Like all “good Moms”, when I was a first time Mama, I was nonstop concerned over ways to bond with my child. Sure, I was able bond through baby activities with her as an infant. But the time came when she got a little “too old for certain stuff”. This means she was on the go! She became highly active and very sociable like all healthy babies do. Now her needs were different.
In the need to continue fulfilling our bond as well as her development, I approached my friend Google on ways to engage with my toddler. I don’t know why but she always assumes I’m asking for her to give me ideas to make my toddler do activities that will keep herself entertained! So I asked her in simpler terms for “Things to do with my toddler”. With google, with! Some of us actually still care about that.
And she still says the SAME thang!:
It’s been a couple years and I have since met my now bestie, Pinterest! She is wise beyond her years and just knows too much, it can become overwhelming or difficult to carry out the ideas she throws at you all at once. So as a Mom 2 toddlers now, who has experienced time after time these past couple of years, I have compiled for you my top realistically, implementable fun ways you can invest time with your own babies! And not only that. The activities have been categorized for your convenience!
3-Snack or Picnic
6-Fly a Kite
ON THE GO
12-Have fun at their favorite place
13-Puppet or stuffed animal dialogue
My daughter loves to watch me do my hair and will imitate what Ii do. And whenever she get’s at chance of my head being within her reach, she will have fun playing with and I will let her “style me hair”. This is a beautiful and peaceful bonding moment for the 2 of us!
16-Blanket/Floor Mat Play
17-Take Silly Snap Chat Selfies
18-Piggy Back Ride
If you are capable get on your knees and let your child climb you so you can parade her around your house.
19-Chase and Tag
20-Hide and Seek
For me, this one goes hand in hand with the one above. My favorite part of running with my toddler in the house is when I suddenly hide from her and then jump at her and chase her upon finding me. It’s so fun!
21-Open-Ended Floor Play
A lot of the activities in this post include types of play that you and your toddler can engage with open-endedly on the floor, such as blocks, cars, stuffed animals or stacking cups. Chech the post out!
It can as simple as ‘answering the phone’ when handed a paper card, or a ‘play house’ kinda game
Pick the couch, the floor or your bed and just lay down. Let your child come to you and climb back and forth over you😄 Then you hug him and rock him from one side of you, to the other side and in a playfull wrestle style play.
25-Draw and Color
26-Watch your favorite childhood movie together
This one is my favorite!👆😉👌
28-Play with Stamps
30-Sit, Embrace and Chat
A Final Word
The very last method I just mentioned, is to me, one of the most ideal ways you can gift your child with high quality moments. There will always be something or someone else that your child can be entertained with, cared for, or taught from. But there is no one nor anything that could ever replace what only you as the Mama can give while you still can. There will be moments for those breaks, though. There is a time for everything and it is ok to retrieve whenever you need fill your cup again! But ultimately, always keep in mind that nothing could ever replace these days. Like I always say to myself every time I’m tempted not to play when I know I can: “These days are never coming back again”.
So, what are you going to do with your little one today?