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03/04/2014 at 20:41
03/04/2014 at 20:45
An hour seems a bit much especially when they have a short attention span. I just play with various toys, do colouring (crayola do some chunky pencils which are god for little hands), going out to places, and whatever we fancy really. My MIL looks after them while I'm at work and does a similar thing.
03/04/2014 at 21:05
E is 21 months and I'd struggle to get her to do anything for an hour! She has the attention span of a goldfish! I've just been trying to make sure I do a bit of singimg with them each day, a bit of a run outside (Weather permitting!), read a book and I'll have specific toys I'll sit and play with them for 20 minutes or so such as musical instruments, sensory items, various shapes and sizes of balls etc. I'm also trying to be a bit more adventurous and do things like cooking and painting although that usually means the rest of the day is spent cleaning up the mess! Even things like doing your weekly food shop is educational for them - just keep talking to them, say what your looking for, show them foods etc. You might feel like a mad woman butt no one will bat an eyelid! x
03/04/2014 at 21:07
PS - I've only just in the past 6 months been brave enough to attempt painting at home!
03/04/2014 at 21:12
F is 2 years 2 months and has only recently started nursery a couple of days a week. I've tried sitting down with him to colour, play-doh, etcetera but his attention span is about 10 mins, if that! This morning I tried to get him to stick some coloured feathers and balls on paper but he refused. He just likes playing with his cars and generally just pottering around. We were going to a singing group but he spent most of that just running around rather than sitting with the others. I like to think it's an age thing and that he's still quite young for structured groups and activities. There's certainly no way he'd have managed at hour at 1 years old!
03/04/2014 at 21:22
Just wanted to add, I've only been able to do any kind d of structured play quite recently as A's reflux has got a bit more managed and a bit easier and she's almost 7 months - we were winging it every day until then!
Weather girl, E is very much like this too - some days she loves the attention of structured play, other days she just doesn't want to know and would rather go off and play on her own! Today I was trying to sing nursery rhymes to her and just kept saying "momma, no!"
03/04/2014 at 21:55
When Isaac was 6/7/8 months when L was at Pre school we used to do things like treasure baskets and sensory things, so in the treasure baskets there'd be soft brushes/feathers/scarves/bubble wrap etc just for different textures,
We'd spend ages with him looking at the mirror and being amazed at the other baby, I'd get bottles with beads in them or rice and use as sensory toys too.
10/04/2014 at 15:37
Sorry am so late back to this. Thanks for the reassurance ladies. I couldn't imagine him sitting doing something for a whole hour in the next few months. My nephew just about does that now at 7!! We do lots of things, am happy with that and there is much exploring / discovering / playing / singing / reading etc. I just wasn't sure what was meant by structure and if nursery provided a lot more of that and if that was what babies should have!
Mama D - Ha ha at E! She sounds very funny!
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