Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Climbing

Several times a day Bardo pushes a chair and climbs onto the counter. He's usually not hunting for anything in particular. He just loves to rummage through the spice and baking supply cupboard. He does seem to like baking soda. I feel lucky. It's probably the easiest thing in there to clean up. And I would know.

Bardo also as a fancy for the pantry. He climbs the five-gallon buckets and loves, much to Hunter's delight, to sprinkle cereal all over the floor.

Any tips, anyone? I'm open here. How does one entertain a silly toddler and get the housework done?

7 comments:

citymama1 said...

Offspring is also a very tactile learner. She's gotten into the flour countless times, ugh. One thing I did that helped entertain her and stimulate her tactile senses was put a bunch of cheap dry pinto beans in a large bin. I'd set it out on top of a table cloth on the floor and put a few cups and funnels in there. She loved it because she could play and feel things and it was MUCH easier to clean up than flour. It was a good 25 minutes of entertainment, too! Good luck!

K said...

Toddler boys are a handful, aren't they? If anyone tells you a way to keep him off the countertops, let me know!

Andrew still loves to climb on the counters regularly so he can rummage through the cupboards. He doesn't even need a chair anymore to get up! (o: Of course, he doesn't normally pick random things to get out anymore.

Rachael said...

I had one of mine open the spaghetti and dump it all over the floor. She found that if she ran and slid on them it was really fun, an indoor slide. To tell you the truth it looked fun. So I am not much help. Now that they are grown up I want to dump spaghetti all over the floor to slide on it for a family activity.

Kissy said...

You should talk to Prudence about the rice-wheat mixture that her little man created the other day...it sounds like the muffins she made out of it turned out really well!

Jecca Lee Ivie Johnson said...

Hey, I'm still cleaning cream out of my carpets that was initially placed atop a very high dresser. I'm learning very quickly that some kids cannot be caged! Drugged maybe? Child-proofing my house has taken on a whole new meaning with Winnie. We're pretty much in prison-type lock down as soon as mom leaves the room! And yet she still finds ways to be destructive! All I can say is I'm so glad we didn't go with leather sofas! Let me know if you find a good distraction for kids like this. So far I'm just doing damage control!

eryka said...

Hide the honey. That has always been my kids favorite.

Good luck. Maybe he'll become a really good baker.

Prudence said...

People tell me I just need to be more firm, but you know, I don't feel like spending my entire life putting my 2 1/2 yr old on time out. We've resorted to a lock on the knife cabinet . . . . our house is so kid proof it's hard for adults to get out of! We are still working on the climbing thing . . .