As a working mom, the time I do get to spend with my son is very precious. I’m always on the lookout for very simple activities we can do together at home, preferably with stuff we already have on hand. One of my goals is to be more present with him and not just let the weekends pass us by. I even mentioned this in a recent IG post. In fact, I’ll just let IG show off what we did this weekend.
What fun things do you have planned with your kids this weekend? One of my goals is to be more present and play with my child more, even though I’m tired after a week of working full-time, long commutes, and sleep deprivation. I hope to try some fun activities with my son this weekend. #workingmom #workingmomma #workingmommy #momlife #worklife #mommylife #mommy #momblogging #momblog #momblogger #inspiration #quotes #quoteoftheday #friday #tgif
There are so many moments we can use to do a quick learning game or try something new. This past weekend I really focused on these goals and am happy to report that we were quite successful in having simple happy fun times around the house. I wanted to share these simple activities and play time we had to inspire other busy, tired moms like myself.
Simple Activities with my Toddler, Meeting my Weekend Goals
A little sensory and fine motor practice with ice cubes. We had our fridge repaired today and had to pull out everything including the ice cube tray. So we played a distraction game so my toddler wouldn’t keep trying to climb into the fridge. He hasn’t gotten the grasp (pun intended) of the tongs yet but he had fun playing with ice. #toddlerapproved #toddlerlife #toddler #mommy #momblogger #momlife #learnthroughplay #sensoryplay #finemotorskills #letthembelittle #kidsofinstagram #kidsofig #kbnmoms #kbn
The first activity we did was spontaneous. We had to get our fridge repaired because thing number I lost count broke (thanks, Deployment Murphy), and I had to keep the little guy out of the refrigerator and let the technician do his job. Since we had to defrost it, we played with ice. I just got a large bowl full of ice, a smaller bowl for him to transfer to, and gave him tongs. He experimented with various ways, touching the ice, moving the ice, trying to use the tongs but mostly chewing on them. He had fun, got a sensory and fine motor practice game, and I got him to stay out of the fridge. This activity was a total win and is super simple to do.
Another simple activity we did was a different fine motor practice, and playing with food. Because playing with food is fun times. Take any ripe fruit and slice it. Grab some uncooked pasta sticks, and stick them in the fruit. And hand the baby some O-shaped cereal. Sliding Cheerios onto spaghetti sticks is some serious fun, even if it is a bit complicated and requires careful work. It is also fun to then tear it all apart and feed the cereal to the dogs.
Also never underestimate the simple and enjoyable activity of playing outdoors. The grass was just too wet to run around on after all the rains we’ve had, so we hung out on the patio with a bucket, some sand, and water. The little one had a blast, got messy, and later passed out while I was pushing him in the bucket swing.
I totally met my goals for intentional play with my son, and he had a fun weekend with getting to try new things. I didn’t have to go anywhere or buy special ingredients. This is the kind of fun I prefer to have. Easy. Peasy. Stuff I have on hand. Entertains and teaches or practices a few new skills. Win-win for all.
What simple toddler activities do you do at home?
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