It can be challenge to think of different things to do with Wilfie - there are plenty of things we can do outside - go to the animal farm, the park, swimming... but sometimes I just fancy staying home. And I like doing stuff that doesn't involve the TV!
Build a den
One of our favourite things to do is to make a den. Even if it's a flimsy one, involving just an old throw and a few of Wilfie's best furry friends.
My husband thinks I should give this one up... Most of my 'bakes' don't really turn out that well. But the point is, it's fun to try! And Wilf will happily sit through the majority of it with his own little bakeware (bought from IKEA), mixing and tasting as we go.
Playing in the garden
If you don't yet have chalk for outside, then get some! It's fab for entertaining toddlers and they love the fact they can actually draw anywhere they like! Wilfie is also entertained for hours on end with a few stones and sticks and some pots in which to put them in. And now that the sun is shining, another awesome thing is the paddling pool. (Oh, and we just got a sandpit!).
We have a few favourite toy animals in this house - and Wilfie loves it when they sing and dance and climb up walls and hide under the bed and so on. He also has a set of wooden animal skittles, which come and join him for his lunch, or a picnic in the garden.
Singing and dancing
Easy peasy - put on any music and clap, sing and dance along.
Pots and pasta
It doesn't have to be pasta - but I like to use uncooked big pasta and put it in pots and jars with lids, for Wilfie to rattle around and pick out and put back in. Any kind of sensory stuff - stones. big buttons - things that feel different and that make good noises when dropped in a jar.
This is probably our best thing. Lying in bed or on the sofa, reading through piles of books.
What do you do to keep your toddler entertained when you're at home? I'd love to hear some of your ideas!