If you have any big boxes left over from Christmas, open them up flat, nude up your ds and let him go nuts with non-toxic paint. Awesome body painting fun!
Baking is an activity my dd loves. Loves tipping the measured ingredients into the bowl, and helping to mix. And lick the spoons and beaters.
Mega blocks or duplo? "Build it high"- you know that song off play school? Yep. Sing it and build as high as you can, and then "despair" as your cheeky monkey will inevitably knock it down.
Freeze a lot of fun toys like dinosaurs, play tools etc in a big tub of water and then give your ds a spoon to chip away and rescue the toys.
Play dough or kinetic sand. Cookie cutters. Rolling pins. Natural elements like leaves, pinecones, rocks etc that you could go on an early morning walk to find. Fun!
Fill an empty water bottle with water, food dye and glitter. Tape the lid shut. Fun toy to agitate and then it's almost hypnotic watching it settle.
See what musical instruments you can make from everyday recycling products and then play in a band together.
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Glad you've had success! We haven't. I haven't been able to get DS to stay still and keep focused on anything for longer than 15 seconds unless it's a particular Peppa Pig book where he forces me to sing wheels on the bus over and over again ARGH.
Threading pasta etc onto pipe cleaners. Pom poms with a spoon and various containers to spoon into. Cut egg carton in half, paint green to make a caterpillar then stick things on it. With the contact idea above, put another piece of contact on after and create a decoration for the window. Chalk on paths. Bath early in the day and spend more time in there doing water play. Draw around hands. Cheap stickers and a scrap book! Cornflour goop (google it if you don't mind messy activities). Plant a pretend garden (collect sticks, grass etc and plant them in a tray of dirt - bottom of a cardboard box works). Turn a nappy box inside out and stick back together then let him loose on it with crayons and stickers to decorate. Turn a box into a car with paper plate wheels and he might play in it for ages. My kids love pegs and just putting them onto boxes, sorting them in containers, clipping them together. Cubby under a table or a sheet draped between chairs. Toilet rolls threaded onto a broomstick. Make lunch together instead of you making it alone (fills in time with another activity). Make an obstacle course then sit on the lounge and direct him to go around it running, or singing while he does it, or waving arms high etc etc. Treasure box or bag of all sorts of buts grim around the house that he might not usually be able to touch because of small parts etc but could explore while you sit with him (mine loved this when younger!). Take cutlery tray out of drawer and tip out all cutlery and sort back into tray together.
I have millions of ideas if you need more. These are just a few. I'm a stay at home mum with twin two year olds so I fill time every day!
Ugh four more days!
I'm making my way through all these suggestions but I think he's still too young/not developed enough for most of them. He doesn't seem to 'get' any imaginative or abstract play yet, or the more 'goal/task oriented' activities, like sorting or threading. Won't use chalk or crayons, he just throws or chews them. He was completely disgusted by the playdough I made him yesterday (which was actually pretty funny, but I don't think he likes touching wet squishy stuff). I tried taking him to the pool but he just spent the whole time screaming because I wouldn't let him in the big lap pool (he just kept running at it trying to climb in, why ds?!)
I thought he'd enjoy the box of random crap from around the house (since he normally loves finding stuff he shouldn't have!), but apparently things have zero appeal if they're just given to him in his play area. The joy is only in obtaining what is forbidden, not in the actual having. Sigh!
Anyway, I'm just totally venting here. He's sleeping right now, the greatest activity of all
It's hard isn't it? My DH has worked through too with daycare closed. He thinks it's just going to be the same week for me as usual but as you said it's not! Daycare is closed and all my and DS' friends are having happy family time.
As DS is 3 I've decided to toilet train him. Activities etc seem to occupy him for about 10 mins at a time only. He doesn't nap and I have no car. We've been getting lunch at a cafe every day to fill in time. Letting him watch tv in the mornings then going to the local park. I'd let your son nap for as long as he wants during the day then let hubby deal with him at night
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