Salaam Lovelies, I hope you’re all in the best of health and Imaan insha’Allah.
Are any of my followers stay at home moms to toddlers?
How do you keep your days educational / fun for your toddler. What types of activities do you do during the days?
Now that my daughters aren’t at home during the days, days have become boring for my 2 year old. He always used to join in on whatever the girls were doing. I’ve been searching the internet for fun / educational things to do with with my wee man during the days. I’ve never been a ‘stay at home mom’ to a toddler before so this is the first time thinking of ideas and educational things to do for my son. When my daughters were little I put them in daycare because I was either in school or working outside of the home. But now because I work from home It’s just me and my wee man.
I found some really cool activities online however, the only thing is, with those activities were more for me to do and for my son to just sit with me and watch. They were in no way hands on fun and learning for him. What fun would it be for me to do the activity and him just watch me do it. So, I came up with some hands on fun that I am going to start with him today insha’Allah. I also got some fun craft activities that your child can do with little to no help but I will save that for another post so stay tuned. I hope this list is beneficial to you guys too.
Hands on Sensory Activities
I love these types of activities for my son. They let him get in there and explore the touch, taste (depending) smell and sound.
- Homemade Play dough.
This is a very super easy recipe for homemade play dough.
- Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
- Remove from heat and add flour.
- Stir, then knead until smooth you can add any food colouring of your choice at this point.
- Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
2. Water play
You can use any bins or tubs that you have put a smock on the kid and let them have at it. Let them bring in some of their water toys and watch them enjoy.
3. Soapy coloured water bottles.
Fill a bottle half way with water add some dish soap and some food colouring put the lid on and let the child shake it up and watch it settle. I’ve heard that this is also a good way to help a cranky child calm down.
4. Sand table and or Flour table.
Break out the sand and or flour or maybe even both let them feel the differences and let your child play. You child can make little pictures easier with the flour. Add in some water for some goopy, muddy fun!
5. Exploring Ice cubes.
Grab some Ice Cubes and let them feel the cold ice. Show them how the ice cube melts and turns into water. Great way to start teaching them science. Turn a solid into a liquid.
Let me know if you have any hands on activities that you do with your kids that aren’t on my small list.
Until my next post.