I’m always on the lookout for new ways to keep my soon-to-be 3-year-old busy while the rest of us are doing school. Otherwise, her many needs turn into interruptions and make it hard for us to get done all that we need to do in school. I don’t want her growing up thinking she’s just a “need” to be met. I want her to feel important, too. I’ve decided to be a little more proactive in finding her some things to do that won’t be disruptive and that’s not sitting in front of a movie. Today, I decided to pull out our pail of beans that I keep on hand for her to play with. Sometimes, I just let her scoop them from one bucket to another bucket, but today, we decided to try something different.
I drew a shape on four different pieces of paper. A circle, a square, a rectangle, and a triangle. We talked about what each shape was and I asked her to use her beans to cover the lines, making the shapes out of the beans. That worked for a little while to keep her busy and then, it got a little too tedious for her. After that, she decided she wanted to fill each shape with the beans. Either way worked pretty good. One, of course, would be more time consuming than the other.
I’m always on the lookout for new activities to share with my toddler. I’m thinking about doing a Preschool Activities in a Bag swap. Would any of you be interested in doing that? If you are, leave me a comment and we’ll see what we can pull together.
[If you're not familiar with activities in a bag, you would put together 20-25 bag activities or games of the same thing and then mail it to one person. That person would then divide up the different bags and mail them all to each person. Your cost would be the cost of the materials for the 20-25 bags, shipping to the swap coordinator and shipping back to you which you would send with your shipment to the swap coordinator. The idea is to save time and money, but get a large variety of preschool activities for your little one.]