Toddler activities can become repetitive and mundane when you're stuck at home. With the cold wet weather encouraging us to stay warm and indoors it is no wonder the youngest among us complain of being bored. Now usually I don't allow that word in my home as can be seen in this post from the past, but when you have just given birth, are still recovering and stuck home alone in inclement weather, what can you do to save your sanity?
I joined in a discussion on social media recently about just this topic and thought I'd share with you the ideas I gave this second time round mother who was feeling the stress of being home with a newborn and a tireless toddler.
Toddlers have short attention spans and you should prepare to flit from one activity to another throughout the course of the day. Picking out and organising the things you may need for these toddler activities and storing them in a box or bag that you can simply grab when the need arises, will help tremendously with the feeling of stress and frustration that you may feel when trying to meaningfully occupy your toddler.
All these toddler activities at home are simple, quick and you should be able to organise, even with a newborn clinging to you. Repeat them daily- your toddler won't mind- until you and new baby are feeling stronger and ready to face the world again.
* As always, be vigilant when your toddler is handling small items as he may put them in his mouth. Children should be supervised whilst in the bath.
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.