My 3 yo loves duplo - he can build things and then "SMASH!" them down.
He also loves helping cook biscuits or cupcakes. It gets pretty messy, though...
He needs to run around and climb and be a bit rough. Let him out in the puddles and mud. Take him to the park or a play centre with lots of trampolines and jumping castles.
The other parks and play centres are around 20-30 minutes away so it's not easy.
My DS has a ride on Thomas bike he ride around the house, he also loves the Vtec car track, singing & Dancing
You mentioned he does swimming, what about other sports classes? I have a 2.5 year old boy as well and although he sounds maybe slightly calmer than yours I do find him exhausting. I find Pinterest helps for ideas and there's also a Facebook page called 'toddler approved' that often has good ideas and articles. To keep him busy we have preschool 3 mornings a week, sport one morning, swimming one morning, playgroup one morning. Other times we go to the park/playground, go for a walk and he rides his scooter or balance bike, playcenter, etc. inside we do lots of trains, duplo, playdoh, painting, etc. but I think my DS may have a sightly longer attention span than yours. Would sensory play keep his attention? So things like a tray of shaving cream that he can drive cars through? There's this mixture of corn flour and shaving cream that is kind of like sand and snow that ds' preschool does. Or would he just take messy play to a whole new level and make it too stressful? What about going for a scooter or bike ride to burn energy in the morning then home to play after? How often does he go to child care?
I was going to also suggest sensory play as Holly did.
OP: my DS sounds similar to yours at that age. A runner, short attention span for 'tasks', likes knocking things down etc. with hindsight I should have upped his sensory play.
- shaving cream, full body painting, big sandpits, ball pits, trampolining centre, box of pine cones/rocks and bark, squishy toys (would run off after 3 minutes playing trains as well, however give him a squishy toy and he's occupied for 20 minutes).
Don't forget TV. At that age my DS developed an infatuation for toy story. Could last the whole movie.
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