I wanted to write about about what I’ve learned as a “beginner” mother during the last few month. More precisely about how to play with your little ones in a constructive and fun way.
I used to think that being a mother will be easy, it will come naturally and i will know what to do and when to do it. I also used to think that playing with a toddler is the easiest thing to do. Obviously i had known that TV is bad for children and that i have to teach them various things while playing. But somewhere between helping him start to walk and being watchful of him not to do anything harmful, and all the other stuff that happened i lost track of things.
Walking down the isles of toy stores you get overwhelmed with choices of various trendy toys, captain something and spider other one and super whatever and you buy them, you buy the toy phone with 20 songs on it and the other noisy and flashy toys, you also get a ton of those from relatives as presents… and you look around one day and see a room full of toys, more than in a regular store, and you see your child playing with a water bottle, or with a spoon, simple stuff because he just discovered how to open the bottle. That’s the moment you realize you wasted your time and money on useless things. It’s amazing what you can do with some glasses and water, or with a simple box and a ball. If you search the internet you can find various ways to play and learn, without buying any toys.
I want to share one interesting method with you now.
We started with a sensorial box (a box with beans and corn and things that you can touch).
This one is for learning about animals and it was very much fun for us playing with it. The next one will be with sand and with African animals in it.
You can find other methods on the internet like: Homemade Rubbery Goop, rice and ice, spaghetti worms, home made paint, bubble pop runway (i will try this, it will be super fun – maybe i will post some pictures with it). So just get o the www and search for fun activities and explore the world with your toddler.
I want to end this post with a picture of our new “deadpool” hat and I wish you success!