Entertaining two two-year-olds

21 Nov

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A Skyping session with my twin sisters is usually anything but normal; often including scenes such as, and not limited to, flailing arms, crying, screaming, singing…

Skyping with babies/toddlers is not a simple task. After all a “simple conversation” requires that you first hold their attention.

Here’s my list of how to have meaningful conversations with little ones over Skype:

1. Make sock puppets
To entertain my audience, I stuck my hand into a sock and starting talking through it. For some reason, the little ones started crying…

2. Break out in song.
Create a song according to a tune they are familiar with, like twinkle twinkle little star; just change up the words and sing it like u mean it. I don’t know why, but this again evoked tears..

3. Play pictionary with them
Draw animals and say “what is this”? And then proceed to make the noises of that animal together in unison. Woof woof woof. Due to the audience participation elicited, this seemed to meet with a more favourable response.

4. Peek-a-boo
Disappear from the screen till they ask where you are, and come back on screen with a hood on your face or a really cool smile. Or crazy eyes. Or just the eye. This really made em laugh.

5. Ask them about their day
This met with relatively little success. Although sometimes they would start crying… Success?

6. Make funny faces
My favourite part of this is seeing them make the same faces. I probably end up being more entertained than them and often break out it crazy laughter.. Which either gets them to join me in crazy laughter or once again makes them cry.

That’s the end of the list for now. Maybe I’ll have a part two when I figure out how to get stop making them cry.

But on a more serious note, let me know if you have any suggestions on how make my Skype with my awesomely cute baby sisters creative, fun, and interactive!

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