For moms who work from home or, simply put, moms who stay home to care for the kids, thinking of activities to get them through the day can be quite a feat. While putting the child in front of the TV or giving them a gadget may seem like the easiest solution, it shouldn’t be our go-to means of entertainment.
Since my daughter became a very active toddler, I realised that I didn’t need to spend so much time entertaining her. I’ve seen her play by herself and it amuses me. But once in a while, I also like to spend quality time with her to bond.
During one of her afternoon naps, I made a list of things I can do with her that doesn’t involve gadgets or spending so much. I have done and still do a number of them with my little girl and we have fun in each others’ company.
This must be the biggest reason why my little girl has such a wide vocabulary for her age. We spend time in the morning and at night reading three to four books, sometimes even five. Some books over and over again because she just seems to love particular ones. Reading helps them to learn the meaning of new words, as well as enhances their imagination. That’s probably why she has learned to create her own stories with her toys.
2. Role-playing / Make believe play
3. Painting and coloring
4. Going outdoors
5. Teach them to “create” something
Another thing we did once was to make popsicles together. It was an easy recipe of bananas, milk, and honey that I found online. I let her slice the bananas, pour in the ingredients together, and push the blender button. And then i helped her pour it into the popsicle molders and into the freezer. It excited her that she made something that she can eat when she awakens from her nap. Something that was so simple was an accomplishment for her.
There are many other things you can do with a toddler. You just have to get creative if things feel repetitive. But anything you do with your child is a little something to brighten their day because they got to spend it bonding with you.