I thought it was hard enough being stuck inside last winter but it is nothing compared to this. My little man wasn’t walking yet and still took two naps a day. He was much less needy in the play department then. Now, trying to keep him busy is a full time job. There is (thankfully) no tv to fall back on. I’d love any ideas you all might have on activitites for keeping his attention and ones for getting energy out. I will share what we have been doing.
Pipe cleaners and a strainer – fine motor, talk about colors, put it on your head, reminds me of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Buttons with container/bowl, spoon, egg carton, ramps, toilet paper rolls – fine motor, scooping and pouring, sorting, size, clean up.
Painting, finger paints, dabbin dots, fabric paints, paint brushes – sensory, colors, all that good stuff.
Random kitchen stuff – because I am cooking or washing dishes half the day, he likes cutting boards, chip clips, empty yogurt containers, mixing and smashing utensils.
Baking and cooking – he likes to help mix and mash things for me or put lids on pots, tests my patience sometimes but I know he loves it, we make an adapted version of these muffins a lot.
Cleaning – he loves to vacuum, wipe his table or the fridge or the window, pretend to sweep.
Play dough, cookie cutters, textured ball – we either sit at the table and use our hands, or go in the kitchen and he flattens play dough balls with his feet by stepping up onto a couple cookbooks (PT showed us this).
Other things we do a lot of – coloring, stickers, blocks, trains, reading books.
Things we do to use energy
Run in the hallways
Put on music and dance/run in circles
Bounce on his ball or Benny the Bull
Set up obstacle courses with pillows to climb on and things to step over
Oh and yesterday he was repeatedly climbing on his kitchen I made him and peed on it. So that is gone.