I know all of you have the same age child as I do, and I was wondering if you all could help me come up with ideas or activities that I can do with him instead of putting him in front of the TV, which I am guilty of.

Stephanie - posted on 12/05/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Please suggest anything and everything. It's winter now and I need some suggestions! Thanks!

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Alyce - posted on 09/02/2009

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i had the same problem with my son we go for lots of walks during the week and play at the park but if its raining we play with playdough and do some drawing and sometimes painting but if he isnt interested in doing them we playw ith his toys together and build things with blocks or we make a cake my kids love helping to cook in the kitchenso theres a few ideas i hope they help you.

Melissa - posted on 09/02/2009

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I know this post is kinda old, but it's never too late for indoor ideas! :P

Sarah loves for me to read to her, drawing is a big one, cooking, puzzles. We go to SesameStreet.com some too. They have games on there that all she has to do is press a letter on the key board. Although, she is good with a mouse! They also have stories and things to do on there. You can do crafts, like painting. I think it was John and Kate plus 8 that does painting with pudding. You could do it in the bathroom of course! lol. Ball is always a hit! Hid and seek with their toy or yourself. Tag! Patty-cake! Singing (like Itsy Bitsy Spider or ABC's). Sarah also likes to help with chores. She wipes down tables and walls, and helps fill and empty the dryer.

Carol - posted on 08/31/2009

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We got lots of coloring books and crayons, markers, ect for our 2yr old. They love the colors as they play with them teach the colors. I also play dollhouse with my lil girl she has one of those my first doll houses. We play dress up, she loves to put on her pretty dresses and dance around. We also watch tv, there isnt anything wrong with it i think. Bailey has learned lots from dora and shows like that. We play chase around the house she loves that. Build a tent and have story time with them. Let them help u with dinner or lunch, they love helping. You jus have to use ur imagination.

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Get rid of cable/satellite tv! Just kidding. The one thing I am grateful for is not having cable/satellite channels. My daughter loves being outside, so I take her for a walk to the park, play on the swings and slides, go swimming, and/or stay in the backyard and just point out things together. When we're inside, I read to her, play "house" with her, dance together. She's also my little "helper" around the house. Whenever I wash the dishes, she stands on a chair and watches me. And sometimes, I'll give her a tiny broom and dustpan for her to help me sweep the floor. Or I give her a damp towel and she helps me wipe the table. Just be as interactive with your son as possible. Or if you don't have the time to play with him, take him to his cousin's house or his friend's house. They can find things to do by themselves.

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2009

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I can keep my two-year-old entertained for well over an hour by giving her a squirt bottle and a paper towel. She "helps" me clean the kitchen!



I also let her loose in the tupperware cabinet. It totally messes up the kitchen, but that's fine when I'm trying to pay bills or clean the living room.

Dana - posted on 07/25/2009

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We do most of the stuff that Rhonda does (although more baby dolls than barbies and haven't tried the magnadoodle). I would add that my daughter loves her play kitchen, playing in the tub, and all art materials and music .

For Melissa, your son may like to color if you start with alternatives to crayons. Maddy likes crayons now, but we started with markers and paint. The bolder color and messiness of the process appealed to her more than crayons. And they really are washable.

In the beginning, I just stripped her down to a diaper and put her on big drawing paper and let her have at it with markers. Sometimes, I'd join her and sometimes I'd just watch. She began by drawing on herself and moved on to the paper over time. At this point, I can just put her in front of her easel with markers and she'll work alone for 30 mins. or more. I just have to check in and comment on her beautiful pictures.

Paint still needs my undivided attention -- lol.

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We play with barbies, megabloks, potato heads, little people, playdough, coloring books, flash cards, a magnadoodle. Sandbox, bubbles, pool, playgrounds, wildlife tours, nature walks. We still watch Tv, but we choose shows like SuperWhy & WorldWorld & Dora & Diego.

Melanie - posted on 05/30/2009

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My 2 year loves play-doh!! You guys can be creative together or he or she can play alone.

