J is sick….and it’s contagious. Grrr…that means that for the next week there are no playdates, no baby gym, no library, no errands, nothing! Ok, ok, it’s not a nightmare…I can think of several scarier things, but it’s still not fun. Most of the time J is feeling pretty ok. As long as the fever stays down he pretty much plays like usual. So…what’s a Mom to do with a very active 18 month old who’s stuck at home all day long?
Lots and lots of games and sensory activities….that’s what.
We started off the day on a nature walk around the neighborhood. J kept going to do the door wanting to go outside, so I figured why not? We had a fun walk and made a small stop at the playground (there were no other children there to catch his germs). Along the way we gathered lots and lots of pretty leaves, pinecones, and pinestraw. The leaves are just now changing here in the South and there are a ton a beautifully colored ones to choose from. J spent several minutes picking leaves off trees and then insisted on a piggy back ride so that he could get the leaves that were out of his reach.
Yes, that’s my cat who must be in the middle of everything.
When we got home I gave J all of our nature stuff to explore in the lightbox.
Aren’t the leaves so pretty? Too bad he wasn’t all that interested…sigh.
This wasn’t what he really wanted to do…he wanted his red gems. This little tub of gems has been a favorite of J’s for a long time now. I think I first gave it to him at around 14 months or so. This little box of gems kept my son happy for the rest of the day.
Gems on the lightbox, putting on the lid. Dumping and pouring with the lightbox
On the piano bench in metal containers On the floor with plastic containers
Has to get both hands in How he left them before bed…ready for tomorrow
He spent a lot of the day taking the gems in and out of their tub, putting them in other containers, shaking them, taking the lid on and off, and playing with them on the lightbox. This was seriously his favorite thing of the day and they kept him busy until bedtime.
I had other activities planned, but J was really not in the mood this afternoon and wanted to spend most of the evening in my lap. Cuddle time is about the only good thing about a sick toddler.
The day was almost completely child-directed and I had little to no influence on how he played. It turned into a really fun day…for both of us.