How long I can leave my kids alone on these activities depends on their age, ability/developmental readiness, interest level and mood of the day. If they’re new to an activity, I usually sit with them to show them how it works. On familiar, favourite activities that don’t present any choking hazards – let loose! In this crazy set up, we go with the flow!
Here’s Part 3:
22) Play pretend. Create a dress-up box/drawer. Fill with hats, shoes, loose clothes. Have fun teaching your child to dress herself in crazy ways and take photos. They can learn zipping, buttoning and other dress up skills.
Can you get any better than different coloured legs? They CAN get whackier …
(In case you’re wondering, these are my old stockings, cut to a reasonable length to avoid strangulation risks!)
23) Train sets. My Bunnies love their wooden train set. They can go on unsupervised for quite a while on this one.
24) Cooking sets. Who doesn’t love cooking like Mama? Get your kids to make you a “meal” or “go picnicking” while you cook lunch, read, or check email.
25) Plastic zoo animals. I get my Bunnies to play “Zoo” with their huge box of animals. Get them to arrange all the animals in whatever way they like. Our animals have migrated and watched TV!
26) Stacking games. Provide wooden blocks, empty measuring cups or little plastic boxes to stack.
27) Construction toys. Wooden blocks, Lego and construction sets are worth buying. Ask your child to build something and discuss his creations. Use wooden blocks in creative ways, such as in counting games. Allocate a certain number of blocks. Use recycled egg cartons and ask your child to check if the number of blocks he has will fit all the compartments. Count as he puts blocks in the slots, one by one. If you have enough egg cartons, your kid might last long enough on them for you to zip to the kitchen!
28) Make life-sized cardboard toys. Recycle cardboard cartons, use strong tape, and build whatever you like. We had lots of fun building a castle wall and a child-sized cooking stove – kids can cut out paper circles for the nobs. Adult supervision needed.
29) Tunnel driving. Recycle a paper towel roll and use a car to roll through. It can’t get simpler!
30) Echo horn. Recycle a paper towel roll and teach your toddler how to speak into it. He will be enthralled by the sound. Show him how to put it to his ear to listen to your voice. Then let him go off roaring!
Have some weekend fun!
Update on related posts: Fun indoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers (Part 1); (Part 2); (Part 4); Fun ways to learn writing the alphabet; Learning the alphabet and honing glueing skills; Keeping a toddler occupied while a preschooler learns (17 ideas); Sensory play.