Just thought I'd start a thread where the repeat-mamas could pool ideas on what to do with our older kids while we are breastfeeding the newest family members, especially since it will be autumn/winter at the time. Then, when we are stuck for ideas we can come here and get inspired.
I have a toddler, two-and-a-half, and I'm hoping to put together some activity packs for her to play with while I'm busy with the baby. I also wanted to have a basket of new-to-her toys that only come out when I'm breastfeeding.
Some ideas for activity kits:
Homemade playdough, cookie cutters etc.
Felt board and felt animals, also felt dress-up dolls
Safety scissors and strips of paper, pieces of yarn
Contact paper and little colourful bits (when they are done, a parent puts another piece of contact paper on the top for a see-through collage that you can hang in the window)
Glue sticks and paper bits
A cleaning kit, so she can "clean" things (sponge, spray bottle, rag)
We're also partway through making her a dollhouse, and hope to have a couple of little people to go in it (I'll probably needle-felt them) so that she can play dollhouse whenever.
She loves imaginitive play with her little animals, dolls and stuffies, so I'm trying to think of things I can have around to facilitate certain "storylines" that she can run with. Like:
A doctor's kit
OK, that's all I've got for those. :P I need to think a bit more.
I will always have markers/crayons/paper/colouring books handy, as well as books, blocks and her usual toys.
She's not great at independent play just yet, so I'd love some more suggestions of things that a toddler-almost-preschooler can do by herself. I don't mind a bit of mess that can be cleaned up after the baby has been fed.