The time I've dreaded as finally arrived - LM has dropped her afternoon nap most days (I was really hoping she would at least give me a few more months after the baby was born...sigh). Honestly, this has been harder for me to adjust to than taking care of two children. The day seems much longer when I don't get a two hour break mid-way through, and I need to get some of my work done while it is still light out (ie. taking pictures of clothes).
So, to keep my sanity and help both of us transition into this new phase I have been thinking of little activities for her to do while I take advantage of her busy mind and hands. Today it was color sorting buttons in a muffin tin.
She likes playing with my button jar, so I thought I could turn her usual dumping-them-out-and-then-putting-them-back-in-the-jar routine into a more educational activity.
It was as simple as taping different colored paper circles in a muffin tin (with a couple of misc. polka-dot cups thrown in). I didn't have brown paper so I colored one using a brown crayon, which you can do for all of them if you're lacking in paper supplies. She picked up on the concept quickly and it kept her entertained for awhile.
With a little help and direction from me all of the buttons were put in the right spot ...and then she made up her own button game that involved throwing handfuls of them up in the air. I'm pretty sure I'm missing quite a few now, but hey, I'll have some dresses listed in the shop soon so...SUCCESS!!!
This month I'm also using this dollar download to give me daily theme ideas. Right now I feel like I need to be told what to do or we'll end up sitting on the couch watching a movie everyday. Anyone else relate? What do you do to keep your kids and yourself happy/sane during stay-at-home days?