It’s hard with a 1 and a 2 year old to figure out new and fun things to do with them especially working full-time. And all too often, a movie is the solution for keeping them occupied. I recently picked up this book Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner in an effort to find some fun simple activities with my boys.
I like this book for many reasons. One of them is that it’s sectioned by age group. So I can look through just the 1-2 year old toddler section, or the 3-4 year old preschooler group. There are a lot of familiar games, and variations on familiar games, but there are also many new and simple games that i’ve never thought of to play with my little ones.
My son’s favorite game so far has been what we call “the sock game” It’s a really simple premise. You gather a bunch of big socks, and put little household objects/small toys in them without your child seeing (See easy! All stuff you have on hand).
Then you give your child one sock at a time, and have them feel the object and try to guess what’s inside. Ollie would want to quickly look inside, so I started setting a timer for 1 minute with each sock to give him time to really think about what he was feeling.
During that 1 minute, I also ask him simple questions like “Is it hard or soft?” “Will it bend or is it straight?” “What shape is it?” “Is it big, or is it small?” etc.
He’s not quite 3 years old and LOVES to play this game. Usually we can do 2 rounds in one sitting before he’s ready to do something else. And I’m always impressed by which objects he can identify by just feeling them.
It’s been great finding simple learning activities for his age, and this book has activities for up to age 10, so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it for years to come!
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