It is a constant struggle to keep my almost 2 year old entertained, I give him a new toy and it lasts about 1 day before it is old news. But there are a few fail safe games he loves and if I put a new twist to them he gets re-interested and begins fresh again with renewed interest. But, I am still trying to think outside the box and switch things up, so here are a few of the homemade ideas that not only worked in our house but stand the test of time. Boys or girls alike will love each and every one of these games and I dare them to not stay interested. Here they are….
The Doorway Puppet Show
Pretty self explanatory, you can get great fabric from Joann’s and even if you are not amazing with a sewing machine there is no shame in the ole’ hot glue gun remedy for that. Wink.
The Tablecloth House
Same concept, VERY easy to make, and the kids go CRAZY for this one. They love being under covers or hiding inside things, this gives them a special place for that and they can go in and out through their door and peek through the windows. Again, glue gun is fine for this one too if sewing is not your favorite thing in the world. You can make it much more boy orientated too with darker colors and stripes, its great!
The Classic: Box House
This one takes some thought. I get boxes all the time, you can cut and tape boxes together to make your little one his or her castle. They can’t get enough of it. They love peeking through the window, smelling the “flowers” in the flower box, and having a kitchen or reading nook on the inside. Pillows and some books leaves your kid to go inside for some much needed quiet time. 🙂
Race Car Track
Pool noodles are VERY cheap and most people have or know someone who has one they can spare to make this fun activity. I don’t know a kid who doesn’t love these small cars, if you add in a pool noodle homemade slide track, they are over the moon for hours. Days. Weeks.
So easy. 4 wooden poles from Home Depot, and some cute cloth. Done and done. You can chose a cloth that would match the nursery or wherever you decide to put it.
I think I saved this for last because some parents will think I’m insane, but it doesn’t have to be high or dangerous and with hubby’s help this one takes about an hour to make and is great for exercise, confidence and hand eye coordination. This depends on the mommy, I personally think it’s awesome. You need inexpensive wood from Home Depot and kid sized climbing rocks found here.