I’m a stay at home mom, doing my best to keep my toddler engaged and learning each day. I’ve noticed that some daily focused activities really makes our days run more smoothly. Of course J loves some free playtime and learning does happen during this time. I also see that planned activities are a great way to keep things new and exciting for J and for myself. Typical days in our household include an array of free play, structured play and independent play. The teacher in me comes out in planning and preparing activities that J can do, though I’m new to planning toddler activities! I try to keep a few realistic goals based on J’s current developmental level and then plan our days to encourage meeting those goals. The ideas come from my own childhood experiences, great advice from friends, family, books, online sources or occasionally the light bulb in my head flickers on! I want each activity to help J developmentally (mentally, spiritually, physically, verbally, artistically,…). I also want the preparation and the cost of the activities to remain realistic!
So far, the highest cost is prep time. I have spent a great deal of time searching for activities, filtering the plethera of available ideas to discover those that are perfect for J, at his current age and developmental level. I tend to find ideas and then lose them or forget about them when I’m planning our day. There’s so many great ideas out there and I just need a way to organize them for my own use, hence the purpose of this blog. Of course it’s even better if this blogs helps others too!
I plan to organize activities I find for current use, future use, or those that I’ve already used (to reference when J#2 arrives). I’m trying to categorize each activity so that I can easily find the right one for each day/week. That’s the plan… let’s see if I can make it happen!
**I’m open to suggestions on how to best organize the activities! I’m the person that is always organizing and never organized :) At least when I record things online, I won’t lose it! Please share if there’s something you would like to see.