On rainy days or times when I feel sluggish, unmotivated to get dressed or under the weather, I refuse to the leave the house. While this may sound easy, my active toddler gets bored of his toys quickly. I have come up with a few no fuss activities that I pull out for these days to keep him entertained with minimal effort from mama, that last part being key 🙂
Shaving cream paint
This one is my go to activity for when I am stick, because he literally will spend 30 minutes doing this and all I have to do is sit there and watch! You just need a little shaving cream, some food coloring, a plastic bowl and some paint brushes and you can let them loose in your shower or bath. I prefer to use the bath tub because there is no grout, which will stain with the food coloring. I have let him paint in the shower before, I just don’t add the food coloring to the shaving cream. He loves to paint the walls and then eventually move to his body. To extend our time in the tub, I rise him off and then let him play in the water for awhile, making this activity extend to an hour! Win!
To save I like dot art, is an understatement. I LOVE these for toddlers! My son always wants to paint, but it is such an ordeal to set up and clean as he is extremely messy. I have to be in a very good mood to pull our the paint and paint brushes! This lets him feel like he is painting without any of the hassle on my part, and he can do it everyday 🙂 He is also a boy, so he loves to pound these things on the table, which doesn’t seem to damage them or spray ink anywhere, so more power to him. They also last forever! We are only on our second set and we use them ALL THE TIME. You can order coloring books as well for these, but my son is not that talented yet, so we just use regular paper.
Beads and Tweezers
This one is super easy and keeps him occupied for about 15 minutes, longer if I keep hiding new objects 🙂 I filled a plastic bin with pony beads, ordered some kids tweezers from Amazon, and collected a few of our tiny figurines from around the house to bury in the beads. He uses the tweezers to find the hidden objects. I love his face as he tries to get one out and it falls! This is great for working on their dexterity as well. I keep this bin in a closet and pull it out once a week so the game doesn’t get old!
Threading the Pipe Cleaner
For this activity, I use the same bin of pony beads, but add pipe cleaners to the mix. This provides great practice for hand/eye coordination as he needs put the pipe cleaner through the pony bead. He takes his time, which is nice, because it stretches out the activity! We normally make bracelets by just cutting the pipe cleaner down when you are finished and twisting it onto their wrists. He loves to show off his work!
Painting with Feet
This activity requires the most parental involvement and doesn’t last as long, so we don’t do it as often as the others, but it is a fun one to pull out! I take a big box, line it with paper on the bottom, squirt some washable paint in the bottom and let him have free range. Its fun to see how they react to paint on their feet! I wash off his feet in the tub when we are done.