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My ds is 2 1/2 and we don't do anyting super exciting durning the days when dh is working. I am looking for ideas on what to do with him. Getting bored of sitting on the floor playing cars.<br><br>
He LOVES baking, doing crafts....pretty much anything!
 

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Play with an old sheet - honestly, my DS will do this with me for a half an hour or more (my arms get tired WAAYYY before he does). Take the sheet, spread it on the ground, sit on one side and fluff it up and down so it catches air and your DS will run into the air bubble. Put stuffed animals or balls on the sheet and flip it in the air. Have him lay underneath it and fluff it over him. Lots of fun!
 

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Dd loves mixing flour and oatmeal and water to make playdough. I give her the cups and a bowl and let them mix them however she likes.
 

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Hi--my son really misses the sandbox...we haven't been to the park in a month because of all the rain. I bought a huge bag of rice, and poured it out on the carpet. He used his diggers and dump trucks in the rice for an hour! I put it in a tupperware container, and now we use it once a week as an indoor sanbox. It's messy, but nothing the vacuum can't handle!<br><br>
I also went to Target and bought some construction paper and glitter glue. He loves using the glitter glue--I cut pictures out of Parent's Magazine of apples, balloons, etc. and he made a collage.<br><br>
We have a blow up mattress for guests that I inflated--he will jump on this forever! I put pillows around it, so it's pretty safe and a good way for him to burn up some energy.<br><br>
When it's wet outside (but not raining) he puts on his rain boots and rain coat and we walk along the sidewalk looking for worms. He will do this FOREVER--he thinks everything is a worm...grass, sticks, etc.<br><br>
That's about all I can think of at the moment! Hope this helps.<br><br>
~Carrie & Boden (8-19-03)
 

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My kids love shaving cream on the counter you could even put in a little paint to give it a color. The clean up is easy if you do it by the sink. If he has a tendency to put it in his mouth or eys you could use wipping cream. They also like corn starch and water (food coloring), in a container put the corn starch and then add water till it looks wet but to the touch it feels dry. He can use a spoon to scoop it, when you scoop it it should be stiff they get runny. Also easy to clean from tabe/counter and floor. I also let them play in the water at the sink, I give them things around the kitchen, ie. mesuring cups/spoons, laddle, straw ect. and let them go. If you put a towel down on the floor again it will be an easy clean up. I hope they help!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br>
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We found that an underbed storgae box makes a good indoor sand/rice tray since it's nice and shallow. Also try looking at building suppliers, my brother used to have a plastic tray with a lip all round that builder use for mixing cement.<br><br>
Playdough is one of the few things that keeps DD amused at the moment. She also has some skittles that she likes.
 

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some great ideas you Moms have...<br>
We build forts out of sheets, pillows, chairs and whatever he finds. It cleans up easy.<br>
We've also been making play dough and then playing with it. He loves mixing different colors and finding a new color.<br><br>
Another sanbox type idea is to buy chocolate mulch from your nursery, it smells great, my 2 1/2 yr old spends an hour playing in it with trucks, then he'll "cook" with it, when done I store it in a shallow bin and it stores easy.<br><br>
We also spend a good portion of play time crawling around meowing like cats and translating all our favorite songs into cat language. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
I love the blow up mattress idea... plan to try it in the morning
 
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