Let’s face it—playing with your young child or toddler can be...well...boring. There are only so many times you can pretend to be a dinosaur named Pete in a single day. You can decide, however, to make the time a little more enjoyable for yourself, all while making your kiddo(s) happy in the process.
So take a few minutes, grab a latte, and read this article to learn a few new ways to make playtime more fun for the both of you!
First and foremost, if you’re going to really tap into your inner child, you’re going to have to focus. One thing that tends to distract most adults is their phones (guilty as charged).
To counteract a phone-coma, make the decision to put your phone out of eyesight. Expect them to do the same (this includes TV, video games and the like).
Next set a timer for 30 minutes to devote solely to your little one. If you have to do this on your phone before you put it aside, then do so. You can also use the oven or microwave timer.
Try to take a moment to think back to when you were a kid. What were your favorite games? Take a moment to write down a few of them. Next, ask your child if any of them sound fun, and away you go!
One problem in our house is the sock monster. That thing seriously has a mind of its own. What is a sock monster you might say? It’s the pile of socks that never seem to get matched.
One day, I decided to make a game of it with my children. We called it “Sock Monster Basketball”! The aim of the game was to match as many socks as we could, count who had the most, and see how many of them we could throw into the laundry basket from a designated distance.
The result? The sock monster vanished and my kids and I were left giggling on the floor. Mission accomplished! (P.S. See how I snuck a chore in there? Mwahahahaha!)
This one seems pretty self-explanatory, but humor me here for a second. What are your favorite pastimes? Is it art? Sports? Music? Crafts? Take your pastime and find a way to make it “kid-friendly”.
For instance, if you love crafts, spend a half hour making one your kids and you will enjoy. The internet is FULL of parent and child crafts! If you love sports, play one with your kid!
Enjoy something else? Share the experience with your child. Once they see your enthusiasm, they may just fall in love with your hobby themselves!
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