Mar 3, 2011

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My Life’s Quirks – Things Toddlers Think Are Fun That I Just Don’t Get

For toddlers, everything is a game.  That’s how they learn so much so quickly – to them, it’s fun!  I run a daycare so that means I watch toddlers play pretty much most of the day.  (If they’re not playing, they’re eating or sleeping.)  And boy do these kiddies know how to have fun!  But sometimes their games of choice baffle me.  I watch one toddler start a game that the others find looks like fun so they all join in.  I love when that happens, when they interact with each other and find common ground to play.  But some of the things that my toddlers find to be a roaring good time, I question.  I just don’t see what the big deal is.  Here are a few examples of things toddlers think are fun that I just don’t get.

Picking up one Cheerio at a time and bringing it in the garbage can

Yes, one at a time.  My toddlers know how to have a good messy time while they eat their breakfast. I sometimes feel as though more Cheerios end up on the floor than in their mouths.  After they are done eating, my toddlers will pick up ONE Cheerio at a time and bring it into the garbage.  In fact, as the Cheerios become scarce, they will fight over who gets to pick up the last few!  One at a time?!  Really?!  I just don’t get it.

Using the Swiffer

I think the Swiffer is one of the most awesome inventions ever.  It’s like magic on a stick.  When I take my Swiffer out to use it at the end of my daycare day, the toddlers will line up and wait for a turn to use it.  Sometimes, there isn’t anything left for them to pick up but they don’t care.  It’s the idea of pushing it along the floor.  The Swiffer is cool and all, but lining up to get a turn to use it?  I just don’t get it.

Going though the house and naming everything you see

As I mentioned before, toddlers love to learn.  They are not embarrassed to admit that they don’t know what something is or what something does and they are not shy to ask.  And once they know the name of an object, they use it as often as they can.  (I’m assuming it’s to embed it into memory or something like that.)  My toddlers will spend 15 to 20 minutes sometimes (that is an eternity for a toddler) running around my house, picking up random things and bringing them to me to tell me the object’s name.  They will grab a ball, run to me with it and say “Ball”, then go put it back.  They will grab a cup, run to me with it and say “Cup”, then put it back where they took it.  That’s it.  That’s the game.  For 15 minutes.  I just don’t get it.

Spinning round and round and round and…

This particular game makes my stomach turn.  It’s how my toddlers dance.  When it’s time to tidy up the toys in the playroom, I turn on some ‘not kids’ music.  Usually something from Glee or the newest curse-free dance track (lately, we’ve been listening to Ke$ha’s Blow – the toddlers love that song!)  When they have tidied enough, I let them dance while I continue cleaning up.  But they don’t dance in the traditional sense.  No, they either run around in a circle or they spin around in a circle for the WHOLE ENTIRE SONG!  Then they fall down dizzy, giggle, and do it all over again for the next song.  To spin and spin then to fall down?  I just don’t get it.

I’m sure all of these things make complete sense to my toddlers, but I just don’t think I’ll ever fully understand them.  At least they are having fun, learning, smiling and laughing.  To me, that’s the most important part.

Things toddlers think are fun that I just don’t get.  Just another one of my life’s quirks.

  1. Tots love to vacuum as well. So cute to see them try and reach above their heads for the handle to move the vacuum around.

  2. Thanks for this cute post….I’ll be smiling all day!

  3. My 4 year old used my mop on the driveway yesterday. yeah.

  4. Kids are a hoot. Give my kid sisters a box and they’re entertained for hours.

  5. Katie – That is cute! 🙂

    Penelope – They have me smiling too, when I’m not shaking my head. lol

    Sophia – Hopefully it was an outdoor mop…lol

    Jen – Oh you do the same thing. Admit it. 😉

  6. Lol, good to know, if I have kids I will just bring out the swiffer and cheerios

  7. Sometimes I wish that I was so easily amused! I worked at an event at the Museum a while back and I was in charge of the bean bag game. There was one kid who enjoyed picking up the bean bags that the other kids were tossing more so than playing the actual game. Fine by me, saved me from having to do it. LOL

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  8. bloedeuedd – Absolutely! You’ll be good to go! lol

    Carmel – Fetching is fun!

  9. Julie–Nope, my new mop. Good thing that kid is cute.

  10. Sophia – Well…damn.

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