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I'm a full time student, so normally DD1 is in daycare for at least a few days a week, but now we're home for the summer (4 month break) and I'm trying to do some fun stuff with her.<br><br>
We have some special stuff planned (local zoo, etc.), but I'm wondering what you do on a day to day basis with your 2 year old (DD is 22 months). I feel like i'm running low on ideas already. Our go-to ideas are playing with blocks, reading, finger paint, coloring, play dough, and waterplay outside.<br><br>
What else do you do on a regular basis with your (young) 2 year old?
 

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My DS is in Daycare, but on weekends we like to go to the park. Lots of other kids and he can run, play in the sand, watch other kids, etc. He loves it and so do I.<br><br>
Also, I was looking to join a meetup.com group, but never did. There are lots of playdates with other kids that would be fun to do. They go to the library for book readings, to various parks, the mall has activities, home depot has things...<br><br>
You also might want to hit a few garage sales on Friday mornings. That's a fun thing to do to get out of the house and you can usually find cheap toys and books!!! I love neighborhood sales. Just park your car and walk from house to house.
 

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balls and bubbles could keep us busy most of the day. Then there's always picnics at the park and storytime at the library. By the time you do all of that and throw in a nap, that should fill your day pretty nicely. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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DD just turned 2. Here is what fills our days...<br>
-playing w/ her toy kitchen & other toys<br>
-coloring<br>
-building w/ Duplos (big legos)<br>
-play dough<br>
-pushing around her 2 babies in her doll stroller<br>
-riding her bike outside<br>
-playing outside (climbs up & down a little hill in the yard, balls, swing, trucks, rolls hula hoop, chalk, water in watering can, little shovel & rake in dirt)<br>
-walks to local playgrounds (daily as long as it is not raining)<br>
-bike rides (we have a bike seat)<br>
-adventure into town to window shop (we have a few pedestrian only blocks)<br>
-visiting a local farm<br>
-playdates<br>
-dancing<br>
-playing music (have lots of kid sized instruments)<br>
-puzzles<br>
-reading<br>
-walking the dog<br>
-rides in the wagon<br>
-library<br>
-aquarium
 

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I've gotten a lot of mileage out of a book called <i>The Arts and Crafts Busybook for Toddlers and Preschoolers.</i>
 

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I put in a vote for food prep. - they love to pour, mix, stir (be prepared for it to be messier than you would probably like), rip lettuce for salad, toss salad.<br><br>
We also got a month's worth of play out of the box that DS2's car seat came in - we used it until it literally fell apart, taped, it, and used it until it ripped beyond repair. It was a playhouse, a private toilet stall, a barn, a drive-up restaurant window, a puppet theater.
 

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-Sidewalk chalk<br>
-Walking in the neighborhood<br>
-Anything with stickers<br>
-Any toy with little people/animals<br>
-Games with puppets
 

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Thanks for this thread. My dd is almost 22 months and I needed some more ideas, too. IT seems like we just don't do enough during the day, it sort of just goes by.<br><br>
We do go to playgrounds a lot and take walks around our neighborhood with the dog. That seems to take up a decent amount of time and she loves it. IT seems like we are at the grocery store 4 times a week, too. It's our second home. It seems like any time that we're bored, we take off and go SOMEWHERE, anywhere.<br><br>
Where ever we go, if I just let her walk around for awhile, she's happy. Everything is an adventure right now for her.<br><br>
My biggest challenge is keeping her busy at home - now I have a few more ideas.
 

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Our days are busy! I take care of another 2-year-old in addition to my own. We go every day, usually twice...to playgroups, playgrounds, the zoo, museums, music class, the library, and the local animal shelter, etc. Things they enjoy in the house, in addition to what you mentioned:<br>
-bubbles<br>
-collage with glue<br>
-painting bird houses (this is an ongoing project)<br>
-play kitchen & food<br>
-doll strollers, dolls, and doctor kit<br>
-books, books, books<br>
-dancing<br>
-jumping on the bed (supervised!)<br>
-stamps<br>
- making playdough or cookies<br>
-trains & tracks<br>
Happy Playing!<br>
Stacy
 

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Parks, parks, parks. We try and get in at least 2 hours at the park each day (or if not that we're at least walking outside). Somedays up to 4 hours (DD has A LOT of energy!). We also hit up the library and bookstores. Even toys stores (we don't buy her anything) but many stores around here have displays that the kids can play with and she just likes looking at the toys.<br><br>
At home we read (if she lets me), do a lot of pretend play (dolls, stuffed animals, she dress up, etc.). We got a very cheap art easel off of craigslist that she likes to play with quite a bit. Also, if I need to cook I normally dump some blocks in a bowl and give her a spoon and she stirs them and cooks too (she loves feeding them to her dolls afterwards! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ). She likes puzzles too and we sing a lot. She even has a few puppets that help out making different voices while we sing.
 

