Friday, March 14, 2014

Play Theme Of The Day

Toddlers have an attention span the size of a toothpick. At one point, I'll find Caleb fancying his Umi car and the next minute, he would be playing marching band with his drum. In order to get some work done at home (and also to keep my sanity), I learned to establish a schedule for him. I also realized that kids at this age can get so clingy. He constantly craves for my attention even if I'm just a room away from him. While it's so easy to keep him still by just turning on the tv or letting him tinker with my tablet, I want to engage him IN activities that will develop his creativity and imagination. 

For the past couple of weeks, I have structured his playtime after breakfast to keep him busy while I did chores.  What I did was just pretty simple - I set up a "Play Theme Of The Day." This required a bit or organization on my part. First, I grouped all of Caleb's toys according to use - all construction toys, all animal toys, all cars and trucks, and instruments in one storage box. Then for each day,  I just chose a theme to set up during his playtime. Next, I arranged all the props needed - toys, books, music, etc. Doing this gave me an hour or so to keep our house together. And until he can set up his own fantasy land, I have to come up with new ideas to keep this active boy busy.    

FARM DAY


MUSIC BAND DAY


PICNIC DAY




CONSTRUCTION DAY




COOKING DAY



BUILDING BLOCKS DAY



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