WAYS TO ENTERTAIN 2 YEAR OLD AT HOME
Poor @lexie_elyse - is this a cry for help? Godspeed, lady!
- •Cushion/blanket fortsIt really can be insanely simple. Kids love a hidey-hole. You could even just push 2 dining chairs close to each other & drape a blanket to connect them. If you bring a flashlight (or is they have one of those star-shining nightlights), that goes over well. Turn off lights, hide inside with them, & whisper.
- •Cloud dough8 cups of flour mixed with 1 cup vegetable oil. That's it. Makes a fun squishy dough - drive toy cars through it, bury small plastic toys in it, dig in it with spoons. Let kid help you mix it; they love that. Also, you'll want to play with this in the yard or on the patio/porch for easy clean up.
- •Sorting things by colorSounds overly simple, but this age group is all about collecting stuff and putting them in piles. Grab a few bowls or trays (kitchen is great for this), then gather a pile of toys, crayons, leaves from outside, whatever. Put one color item into each bowl/tray. Help them put green things in one, orange things in another, etc. Dump them all out & do it again.
- •Dance partyI highly recommend early Beatles for this, especially if you can sing along & teach them lyrics. Yellow Submarine, Octopus's Garden, Hold Your Hand - these are all simple fun songs that kids actually sorta get. My kids also dug Elvis.
- •PaintingAnother outside activity. Use different tools to paint - fingers & brushes, sure. But also try paint on toy car tires & rolling it on paper. Paint leaves & press them to paper. Talk about the different shapes.
- •"Cooking"Also requires clean up. Set out random small sampling of ingredients, give kid bowl & spoon & measuring spoons. Let them make whatever gross concoction they desire. No one has to eat it.
- •Play in the bathWhen all else fails. You can always buy a cheapo can of shaving cream and put some in the bath for squishing around
- •Play copy catTiny kid version of Simon Says. You mirror them, they mirror you. We like to hold up a hola hoop as a "frame" so it's like you're looking in a mirror
- •Good luck!! 🙌🏽