questions + answers
Activities should be fun and should not cause you stress!
I hope these questions and answers help make your family's play journey even easier!
Whatever you are doing, you are doing more than enough.
How do I choose which activities to do?
I always base activities on my kiddos' ages, interests, and abilities. There are so many amazing ideas floating around the internet, but that doesn't mean we have to try them all.
Ask yourself these questions:
Would my child benefit from this?
Does this interest them?
Is this a skill they need to work on?
Do I have the materials to make this work? Can I improvise?
Do I need to do an activity every day?
NO! It may look like we do activities every day, but we don't. I often use them as a filler when my children are having a hard time getting their play momentum going, when they are having a difficult time pushing through an argument, or when I just need 5 minutes to myself! I also use them when I notice one of them could use some support in a certain academic skill.
We also do activities because my kiddos really enjoy them. Again, when you base them off of your kiddos interests, they'll start to look forward to them. I have one kiddo obsessed with all things science. One who will never turn down an art activity & another who I know will always attend to an activity that involves building. Lean in to those interests & not only will they benefit from them, but they'll have tons of fun!
Where do you buy your materials from?
The majority of my purchased materials are from the Dollar Tree; play does not have to be expensive to be impactful. I do NOT want to spend a ton of money on supplies or spend hours searching for them. Here is a list of my "Go-To" Supplies that I try & always keep stocked.
Sensory supplies (Rice, play dough, tools)
You'll notice that I also love using recycled materials like cardboard, around-the-house items, and natural materials in our activities!