Activities to do with your little ones!
When structure and routine break down for children, they may tend to get restless and feel unsure of what is going on. With most daycares and playschools on a complete shut down, having the children at home all day could be daunting. Especially when the babies are very young and can't fully comprehend what is happening around them. Having the child engaged in some meaningful and enjoyable activities will help bring a feeling of normalcy back, don’t you think?
Bummy suggests on how to do this. You may thank us later! ;)
- Watering plants: Whether you’re a complete plant lover and have a huge green space, or you just a few pots around the house, or if you have just got seeds from Superbottoms!… you could keep your little one engaged by giving them the responsibility of caring for the plant herself.
- Bubble Play: Mix some liquid dish soap, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp glycerine and water, to make your own bubble solution that your child can enjoy whether you have a newborn or a toddler!
- Meditation: Have your toddler practice some deep breathing techniques or just a bit of calm shut eye for a few minutes. This won’t work much longer than a few minutes if your child is very young, but even a minute or two might keep you sane when all around you is going crazy!
- Puzzles: Having a few simple puzzles in a busy bag that your child can go to by himself, and keep occupied without needing much assistance helps. This will help you get your regular chores done in the meanwhile
- Makerspace: A makerspace can be a great idea for times like these. At a low table, set up a tinkering space with some glue, toilet paper tubes, clothing tags, old business cards, scraps of waste cloth, cereal boxes, straws, cardboard, empty bottles and jars, buttons and bottle caps, newspapers and other items that can make for a great craft project. Let your child go crazy with their imagination!
- Just Watching: Set up a comfortable chair at a window if you stay in a place with plenty of birds. Have them count the various types of birds that they see. If you live in a busy city away from birds and trees, have them practice watching people, or count objects like black cars, stray dogs, number of buses that pass by..
- Help with cooking: When you have your cooking to do, it can be hard to get things done while also making sure that the little ones aren’t turning the house upside down. Have them help a bit, washing veggies before you cut them, or keeping them busy right next to you, with dough and some cookie cutters is a great idea. Making rainbow rice, with some food colour is always thrilling for the little ones!
Tell us how you have been keeping your babies and toddlers engaged? We’re always open to fresher ideas!
Start sharing & let’s hold each other’s hands through these tough times.
Superhugs & Stay Safe!