For the last twelve hours I’ve had energy like I haven’t had in the last two months. This gets my mind thinking of all the great things I’d love to prepare to do with the boys. Our at home activities are pretty basic these days. If it doesn’t require energy or imagination I’m all for it. But I’d love to get back to the days of when I would think of little activities for them to enjoy.
Like when we tried Mess Free Finger Painting.
And I liked how we used art trays and the playing pieces from our Brown Bear game to make a matching task.
Those were all things we did before the tantrums started, we had to deal with implementing the naughty step, our move last summer, all the holidays and morning sickness misery I’ve been in.
Now that Graham and Miles are almost three and I’m feeling better (today at least) I’d love to get creative with things for them to spend their time on.
Last night I finally started reading the ebook The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn by
Susan Case and Katie Norris
It has been a great reminder of all the things I could be doing with the boys if I’d just put five minutes of preparation into the day.
So, what’s on my list? Here’s some of the things I’d like to try doing over the next month or two.
- Create a drop box for us to save all the empty toilet paper tubes and milk carton lids in our house. I keep meaning to save these but have never started – there’s so much you can do with these “free” supplies.
- Create a space in our guest bedroom closet to store the supplies for supervised craft activities
- Sort through all their toys and pull duplicates and things they don’t really play with any more. Thus creating more space to think and play.
- Create two sand sensory bins using small tubs with lids containing sand and small utensils to scoop, funnel and sift the sand.
- Create four shoe boxes I can use for rotating out the “letter of the week” I’d gather materials to keep in the shoe box that start with the letter and get it out for discussion and exploration. (I’ve been wanting to do this for a LONG time)
- Create a hammering board using either insulation or foam and nails or golf tees. The boys can use their toy hammers to have at it.
- Organize our coloring bin to make it easier to pull out crayons, paper and stickers for impromptu fun. Right now it’s so jammed full of stuff it’s hard to grab and go.
- Do some shaving cream painting. Be brave and do ANY kind of painting. I always steer clear of this one because I’m afraid of the mess and setup/clean up.
- Push pin “cutting”.
- Pennies in a slot jar. Then they could do this whenever they wanted and not just when I get their fancy piggy banks down for them.
- Salt dough hand prints for their third birthday.
- Straw blow painting.
- Find the “blueberries” game using pom poms.
Hopefully doing these things will spark my energy and keep us moving, get us into warmer weather and be ready for all the fun outdoor play in our future.