If there is one thing I have learned so far as a stay-at-home mom, it is that resourcefulness is key! Let’s face it, no matter how much you adore spending time with your little one, if you don’t find ways to add variety, you are both going to end up bored eventually. When A reached this new phase of walking, suddenly I had to work much harder to keep him entertained if I didn’t want him doing fun stuff like climbing up onto the kitchen table (his current favorite thing to do when he gets bored!).
There are definitely ways to keep him more interested in the toys we have spent our hard earned money on, even though he would really rather play with tupperware lids! We keep a rotation going, where some of his toys are put away at all times, and then swapped out on a regular basis. We also have some toys that are considered “special toys” that are only brought out when we sit down and play together. This always excites him.
There are always going to be times, though, when you need to have something completely new up your sleeve! One day I discovered that A has a love for playing with ice cubes. He thinks sliding them around on a glass-top end table we have is hilarious. So, when I saw an post (I pinned it on my preschool pinterest board!) about freezing toys in ice, I knew I had to give it a try! I chose to use some of his Little People, and froze a few of them in his fruit cup tupperwares. He thought this was so cool…
I would definitely consider this activity a success! It is something we will definitely do again! It is a great example of how a little creativity combined with everyday objects opens up a new world of play for little ones!