So, my goal for this year was to be more intentional with some of their play time. To provide them an "activity of the day" which focuses on helping them to catch up developmentally. It was a lofty goal, and one I am failing miserably at. BUT, we have done a handful of fun indoor activities, thanks to Pinterest. I love how every toddler activity comes complete with photos of said toddler grinning, slightly messy but not overly so, and just loving everything. Where are these happy children?? This is what I got:
You would think I was torturing them, making them do all sorts of awful things. They did eventually warm up to the idea of sticking their hands in slime, dough, beans, finger paint, and pom poms.
Here's some of our fun but non pinterest worthy pics
Warren would maybe poke his slime. Not really a fan.
Dean, not surprisingly, enjoyed his.
"I will not touch that slime thing in my chair. I will play with it for 20 minutes in the floor"
Next came cloud dough. We love cloud dough. It creates the biggest mess you've ever seen in my kitchen but keeps them happy. Well worth the clean up.
Warren, much happier sitting with cloud dough than slime.
Beans. There are an assortment of ice cube trays and containers with small holes on top to work on improving our fine motor skills. The activity that won? Sweeping. Let's push the beans around with a broom. If this carries over into real life and real cleaning, this is one happy mama!
Finger paints. This was the second go around, much better than the first. Homemade, toddler safe, edible paint recipe here.
No need for paper here!
Sensory bin. They loved pouring and scooping, a dream come true for these future chefs!