So, I am pulling myself out of the hole I've fallen into with parenting. My kid is awesome, but, she's almost 2, and like all almost two years olds, she needs to keep busy. I've been lamenting her not being an easy to please baby any more, but I know I need to get over it, and move on along with her, or I'm just going to make my own life hell.
Today she got out this little child's cooking set that her grandparents bought her, filled one of the bowls up with water from the water dispenser, and started making a mess all over the kitchen floor "cooking". When I saw her do that, I realized that, all I need to give her is a tub of water (even just a big bowl would probably do in the meantime, but I'll see if I can find one of those shallow, rectangular storage bins soon), some cups and bowls, and she'd happily play in the water probably for a long time. It's hot here again too, so if I set her up in a shady spot in the yard, I can strip her down, or put her in her bathing suit, and she'd probably have a good hour of fun. No special water table needed... just some good old kitchen stuff (this is something I have to remind myself of...I/she doesn't need all the STUFF- often household goods will do!).
Her grandparents also brought her some play-doh, which she loved, but I do think I need to sit with her while she plays with that, unless I want a ridiculous mess on my hands. But that's ok... I can do that too.
So, what else are your Moonbeams doing during the day... I'm not looking necessarily for ideas to "entertain" her- she can entertain herself- but things to keep her busy- if you get the distinction. I guess, I don't feel I need to be doing everything with her (I have a whole house to take care of in the meantime as well), so I'd love ideas she could run with on her own, but of course, I'll take ones I do with her as well!