We have decided to stick to playgroup for Asher for now but it is a new time slot and classes will only begin end of July. That means… another 3 weeks of no school for the little rascal! I have been cracking my brains for activities to do with the boy and I’m so grateful for the Internet and all these lovely mothers that homeschool their preschoolers. The Internet is full of resources and ideas shared by them.
We decided to do a fruits theme week since it was something simple and yet engaging for an active 20 months old! It was also easy to incorporate most stuff into this theme and the possibilities were endless. Asher had fun playing with the wooden fruits and doing some crafts. When we were at the supermarket, he got excited exploring down at the fruits aisle.
I know some enrichment centers targeting at toddlers do such activities at a premium rate. I’m glad that I have the luxury of time to recreate the same with my boy. Furthermore, sending Asher to say, a mandarin class merely once a week isn’t going to make him an expert at the language. That’s one of the reasons why I did not send him for enrichment classes despite going for a few trials. I might probably consider doing so when he is older but for now, it’s all about fun, fun and more fun!
It is no simple task trying to keep a toddler captivated, since he started crawling at around 9 months old, Asher has always been more keen in exploring than sitting down to complete activities. They should put a warning on these toy packagings. I mean, they often show these happy babies expertly stacking rings. I bought him a similar toy too, expecting him to do the same but he never had much regard for the toy except to toss the rings around the house.
Soon, I learnt that toys weren’t enough. And that was when I started googling for activities to keep him occupied and stumbled upon all these pinterest-worthy activities online. “Sensory play” is a phrase that often popped up whenever I was searching for new activities. Sensory play refers to play that involves and stimulates the five senses; (the senses of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing), as this is how young children explores the world around them.