Toddlers love lots of attention – I was told that even if you played with them all day it wouldn’t be enough for them! I try and balance getting my toddler involved with the daily activities with time to explore and play with his regular toys.
- In addition to the classic favourites of ‘helping’ round the house (dusting, hoovering, emptying dishwasher, cleaning with water, sweeping etc.) we have enjoyed:
- Making a town on the kitchen floor with paper washi tape/ masking tape and filling with cars/ animals/ trees etc
- Dressing/changing ‘Jack’ and zipping him in an old sleep suit to take to bed
- Making a fort/ palace under the table / with the sofa using my scarves/ wraps/ blanket
- Wool obstacle course – weave in/ out of furniture to create over/under challenges
- Outdoor drawing in the park – talking about what you can see and drawing together
- Find the post-it – add numbers / letters etc and then put them in order
- Eye spy with lots of adjectives (black car indicating right) – this is my tantrum in buggy saviour
- ‘Recycling’ all his art – turn into cards, wrapping paper etc.
- Making a post box from a wipe box and posting flash cards
- Playing in his kitchen – surprising what you find migrating from the big kitchen!
- Playing shop – use cooking scales and calculator and paper money with a few old loyalty cards – we buy a lot of bananas
- Painting / drawing/ cutting etc. – best to set up ahead of time and have a fast clear away strategy for when the paint/pens start to get eaten. Having a wet flannel and a tray handy works well.
- Playdough (in one bowl mix food colouring and 2.5cups boiling water; separately in a large bowl mix 4cups plain flour, 8tbsp cream of tartar, 1 cup salt, 4 tbsp vegetable oil; add the water to the flour mixture and stir/knead until it has lost it stickiness; divide into smaller balls and wrap in cling film).
- Making gloop
- Using silly voices to get through tasks such as cooking and dressing – adding something from the dressing up box helped as well.
- Household objects which have been great fun are: torch; retractable measuring tape; long handled duster; measuring cups; tupperware cupboard.
- Toddler friendly baking
- Ideas for creating a creative environment http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/raise-great-kids/intellegent-creative-child/child-creativity
- Good idea resource – imaginationtree.com
- Outside play ideas
- Would love to try some of these:
- This TED talk is worth a watch. http://naturalpapa.com/media/how-tv-changes-kids-brains/
- My toddler loves watching videos I have recorded of him on my phone. He seems to enjoy recognising and watching the same ones. Has anyone seen anything about whether this is good /bad/other? I don’t want him to think the world revolves around him!
- This lady has some interesting points on screen time for little ones. http://www.everychancetolearn.com.au/
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