You don’t have to be a homeschooler to appreciate the benefits of allowing children time and space to play. Activities that may appear to adults as meaningless are often periods of exploration, especially for infants and toddlers.
Let Each Second Count
See each moment as an opportunity for learning. Doing so allows you to teach your child valuable lessons without them realizing it. Involve them in your daily activities. Let them help you tidy up the bedroom for a bit of physical exercise. Count out loud when you are measuring ingredients for baking. Talking them through what you are doing to engage their senses. You may even find that mundane acts take on a new wonder as you see them through the child’s eyes.
Take the time to bond with your child. The Internet gives you access to vast resources for play ideas. Sunny day? Why not do some sidewalk art? Take some colored powder and mix it with a bit of water and cornstarch (or flour) or you could simply buy colored powder paint. Go out to the driveway with your paint, some brushes, and you can have yourself a mini outdoor art class. Not your cup of tea? Add a little heat to the mixture, lay down some butcher paper on the table, and use the lot as finger paints.
Don’t Be Pressured
Doing it yourself is not the only way to go. Carefully selected toys that engage the child’s senses can have the same effect as play items created for specific purposes.
Give Them Space
Playtime doesn’t have to be as fancy as a Pinterest post. Set schedules for unstructured learning. Take a walk around the block or randomly explore the neighborhood with no agendas. Allow them time alone in a quiet corner of the house and while you go about your work. A child who looks bored is actually still studying and processing the things around them.
Be available for any queries they may have. You may find yourself surprised by how rested you feel and how your child reintroduces you to the world around you.