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Rainy day activities with a toddler

A few months ago it was one of those horrid rainy days where you don’t want to leave the house. Staying in with a toddler is challenging for us and boring for them. When I decided to stay in I googled “things to do with toddlers inside” and came up with very few results. I did find lots of craft activities but most of them were aimed at older children and not really things my Boy could get involved in as much. So if, like me, you don’t enjoy the pangs of parental guilt when you put a film on yet again then I hope these ideas help you to do something new and fun with your toddler:

  1. Fill up a washing up bowl with soapy water and get lots of different kitchen bits to play with – cups, spoons, measuring jugs etc. I put them all in the water and the Boy had to find them, then we washed them up and poured water from one container to the other. In the end he actually got in to the washing up bowl and had a fab time making a royal mess (make sure you put lots of towels down underneath the bowl)
  2. Build a fort – use cushions and blankets to build a secret fort which you and your toddler can hide in. We had great fun with a torch inside the fort turning it on and off and making funny shadows.
  3. Biscuit decorating – bake biscuits (either with your child or without, I did them without so it was quicker!) and set out lots of different bits for decorating them – we used icing for sticking stuff on, chocolate chips, hundreds and thousands, popping candy, jelly sweets and edible glitter. You could also use healthier stuff like raisins, dried fruit, chopped nuts; although they might not get involved with such gusto!                                                                                                                       
  4. Messy painting – this is a real struggle for me as I cannot stand all the mess but the great thing about doing it in your own house is that you can wear old clothes (or even just underwear) and get stuck in. Masking tape lots of art paper to the floor (it needs to be quite thick so normal paper won’t do) and use paints to decorate it. The Boy suffers from OCD so he won’t touch finger paints (“Mummy wipe, Mummy wiiiipe”) so we use brushes and pots. I use a marker to draw pictures for him to colour in, and I cannot draw so it is usually a square car with wheels or a rocket ship or stars but he is impressed.
  5. And last but probably one of the easiest and funnest that we like is taking all the cushions off the couch and the Boy hurls himself off in varying styles – jumping, rolling, falling – to land on soft cushions below and giggle like crazy

I hope this post is of use to you and your toddler and if you have fun trying any of them out please come back and let me know!