Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. Little Seb wants to play. Rain, rain, go away.
Nope. It didn’t work. Even if I sing this song a thousand times, it’s powerless against Mother Nature.
It has been raining cats and dogs these past two weeks. Or as the weatherman said, “ The country is experiencing heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon.”
The Philippines has now officially entered the rainy season. So it’s expected that our little tike-Seb, would be spending his time mostly indoors. Meaning, we have to be more inventive with the activities that we will make him do.
But let’s be honest, it’s not easy to whip out an exciting activity all the time. Plus, there really are moments when you just want to curl up in bed and enjoy the cold weather, while still being the awesome and responsible parent that you are. (This is possible, promise!)
That is why, I listed below the top 5 no prep indoor activities for your child.
Top 5 No Prep Indoor Activities for Toddlers
These activities make use of usual household items. I promise you, there’s really no preparation required. All you need to do is give your child the item and let his or her imagination do the work!
See your child develop his pincer grip as he shoots the coin into the slot.
Seb enjoys this activity A LOT. In fact, he can go 10 minutes doing just this.
He enjoys it so much that one time, he shot his mom’s diamond ring inside. Oops!
My sister had to open the coin bank even though it’s only half full.
2. Canned Goods Stacking
Okay, so my nephew has his block toys. He has the plastic and wooden versions. But we all know kids. First, they get bored easily. A brand new toy could easily lose its awesomeness, and kids would look for something “new” again. New- meaning something they have not seen the past hour.
Second, children covet something that adults actually use.
Hence, the canned good stacking.
This activity is really good for developing your children’s crush grip.
A well-developed crush grip can help children with life skills such as drinking water from a cup and holding objects.
The weight of the canned goods add extra benefit to the activity. Imagine going to the gym and using dumbbells and bar bells.
Yeah, that’s it, Seb. Work those muscles!
For this activity, all you need to do is lower the fridge magnets to your child’s level, and let him/her move the magnet around on the fridge door.
Beware, though. This activity could potentially scratch your fridge (permanently.) Yikes!
So if you like to keep your fridge immaculately scratch-free, find another metallic surface where your child can use the magnets.
But if you’re a dare-devil like us, then just go ahead and let your child go wild on the fridge door.
Seb learned how to stand with this simple activity. Awesome, right?!
4. CD stacking
Bring out your old CDs (even pirated ones- because you know you have it) and let your child do wonders with them.
When we first introduced this to Seb, he immediately stacked the CDs on its holder. And from there, he progressed to using it as a mirror, boomerang ( which doesn’t fly back to him), and a finger toy.
He just loves putting his pointer finger into the hole and then poke his nose. He actually finds it funny. I think it’s funny, too.
It’s simple. Hand your child the tongs and let him pick up random items with it.
This is another activity that would surely exercise your child’s hand muscles.
So that’s it! Those are your top 5 no prep indoor activities that would totally develop your child’s fine motor skills, too!
Please let me know if you have other no prep activities in mind, so I can include them in my list, too. <3
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