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And we don't know what to do!!!!!<br><br>
Please give us some tips.<br><br>
I feel like a dummy asking this but I have no idea what to do. Yesterday we didn't do much of anything, she wasn't tired enough to take a nap at nap time, then decided she wanted to take a nap once the baby was up and fussy, then had a melt down, then ate a whole bottle of arnica. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> It was a LONG day.<br><br>
Today we've already gone to the park but we were there 20min before we are both dripping sweat and had to come home. One day I'm going to be a millionare and open an indoor playplace around here. Anyhow, if I don't get her doing something fast she'll turn on the tv and it'll go downhill from there. BTW she's two and a fussy higher needs baby is kinda limiting things at the moment.<br><br>
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Sprinkler. My boys love the sprinkler, if they find one on, they're in it. I don't usually keep them inside when it's hot but I do try to limit excursions. Sprinklers and pools save us in the summer.
 

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She doesn't like water in her face so she won't go near them. We have a kiddie pool but we try to wait until late afternoon when it's in the shade but the bugs aren't out yet. But lately the afternoon storms have been so very bad we can't go out much then. We had lightning strike across the street Friday so as soon as we hear thunder we go inside, raining or not, and that's usually most afternoons from 3PM on.<br><br>
Maybe we'll start doing the pool first thing in the morning before the sun comes over the backyard trees.
 

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Some indoor ideas we like:<br>
A "fun bath". Fill the tub, add different toys - things from the kitchen can be especially fun: measuring cups, funnels, spoons, ladels, etc. Blow bubbles while they're in there.<br><br>
Play Doh. Easy to make up a batch of homemade. Cookie cutters are great tools. (My 2 year old can't manage the cookie cutters on her own, so I make the shapes & give them to her to play with. It is one of her favorite things to do!)<br><br>
Put on some music & dance around wildly. Fun & burns off some energy. Then play a game of "Can you dance like...." an airplane, the wind, a monkey, etc.<br><br>
Make paper bag puppets and put on a puppet show.<br><br>
Look at photo albums.<br><br>
And of course the old stand bys books, stickers, coloring, hide and seek.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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DS is on the balcony right now, big container of water in front of him (about the size/shape of two large shoeboxes), full of cups and toys. He's been dumping water out here and there for the last twenty minutes.
 

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Pool and sprinkler for sure. But the novelty of the pool is wearing off a little, and so I've been thinking...<br><br>
I haven't had to do this yet, but if it's too hot inside and outside, I'd probably take them to a mall for just a little while. I hate malls in general, and I go maybe twice a year, but when it's hot like today, every little thing becomes a battle and a meltdown. So it's a good last resort. Air conditioning, a little room to run, and things to see.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Pool and sprinkler for sure. But the novelty of the pool is wearing off a little, and so I've been thinking...<br><br>
I haven't had to do this yet, but if it's too hot inside and outside, I'd probably take them to a mall for just a little while. I hate malls in general, and I go maybe twice a year, but when it's hot like today, every little thing becomes a battle and a meltdown. So it's a good last resort. Air conditioning, a little room to run, and things to see.</div>
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Here it also water and water. And also the mall. We have a mall with a large play area, a little train and a carousel.<br><br>
Carma
 

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I second the Play Doh. Even when I'm exhausted I can still manage to sit and play Play Doh with my two year old.
 

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We do play cooking a lot - DS can spend a good 20 minutes putting play-doh into a muffin tin. I also get big sheets of paper and tape them to the coffee table to he can color across a large surface.
 

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-go to the library<br>
-play skiball at the mall, walk (run <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">) around mall<br>
-our books a million has a train set so we look at books and play with trains<br>
-pull all the sofa cushions off the sofa and jump on them- this expends tons of energy esp when done with a friend<br>
-do same thing with bed<br>
-play chase and hide and seek indoors<br>
-eat popsicles outside<br>
-water our bedding plants<br>
- of course, kiddie pool, sprinkler, anything with water, dirt, whatever, then bath then jump on bed (more fun with friend)<br>
- at night we take the flashlight and look for frogs and crickets<br><br>
HTH!
 

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How about a screenhouse or canopy over the kiddie pool? That would give you some shade.<br><br>
Do you live near a mall? Does it have an indoor play area?<br><br>
Are you in a town? Are there local wading pools? Gentle spraygrounds?<br><br>
Invite friends over for a playgroup inside! Make ice cream and enjoy the AC!
 

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AAAAAA we are in CA and the 850 fires have made the air just unbreathable so we have been in doors, windows closed going on 3 days now!!!!!<br><br>
Not quit a toddler I have an 11 mo but she is just starting to walk, we havent child proofed anything and dh works before she wakes up to after we are both asleep. so I HEAR YA errr these days have been long<br><br>
We madeplay dough today. Lots of stories, baths lots of baths, playing with ice is good when its hot.<br><br>
I have rainy day toys right now, a box of toys and things to do in doors that only comes out when we NEED it like its raining or I HAVE to be on the phone or we are stuck in doors for whatever reason. I think this is a great idea. Things like a small parachute, tunnel, puppets I dunno whatever your child likes just their favorites.<br><br>
Bubbles are always fun<br><br>
painting<br><br>
put some shaving cream or whip cream on a desk and let them mush around in it and make all kinds of shapes and whatever
 

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I live in a hot climate, too. It's been upper 90's w/ close to 100% humidity. AWFUL!<br><br>
I've noticed that if we leave in the a.m. for a short indoor activity (library, playdate, trip to the store, visit to grandma's, etc.) that the rest of the day at home goes much more smoothly. It's made such a difference that I now plan our "outing" the night before.<br><br>
We have also joined a neighborhood pool (40.00 per month). They have a huge baby pool and spending some afternoons there has been a lifesaver!
 

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We're in the same boat here, 100+ degrees every day last week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: We go out in the morning as soon as he finishes breakfast and again in the evening when the heat starts letting up. My son loves to be outside though so it's been a struggle only going out twice a day. During the day we either go to the mall, the library/bookstore, have playdates or I just do my best to entertain him inside the house.
 

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An idea often posted in the craft forum is icecube painting. Mix coolaid (with no sugar if you don't want them eating it) and pour the colored water into an ice tray. Once frozen, take the cubes and large sheets of paper outside and get creative! Cool and fun.<br><br>
I haven't tried it yet with my ds, but it sounds promising. The weather only just started getting warm here. There are few homes with AC in Michigan, so outside is still far cooler than inside once the weather heats up!<br><br>
PS-I'm sorry if someone already mentioned this, but I didn't have time read everything.
 

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I triple that! My ds begs for "pay-dough" all the time. He loves to press cookie cutters in it, cut it with safety scissors, and drive cars through it. (You can also use coolaid to dye your homemade dough too) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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