Looking at my schedule for the next year, it seems I'm going to have a fair amount of time with one of my DC (mostly the 5 year old) while the other DC are finishing school or doing an activity.. The sort of periods where there's not enough time to go home but you have to wait for 45 minutes or so..
What are your top tips for filling this time? So far I've thought of:
- Going to a cafe for a treat (but not all the time!) - Doing homework / reading on a bench or on the car (but won't have much in reception) - Getting anything we need from the shops (but we don't usually need anything..)
It just feels a bit unfair that the little one ends up with all this "bitty" time.. although it is 121 time I suppose..
Feed some ducks Go for a “spotting walk” - a slow walk round the neighbourhood looking for anything interesting Go for a run together Do a puzzle like a word search together Paper games like squares or hangman Read aloud or listen to an audiobook in the car Play cards or a travel board game
I used to love waiting in the car for things with my mum! We had great chats.
I think I’d have a sort of rotating list but maybe vary slightly depending on weather. So reading, homework, walk in the park, card game, board game, books at the library, take it in turns to pick music you like on the radio, get them to help you do something like a meal plan for the week or a plan for what to do at the weekend.
Also what about things like little craft kits that aren’t too fiddly? Cross stitch? Or can you knit or crochet? If so you could start to teach them. You could paint each other’s faces if you’re feeling brave and give other dc a shock when you collect them .
I have this every Saturday when DS1 and 2 do an activity one after the other. I sit with them and do any homework or reading from school so it's out of the way for the rest of the weekend and then we often go for a walk or to a local cafe. I think I get more out of each of them one on one and we often have a chat about our week's "highs and lows" and things they might be worried about. We also do logic puzzles and crosswords together. Oh and sudoku and gogen too!