Hey everyone. I am Elizabeth from NC and thanks for reading. I am a mom to a 16 month old son.
I am new to learning about the Waldorf way of life and love it. It feels so right to me and resonates with something very deep inside of me.
I stay at home with Jake and we have a very basic daily rthymn that flows quite well for us. He is so curious and full of energy I was wondering what others do with their young toddlers. I have done alot of decluttering and have mostly open ended toys that he plays with. We also have a bit of time outdoors every day. he also likes to imitate me sweeping and wiping the table down, folding laundry etc.
Would love to hear from others.
Elizabeth in NC
My DS is going to be 13 months old but here are some things he enjoys currently
Water play! I fill a basin with water and he splashes
Bean play! I do the same with beans and he plays (I watch closely so he doesn't eat..)
Mud play! (same idea, in mud)
I also let him have treasure baskets with things from the kitchen that are safe, he enjoys those
He just woke up, need to run!
Trying to remember back...that was a fantastic age for my little boy. :)
We would try to play outdoors in the mornings...or outdoor outings to a park, garden, beach, etc. Then rest time and indoor play.
Is that too vague? In our yard he loved our sand or water table (I never did the same at once, then it would be mud. LOL. So it was seasonally-directed).
I think when I had a child that age that our rhythm was pretty loose--outside in the morning after chores, lunch, quiet/naptime, supper, bath, bed. I think that's enough for most tiny ones. Lots of fresh air heals a world of woes and improves appetites.
Mothering an Autumn (08) , a Spring (11) , and another Autumn! (Nov. 2013)
Taking what works and leaving the rest
That sounds a lot like our day with my 22 month old DS. He's so little, there isn't time for much else.
I read her a book, then she reads it to me.
Fabric play- with clothing, scarves, sheets, or cloth napkins. She plays a mean game of peekaboo.
Water play- either in the kiddie pool, at the public pool, in the creek, or in the sink. (no bathtub)
Food play- Helping mommy stir something, raking chopped vegetables into a pan, right now she is playing with beets like stamps on paper (except its on the hardwood floor)
Music time- aka, mommy cleaning the kitchen while baby dances around and screams the songs to the top of her lungs.
Working in the kitchen- I have a box of lids: mason jar rings, tupperware lids, pickle jar lids, ect. She scoots them around on the floor and plays with them.
Typing time- I type everyday, so I always try to let her do it for awhile too. DH thinks this is the reason some of our programs dont work the way they used to.
Magazine ripping time- she has a basket of magazines that she rips the pages out of and brings them to me.
We also go outside and water plants, run errands (she loves to give the credit card to the lady at rite aid), play in the dirt, jump around in the laundry, take showers, and try to poop on the potty
We're busy. No wonder I can never seem to get anything done.
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
my dd really enjoys sorting -esp polished rocks, stick etc., pushing things like a baby in stroller, drawing and mark-making like with a paintbursh and water outside, beeswax crayons etc., climbing, sliding, swinging, being thrown, throwing and retriveing balls, stories, songs, finger and toe games, our rhythm varies in the details, but it's wake up, breakfast, get dressed, play inside or go for walk to park or go in yard, help mama sweep, throw things int he garbage (one by one), polish wooden toys with beeswax, "wash dishes" with soapy water and a few dishes usually clean ones,snack, nap aroun 11 with a specific song, wake up and lunch, usually some free play indoors and outdoors too...she has silk scarves, a few wooden puzzles, wooden dishes and kitchen she "cooks" on, dolly, blocks and balls... the best days for ehr being so active and loving people (and it goes against some waldorf stuff i guess which suggests staying home a lot) is when we are out around multi-ages of kids and oh gtg
Wow, thank you all for such quick and wonderful posts. I am so new to being a SAHM as well as loving Waldorf that my confidence is not too high that I am doing it "right".
It seems like many of the things I am doing is right along with what you are doing. Yeah. I am still learning so much and have spent the last year really decluttering and staying around the house with Jake which feels so right for us. As several of you mentioned, he is changing so rapidly I was cautious that I was not in tune with his needs. Sounds like my instincts were right one. That is comforting.
Thanks so much ladies. We are off to the pool now as we are experiencing the 4 day in a row of 100+ degree weather.
Elizabeth in NC
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