Chris - posted on 05/19/2009

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my daughter love play dough, baking, jigsaws, hide and seek, she loves helping wih dusting and peeling the veg for dinner

Melinda - posted on 05/12/2009

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I have an early childhood background, a 2yr old & 3.5 yr old & believe me it really depends on the mood of your child at that moment to what activity will work.

My little girl loves playing outside, jumping on the trampoline (with the sorounding net) helping me hang out the washing ( passing me the pegs) we count while we r doing it. Putting large pieces of paper on the floor with some tape so they can draw all over it (its less restrictive) dancing, dress ups, going for walks together, playing at the park, having a friend over, I could go on & on. The funny thing is at this age most children have a short attention span so after 5 mins they have enough! LOL

Faith - posted on 05/11/2009

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go online and look for preschool lesson plans, you can adjust for age. everythingpreschool.com and preschooleducation.com are 2 that i used to make my lesson plans for my preschool class and there are many more out there. Enjoy!

Laura - posted on 12/13/2008

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Give him a piggy bank and some toonies (cause there bigger) and count them as he drops them in...roll balls down the stairs...I see you have a little boy like me try "fixing stuff" I bought my little guy a set of plastic tools and while I am buisy cooking I ask him to fix the dishwasher, or the oven...its a good time! It is a hard age because they get bored so quickly, but Yes I agree they love to help at this age, so I take advantage of that, he will bring me his diapers...throw the dirty one away, help wash the floor, he helps me wash the veggies I am going to cook for supper. I think they just want to be with you at this age! I am soaking it up...cause I don't think it will be this way for long...sniff.

Stephanie - posted on 12/13/2008

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our malls here have indoor playgrounds for toddler size kids so we go there sometimes. we also will just take him to toys-r-us and let him just run and do whatever he wants there for a little bit. at home we give him coloring books and crayons on top of a big blanket (but we stay there with him with a magazine or something to make sure he doesnt decide to color other things. this week we turned the box that our new dish washer came in into a house by cutting a door and window into it (we should have given to him for xmas because its all he is playing with now). what i do is have several different boxes of toys and switch out the boxes every week. they will seem like new toys to him cause he hasnt seem them in a while and so they should keep him busy for a week. we try to involve him in our cooking or baking by either letting him watch or do simple things like pour an ingredient in a bowl. stuff like that. and my son loooves bath time so ill wash him and his hair when i first get him in then just let him play while i sit there with a magazine, my laptop, or clean the bathroom. if i think of more ill let ya know. -Stephanie Oklahoma City

Melissa - posted on 12/13/2008

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I can't wait til my little one can like sit and color or play a game. Right now he is just all over the place and doesn't talk much so sometimes when I play with him I don't play right and he gets frustrated with me! But asking him to "help" you with stuff is a great idea. Spencer doesn't miss a trick and is always mimicking me anyway, he wants to do everything I do.

Jennifer - posted on 12/12/2008

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I agree with Sarah, My son loves to help me in the kitchen, read to him, sing songs,i am in a moms club and we have playdates once a week, we go to the library for story time, just enjoy him because they are only this small for a short time.

Theresa - posted on 12/12/2008

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Something that I take my son to is swim class. He is now in a preschool class that does not require me to be in the water with him but there are also classes for the parent and child to do together. I live in WA so obviously its an indoor pool. We are military and go on base but most places have a YMCA that is fairly affordable and it gives your child a chance to interact with other children about the same age.

Sarah - posted on 12/07/2008

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it's tough to say....it depends on how much time/effort you want to put in. Kids this age (I worked with this age at a day care for nearly a year) enjoy discovering water, textures, shapes, etc. It's a great age for reading, singing, dancing; teach him his senses, teach him his body parts (my daughter loves "head, shoulders, knees and toes"), ask him to "help" you with chores. Ask lots of questions and give him time to answer: kids this age can learn a new word every 90 minutes! (one or two a day is considered really good, though) Just have fun and show him love! Feel free to message me for more ideas....I learned a lot at that day care!

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