I’ve been lacking a little in inspiration for toddler twosome afternoon activities lately. I like to have a little something set up (an Invitation to Play it is often called) for the twins when they get up after their daytime nap. It gives me an opportunity to finish off making dinner and get their afternoon tea ready while they are busy exploring.
I usually set up a few different areas with things to explore….nothing over the top….some blocks and cars, dolly area, some ‘hidden’ books from the library and one easy but fun creative activity. I do this for a few reasons…not because i am a control freak (although i know i am!) but because both girls wake up very differently and like their own space to explore and just ‘be’ while they wake up. They like areas to go and discover on their own and they slowly move about to different things…i just find it easier to have a few things ready rather than dealing with the wake up grumpies or both demanding my absolute attention as soon as they are up (that usually sets a very bad tone for the afternoon if they get in that ‘just me’ state…they keep trying to outdo each other and unfortunately there is only one of me!!)
I also love watching their faces as i bring them into the lounge after wake-up….big wide eyes and ‘wow mummy’….and it always amazes me that they both choose very different activities to go to first each time!
Anyway, i digress! The reason for this post was to share some inspiration that hit me last week on a rainy day. We had played with EVERYTHING so far that day and everyone including me was bored! I remembered we had a pile of egg cartons that friends keep giving us in exchange for eggs….and the toddler twosome are loving poking and threading at the moment….and holes…they love holes!(And who wouldn’t i ask?) so this easy activity was born…in around 5 minutes as they chatted in their cots (thank goodness they are still in cots…i am aiming to keep them there until 3yrs btw, hehe!!!)