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    Default Activities for a 2 year old that's not allowed to walk

    My DS (2 1/2) had sprained or possibly fractured his foot. He's not even trying to weight bear so I think it's hurting a lot.

    Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to keep him entertained without spending too much time watching tv / playing i-devices or reading (he's a bit over the couch).

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Hopefully not too messy as I've got a 8 month old as well!

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    A nice big blob of homemade playdough!

    Painting? Food colour and water makes good paint that completely washes out of clothes (takes a few days to come off skin though)

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    Play dough, puzzles, drawing, goop, pegboards, sorting and classifying activites on a tray, cutting, painting - lots of scope here, try bubble painting etc, magnets etc

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    jigsaw puzzles. like those wooden ones with the little handles on each piece

    reading books

    craft stuff - colouring, gluing stuff on paper (coloured paper, cellophane, bits of rope/cord etc), painting but prob messy

    helping you cook - sitting on a chair/stool and stiring or adding stuff to the bowl

    lego/duplo

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    My 2 year old DS will spend hours drawing and coloring in.

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    drawing (get some 'slick stix' - they are SO easy for little ones to draw with - they are a mixture between a crayon and an oil pastel, but non-toxic and easy to wash out).

    What about going for a walk with him in a pram? (assuming you have a suitable pram for the 2 of them - maybe you could hire one short term if you don't - eg. a double mountain buggy) He's probably feeling as house bound as you are!

    If you set it up in a 'wet' area you could fill a shallow bucket (rectangular laundry type bucket) with water & give him toys to play with. OR, fill it with sand and let him play with sand toys in it.

    All the best for a speedy recovery for him!

    Edit: Has he seen the GP? If he has broken it he needs proper pain relief and possibly a plaster. A plaster might seem annoying, but it actually provides a fair bit of pain relief too by keeping the sore foot still.
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    You could take a look at www.growingajeweledrose.com. That lady has a heap of cheap and entertaining ideas about sensory play. My DD is a bit young for these ideas but I certainly look forward to the sensory play baths. Spaghetti in the bath for seaweed. Love it.

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    Thanks!! I'm going to try and get him ton use his table tomorrow - might get him to help me with play dough making we've been watching mister maker so might try some easy things from him! My 8 month old is teething as well so it's going to be a great night!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mim1 View Post
    Edit: Has he seen the GP? If he has broken it he needs proper pain relief and possibly a plaster. A plaster might seem annoying, but it actually provides a fair bit of pain relief too by keeping the sore foot still.
    We had X-rays done yesterday, and there's a shadow on one of the tiny bones just below his middle toe, so they're not 100% sure if it's that causing the problem or major soft tissue damage. If he's still no better on Monday they're going to cast it.

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    DD just had her leg in a cast for 6 weeks, and we:
    watched a LOT of playschool
    read a million books
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