Hi to all the mums that watched my Mush Mum live talking about my relaxed approach to keeping my daughters entertained. I am sure I already said that I want you to be easy on yourself this is not ‘normal’ circumstances and being your child/ren sauce of entertainment 24/7 is tough, exhausting and will take its toll. You could be the most happiest, positive person in the world but I am sure you have had a bad day. So before I go listing what I have been using just be easy on yourself. You are doing the best you can:)
First thing first I don’t want you to feel like you have to go and run out and buy everything. I didn’t purchase anything for the first three weeks of the lockdown. I exhausted everything first I did that by:
- I put batteries in toys that died or I had taken out. It re engaged there interest in these toys and it was like a new toy all over again.
- I hide some toys that were only take out when I felt like I wanted to calm them down and quickly get their attention (I still do this rotate the toys)
- Toys that I have not seen them play with reignite interest in them. Move them to a different room, use another object while they play with that toy. For example cars inside a box. Using instruments with pots and pans.
So below I am listing the items I have purchased which the girls love. I made a large order from Ebay because the prices from Amazon are crazy at the moment. Yes the wait is longer but for me it was worth it:
Now this has gone up since I bought it by £2. Its a simple concept my daughters sit and go fishing. Great for hand eye coordination and descriptive play. I will ask my daughters the colour of the fish they have managed to pick up.
I bought this a few months ago to help reinforce colour recognition with my girls as I was starting to introduce colours. My daughters for the most part stick the buttons in the right areas but when I first got it I would just let them do anything while gently reminding them of the colours. This puzzle really calms my daughters and I get them to sit down and play with it.
As you can see its not a crazy list of stuff, I have purchased other items for outdoor play and that is when the price has creeped up a bit. But these above mixed with play dough, toys they already own, activities I have set up, reading and educational Youtube videos (Yep my girls watch TV, they don’t own tablets or use my phone) . I am sure your little one will be entertained.
Good luck and remember some days nothing works and a Movie day is totally acceptable too.
I do not own the rights of these images the sellers from Ebay and Amazon do. Some of the links are affiliate links.