How are you? Hope you had a lovely weekend! The long weekend went too quickly. It was so nice to spend time with the kids! My toddler was so happy and my son and I played some of his new games. It’s nice to see him create games of his own along with a set of rules. These games are really silly or I would rather say silly initially but after a while, they are ok. It’s lovely to see him understand and appreciate the rules now. Earlier, the moment I would start to win, he would suddenly change the rules of the game, ‘Mummy actually whoever touches the knob of the door wins, and you are touching just the door!’ He used to make those cute rules and would change them according to his position in the game. However, now a days, he would set as ‘no change of rules in the middle of the game’. Just to annoy him, If I try to change the rules of the games in the middle, he would say, ‘Mummy because you change the rules in the middle, you lose all your points’. So cheeky! Both structured and unstructured activities are good for them. I love the unstructured ones a bit more as that’s how I grew up. I would like to share a few ideas with you. Hope you like reading them and may be you too can try some of them 🙂
It’s so important to let kids play in an unstructured environment. Simple things such as allowing them to ‘run’ may work wonders. You may argue as apart from physical activity, what can one develop with just running. If you just let them run around for a bit, they will come up with something on their own. I have seen it with my son. After a while, he would ask us to ‘time’ his running from the faraway tree to us. Then he would try to beat his own timing. You can ask them to think of some interesting games or you can initiate one. Simple, unstructured games with a lot of noise. Try it, it’s so much fun! Or just take them to the parks, they never get bored of them.
You can play indoor games such as shops. You can ask your kid to set a stall. Ask them to price the items and you can be a customer. We usually alter the roles for our toddler. Sometimes, she is a shop assistant and when she starts throwing the shop items, she comes to the shop as my daughter 🙂 There is a bit of chaos. My son would be the shopkeeper. He would have his savings and keep them for change. I would use the same money. You can ask real life questions such as ‘if they have any offers, can they do home delivery?’ It’s so funny because when he does the home delivery, I quickly go back to my room and wait for the delivery to come.
Camping right in their room
We have camps right in their room. I take out the mattress and put it on the floor. Pillows, duvets, everything on the floor. You can take videos. They get really excited when we do that. My little boy is very helpful in setting up the sleep over. He tidies up, helps me with the cushions. You can take your books and a torch along (I use the phone light). It’s an adventure for the little ones without having to go anywhere.
Take them shopping
Take them shopping with their savings (tooth fairy money in my son’s case). My seven year old would tell my toddler, ‘you can have anything you want’. Then we would drop in ‘Toy Galaxy’ (that’s where all the toys are, apparently:-)). It’s nice to see him when he finds out how expensive the toys are! It’s really cute!
Allow your toddler to stack some books for you. They love this game. Ask them to pick up books and bring them to you. Then ask them to put them back together. Mine keeps asking me, ‘how about this one?’ I say ‘yes’ to all the books and thank her for that. She loves it.
Parcel and delivery is one of our favourite games. I ask my son to pack something, write down different addresses and deliver them to those addresses. Sometimes, you have to come back with those deliveries with a note ‘you were out, when we came in’. Let them make those ‘notes’.
This is so silly, he gets dressed as a superhero. I have to put some red marks on his face and body. Then he comes and tells me that although he is injured, he saved the day. Then I would have to give him some pretend medical treatments.I have some sound effects for them. Remember how you used to play?
These games are fun, you can make your own rules, develop your own roles and if you are taking some time off your work, then there is no rushing in the morning to drop them off in a camp. I am being informed that studies have also shown the importance of unstructured games! So there you are, on the right track. Happy holidays! When they go to sleep, make sure you put your feet up and chill!