When Brenna first came home from the hospital, we were in a "survival" period, where we were just trying to keep our heads above water as we learned how to care for her at home. (Unfortunately there are still a lot of "survival" periods in our house with her constant health problems.)
I knew it was important to keep Connor engaged when I couldn't always be there playing alongside him or reading him a book, and I always feel total guilt at plopping him in front of the TV (although some days are much more full of TV shows and the occasional Disney movie than others, and that's OK!)
But I continually strive to find fun activities or projects for Connor to keep him busy and having fun when I have to tend to Brenna or other things around the house. For this week's For Me Friday post, I thought I'd share some of his favorite simple activities (and I just used things around the house to put them together!)
1. Duct tape road. I got the idea from this blog that I follow, and though she said her duct tape didn't leave a residue on the floor, I was skeptical...so I put in on our living room rug that we're planning to replace soon anyway. (And just for the record, it actually didn't leave a residue or mess up the rug!)
I made quite the adventurous track and used a black marker for the road marks, and Connor had a blast for several days driving with his hot wheels cars...
2. Bean scooping and pouring. Probably the simplest project ever, and one that Connor just loves. I just take some different kinds of beans and rice, put them into various containers, give him some scoops/spoons and let him have at it! By the time he's done, they're usually all over the floor, but it's a quick clean-up in exchange for a good half hour of whatever I need to get done.
3. Edible peanut butter play-doh. I got this idea and recipe from one of my favorite blogs, moneysavingmom.com. Connor absolutely LOVES play-doh and this turned out to be a less messy, more edible version of a great activity.
I used the recipe that called for 1 cup flour, 1 cup peanut butter and 1 tablespoon honey - super easy! I also gave him chocolate chips that he used to make "little footprints" in the peanut butter or hide and then dig out.
4. Toothpick and marshmallow creations. A huge hit!