I haven't been doing anything. I've been in a bit of a funk..... I hope posting here will give me some motivation. We do read and play outside, but I'm really not on top of my game. I feel like I'm not spending enough time with her, even if it's just chatting. :(. I'm feeling some major SAHM burnout I think...... I'm trying to come up with a better daily routine right now. One let allows for chores, play time, mommy time, and all the other stuff I'm forgetting. I thinking a better routine may be just what I need right now.... Feel free to send my fun messy summer ideas to do outside. :)
My baby is 2 too. I think it's a lot about the materials you have at this age. Go scrounge garage sales for tons of different toys.I keep a few shelves in my basement with the toys we can rotate through. I pull out 1-3 boxes at a time and it keeps the kids much busier than leaving things out all the time. It also helps to give her choices yet I still feel I'm providing educational experiences. I have everything from flannel board cut outs, to math manipulatives, puzzles, train sets......It's a big shelf pretty packed. LOL. I have found wooden puzzles, blocks, peg boards, gears, train sets, etc, etc, etc. from yard sales. Look for things he can be creative with, things he can figure out, things he can take apart, things that work small motor skills. I'm not sure what kind of area you live in but try to get out of the house every day for a small outing. It widens his world and vocabulary. Do a lot outdoor play, if you hit a local park at the same time everyday maybe he can make some little friends. Story time at the library can be fun...... This summer I'm hoping to set up one activity a day for my littlest. I think we will do a lot of discovery oriented things. I would like to get into more discussions with her. We also will be spending a lot of time at the parks, pool, playing with siblings etc. Come fall I hope to get back into setting up three activities a day for her to choose from. I think I might also do some FIAR style book themes too. I tried last year and she wasn't into it but this year I think she might enjoy it.
Some of the things I hope to get to this summer is:
-Goop in our sand table (corn starch and water)
-flour in the sand table (flour is sooooooo messy! I might do something else instead.
-I thought about doing beans in the sand table then adding some water and letting them sprout in there too. I might get to that.
-home made magic bubbles with home made/found bubble wands
-Let her "paint" the house / side walk with water or maybe even colored a bit with chalk)
-fly swatter painting
-I really want to try to build a larger sand box in the yard....Not sure if I will get to that.
-Garden with her (we already started this one)
-read, read, read
-rock art This is two parts because one day we will go to the river to collect them the next day decorate them. I saw a neat thing on a blog to heat the stones up then draw on them with crayons. I think we will give it a shot. I have two older ones though. If it was just the baby I think I would stick with paint.
-catch lots of bugs
-use glitter I do not allow glitter in my house lol.
-make sun tea
-catch lots of bugs
not sure what else. I think I would like to set up some "extra" out in the yard every day.........or every other day...or once a week lol I mentioned I'm not really on my game right? LOL