So being at home with a toddler is busy! Well, they are busy. Avery is used to always having other kids to play with at dayhome so now that she is home with me I try to plan an activity a day for her. Do not get me wrong though, I think boredom is also important for kids of any age – teaches them a lot but that is a whole other post!
Most things we do are quick and simple since lets be honest when most things last 5 minutes there is not a point in spending more time than that planning it etc. I quickly learning this is the downfall to Pinterest and instead we have defaulted to rotating our favourites.
1- Exploring new parks. There are so many parks we usually would not get to so I am slowly making our way to new to us parks. Added bonus – there are usually other kids at parks which Avery loves!
2 – Outdoor water play. Water tables, the kiddie pool, sprinkler, squirt guns… anything with water most toddlers love and it is a great way to beat the heat. And if I am lucky I can catch some rays while she plays 😉
3- Scavenger Hunts. I made simple cards that correspond to letters and we bring them on walks with us so Avery can find the items. Warnning – it is only fun for the first 3-4 cards 😉
4- Farms/Zoos. We are lucky to have some smaller farms and zoos close by that are cheap or free to visit. Avery loves visiting the sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and more!
5- Sidewalk chalk. I was on the fence about this one since the last time we used chalk it ended in a meltdown and stained clothes – the ONLY stain I have never got out of clothes!! But it is still fun and can double as a teaching tool.
And we cannot forgot about rainy days!
1- Painting. I use washable paints and let Avery paint anything from rocks, paper to canvas. I want to get her to paint a shirt with fabric paint this summer but have not done that yet. Outdoor painting is also awesome!
2 – Baking, this is a favourite of ours. Well Avery just like eating all the ingredients but still. It is fun to involve her and she is getting pretty darn good at knowing all the ingredients.
3- Library. We usually go twice a month for books and a DVD. It is fun for them to have new to them books and is a great rainy day activity.
4 – Movies/TV Shows. Yes, TV. I am not one to hate on TV for kids, with the right shows and in moderation kids can learn from shows and it gives me a much needed break. Avery is allowed TV in the morning while I get ready and then usually nothing else since she can get very grumpy after too much. Movies are a treat to her and now every Friday we watch a movie with her and it is a special time she looks forward to.
Any favourite toddler activities to share?