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.