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I've got to agree with everyone else!<br><br>
Park trips can be great - find a shady park and plan a picnic/hang out there for a few hours on a nice day. Bring bubbles, side walk chalk, some bouncy balls, and share + play. My DD is at the park now with my mothers helper while I rest [I'm almost 9 months pregnant] and I know they can be there for like 3+ hours.<br><br><br>
I like to stock pile craft supplies, so having plenty of markers/crayons/paper/paints/clays on hand is important. We also have whimsy jars filled with different buttons/little figures to accompany any craft project.<br><br>
Gardening is great! If you have the space plant some flowers/paint some flower pots, and get out in the dirt. DD has a sand + water table that can keep her busy, and I am going to buy her a pool to splash in because it's getting hot hot hot, and we don't have a regular pool anymore.
 

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This post is so helpful, I had to save it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
Here are some things I do with my two-year-old girl aside from what's already been said:<br><br>
-Buttons: I have a button collection in a jar and my daughter loves to look at them. She will get a pan out of the cabinet and ask me to pour them in and then she will sort through them and organize them by shape or color. Obviously, you have to be very vigilant with this project so it's not a choking hazard. I also have a big tub of beads that she likes to play in the same way.<br><br>
-Water Play: She will put the step stool in front of the bathroom sink and I'll put the plug in and fill the sink with water. She can play with her toys in it or I'll give her some cups and spoons and such and she will play with them, pouring water back and forth. It's a nice way to de-stress when I need "me time" because I can just sit on the toilet right next to her and read a book to myself.<br><br>
-Collage: I cut shapes out of colored construction paper or junk mail and keep them in a bag. Then I help her glue them onto the back of a piece of reused paper (from a bill or something). She will pick the shapes she wants and hold them out and I put a dot of glue on them and then she sticks it where she wants it. Tomorrow I plan to do the same thing, but with shapes and on the paper, I'll draw each shape and see if she can match the shapes by gluing them down over the correct one. Might be fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
-Starfall.com - This is a really fun website that teaches letters and beginning reading. My daughter loves the ABCs portion and knows all of her letters now and the sounds that they make. We play it together every few days or so, especially when I'm not feeling well and don't want to move around too much.<br><br>
-Window Art: I make finger paint by mixing equal parts flour and water, then add food coloring. Then I lay a towel or newspaper on the floor in front of the sliding glass door and let DD finger paint on the glass with it or use a paintbrush with it. So long as I don't wait until it's completely dried, it comes off easily with warm water and a sponge.<br><br>
-Sewing: I sew by hand, mostly little toys. My daughter loves deciding what she wants me to make and then I'll sew one up for her. She gets to pick the fabrics sometimes and is absolutely riveted while watching me. Seems like it would be boring, but watching the toy take shape fascinates her. I have a gigantic dull embroidery needle that I let her play with. She will sit next to me on the couch and push it back and forth through a piece of mesh fabric. You wouldn't BELIEVE how long she can sit doing this happily.<br><br>
-Hair clips: When I was little, my dad would babysit me by laying on the floor and watching the Wall St. Journal on TV while I sat on his back with a pot full of all my hair clips. I'd spend an hour just clipping them all in his hair. It's one of the best memories of my childhood. I even have a photo!<br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v95/amberskyfire/Livejournal/mendad.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...nal/mendad.jpg</a><br><br>
-Paper Dolls: You can make very simplified paper dolls with changeable clothes or you can cut them out of felt and they will last longer, plus you don't need to sew anything! My daughter loves them.<br><br>
-Origami: I like to get online and learn how to fold origami animals. I can make something in about five minutes and my daughter is delighted to have a new little toy. She takes her animals and pretends they have all kinds of adventures.<br><br>
-Laundry: DD likes to fold, so sometimes I dump out a basket of washcloths or prefolds for her to sit on the floor and practice folding.<br><br>
-Shopping: Can you tell yet that DD likes mimicking really mundane tasks? LOL! She loves it when I give her a pen and the grocery store insert from the newspaper. She circles the different kinds of foods she wants to buy and says the prices out loud "seventy-eight-ninety dollars!"<br><br>
-Hunting Eggs: I take our Easter eggs and hide them in obvious places around the living room. She loves going around with her basket and collecting them over and over again.<br><br>
-Bicycling: My father sent us a bicycle trailer for Christmas and I'll load her up in it and take her for a ride from time to time.
 

