Originally Posted by starling&diesel
I was just going to come and start a thread like this ... more for ideas of things to do to happily occupy the olders while busy with the littles, if that makes sense.
My big concern is nap time, being that dd still nurses for a bit and has me lie down with her until she's asleep. I've got help for the first two weeks, so I'm trying to figure out what to do.
I'll be reading along to find out everyone's tips!
I have given some serious time and thought to stockpiling simple activities for DD (2.5 yo) that are fun, easily played with sans Mama, inexpensive and don't make a giant mess.
Here's what I have stashed away (some are part of her Xmas gifts as well)
-water beads http://playathomemom3.blogspot.com/2011/06/water-beads.html
-new puzzles, colouring books, stickers, crayons, glitter glue pens, construction paper, her first scissors etc
-playdough (+toothpicks, new cookie cutters, etc)
-sensory tubs (I made a Halloween and an Xmas themed one) http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/search/label/Sensory%20Tubs
-dollar store items - tiny farm animals, bangles, foam numbers and letters for the bathtub
-glitter pipecleaners (give them a colander, poke the pipecleaners into all the holes or an icecream tub with holes punched in the lid) or they can make letters, shapes out of them etc - big hit
-I have saved some bigger pieces of cardboard to colour on
-I have also saved some styrofoam blocks from a packing box - fun to stick toothpicks or skewers in, and you can then put cheerios or beads on the skewers
-a baking dish with some water, dish soap and a straw to blow bubbles in the water with
-some new dressup pieces from the thrift shop
-glow sticks - either on their own or give them several in the bathtub and turn off the lights - super fun!
-I dyed some pasta, either for stringing or sorting by colour
-some new little instruments for her music basket
-a few new books
-made her some puzzles by cutting out pictures from magazines of cats, dogs, etc, glueing to cardstock and cutting into three or four pieces
-made her a button snake http://activitymom.blogspot.com/2009/11/button-snake.html
-some craft sand to make moon sand http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/03/moon-sand-recipe/
These also look fun:
Sponge towers http://toddlerapproved.blogspot.com/2011/07/sponge-tower-time.html
Discovery bottles http://pre-schoolplay.blogspot.com/2011/09/discovery-bottles.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pre-schoolPlay+%28Pre-school+Play%29
Ball maze: http://a-happy-wanderer.blogspot.com/2011/08/ball-maze.html
Pushing pompoms http://engagingtoddleractivities.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/homemade-toy-pushing-puff-balls/
Maybe a flashlight to play with?
So, basically, a whole bunch of simple little things I can pull out when I need a few minutes of peace, that can be put away again and pulled out fresh on another day
It's already come in handy in this last few weeks of pregnancy