I often say that it is a good thing that Avery is at dayhome 5 days a week, especially in the winter months since we both do not do well being at home for long periods of time. Most days I wonder what on earth I would do at home all day with a two year old when it is minus 20 outside! Saying that we do have a good list of simple indoor activities that we turn to on weekends to keep us busy (and sane).
These are magical you guys. I picked up a couple for $5-8 at Winners and Avery will play for a good hour with them and I can help her with some pages too – if she lets me.
AKA sensory bins. I was so apprehensive to introduce Avery to these but did on the days we were stuck at home potty training. I bought a $2 bag of dried beans and dumped them into a large bowl, added some spoons and other random kitchen objects and voila Avery was a happy camper! It can get messy but I stay pretty strict with Avery, if she starts to throw beans they are put away.
I love to bake, that is no secret and have since I was a little girl so could not wait until could bake with Avery. We bake almost every Sunday now and she is a great helper – added bonus, it has helped her learn to count and she does not even realize she is practicing counting 😉
We made Valentine’s cookies for dayhome..from Pillsbury 😉 They key is simple baking with toddlers!
Nothing fancy but another activity Avery will sit and do for a good 30 minutes. I just have some homemade play-doh and random kitchen objects she uses to play with which goes to show you do not need to get fancy for a two year old!
We have just started to introduce Avery to games, we have “played” matching card games, large puzzles, hide and seek and barrel of monkeys so far. Nothing too crazy and typically these do not last long (yet).
I find that once I sit down and think about it there is a lot we can involve our little ones in to keep them busy, and it is usually pretty simple – colouring, reading, helping Mom/Dad (Avery’s favourite), playing house and more. Sometimes I get too caught up in fancy Pinterest type ideas that if I am being honest just seem like too much – an hour of prep for a 15 minute activity and then clean up too? Ain’t no Mom have time for that 😉 So lets keep it simple and just have fun with our little ones!