I tried books, blocks, crayons, favorite snacks, a bath (usually a big favorite), even Yo Gabba Gabba but she wasn't into any of it. She didn't seem sick, just out of sorts.
I've been meaning to do some more sensory play with her lately but I haven't bought any supplies. She's kind of tired of play dough and I didn't have any cornstarch to make paint. I dug through the cabinets and didn't come up with much so I just threw some uncooked rice into a container and hid a bunch of small toys in it. I added funnels and a couple of spoons. Simple!
|A box full of rice - pretty self-explanatory.|
The box of rice didn't completely cure Widgie's foul mood but she did play happily with it for quite a while. She was less into the sensory experience of digging her hands down into the rice to find the hidden toys and more into putting rice into the funnel and then flinging it in the air.
This made an enormous mess but dry rice is easy to sweep up. Lily even attempted to help clean up with her little broom. It was entirely unhelpful and actually just spread rice everywhere, but it's the thought that counts, right?
Here are some less lazy sensory play ideas from the Imagination Tree if you're up for doing a little more than dumping rice in a bucket.
I am always looking for simple ideas to keep Miss Lily entertained. What do you and your toddler do for fun on a day when none of the usual activities are cutting it?