Having kids at home all the time can start to drive you batty. Here are some of the things we did in our little apartment to stay busy and had lots of fun doing it! All these things can be done outside as well, if that’s a possibility for you.
Found these great spongey stepping stones on Amazon – National Geographic Kids. Perfect for busy little ones that love an obstacle course or sensory play. Perfect for gross motor exploration and development, too!
Playdough Pizza Shop ❤️🍕 Hours of fun playing restaurants. Imaginary play is perfect for all the parents now finding themselves homeschooling. Can introduce money maths (addition/subtraction) into the game. Favourite playdough recipe https://www.iheartnaptime.net/play-dough-recipe/ (The picture is store bought just an FYI)
Watercolour crayons. I’d sometimes write letters or numbers and then, with water, he’d paint over them and they’d turn to watercolour. More often than not though he’d just draw a picture and then paint over the top. Both fun options.
Our hilariously lame attempt at an art idea I found on Pinterest. Still fun to do, just use a small paintbrush to finesse the animals. I had a big one and stuffed it!
Balloons tied with string and taped to the walls (use a painters tape so you don’t ruin your paint). Our toddler had a field day bashing and running through them, and our bub loved watching them and lying underneath for tummy time.
Glitter germs – he was too little for the soap vs pepper hand science experiment that’s gone viral in the past few weeks. We approached it very simply. -Glitter sticks to your hands (like germs). -You can try and wipe your hands clean but sometimes germs stick to them and the only way to get them off it to wash your hands. (Water won’t take all the glitter off, some glitter still stays on their hands, so you do really need soap, which is perfect in showing them how important handwashing is)
Glow stick bath disco – crank up the music. So much fun!
Moon dust sensory play You’ll need: • 2 cups of all purpose flour • 1/4 cup of baby oil • a baking tray or deep dish would work to contain the mess. We’ve used an Ikea breakfast tray as a little messy station area. Tip: we’ve use a big shower curtain over the floor for wet and messy play in our apartment. Makes for a quick cleanup! This consistency is great as it holds form so you can make castles, rocks etc, but crumbles to dust between your fingers.
Cubby houses – endless fun! We had lunch in our cubby (sun tent) occasionally, some iPad movie dates, read books and also let him play independently in there with all the battery operated fairy lights on.
Sensory bags – so many ways to do this – have a look on Pinterest. This one was just a giant ziplock bag (also works with the silicone ziplocks) filled with colour, water and oil. She adored smacking it!
Painted paddle pop sticks and made creatures.
You’ll need: •sticky tape or duct tape (I cut varying sizes and widths so some animals are easier and harder to free) •little figurines (animals, cars, anything really will work) •cardboard or chopping board (I like chopping board and it keeps the duct tape sticky and can be reused 👍🏼) Being just under two at the time, my little one ripped the animals off quickly (would take a younger one longer) but took him longer to restock the animals down, that became the game, really.