This week has been the longest on record. These last 7 days were definitely longer than previous weeks – did you feel it?! No?! Just me?! Ok, it might have been because I had two sick kids at home and wasn’t feeling well myself. The week started off with fevers and quickly progressed into hand, foot and mouth aka cocksackie aka the devil’s virus. Oops that last one isn’t real. Anyway – with nobody going to school or babysitters and staying at our house because it wouldn’t be socially responsible to take my kids to a store, it was one truly long week. I had to get creative in our activities just so that we could make it through without wanting to kill one another. We did one MAJOR activity each day that took a lot of time, made a mess and was very fun. Check out this list below of different activities that are great for when you’re stick inside with your little ones:
- Order some special crafts on amazon that you don’t do on a regular basis. The great thing about amazon is their next day shipping so if you know you have a long couple of days ahead – order right away!! One thing we did was design your own backpack. I have girls so a lot of the activities we do tend to be on the girly side but this one can go either way. Order some canvas bags (found here), fabric markers (found here) and some gems (found here) and let them at it. Make sure the kids are somewhere that they can be creative and not worry about damaging anything. I put Madison on our island with a placemat under her.
- Homemade Moon Sand. This one is so easy and is a great “messy play” activity. I usually don’t do activities like this because of lack of time for clean up but being stuck in the house forced us to do some longer projects. Madison could have sat there and played forever!!!!! Kennedy also liked it but her type of play meant it was going to be LITERALLY everywhere, including in her belly because she thought it was food. It’s so easy to make: 4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil. You can use other oils (coconut is my fav) if you have an eater like I do! Check out this post for more details on the Moon Sand! Tip: to extend the play, add new and exciting toys to the bucket every so often.
- Cooking! I know I know, I suggest this one constantly but it’s such a good activity. Get your toddler involved in baking (please keep in mind if they’re sick you aren’t going to be sharing this with anyone outside of your house). I had Madison help me make muffins which she LOVES to do – it takes a while and is a two part project. Make and eat. My recipe for healthy muffins can be found here. We are always using our Curious Chef tools in the kitchen which can be found here on amazon. Toddlers love to feel like they’re using the ‘real stuff’ and these tools are just that!
- Bubble Foam. This one was such a blast – even I had fun! Just mix some tear free soap with water and food dye using a hand mixer and poof you have foam!!! My kids love the foam you buy but after a while it gets expensive. This is a super affordable way to make your own. We made this a TRIPLE activity – Madison helped to make it, then she played with it – THEN we brought it into the bath for a super fun extended bath time. One craft, HOURS of play!!! Total win in my book.
- Indoor slide! This one caused hours of giggles in our house. Bring in your baby pool, fill it with balls and pop your slide in there! This will blow your toddlers mind bc all of your outdoor toys will be in the house!!! For an extra good time throw on some tunes and make it a party!
- Good old fashioned dance party!!! This one is as simple as can be. No supplies needed! Just crank some tunes and rock out! We love to use Pandora to play our favorite stations and then dance around like nobody is watching!! Some our household favorites include: Disney Princess Radio, Kidz Bops Kids, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor! This one is a bonus because the gross motor play helps the kids get some of that extra energy out. A tip to prolong the activity: Get the kids toys involved! Mention that Mickey Mouse and the gang look like they want to dance and all of a sudden it becomes a pretend play dance party.
- Gross motor shape game. This was particularly fun because Madison is learning her shapes, learning to take turns and being active with this one. I took a rice box, spray painted it with chalk board paint and then used chalk to draw shapes on it. Then I took painters tape and taped the shapes to the floor and we played it ‘twister style’. One of us would roll the cub and jump to the shape we rolled. It was so easy and made a great activity of the day. Tip: If you use chalk board paint on the cube like we did, it can become an art project when finished with the game – just give your toddler some chalk and off they go!
Let me know if you do any of these with your little one!
Please note: All activities and projects recommended on The Disorganized Parent are intended to have adult supervision and some materials aren’t suitable for little humans
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