Some of the mom-blogees are familiar with the blog Chasing Cheerios that I've referred to before. She posts lots of great ideas of stuff to do with your toddler. We've been trying a few of them around here!
However...I've noticed that it's key to time these projects correctly. With any toddler, I'm sure, but especially with a boy. Here's project 1:
Experimenting with states of matter with some toys to make it interesting. Another example of how older kids do this one is on this blog I just discovered. Here's what he's supposed to do:
Here's what he did after the first 30 seconds:
The block of toys was not as much fun as squirting everything in sight, including me. But, who cares, right? We had fun. He's probably learning something.
Project 2: New puzzle using common household stuff. Hence, the cheerios box joke in the title. Here's what it's supposed to look like in succession:
However, these happened backwards. Looks good, though, huh? Pictures can be very misleading. Then "Mama! Frow!" (throw) and off went the pieces of the puzzle. For the remainder of the night parts of the cheerios box were flying with zest through the house. Maybe he's doing a more individualized project with aerodynamics and such. Makes sense to me...