Stuck indoors with kids under five? Live smarter and definitely not harder by keeping these five play ideas in your arsenal to keep on having fun even when you are stuck inside.
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1. Fun in the bath
Do not underestimate how much fun a bath is for a little person (heck, even for an adult, baths are pretty cool). Make your bath playtime more fun with a toy boat or even a seaplane. Don’t forget the bubbles! This keeps my children entertained for at least an hour, and it’s bath time done as well.
These are super versatile, suited to all ages and abilities, and educational! A winning idea! We have had one mid-difficulty puzzle going each week. We do sections of it at a time, starting with the edges.
Easy – these type of puzzles can be done with minimal involvement by you.
Mid-difficulty – these need you to be a little involved, maybe to make the edges.
Genus child – step out of the way and let them go or support them by working together on it.
3. Art stuff
This includes coloring in books, gel and color pens, colored pencils, and paper and cardboard. Craft up a storm making cards, writing letters, coloring in, drawing. The only limit is your imagination! We have been making cards and writing letters and stories. You can even make little storybooks.
4. Basketball set
Get physical and stay active. These can be kept indoors, or if you have garden space, you can place it outdoors. We love having regular active breaks to energize us and get fresh air.
Of course, Lego had to make an appearance on this list. This is actually number 1 on the list in my family and occupies my kids for hours and then some, probably 5-6 hours a day at the moment. Lego is expensive, so if your budget is tight, go for 2nd hand. This stuff lasts forever! We also take a bag of mixed lego everywhere we go. It’s amazing the things your child will build, from rocket ships to boats to cities and towers.
So these are my top five play ideas for under-fives that I can count on every day. I hope these are useful to you too. What are your ideas? Please send me a comment. Most of all, I hope you enjoy your time with them! It’s such a fun age 🙂
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