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Two Times Table

– Games to Occupy the Small Occupant in your Home 

metm21The rules of arithmetic certainly means two twos equal four, but as a mum you know that amusing a two year old (or younger tot) is more like your 73 times table than the simple equation of toddler + game = fun.

 

That’s because some games are just more fun with two. As the saying goes, it takes two …. 

 

So, get ready to glide gracefully across the floor as you introduce a little one-on-one fun for the two of you.

See:

DIY Play # 10 – Little and Big 

DIY Play # 11 – Pillow Talk 

 

 

 

 

And you may want to check out the ideas in this series:

 

DIY Play # 1 – Our House

DIY Play # 2 – It’s a Wrap

DIY Play # 3 – Stop! (In the Name of Love)

DIY Play # 4 – Ten Pin

DIY Play # 5 – Let’s Twist Again

DIY Play # 6 – Boot Camp

DIY Play # 7 – An Indoor Sandbox

DIY Play # 8 – Make your own Gloop

DIY Play # 9 – Water Games 

DIY Play # 10 – Little and Big 

DIY Play # 11 – Pillow Talk

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DIY Play # 9 – Water Games

You will need lots and lots of dry towels (and a handy tumble dryer), a large bowl, water, cups, empty containers, plastic bath toys etc.

 

Water is always such a firm favourite so indulge this desire every once in a while but make sure you have plenty of dry towels to mop up the mess. Fill a large bowl with a small amount of water and place it on a towel on the floor (kitchen or bathroom flooring works best). Or pop your tot in the bath when it’s not officially bath time …

 

If you feel like it, introduce some straws and have your child blow bubbles. A small amount of dishwashing liquid can spice things up even more!

 

 

 

 

* Please remember that a young child can drown in what seems like a ridiculously small amount of water; make sure you watch your child at all times.

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DIY Play # 8 – Make your own Gloop

– Messy Play (Easy to make and easy to clean up with water)

 

 

You will need a box of cornstarch and some water (food colouring is optional).

 

Empty most of the box of cornstarch into a large pan or baking tray. Gradually add water until the mixture starts dripping off a spoon. Adjust the consistency by adding more cornstarch or water. It should be runny when your little one tries to pick it up but solid in the pan. Let her have some fun!

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DIY Play # 7 – An Indoor Sandbox

– Bring the fun inside without the mess

 

You Will Need:

Large plastic box or container

Rice or cereal

Measuring cups, a variety of spoons and some favourite pieces from the Little Miss’ tea set

Large towels or a sheet for easy clean-up

 

 

Fill a plastic box with rice or breakfast cereal, and place it on a sheet or towel on the floor. Show your toddler how to scoop and pour. Let the Dinky Dot work on her fine motor skills by picking up grains individually.

 

Hide small toys in the rice for her to find.

Note: This game is best played on a hard floor where you can sweep up any mess. (Is it only my toddler who can’t stay on the sheet?)

 

* Make sure that whatever you use does not pose a choking hazard and be prepared for a little crunch ‘n munching (commonly known as elevenses)  especially if you are using a favourite Breakfast cereal.

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Touchy, Feely

metm8– Free fun for fiddlers

 

Feeling bored? And a little touchy about money? We’ve lined up the greatest fun for you to have at home with our DIY games and activities. And the best bit is that it’s all free – or close to it with all ingredients available at your local shops (if not already in your cupboard). Go on! Get gooey with the greatest gloop, or pile ‘em high in your indoor sandbox.

 

With fun like this, it won’t be long before your mummy’s pushing up her sleeves to get stuck in and you’re the one shouting ‘Don’t touch!’ Feels good!

 

What Moi says:

Oi! Hands off!

See:

DIY Play # 7 – An Indoor Sandbox

DIY Play # 8 – Make your own Gloop

DIY Play # 9 – Water Games

 

And you may want to check out the ideas in this series:

DIY Play # 1 – Our House

DIY Play # 2 – It’s a Wrap

DIY Play # 3 – Stop! (In the Name of Love)

DIY Play # 4 – Ten Pin

DIY Play # 5 – Let’s Twist Again

DIY Play # 6 – Boot Camp 

Mini-et-Moi.com is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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DIY Play # 6 – Boot Camp

Indoor Obstacle Courses

 

Let your living room double as an obstacle course (it does anyway, so go with it).

 

Set up couch cushions, pillows, chairs and blankets in a path around the living room or play area. Start simply, increasing the challenges as your toddler seems ready.

 

Help her do a variety of activities such as jumping off cushions, running around a pillow, rolling on a blanket , walking backwards and standing on one foot.

 

Lead her around the course, varying your actions each time and have her follow you. Then switch and let her lead you.

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DIY Play # 5 – Let’s Twist Again

– A Simple Game of Twister

 

Use this game to help your child learn colours and shapes

 

Cut out a variety of basic shapes from coloured paper and tape them to the floor close to one another.

 

Instruct your toddler to place a hand on a blue square or a foot on the yellow circle.’ Vary the instructions. Keep commands simple for younger toddlers and add steps for older ones.

 

Switch roles and let your little one enjoy the silliness as you get yourself into a twist.

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