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ways to keep my 23 month old occupied who also has a broken leg?!!

My 23 month old son broke his leg while going down the slide at the park last week! As if that were not enough he was sitting on my lap while it happened, that's a whole other issue. I am struggling with entertaining him and keeping him occupied, while he sees his 3 1/2 year old brother run around and ride his bike! It is also about 95 almost everyday and we would love to be able to get in the pool or play in some sort of water but I need suggestions on what to keep on his cast to keep it from getting wet. He won't let me put a plastic garbage bag on it!! Please any suggestions!!
In Topics: Outside the classroom, Physical development, Family fun / holiday celebrations
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Jul 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Library books, tapes and play dough.  Get a gold fish. Hire a sitter and have a friend over to make something or bake something (adult actually does it but they mix and taste).  Show family movies and play block building. Take a break yourself as nurse mother and have a sitter at home for you to do what you need. Lots of kids need jobs this summer.

Drug stores and surgical supply centers sell plastic sturdy bags with a seal top to go over casts for bathing and showering.  Go on line.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatricsWayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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salfam
salfam writes:
My son liked small sensory boxes at that age: a small tote with rice, beans, flour, sand, etc to drive little trucks (we used an under-bed box). The same sensory box could be used with kitchen utensils for play cooking. As for the cooling off part, maybe ice cube activities? Good luck!
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cgomes
cgomes writes:
Here are 4 great summer time activities you can do with your child. They'll keep him active and learning while he's recovering! With most of these activities, you won't need to worry about getting the cast wet. However, something else you might try is water repellent pants, or perhaps a plastic bag that isn't a garbage bag? Something colorful?

Try these activities with him!

http://www.education.com/activity/article/speakaboo-brick-making/

http://www.education.com/activity/article/overandout_preschool/

http://www.education.com/activity/article/musical-magical-hoops/

http://www.education.com/activity/article/splashyscience_preschool/

Also, you can keep track of these activities and earn credit for them as you do them by signing up for our Summer Activities Challenge!

http://www.education.com/summer-activities-challenge/

Hope this helps!
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