We usually get home from the CM at about 5.30 and have supper together. Then start getting ready for bed at about 6.30/6.45. So there isn't really time to go and do an outing. But my DS is climbing the walls. I know he does a lot in the day. CM usually takes him on big days out and on quieter days he still goes to the park for a bit, does the school run etc. I think it would be a good idea if we sat down to an activity every night rather than just leaving him to tear around and empty his toybox. I have had good success with setting up big tubs of water and cups for pouring, bits for playing etc. But I can't do that every day as no number of towels can stop him flooding the place (we live in a flat, nervous about downstairs!). I'm also keen to engage him on one thing for more than five minutes!
Any ideas of good toys or homemade activities we could do that would be suitable???
Although, mine has always liked to tear around and play with his toys more than anything. As he hasn't been home all day he piles into his toys like he's been pining for them all day! We take turns (so the other can cook dinner etc) and we led him lead the games so that he gets to play with the things he likes best.
I think you're expecting too much at that time of day for his age. Honestly, a bit of ligging about after a long day of structure is really good for them in my opinion. Actually I even like a potter about at the end of a long day myself and I'm nearly 37!