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    I just realised that daycare being closed for 2 weeks over Xmas/New Year means that my 18 month old will be home with me all day, every day for 2 weeks.
    MIL will be working so no babysitting. DH says he'll have a few days off, but realistically that'll be more like having two children at home for me to look after.
    It'll be the middle of summer and we have no air-con at home, and we don't have a car so can only go out on foot or public transport (neither of which are too appealing when it's really hot). The handful of other mums I know are going away for Xmas so no playdates either.

    I've been looking up indoor toddler activities online but most seem to be geared towards slightly older children, who at least have some language comprehension and the ability to sit still for a few minutes. I've started writing a list of things we could do, but would love some more suggestions.
    Or just general survival tips?

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    We often do days or even a week at home mostly as I get over going out and just like being home really.

    Stuff DS1 like when he was a bit younger and DS2 would probably be into already.
    - toilet rolls taped to the wall and put Pom poms in there into a bowl. Just show him once and he should get it
    - colander upside down and pipe cleaners into the holes. This one was always great and kept him quiet for ages.
    - Shaving cream coloured with food colouring in the bath/shower. Extra good for when it's really hot and you just keep washing it off and they get cool/a blank canvas.
    - low storage bucket with a few cm's water and either toys or kitchen stuff in there.
    - bubbles. Bubbles are like crack and my kids will play with them for hours. Some wool between two sticks in a circle dipped into dishwashing liquid works well to.

    There's probably more but I'm so tired right now I can't even think!

    I find if I'm home all day I break the day into blocks of time to fill then it doesn't feel so overwhelming.

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    Do you have a water table? Or just buy a cheap sprinkler , anything to do with playing in water they love!

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    Could you try and go out as early as possible in the morning? Just for a walk to the park for a quick run around? I used to outside with mine when they were little at 7.30/8am to beat the hottest parts of the day.
    Water is your best friend - play in the sprinkler, paint the outside walls, floor, etc.. with water and a paintbrush, lots of bath time - even filling the empty bath with those plastic balls is good for a tiny bit of peace.
    Don't feel like you have to occupy him for every second of the day - it's perfectly acceptable to lay on the couch and watch him destroy the house.

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    I get really cranky when I have to stay at home all the time so when I have weeks like that, I try to have a loose routine, or blocks of time, so the days don't seem so long.

    So breakfast and get ready, then out of the house by about 8am to beat the heat of the day and do an activity out of the house (beach, playground, library, zoo, indoor play centre, shopping centre, swimming pool, science centre etc). Then home by about 11 - lunch and then nap. After nap time would be at home activities like the ones mentioned above. Maybe once it's cooled down enough, say 5pm, go for a walk with the pram. Then dinner and bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shani2 View Post
    - toilet rolls taped to the wall and put Pom poms in there into a bowl. Just show him once and he should get it
    - colander upside down and pipe cleaners into the holes. This one was always great and kept him quiet for ages.
    These are the kind of activities I would never think of, thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Don't feel like you have to occupy him for every second of the day - it's perfectly acceptable to lay on the couch and watch him destroy the house.
    Haha I feel like we do enough of that already… He currently has no interest in playing with the blocks, or duplos, or train tracks, but will happily tip boxes of each of those all over the floor and throw them around. (And pull all the nappies off the shelf, and clothes out of the drawers, etc… toddlers!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybambino View Post
    So breakfast and get ready, then out of the house by about 8am to beat the heat of the day and do an activity out of the house (beach, playground, library, zoo, indoor play centre, shopping centre, swimming pool, science centre etc). Then home by about 11 - lunch and then nap. After nap time would be at home activities like the ones mentioned above. Maybe once it's cooled down enough, say 5pm, go for a walk with the pram. Then dinner and bed.
    That sounds like a pretty good schedule, I just need to get motivated to get out of the house early!

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    Thanks @shani2
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    Also bumping for more ideas

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    I'm in the same situation as you I'll be looking after my 19 month old 100% of the time until daycare starts back and I'm back at work. I'm actually a bit nervous and yeah I know how silly that sounds!! I've been back at work (albeit part time) for 9 months so I'm a bit out of the full time mum game.

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    Ah my life everyday. Its really draining. Definitely water, even just a cool bath if its just too hot outside. I'm low on ideas ATM, I'm over the heat and feeling very overwhelmed lately!

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    Deku, my toddlers have all loved when you put clear contact paper on the wall (sticky side out) and given them a whole bunch of random things to stick on it. Things such as sequins, feathers, pictures, paddle pop sticks, ribbon anything brightly coloured and random!

    This would keep them amused for hours. 😊

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