Indoor activities & ideas for both my two boys (2.5yr & 1yr)

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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!

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Shannon - posted on 10/29/2009

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I don't know what size house you have but you should really try to set aside a place for your oldeboy to keep his own stuff without having to put it up or stop playing everytime "the baby" is around or this will soon develop into serious sibling rivalry and resentment. One thing I did when my sons were young was to have the older one "teach" the younger how to play with age apropriat toys (like catching a ball or stacking blocks etc.) Otherwise don't expect them to spend a lot of time together at this point in time they may be a "mere" 18 months apart but that a pretty big ability gap at this age.

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