So, for a while now I have wanted to set up some sort of a café or restaurant for my kids to play with. The older two were getting bored with the play kitchen and plastic food, but they love imaginative play. When my oldest daughter broke her arm and finally got her cast off the doctor said a good way to regain strength in that arm was to play with play dough, so it all started to come together. What would be simple to make out of play dough that all the kids would enjoy? Ice cream! You can never go wrong with ice cream.
When you become a mother, you want to give your child the world. You also may want to give your child lots and lots of ‘things’ because, well, it can be hard not to. Sometimes the toys, books or blankets you receive or purchase become more clutter than parts of your little one’s playtime. However, when you find a company or a product that holds a powerful message, those products may become a little more special than the others.
After being home for a week with 3 sick kids, I was feeling stir crazy and at a loss for ideas of what to do to keep them entertained. For a few days everyone seemed to have a fever and they weren’t up for doing anything at all. Reading books together became the one consistent activity that allowed them to rest and be entertained. My daughters love creating forts and other cozy spots to play in, so I decided to create a special reading nook where we could all get snuggly together.
I’ve had the pleasure of observing what goes on in my daughter’s preschool classroom over the past few years. When we come in for drop-off in the morning there are always different stations set up around the room with activities to engage the children. One of the activities I saw repeatedly was color sorting, so I decided to practice the skill at home with my younger daughter who’s two and desperately wants to join her sister at preschool.
The last few days I’ve been busy potty training my soon to be 3 year old, which means a lot of time at home. Accidents are most likely to happen when I lose sight of her, so I try to come up with engaging activities that keep her close by.