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I have two boys aged 2.5 years and 1 year - a lovely short 18 month gap
They play really well together (most days) and can enjoy Thomas, Night Garden, etc for short periods, but when it comes to more creative activities, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The 2.5yo loves the adventure of puzzles, the alphabet, numbers and colouring in with chalk, textas, crayons etc - normal toddler stuff and asks for it at every opportunity - but the 1yr old just wants to chew everything in sight (crayons, paper, puzzles, everything). I spend more time in a reactive disaster clean up mode than enjoying the playtime.
If you have a similar age gap between your children, what creative activities did you do with them inside that they could do together and keeping within "age appropriate" conditions so that you didn't end up with the activity turning into a bundle of mess, or a bored older child?
The boys won't go to daycare or preschool, so I'm more looking for craft, quiet play and indoor activities for rainy days.
The baby has a morning sleep, and they both have an afternoon sleep, so I try to do more with the toddler during the baby's nap time, but I'd like activites that wouldn't be an issue so that they can both enjoy it without having to pack it all away whenever the 1yr old emerges.
Thanks so much for your help!