HA! I noticed this thread and thought, oh I should tell E. to look here.
Anyway... we had a horrible heat wave this summer that kept us indoors for about six weeks, here's some of the things we did:
- Finger painting
- Cooking (or pretend cooking with some dry rice or beans in a bowl with a spoon. She likes to play with wet quinoa in the kitchen, too.)
- SOFA FORT!
- Playing the matching game
- DRESS UP!
- Look at old photo albums.
- Chores. She loves helping with laundry (she pulls everything out of washer and puts into the dryer - with a lot of guidance -while I'm folding clothes. She likes to help dust or sweep, too. )
- We make a (lame) slide out of sofa cushions and an armchair. Whee.
- Sticker books.
- Play with dollies or stuffed animals
- Invite friends over to play or visit.
We also would go to the children's museum, the art museum near our home, some of the indoor zoo exhibits, and even visited the indoor play area at a fast food joint (I detest fast food, though) and tried on all the hats at Macy's in the mall a few times. Not sure if you want to get out in the rain to go somewhere, though.
Highlights magazine has a magazine for 2-3 yos called High Five. She likes these a lot. The last one she got had a simple card game in it (Birthday Party game) that she loves to play. There may be sites online that can show you how to make your own little board games for toddlers or perhaps you could make up toddler-friendly rules for a board game you already have? Calla loves to play with our travel sized Scrabble set.