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DD, 23 months, asks to do two things each morning when she wakes up:<br><br>
swing/slide & bike ride<br><br>
We go to the park every day that it doesn't rain, Ooten once in the morning and once in the evening after nap. We also take her out for rides on our bike (we have a bucket attached to the back with seatbelts and she rides in that) or for rides on her trike around the neighborhood (we still have the handle to push her.) Sometimes she wants me to go for a run and push her in the stroller. For her birthday she is getting a balance bike and a water table, so I expect those will soon be part of our daily activities. She also LOVES blowing bubbles on the deck and coloring with sidewalk chalk. A watering can and hoe are great for "helping" with weeding and gardening. Sometimes we have a picnic lunch in the front yard. Also, we are lucky enough to live near the beach, so that's always hugely entertaining. The great thing about this age is that it's a novelty to do whatever you are doing.<br><br>
On rainy days:<br>
coloring<br>
Duplos<br>
play with dollhouse<br>
kick/throw a ball around<br>
read<br>
play chase the toddler<br>
an occasional episode of Sesame Street<br>
take a bath in the middle of the day<br>
bake with Mama<br>
pretend to bake in the play kitchen<br>
fill jars with beans/beads<br>
listen to music/dance party<br>
Swiffer the floors/dust<br>
go out to breakfast at the coffee shop<br>
puddle jump
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This post is so helpful, I had to save it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
Here are some things I do with my two-year-old girl aside from what's already been said:<br><br>
-Buttons: I have a button collection in a jar and my daughter loves to look at them. She will get a pan out of the cabinet and ask me to pour them in and then she will sort through them and organize them by shape or color. Obviously, you have to be very vigilant with this project so it's not a choking hazard. I also have a big tub of beads that she likes to play in the same way.<br><br>
-Water Play: She will put the step stool in front of the bathroom sink and I'll put the plug in and fill the sink with water. She can play with her toys in it or I'll give her some cups and spoons and such and she will play with them, pouring water back and forth. It's a nice way to de-stress when I need "me time" because I can just sit on the toilet right next to her and read a book to myself.<br><br>
-Collage: I cut shapes out of colored construction paper or junk mail and keep them in a bag. Then I help her glue them onto the back of a piece of reused paper (from a bill or something). She will pick the shapes she wants and hold them out and I put a dot of glue on them and then she sticks it where she wants it. Tomorrow I plan to do the same thing, but with shapes and on the paper, I'll draw each shape and see if she can match the shapes by gluing them down over the correct one. Might be fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
-Starfall.com - This is a really fun website that teaches letters and beginning reading. My daughter loves the ABCs portion and knows all of her letters now and the sounds that they make. We play it together every few days or so, especially when I'm not feeling well and don't want to move around too much.<br><br>
-Window Art: I make finger paint by mixing equal parts flour and water, then add food coloring. Then I lay a towel or newspaper on the floor in front of the sliding glass door and let DD finger paint on the glass with it or use a paintbrush with it. So long as I don't wait until it's completely dried, it comes off easily with warm water and a sponge.<br><br>
-Sewing: I sew by hand, mostly little toys. My daughter loves deciding what she wants me to make and then I'll sew one up for her. She gets to pick the fabrics sometimes and is absolutely riveted while watching me. Seems like it would be boring, but watching the toy take shape fascinates her. I have a gigantic dull embroidery needle that I let her play with. She will sit next to me on the couch and push it back and forth through a piece of mesh fabric. You wouldn't BELIEVE how long she can sit doing this happily.<br><br>
-Hair clips: When I was little, my dad would babysit me by laying on the floor and watching the Wall St. Journal on TV while I sat on his back with a pot full of all my hair clips. I'd spend an hour just clipping them all in his hair. It's one of the best memories of my childhood. I even have a photo!<br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v95/amberskyfire/Livejournal/mendad.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...nal/mendad.jpg</a><br><br>
-Paper Dolls: You can make very simplified paper dolls with changeable clothes or you can cut them out of felt and they will last longer, plus you don't need to sew anything! My daughter loves them.<br><br>
-Origami: I like to get online and learn how to fold origami animals. I can make something in about five minutes and my daughter is delighted to have a new little toy. She takes her animals and pretends they have all kinds of adventures.<br><br>
-Laundry: DD likes to fold, so sometimes I dump out a basket of washcloths or prefolds for her to sit on the floor and practice folding.<br><br>
-Shopping: Can you tell yet that DD likes mimicking really mundane tasks? LOL! She loves it when I give her a pen and the grocery store insert from the newspaper. She circles the different kinds of foods she wants to buy and says the prices out loud "seventy-eight-ninety dollars!"<br><br>
-Hunting Eggs: I take our Easter eggs and hide them in obvious places around the living room. She loves going around with her basket and collecting them over and over again.<br><br>
-Bicycling: My father sent us a bicycle trailer for Christmas and I'll load her up in it and take her for a ride from time to time.</div>
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Can I just say your house sounds like a lot of fun!! And this picture made my day! What an awesome dad! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
This whole thread has great ideas. I was drawn into reading even though my oldest is now 5 and soon to be 6. I was re-organizing the overly cluttered family room/playroom today and feeling so sad and sentimental that my kids are growing up so fast! I was packing up the wooden puzzles and big toy trucks because my 5 year old said he didn't really play with them anymore and that it was okay to pass them on. (The wooden puzzles are going to get stashed in my closet for now though, can't bear to part with them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) Oh to have a toddler again! It goes by so fast ladies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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