Any good ideas for indoor activies for 2 1/2 year old.

Sondra - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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We have cabin fever! He is not into crafts, at least anything that gets his hands dirty. I am falling into the TV trap and know I need to stop it. Any creative ideas? Thanks.

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Medic - posted on 02/25/2010

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Hmmm....make an obsitcal(sp?) course through your house...my son used to love playing 52 card pick up and race to get more cards than me...also scavenger hunts..you can make them suitable for any age..make a band out of pots and pans.

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Amy - posted on 02/04/2013

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yes let him play with craft but to make it better give him one paint or crayons and tell him that crayons is craft also. thanks amy asher:)

Cleaver - posted on 01/30/2013

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my son loves playing connect 4 well he doesnt really play he does it himself and has fun
he also LOVES coloring with pencil crayons mostly (hell color with anything but crayons come out easiest of the walls) oh window writers they come out of the walls with a wipe

Leanne - posted on 02/27/2010

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rug up and go outside collect some leaves and twigs,then go inside and fine a huge piece of paper to draw a tree,then add collect leaves to it and use twigs to make a nest for the tree,could add some connonballs for pretend eggs,old carboard box or old sheet if no big paper,paste can be home made with flour and water,can colour it with food dye for extra fun.
kids love music and excersize,and cubby house ,all fun in side on cold days....good luck

Armanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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My son loves to play in the snow, so when it is too cold to go outside, I fill up a big pan with snow and bring it in. You could also try filling the bathtub up with water, give him a fish net ( really cheap at walmart ), and let him go "fishing" for small toys. I have also discovered to never underestimate the entertainment value of simple items around the house. Last week we spent almost an hour playing with those colored stickers you use for a garage sale. My son had a blast sticking them all over his face, and mine too, and then looking at himself in the mirror. He laughed, and laughed.

Maria - posted on 02/27/2010

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Oh, and I ditto the suggestion of taking him to a mall that has an indoor play area. Our local mall has one, and it's great for rainy days!

Maria - posted on 02/27/2010

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Crayons and paper won't do? That shouldn't get his hands very dirty. Get him some plastic child's scissors and teach him how to cut up paper. (My daughter loves scissors.) Then remember to put them well out of his reach!

He can play with blocks, read books... My daughter and I run races through the house. Put on some music and dance. Let him "help" you with dishes, or with sorting laundry (great learning experience, too). Get him a small broom and let him sweep. Give him his own little tasks to do (my daughter likes to feed the cats on her own).

Jessica - posted on 02/27/2010

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We have a king sized extra bed on playroom floor ( also used for sleeping haha) that the kids use for a trampoline and we have a smaller little tykes climber inside, I have 3 boys and they love jumping running climbing....you could get a little trike just for inside that he could ride... buy some chalkboard paint and make a chalkboard on awall somewhere( then they think they are writing on the walls and being naughty and it seems more fun), unfortunately b/c they are boys and we can only do so much active in the house I do to let them have tv/video games/computer more in the winter... you could let him play in the tub during the day like its a pool(get some tub tints or bubbles). And boys always liked to be chased around by a "monster", if he's mature enough you could try to teach him hide and seek, ring around thr rosies (boys like this cause you fall at the end), dancing is good...

Lauren - posted on 02/26/2010

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wow.. im just reading all the responses and thank you all for the great ideas.. lol.. and thanks for posting this question!!!!!

Lucrezia - posted on 02/26/2010

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Where do you live? When me and my sis want to take the kids out in crappy weather (and not spend money) we've got sunrise hwy mall which has a little "indoor park" play area type thing. I think it's part of westfield which is the development copmany that makes these malls. see if westfield has a mall in your neighborhood and check them out to see if they have this play area. basically they have little cars, boats, turtles, ladybugs very colorful statue type things that the kids get in and play on , etc. The girls love it!!

C - posted on 02/25/2010

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I agree with all of the above, make blanket forts, obstacle course out of pillows and toys, baking, play doh... Other things are have a swim day- let him play in his swimsuit in the shower...

Sondra - posted on 02/25/2010

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All awesome ideas! Thanks ladies! My son does loves boxes and that is hours of fun. It just so happens that I do have a large box sitting around. I will cut some large holes in it for him to crawl through and hide in!!

Tamara - posted on 02/25/2010

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We have wood floors and my boys like to sit on a blanket while I pull them across the floor. They also love stickers. So they decorated a cardboard box with stickers and colored it with crayons and makers.

Rebekka - posted on 02/25/2010

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My kids LOVE making forts out of blankets and boxes..They help dust and sweep..We practice letters and numbers, colors, shapes..They help cut out shapes with cookie cutters..

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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I can SO relate to the cabin fever!! I am ready for spring to come! One thing I did the other day was let my three 1 yr olds that I watch play with a diaper box. This created about 2 hours of fun for them. I know yours is a bit older, but maybe making a fort out of boxes (if you don't mind stepping over boxes for awhile). You could have a bedroom, a kitchen (maybe make a picnic lunch to eat in it that day). Not sure if you have any empty boxes laying around, but I know that sometimes grocery stores will give them away (some will require you to call ahead so they can save some). This way you can get some big ones.

Erin - posted on 02/25/2010

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I bought my two and a half year old a indoor basketball hoop. It suction cups to any window and she plays with it for hours.

Sondra - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thanks ladies! You are all amazing! My son loves potatoes too! He is our go to guy when we need them to be put away. As for playdoh, he just wants me to roll it into a ball and he holds it forever! I have done the laser pointer also, as we have 2 cats. The old sock dusting trick, sounds like he would enjoy that one I can't put anything on my tables because of him anyway. He is good with his letters and numbers. I went to starfall.com for a while but he got bored with that. I will try the tlsbooks.com!!

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Playdoh, painting, baking with mom, let them in your tupperware drawer, my daughter loved to play with the potatoes. She would take them out of the bag, one by one, then put them back in. There are tons of things they will play with that you would never of thought of.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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Ok, this may sound really wierd, but when my kids need to work off energy, I pull out the lazer pointer. I actually got it out one day, because my cat loves to chase the little light around the room. Well, pretty soon my 2-year-old was chasing it, then my 6 and 4 year olds were too it gave us all a laugh and it really got them all tired. Ok, so for some really good activities, does your son like playdough. You can make your own, but even the stuff in stores in non toxic, so if he happens to sneak a bite in the one second you turn around, it's ok. Also, let him help you clean the house. My 2-year-old loves to put an old sock over his hand and act like he is dusting. I also give him some wash cloths while I am folding clothes. He really doesn't know how to fold yet, but he sure has fun trying. And one last thing, it is never too early to teach him his numbers and letters. I usually like to go on a website. It is tlsbooks.com. It is free and has all sorts of coloring pages and letter practicing pages.

Sondra - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thanks for the ideas! He isn't great a picking up his thing but i shall give the 52 pick up a try.

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