This is my son Judah. Right now he naps 3 times a day.
My daughter Isla takes slightly less naps per day (0-1 nap). I’ve had to come up with lots of activities for our mother-daughter bonding time. Here are some that Isla loves. A busy child=a better behaved child=a tired child=a happy parent.
- Do it yourself Painting Studio: Grab some big paper, painters tape, washable paints, thick brushes (thick rather than thin covers more paper) and head outside. Use painters tape to hang up the paper at kid-level. Washable paints=let your kid go to town and paint as long as he/she wants. Finished paintings make great wrapping paper or you can cut them up and make greeting cards.
- Life-sized chalk portraits:
Have your kid lay on any hard surface and trace his/her body outline (action poses are fun). Use as many colors as you want and have your child decorate the clothes and any accessories. Bonus points a for drawing a whole scene (outer space, anyone?)! Who cares if it comes out looking weird — it’s an activity!
- Water slide:
We have a kiddie pool and a slide out back. While those things alone are fun, using them together is awesome! Place the end of your slide into the pool and voila! Instant water slide! Bonus: put bath soap in pool before filling up. Instant bubble bath! It’s fun to get out of the pool with “bubble shoes” on your feet.
Do you have a love/hate relationship with bubbles?! Is it because bubbles are so cool (yes) but your curious child constantly spills them out (yes again!)? Fubbles makes a no-spill bubble tumbler (pictured above). You read correctly: they don’t spill!! You can remove the bubble wand, turn the whole thing upside-down and nothing happens. We actually do bubbles inside now because of this amazing invention. I carry them in my purse at all times for emergencies. Obviously.
- Paint your kid’s toenails:
Get your kid’s favorite color/favorite sports team’s color nail polish and paint his/her toenails outside. My daughter was so excited when I gave her a Mani/pedi but she couldn’t fathom not using her hands before the polish dried. Just do the toe nails.
- Backyard picnic:Get a blanket and eat some food on it. Doesn’t have to be a full meal but should include food and drink so it takes more time.
- Water Table!:
This is for those times when the kiddie pool just isn’t happening. I absolutely love the pirate ship water table that we have; Isla can play with this thing for a long time. It’s on the very small side; we place it on a small table so it’s the right height for her when standing. We’ve even brought it to the beach and it became a sand table; she loved it. It also fits in the bathtub for winter months!
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Pirate Ship Water Table: