It’s not necessarily hard for me to find things to entertain my toddler, but it is hard for me to keep finding things that will entertain her. She’s like her dad, in that, once you’ve done it it’s time to find something bigger and better to attempt. This past week we visited our local library for a Literacy Program. It is actually a really great program they offer for free for 18 months- 4 years. My only beef with it is that they have 2 scheduled times, 11 am and 2 pm, each 2 hours long. Right around naps and lunch… hopefully you see my point. The program basically goes like this: Drop the kids off with a certified staff member, they play while the parents sit in a discussion about Social and Emotional Development. After an hour of discussion, you join your child for story time and a corresponding themed craft. The craft/activity we did there was pretty exciting for her, and yet sooo simple.
What you’ll need:
Black Construction Paper
Aerosol Hair Spray
(ok seriously, she was so mad at me for embarrassing her with pictures. Since when do 18 month olds get embarrassed by their mother? I swear my child is a mini teenager)
And then some colored chalk…. if your toddler is older, you can teach them how to smug the chalk and such. I probably could have taught Joee that, but she was so cross with me for having the camera out that I was lucky just be breathing in her presence.
After your child has created the masterpiece, take your hair spray and quickly spray your construction paper. This will hold the chalk in place and prevent any unwanted smears from happening.
See? So easy. So simple. So entertaining.
Our library staff first read a book about going outer-space, and the goal was to draw a picture of space (stars, moon, etc). If you squint, you can see my daughter’s drawing actually really is outer-space. Lol. JK.