Stir Crazy

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.


A flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, probably his first unhealthy cookie.

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
Practice stairs
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
Bath time
Kicking balls


Oh and yesterday he was repeatedly climbing on his kitchen I made him and peed on it. So that is gone.

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Single mom by choice, lesbian, natural living, parenting, car free, Chicago.Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment!
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9 Responses to Stir Crazy

  1. kayrosey says:

    We are going nuts over here too!
    The activity the littles are into the most right now is playing with a basket full of old bottles I washed out/took the labels off. I have a spice container, medicine bottle, bubble bottle, bottle with a dropper-I think it was nose drops, and an eye drop bottle. The 17 month and 2 year old love matching the tops, and pretending whatever with them šŸ™‚

  2. He will love that idea! He likes to play with container but I haven’t put all types of them in one place for him to match.

  3. I’m going to remember these! One to add, a tupperware container with those fuzzy balls for crafts! That was a friend’s kids favorite.

  4. I have been wanting to get pompoms for him but don’t have easy access to a craft store. There are tons of things to do with them! I actually have a lot of books and links for activities.

  5. kayrosey says:

    Oh yeah, the pompoms are fun. I poked a hole on the top of a coffee can, and the kids will push poms thru it for a long time! So funny… We recently made ‘squish bags’, filled up ziplock baggies with cheapo hair gel and put little things and glitter in them. I taped the sides with packing tape, no messes so far!

  6. I have done those bags before but this kid would try to eat them :-/

  7. Lindsay says:

    Yep, we have officially HAD IT with winter here, too. I’ve been doing a lot of what you do. We also play grocery shopping – Evelyn pretends she’s going to the store (the fridge) and brings stuff “home” from the shops.

  8. I want a lock on the fridge so he can’t get in it!

  9. Lindsay says:

    Lol yeah it creates quite the mess.

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