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Many of you mamas are out of ideas for activities to do with your toddlers. Don’t worry mama, we’ve got you covered, because we cannot stress enough on the importance of quality time and playing with your child. Here are some very simple and creative ideas of activities to enjoy with your kids at home that require really minimal effort and are appropriate for the age of two and above.
Let’s build something
Kids love building things. You can use big bricks or preferably wooden blocks to build endless shapes of castles, houses, etc.
Play with colors
Check these online stationeries in Cairo and buy a set of gouache colors and you’re all set. Playing with colors is not limited to painting, which is a great play option, but you can also use colors to make DIYs.
- Paint your hands and use your handprints to draw shapes such as animals, birds, or cars
- Frame the family’s handprints and hang it in your child’s room
- Mix a little bit of gouache colors with a few drops of water on a disposable table sheet and run small cars on it
- For older kids, you can experiment with mixing primary colors to create secondary colors
Cut and glue
For children of the age of 3 and above, you can buy a child-friendly scissors and glue and have fun cutting shapes, and gluing them to form shapes. Even though scissors are usually safe to use by children at the age of 2-3, make sure to monitor your child while using it.
Ask your little one to help you in the kitchen while you’re cooking and give them tasks according to their age, like mixing, putting spices, whisking, etc. If you decided to go all fancy, you can bake cookies together every few weeks.
All you need is a bed sheet or blanket, a small table lamp, and sit inside together. You can read stories or pretend-play, which is important for the child’s brain development. Try to make it as cozy as possible and the child will enjoy his own fantasy.
Check out these playdough DIY tips. Make shapes, pretend cook, or mix colors. Your child will enjoy it as long as you do it together.
Pretend play has many benefits that include boosting the child’s social skills. Another really important benefit is that it can ease your child’s anxiety -when it comes to visiting the pediatrician or the first day at school- by imitating the situation and making it feel fun. Just make the unknown known.
Be workout buddies
If you’re a mom who enjoys working out at home, you can double the fun with your kids. Well, to be honest, it won’t look or feel as organized as those beautiful mom/toddler videos on Instagram, but it’ll be really fun.
When you start to play with your child you’ll get to learn about their play preference, so don’t force anything and remember it’s their time. However, find something that you too enjoy.
Let us know your experiences, mommies, once you try any of these ideas. You can also find a list of really interesting kids’ challenges at UNICEF kid power.