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    Default Indoor activities to do with 2yr old?

    With the weather being so hot, DS who usually loves being outdoors, prefers to be inside when it heats up (and so do I, being 37 weeks pregnant)!I am just looking for simple activities to do with him. He is not really into drawing. We do play with playdough, read books, count, play together with his toys...but like most toddlers, nothing seems to last very long!

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    A bath with cool water and some toys. Do you have a water table you could bring inside? Cooking. Dress ups. Playing shops. Craft activities such as making a pasta necklace or you could start early with the Easter decorations

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    I love the pasta neclace idea! DS loves to put my jewellery on! I just need to find some string in the garage.

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    Subscribing!! I need ideas for indoor play for my 17 month old.
    What about building a cubby house out of chairs sheets pillows ect
    Mid day bath
    We bought DS a puppy and he loves playing with her
    I have divided DS toys into large tubs and only bring 2 out at a time, he gets excited bout all his "new" toys
    have a picnic inside with cut up fruit, dried fruit and crackers ect
    Finger painting
    Watch a DVD
    Dance to music
    Puzzles
    That's bout all I can add can't wait to see what everyone else has to add!!

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    Hmmm let me see ...........
    Does 'tear the house apart' count?

    Thats what my 2 yr old is into at the moment, along with making his baby sister cry, jumping on the lounge, getting wooden spoons out of drawer and playing baseball with his indoor toys, etc etc.

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    Besides what has already been mentioned, my girls loved stickers at that age. They now have sticker books etc Maybe build a little cubby house with a sheet and the lounges so you also might be able to sit and rest a little.... Maybe even help with dinner so you are killing two birds with the one stone.

    Goodluck, cause being sooooo heavily pregnant in heat is tiresome enough...

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    Tape butcher's paper to one side of the bath and let them go nuts with paint. At least when they finish they're in the right place!
    Train sets always seem to go down well with toddler boys too

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    DS loves going through my handbag, pulling all the cards and coins out of my wallet and putting them all back in. I tried giving him his own wallet with old business cards and expired cards but no dice, he just wants mine he also likes playing under a blanket or sheet. And sitting in the washing basket with a plate for a wheel and pretending it's a plane/train whatever. Playing with balloons. sticker books. Playdough. Listening to talking books/music. Cold bath. Train tracks can be fun for hours. Duplo. Oh, and getting into the cutlery drawers, i just remove the dangerous bits and let him go nuts.

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    oh and puzzles!

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    I ha a two year and struggled to find things to do to amuse ds during the winter when it was misserable weather.

    We would get old magazines and cut out different things and paste them onto big poster sized pieces of paper. We would pick different things to cut out. For example one day we would cut out food. Then the next time faces. Then the next time animals. It takes a bit of time because he would have to find the things to cut out!

    We would collect bottles, and make them into little search capsules. I would get little trinkets, like a marble, thimble, magnifying glass, etc (the kids of things you find in cheap bonbons) and put them in the bottle. Then fill the bottle with coloured rice. Ds would then have to rotate the bottle and shake it until he could find all the items in the bottle. I would attach a list to the outside of the botltle.

    Leggo (or duplo) is a big hit for us! We build houses or car ports out of lego, then drive cars through them. Or make towers as high as he can.
    He loves to seperate all the colours. Then we count them too.

    We have old coke bottles that i filled part way with coloured rice. Then we have an old tennis ball that we use to play skittles.

    Cooking is perfect for toddlers. If you have the patience and dont mind a bit of mess! Seperate all the ingredients youneed to make cupcakes or whatever into little bowls. Then your child can put them all into one bowl and stir it all up. Spooning the mixture into patty pans can be messy but great for hand eye coordination developement.

    There are endless things you can do with paper plates and plastic cups. You can cut paper plates and twist the arms a little to make spinners. Put stickers on plaastic cups, and then make jelly in them. You can add choccies in there too! Make faces from cut up pieces of fruit and veges.

    Finger and foot painting is alot of fun. Definitely messy though. I bought a big piece of plastic from spotlight and put that down on the kitchen floor. The good things about hand and foot painting is that you have their little prints to keep and look back on.

    thats a few ideas. Hope they help.


 

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