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I am due with twins in mid-July. We have a 2.5yo and we will have NO help with the 3 kids in the afternoons, evenings or weekends.

 

I am looking for some summer activities for him to do indoors in our small 6th floor apartment (400sq ft) or on our small deck which would give him some activities/play that don't require us to be 100% hands on while he does them (just supervise). He comes home from preschool when it will still very much be the heat of the day (3pm)..

 

 

So far I've come up with the following ideas, would love any further suggestions--

 

  • small 'baby' pool with a few inches of water he can play in
  • ice 'discovery' bowls (filled with random stuff which he finds as it melts)
  • bath crayons to use in our shower
  • water beads
  • bubbles
  • play dough

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A tent behind the couch

 

food coloring in the bathtub

 

container of sand and a few matchbox cars (deck)

 

once I saved all our containers that came with lids for a few months.  my kids LOVED taking the lids off and on, especially the screw ones

 

and, other natural puzzles...like a flashlight he can take apart and put back together

 

magnets

 

But, and also helpful to you...what about supper prep...and will let him get his own snack?

 

My kids have spent lots of time at the sink getting grapes off the vine, or washing potatoes or other produce.  They mostly play in the water, but the stuff gets washed, too!  My 20m old spent an hour and half a few days ago with a trickle of water, two tablespoons, and a cup. :)


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I know many people on MDC aren't fans of toys with batteries, but an easy to work remote control car could be a real sanity saver. I like the Kid Galaxy brand "Morphibians." They have flexible antennae so no one pokes out an eye (or snaps the antenna off). The controls are easy to work. They can drive through puddles without short circuiting. They will float and still drive if the water is deep enough. You just need to work on ds remembering to turn it off between uses so the batteries don't run out too fast. Few toys ever kept my ds's attention better than R/Cs. He loved putting them through their paces to see if they could drive over pillows or whatnot.


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my 2 year old loves a wash bin filled with water - a boat, a rubber duck, a wash cloth. Perfect for a balcony.

 

A snack, a tv show and then some water play.


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Here's a blog I just saw pinned on pinterest full of ideas...

http://www.playcreateexplore.com/p/activites-for-ages-1-3.html


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This looks fun!

http://hippiehousewife.blogspot.ca/2012/01/mess-free-finger-painting.html


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Here's a blog I just saw pinned on pinterest full of ideas...

http://www.playcreateexplore.com/p/activites-for-ages-1-3.html


nice!  this is awesome! 


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