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    Default Daytime play activities for a toddler ideas

    My 2.5yo DS does not seem to like playing in our garden, and it is too hot where we live most of the time anyway. We do scheduled activities during the week (gymnastics, swimming, playgroup etc.) but for the other days I feel as though he is watching way too much TV. I realise this is my problem for letting him watch it, but I want to change that! I try and play with his toys with him but he quickly loses interest.

    So any ideas for how we can fill the day with activities he will enjoy?

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    Things I did with mine at that age were
    Baking - pikelets, muffins etc... They all like to sift (and eat) the flour and stir the mixture. I'd let them crack eggs which was messy but they love doing it.
    Playdough
    Simple crafts - egg carton caterpillars, toilet roll people, gluing bits and pieces
    "Helping" with house stuff - putting clothes in the washing machine, washing the plastic bowls and cups, sweeping etc...

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    We do lots of playdoh, painting, stickers (I buy a big stack of stickers at a cheap shop and she loves sticking them on paper etc). It's very hot where we live too so I often give her a big tub of water to play with usually with different kitchen utensils to pour and stir etc. I just set it up on the kitchen floor and mop up when she's done.

    Hope you find some good ideas - entertaining 2 year olds is hard with their short attention span

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    Lots of craft! DD loved it and still does.

    At that age she also loved those sticker books where you have to find where the sticker goes - matching it to the outline/shape or picture iykwim. She would spend ages doing those, we had ones with animals, bugs, cars & trucks, shapes & colours, random objects - they're great and also gives you an opportunity to practice words, colours, shapes etc.

    Water play is always popular. Buckets, cups, spoons and a tub of water is a winning combo!

    Bubble machine

    Duplo towers to knock down

    Indoor picnic

    If he's into the wiggles, pop on a DVD and get him dancing! It's still TV but he's moving.

    2.5 is a hard age to keep busy. My DD wouldn't even watch TV for longer that 10mins at a time, much to my despair on those stuck-at-home days!

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