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What does your 2 year old play with?

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slightlyconfused85 Mon 12-Jan-15 18:22:37

I've not been well recently, and coupled with crappy weather we are staying in quite a bit. My DD is 2 and a bit and plays with the following toys: some happy land and little people toys and figures, a baby doll and her accessories, a big box of playfood that you can cut up and put back together, tea and cakes set, a variety of jigsaws and books. We watch a little bit of peppa pig after lunch as she won't nap, and when we can get out we go swimming or to playgroups. Unfortunately she's not a big fan of colouring, painting or play doh at the moment as she hates messy hands! Can anyone give me any other ideas of indoor activities that we could do? I feel like she gets bored a lot

slightlyconfused85 Mon 12-Jan-15 18:27:29

Oh she also loves her toy Hoover and sweeping set!

catchingzzzeds Mon 12-Jan-15 18:33:45

My DS loves

Washing up ( I put a chair to the sink)
Cheap plastic golf set
Football in the lounge
My saucepans with pasta, potatoes, veg
Water to pour from his teaset
Building towers and knocking them down
Vacuuming with my Henry

I'll come back if I remember more.

catchingzzzeds Mon 12-Jan-15 18:34:37

The iPad when I get really desperate and typing on the laptop!

Asleeponasunbeam Mon 12-Jan-15 18:39:38


And anything that could represent a track or road for the above.

Toy kitchen, big sister's playmobil/ valuable possessions.

Fairylea Mon 12-Jan-15 18:41:56

My phone <terrible mother>.

CookiecutterShark Mon 12-Jan-15 18:43:51

Ping pong balls in our house and the marble run. He also like dinosaurs, train set and dd's dolly in its pushchair. Dh is sahd and they also make bread and biscuits regularly but that's a no go if your dd doesn't like messy hands I guess

FluffyRedSocks Mon 12-Jan-15 18:44:32

Drs set
Dressing up
Making a cup of tea (can do everything bar pouring kettle!)
Bouncing on my bed
Playing with Noah's ark and animals
Bath time (in the middle of the day with bath toys)

She also loves sorting the socks from the washing, and looking out the window and watching the rain!

slightlyconfused85 Mon 12-Jan-15 18:46:22

We will try baking. I bought her a train set and some Lego and she doesn't touch either! I think she will get over the hands thing when she can be more creative with playdoh etc

slightlyconfused85 Mon 12-Jan-15 18:47:25

Hanging out the washing is well enjoyed here!

Greymalkin Mon 12-Jan-15 18:55:37

My just turned 2 DS is also vehicle obsessed, loves his big train table.

I've tried to encourage his interest in toy animals and food but he's not too bothered at the moment.

Mega blocks / duplo
Pulling all the cushions off the sofa

Ferguson Mon 12-Jan-15 19:14:33

Give her the real Hoover, and get her doing the cleaning!

To make it easier on yourself, watch TV with her, ZingZillas, Alphablocks, etc or anything a bit 'educational'. Also suitable adult documentaries, animals, travel etc; but talk to her about it and explain anything she doesn't understand.

Longer term, get her a glockenspiel, xylophone, or keyboard, and encourage her making music.

Whatevertheweather Mon 12-Jan-15 19:20:21

Bubbles and balloons are big hits with my 2yr old also:

Tea party with her dollies
Giving dolly a bath amuses her for ages
Doc McStuffins medical set - means I get to lie down and be 'patient'
Peg bench thing where you hammer the wooden pegs through

stressbucket1 Mon 12-Jan-15 19:56:10

Sticker books are very popular and have you tried aqua doodle for mess free art?

Guin1 Wed 14-Jan-15 08:39:31

I'm another one with a DS (2yr) who is obsessed with vehicles. He will play with his trains/cars/trucks for hours, provided someone plays with him.

Other ideas: put on some music to dance to or some songs with actions, simple games of hide-and-seek, building cubby/car/etc from empty nappy boxes.

RockinMumma Wed 14-Jan-15 10:52:50

My daughter loves drawing. Especially spiders. She is also two. She also has the cut up fruit from Melissa & Doug

Kathryn2967 Wed 14-Jan-15 12:35:02

Mine likes things that aren't toys so we play with rice crispies in a tray and he spoons them into a bowl and then tips out and starts again. Sometime we then stick them on a picture.
Another vote for washing up plastic bowls and cups gets them wet but keeps them quiet for ages.
Playing hide the pony and take turns finding it in different rooms.
Stringing penne pasta onto string or again sticking it on papers.
Sometimes I just stick him in the bath in the day as he loves playing in there.
Also second the Hoover my son will Hoover the lounge quite happily.
Baby wipe and he pretends to clean his toys.

oobedobe Wed 14-Jan-15 19:10:20

Fluffyredsocks - please tell me you do not let your 2 yr old help you make a real cup of tea?! That makes my blood run cold. If she gets burned or gets the idea that the kettle etc is a toy it would be horrific. Toddlers do not have common sense and should not be anywhere near hot drinks.

To answer the OP
Dressing up
Dolls, happyland figures
Colouring/stickers - the magic/mess free markers are good
Playdoh (a little bit)
Building with Duplo/blocks

Fun activities in the house:
building a fort/den with cushions/chairs/blankets
Making an obstacle course
Making/flying paper airplanes
Playing in the bath with bubbles
Reading books
Pack of balloons, blow up a couple at a time

Lovelydiscusfish Wed 14-Jan-15 22:49:50

Dolls house (playing with it and making stuff for it - admittedly the stuff I make is better than the stuff she makes)
Musical instrument box (all cheap things from car boot or similar)
Orchard Games like Spotty Dogs games, Dinosaur game etc.
Toy farm
Magic painting (not messy as you are just brushing on water and the colours appear - by magic!)
Listening to CDs

minipie Thu 15-Jan-15 13:40:52

Lots of the things you mention - books, jigsaws, dolls/soft toys, play food and "cooking" and "making tea" toys.

Other things that DD enjoys:

Drawing - tomy megasketcher, aquadoodle, Galt Water Magic do not
involve mess
Various ride ons - luckily we have the space to use these indoors
Any sort of shape sorter/put things in and out of container type toy
Climbing on bean bag, sofa
Dancing to music
"cleaning" with wipe or tissue or the dustpan and brush
Orchard games as pp mentions - "shopping list" game is popular

No interest in building blocks at all...

DD used to hate messy hands but has recently got over it, so keep trying occasionally.

minipie Thu 15-Jan-15 13:41:58

Oh yes and she LOVES "hiding" - so stick a blanket over her and say "where is DD?" and she's delighted!

cheapandcheerful Fri 16-Jan-15 08:26:37

We bought dd a dolls house for her 2nd birthday and it has just endured 2 months of non-stop play!

dashoflime Fri 16-Jan-15 08:32:49

My 2.5 year old loves:

Brio train set
Play food (foodsies!) and tea set.

His favorite toy is "Biggie" a rather large and terrifying plastic T.Rex who is loved, kissed, bathed with him, taken to bed, fed yoghurt etc. He really is an ugly malevelant looking thing. It cracks me up to watch DS taking such tender care of him. He must be the worlds most unlikely comfort object.

Saltedcaramel2014 Fri 16-Jan-15 08:37:53

Simple jigsaws - orchard Big wheels one or Melissa and Doug keep him going for a while
Putting nappies on his big bear
Animal magnets on the fridge when I'm cooking

dashoflime Fri 16-Jan-15 08:39:32

This is Biggie, the one in the middle, the little boy is holding.

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