharp table corners within about an inch.

2. Anything. As long as you "watch me, watch me, waatttchhh meeee!"

3. Putting makeup on ... your white bath mat.

4. Flushing things down the toilet that aren't pee or poo.

5. Peeing and pooing in places that aren't the toilet.

6. Drinking dirty bath water.

7. Seeing if the DVD player will play bagels. With cream cheese.

8. Climbing all the things.

9. Seeing if they can unravel an entire new toilet paper roll within the four seconds you

had your back turned.

10. Finger painting ... with butter on your window.

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11. Seeing how many times they can pull on the curtains until you completely lose your cool.

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12. Taste-testing the dog's treats.

13. Hiding Mama's jewelry.

14. Requesting the same song over and over and over again until it becomes stuck in your brain for the next 48 hours.

15. Randomly appearing in your room in the middle of the night.

16. Requiring 73 bandages for a scrape you need a microscope to see.

17. Enjoying snacks ... that they find in the depths of the couch.

18. Taking the liberty to tell your kind neighbor that her breath smells.

19. Watering the plants with milk they were supposed to be drinking.

20. Deleting an assignment on the computer when you're on no. 19 of a 20-point list.

What "toddler activities" does your child enjoy?


Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama of a toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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