Hello, I'm a CM having a mental block hoping someone can inspire me!! I have a 1 year old who I want to do some different activities with, I feel like we are in a rut... I have him from 12 till six thirty, and find it hard to aqueeze activities inbetween arrival, lunch, nappychange, sleep, nappychange, dinner, clean up, hopetime, in that order! I have usually a bit of time between lunch and nap and sometimes between second nappy change and getting dinner on table. Has anyone got some ideas of good activities I can do with him that are quick to get out and set up? He likes messy play but is very much at the eat everything stage...anyone know how to make edible paint or anything like that? I made playdough with my two ds's today but he really just sat there eating it . Hope this message isnt too rambling, any ideas greatly appreciated! thanks!
Rice pudding & food colouring for paint (or just water and small drop food colouring), even used that quick set jelly stuff in the past.
You can also make edible "play doh" do a google search for a recipe, great for motor skills. Like Nannynicks idea of beans, but using spaghetti in tomato sauce either stands/hoops/alphabet depending on age.
Another great one is water play - maybe get some seeds, plant them and let your Mindee water them each time.
jelly and cornflour are my fav - can spend hours my self at weekends ie without children with cornflour - it AMAZES me the liquid/solid form it takes
other fun, though not edible is shaving foam on a tray - great fun to draw pictures and pratice writing for older children, then you can rub it all out and start again - plus makes your hands soooooooooooooo soft
so for younger eaters, use squirty cream - again great fun
oh brilliant suggestions, everyone thanks so much!! Like the idea of beans, squirty cream, they will all find that hillarious, and jelly, hadn't thought of any of these! funny how you can get a total mental block for fresh ideas sometimes.......