So, mamas, I need some ideas and support. What does your day look like? What are some indoor activities that excite your toddler? Ect. He'll paint for all of 2 minutes, I though that was a good idea. Oh, and most days we don't have a car because we only have one and its too cold for hubby to take the motorcycle.
Can we say SPRING???
Maybe get him to help you with some baking, or even do some special messy "baking" (like mixing flour and water with his hands in the sink) - something where making a mess is OK.
Take the cushions off the sofa (or pillows off the bed) to make a floor trampoline/climbing frame type thing, then get a sheet and make a hut out of the cushions and sheet. Get him to bring his favourite toys/animals etc into his special house.
I realise that all these activities are sounding a little on the destructive/mess-making side. Maybe alternate this type of thing with a story or jigsaw or something a bit calmer!
Play in the tub--no focus on cleaning selves, just pouring stuff, playing with toys, etc.
DJ dance party--she grabs CDs out of our shelves at random and we listen to a song or 2 from each and dance
Mama's bed---we get a stack of books from her room, her favorite loveys, snuggle on my bed and read and read and read
I can't wait for spring either.
take a short walk (even in very cold temperatures) and gather some nature to bring home and play with, etc
go to the mall for mom to mall walk while child rides in stroller with a snack or two and then play at the mall play place/toy store for 1/2 an hour
go for a drive
play with flour at the table
play with colored rice on a sheet/blanket on the floor (use some food coloring in a bit of rubbing alcohol to color a large bowl full of white rice)
pots/pans and a sippy cup that drips a few drips of water at a time
a few minutes of activity songs to get the wiggles/energy out before some quite play
felt animals or shapes to stick to the couch
bubble machine and some good, fun tunes to listen to while spazzing out under the bubbles
cheap dollar store window clings to stick on the window/sliding glass door/oven door and pull off and stick back on, etc
palm-sized rocks to fill pie pans with, fill bags with, etc
a well-timed video or two (especially when you're pregnant) can be life savers on winter days!
Heidi : Married for 15 years, expecting our 8th baby in July!
The things she seems to like are play doh...especially with the little cutting tool set and/or the letter stamps; coloring - mostly pictures we print off the internet. She likes looking at the computer and picking the ones she wants to color. Or just drawing. She also likes to paint. Baking sugar cookies - we just buy the roll of dough and then roll it out on the counter, cute shapes, bake and decorate. But that's good for at least 45 minutes! And I just have to say at the risk of being scorned - that sometimes I just need her to do something by herself! So she does have a couple of DVD's and a little DVD player so she can watch them in whatever room I'm in.
Good luck. I can't imagine being at this stage and being pregnant too. My hat's off to all you pregnant mommies!
-Hanging out underneath sheets/blanks. It helps if they are black and white with some design because it makes the light that comes through the white part look cooler. We chat, sing or just push the sheet up and down. She loves sheets for some reason .
-Wheelbarrow. I hold her hips and she walks on her hands around the place.
-Monkey Bars. She likes to go to the bathroom and grab on to the towel rack (it definitely supports her weight) and hang there and try and climb up the wall.
-LOOONNNGGG bubble baths full of tupperware and plastic shampoo bottles. If I'd let her this kid could take a bath 75% of the day
For SeaBean, I hope she doesn't mind!
- build climbing hill out of sofa cushions. I put the long ones on the bottom to create steps and she climbs up (two levels, sometimes three if we are very careful and surround the area with pillows).
- obstacle course - add a task to climbing like 'now crawl back through this tunnel' or 'now run to this corner and throw the ball. now run back and climb up the hill!"
- baby dodge ball - we have a couple of those light play balls (from the big bin at the grocery store). She runs and we lightly throw the balls "at"/near her as she runs by. She actually thinks it is hilarious if one hits her.
- we have hardwood floors so sometimes if we are in our fleece PJ pants, we sit on the floor with legs out in front of us and push ourselves around on our behinds. Sometimes she sits in front of me and I push us both. I look at it as a workout. LOL
AP mama to lovable, energetic DS born 4/9/08, expecting #2 mid Jan 2012, wife to German Professor, friend to many.
Train tracks (ikea, brio, etc) are our rainy day friends. It is a new track every day.
Sorting things... change, 9 bean soup, whatever. Obviously, if you have a child that is still mouthing everything, be careful.
Puzzles. We've recently gotten into simple jigsaw puzzles. He does best with 6-12 piece animal themed ones that are really sturdy - they are hard to find at that smaller size but SOOOO worth it. It is also good for teaching him to ask for help rather than scream when he gets frusterated.
Bean bag toss. They are easy/cheap to make and can be thrown in the house.
I'm tempted to teach him "memory" one of these days.
Nicole, dissertating mama to M (Nov 2007) and expecting another (Mar 2012)