No joke…we spend money and time hunting down the nicest toys for our children’s development and enjoyment, don’t we? So why, do they insist on being far more interested in the cat’s play balls which are probably 4 years old and totally manky!
Yesterday, he spent 30 minutes playing with a key and lock at a friends house. Today, 20 minutes picking the cat ball up, holding it over his head, counting to three (‘t’, ‘t’, ‘t’) and dropping it backwards which was literally the most hilarious thing in the world for a solid 20 minutes.
O so very happy with himself!
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This evening after work Sprog and I had a lovely play session. I desperately needed to get dinner on and he needed to do something active because he’d had a bit of TV time when I’d got home.
So I had a brain wave. Ages ago, I made Sprog some sensory pots. I simply grabbed some plastic pots and some craft bits, bunged the different bits inside pots and voila, I had sensory shakers!
Today, we went further. O yes. I think it was on our handy NHS email that toddlers may enjoy copying what we’re doing. So I got some pots out, I got the plastic shakers out and gave him a couple of the measuring spoons. I sat with him on the kitchen floor and we experimented with playing dishing the stars into the pots.
Sprog was honestly enthralled, so much so that he didn’t notice when I stood up and started dinner and played solidly for at least 20 minutes. I had to prise the pots from his hands to be able to eat his dinner!
We shall definitely be doing this again!