indoor activities for a 2 1/2 year old - ideas???

Bonnie - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Like a lot of the country right now, we're often stuck in the house due to weather. My 2.5 year old son is getting bored. We play with play-dough, color, read, and play with his toys but he is still getting bored. Any ideas for indoor activities?

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Payal - posted on 02/11/2011

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another fun thing we do almost everyday is make-believe shopping. her play room is the shop and she gets to pick up whatever she wants to buy from it. puts it all into one shopping bag and brings to me. i have to bill all the items, so she takes out one at a time and then i write down the price for her. its so much fun. she even pays me for it from her little purse which has a few coins and an old credit card. good fun.

Marcy - posted on 02/10/2011

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Build a tent indoors with sheets, blankets etc. Make a car wash for his cars, set up a little kitchen for him in your kitchen with pots, pans, utensils etc then have him make you lunch...pretend of course. Bring out old clothes (hats, scarfs, etc) and play dress up. my son loves dressing up as a pirate and running around the house. Oh yeah, here is a good one that can last awhile....do a scavenger hunt. Either make coins out of paper or buy some of those gold plastic coins) dress him up like a pirate and give him a bucket. Hide the coins around the house so that he can find them. We did a version of this but it was a learning version. I printed out 2 copies of letters numbers on the computer then I hide tem around the house. The other copy I laid out on the floor in the living room. When he found one number or letter he had to bring it to the living room, find its match and then put them both in a pile.....you can do this with pictures and words as well when he geta little older. Have fun.

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Kimberly - posted on 05/29/2011

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I get my daughter to help me with stuff, make a batch of cupcakes and let her put the stuff in the bowl and she has her own bowl then once there done we have a picnic with all her animals, she does the 'dishes' which is just letting her play with soapy water on a big towel and plastic cups,plates etc. read stories to each other, giving her bath that is only play she loves, treasure hunts for anything work. I just ry to think back to the stuff i loved as a kid and do it again. some of it is a little messy but it makes the day go by faster.

Tammy - posted on 05/28/2011

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Join or start up an indoor play group at a comunity centre or pcyc. That way they get to play with other kids as well which usually tires them out too. Or invite a friend over to play when the weather is bad and they will keep each other company. That works well for us.

Rhonda - posted on 02/12/2011

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My son will be 2 in April, and I've had similar challenges. I pulled the outdoor toys indoors as much as possible (bike, scooter, soccer stuff, slide). It might also be fun to start experimenting with new art supplies, like paints, stickers, stamps, glue, and other such messiness. I bought a cheap tarp, but so far laying down a towel has been more than acceptable. I've included my son in cooking prep, too: I give him a bowl, measuring spoons/cups and every older spice or cake mix that I'm not using. He'll sit on the floor with that for upwards of an hour.

Payal - posted on 02/11/2011

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whenever i leave my 2.5yr old with my mom, she gives her the baby lotion and makes her put it all over her arms and legs and she enjoys it so much. its a little messy but easily takes care of half and hour of fun time. my daughter loves to comb my hair (its short, so no problem) and try on clips on me and stuff. again fun thing for her to do some real things rather than just make-believe play with toys. we stay pretty much indoors as she doesn't want to go play with neighbour kids without me and i simply don't have that kinda time to tag along everyday. i also wet a wash cloth sometimes and ask her to help me clean the furniture or help me dust the desk. she feels so important when we do that activity. though all these things don't take much time so we do need to invent more. let me know if you come across some fun things too.

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