Saturday, November 26, 2011

Toddler Themes

We started doing these when Cadence dropped her morning nap. The time between her waking up in the morning and going down for her nap suddenly seemed incredibly long, and I noticed that around lunch time things would start going downhill. There was simply a space in our routine playtime wasn’t sufficiently filling. Perhaps if I was the type to get out more we would have filled it with storytimes and playdates – as it is, I really just like to stay home. I needed something to keep me from going insane with boredom, and Cadence loved to have activities to work on, so these were perfect.

The concept is simple: pick a theme, and spend about a week on it. Five minutes here, five minutes there. Maybe some books, a craft, or some art. Some music. Not a lot of prep, not a lot of focus, just a lot of fun.

The themes have been pretty varied and random: yellow, flags, trains, C, B, Thanksgiving. The Holy Week. Whatever interested us became our them.

Usually they last about a week, but we just go until we get bored or run out of easy ideas. If I find myself pushing Cadence to “do it right,” then I drop it. It’s supposed to be fun. If I find myself stressing to “get everything ready,” then I drop it. It’s supposed to be fun.

We’ve had a blast doing these, and I think I will gather up some pictures and share some of the ideas we’ve liked most so far.

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