I have been really trying to focus on just being with my kids in the day. Kid #1 will be going to Kindergarten next year, and although it's only half days, I know I'm going to miss her tons. I have been trying to savour the time that I've got with these little ones, as I know that it's going quickly. So, what have we been up to? Playing outside, going to the Zoo, and enjoying our time together at home. It has rained a lot in the month of June, so we have been spending quite a bit of time inside and at home.
When we are at home, I try and have a mix of just letting (and hoping that) my kids play by themselves, and setting up games and activities for us to do together. Here's a sampling of what this has looked like.
Write the numbers 0 through 10 on a strip of paper. Give your child 55 small counters. Instruct your child to put the corresponding number of counters below each number on the line. I usually model saying the number, counting out the correct amount of counters, and then double checking to make sure it is right. My daughter is often very engaged by this activity.
Old Office Supplies
We have a book of cheques from a closed bank account. Kid #1 thinks it is so funny to write cheques to different people and things for crazy amounts and reasons. The cheque below is for "Everyone," in the amount of $600, to buy "The Earth." If you can get your hands on old cheques, receipt books, cell phones, computers, or anything else that kids are usually not allowed to touch, your kids will thank you!
Make Your Own Toys
After reading the book, Megan Gets a Dollhouse, Kid #1 decided that she would make her own dollhouse. She used stuff from the recycling bin, wooden blocks and scraps of fabric. I really want to encourage creativity in my kids, and having them make stuff is a perfect way to do this.
I will never tire of playdough and I hope that my kids never do either. Playdough is great for: creativity, fine motor skills, imagination, the list can go on and on. I love to set out different toys and tools with playdough each time such as: marbles, toothpicks, utensils, plastic animals, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, or feathers.