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detmom

Tips on making a 2yr old sit still in a library

Hi,

Can any one please suggest me some tips on making a 2 yr old sit still in a library?

Thanks!!!!



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Jellybeanlover

Just wondering if your 2 yr old is at the library for Storytime or for another reason. If it's Storytime, relax. Most of these children are wigglers and wander around. Some are very still and listen, others cry. So if you are at Storytime, don't expect them to sit still, you can quietly tell them "oh look at the picture...ect." The Storytime readers are used to the children, and so are most the mom's you'll meet there. It's mostly for social time for the child anyway.

If you want your child to sit still in the library for another reason, give him a board book..from the childrens' section. Let him get a few of them. Bring some coloring books and crayons. Don't expect him to sit for more than a very short time. His attention span is Very short at this age, so plan on taking him for a short time, and don't expect him to sit for more than three to five minutes. This age is very curious and like to explore and check out alot. They don't always grasp why you want them to sit for so long, when their little legs want to run and discover what is around the next shelve or why all those books are on the shelves... .
It seems hard on them to just sit, to be quiet. Take him outdoor and let him run. Exposing him a little bit each week to the libray is great. Reading to him while he's there is great, he will want to go more and maybe this will help.

Good luck.

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detmom

Thanks a lot. He usually gets the books and keeps turning the pages and then running off to the computers and then off to the puzzels.I have never tried the coloring idea.

Thanks again!!!

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concerned mom

The coloring idea is great. Also, some libraries have puppets that the kids can play w/. Our children's librarian is very creative, and often to keep the kids focused, she puts on a puppet show and uses a lot of interactive play to keep their attention. She also tells a story, and while doing so, uses a wipe off board to draw pictures. Each child gets a different colored marker, and they each get a turn to draw on the board. My boys are very active, so when it's not crafttime or storytime at our library, I don't usually bring them. It's hard keeping a little one occupied if you need to use the computer, do research, or look for your own books. This is all normal, though, and our children will get through this stage just like anything else. Hang in there!

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junieg

Take it from me, two year olds are just not designed to sit still for any length of time. I have to do story time with a group of up to 10 two year olds every day. Like concerned says, you really have to keep their interest going and interaction is the key. We also do Brain Gym which is also very good for getting the children to focus.

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detmom

Can you tell me what are the activities that you do for 2 yr olds in the Brain Gym????

Thanks for all your replies.

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junieg

Brain gym uses very simple exercise but it does help the children to focus and we find it very helpful. They really enjoy it too. It is hard for me to describe some of the movements, but the main aim of it is to get both sides of the brain workinbg in unison. Even getting a child to crawl is good as that takes both hemispheres to work together. Some children never crawl but they will have problems later in life. We have the children marching round the room or garden, etc, etc. I have a put a link for brain gym in, but don't know how much detail they will give on actual exercises as this is a big business. These people make a fortune going round schools teaching it so are wary of people getting it for free. I have to say it is well worth it though.

http://www.braingym.org.uk/

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detmom

It is amazing what you are saying about Brain gym, I think I just read on this message board, that climbing is good for kids as it gets both the hems of the brain to work. Thanks for the info!!!

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NorthernVa.Mommy

Most libraries don’t expect a 2 year old to sit still. I know at the 2 year old story time buy me, the kids are always up and moving. They actually incorporate songs and movement into the story time since it is going to happen anyways.

I luckily have a great library by me that has an entire wing for children. That way they don’t bother the adults who are there for the quietness.

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Tay

I JUST DONT THINK NO TWO YEAR OLD IS GONNA SIT DOWN IN LIBRARY IF U HAVE AN OLDER CHILD U CAN LET THE TWO YEAR OLD SIT WITH THEM CUZ BEING THAT THE CHILD IS TWO YEARS OLD U CANT EXPECT MUCH DESCENT BEHAVIOR FROM THEM OR IS THIS YOUR FIRST CHILD I ALSO HAVE A GREAT LIBRARY EVEN THOUGH THEY MIGHT BE LOUD THEY DONT SAY ANYTHING TO THEM CAUSE ITS NOT MUCH THAT U CAN EXPECT FROM A TWO YEAR OLD

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