Been nursing a very sick toddler (who has yet to recover) for the past two weeks until I too succumbed to the virus.
Aside from the excessive whining from Bubs’ irritability, we managed to keep ourselves occupied with some activities that are not too challenging yet engaging enough for a sick toddler who is not 100%.
I spy – Colors
We spied mostly for colors since Bubs is still grasping colors vocabulary.
Reading & playing pretend
Our stay-in book this week is the famous Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Lots of great free printables for activities to follow up with building literacy. Of course, not every activity is suitable for a 2 year old. Some could be simplified or made more challenging according to the development of each child.
Nothing like a steamy tub of water filled with toys to clear his blocked nose.
Exploring textures (with a pair of scissors)
Recently Bubs have been testing out materials that can or cannot be cut using a pair of scissors. So I prepared a tray of items for him – paper of different thickness, tissue, plastic, various loose parts around the house that he is allowed to test his scissors skills on.
Loose parts play
What are loose parts?
Materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways.
Taken from Let the Children Play
And due to the nature of loose parts, it requires minimal (almost zero) interference on my part. Bubs creativity was free to flow and he could spent hours playing.
Some great ideas about loose parts play:
DiY obstacle course
Ikea tunnels, step stools, somersaults on mattresses, jumping over placemats… anything that allows him to jump, crawl, roll, run & skip without leaving the house.
Another wonderful site for indoor activities I used as reference here.
- Crawl under or over a row of chairs.
- Crawl under a string stretched between two chair legs.
- Jump into and out of a Hula-Hoop five times.
- Walk on a balance board.
- Throw a beanbag into a laundry basket.
- Run while balancing a beanbag on your head.
- Do a ring toss.
- Play one hole of Newspaper Golf.
- Ride a tricycle along a predetermined route. (We used a balance bike)
- Somersault from one point to another.