It’s been raining lately which I hate because that means either being cooped up in the house, doing lap after lap around the stupid mall, or paying way too much money to go to a kids play place where every other kid in the city is also visiting.
Here are some things I’ve found keep kiddo busy for at least an hour and then some.
Painting: I know you might cringe at the though of the mess but what I’ve done has worked quite well. I get acrylic paint, put little dabs of it into an ice tray and then put q-tips in to match the color of paint. For canvas I use big department store clothing boxes (cut in half.) Because the q-tips are so small they work perfectly for little hands and you don’t get a giant mess (as long as you remind your child this isn’t finger-painting.)
Cornstarch Goop: Cornstarch + coloured water + big baking pan to put the concoction on = hours of fun, plus you can keep your goop in a sealed container and use it again. Heck even I love playing with this stuff, it starts a solid and becomes a liquid in your hands as you drizzle it back down onto the pan. I recommend a baking pan because yet again… LESS MESS! This stuff is incredibly forgivable if it does make a mess though because all you need is some soapy water for clean up.
Forts: I’ve found if you “cheat” a little and use string to tie the corners of large sheets to things they last longer and actually stay up fairly well. Forget trying to jimmy them over top of things and setting heavier objects on them so they don’t slip.
Run around the house: chase each other around the house to wear out energy, move furniture aside and let loose, it’ll burn calories, and by the end you’ll both be ready for a nap.
Do a movie day: pop some popcorn, make some juice, have some other snacks and snuggle up together on the couch with a big blanket and re-watch some good ol’ classics.