It’s coming up on eight weeks since I started my task list focusing on activities for the boys. I was so run down during the first trimester that I really let things slide with the boys. It’s been nice being in my second trimester, having more energy and more motivation to create opportunities for the boys to have some stimulating play. I have a few things to knock of the list still but I’m doing pretty well.
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.I ended up doing a “find the bunny tails” game instead since we’re close to Easter but I’ll count it.