I have always tried to do lots of crafting and activities with Amelia, but now that Wills has joined our little family the time that I used to have to devote to crafting and playing with her has significantly dwindled. I make a point of carving out time in the day for her, but there are times when it just isn’t possible. It felt awful to keep having to tell her “Mummy’s busy right now”, “I just need to sort William out”, or “Not right now, I’m making dinner”. So I have put together a few activities for her that I know will keep her busy for those short periods of time when I can’t interact with her fully. As well as being fun and distracting, most of these activities also have an educational value, which is something that is important to me.
As you will see, none of these activities require any special kind of artistic skill (check out my not-so-brilliant puppets!), and I literally managed to throw them all together in one evening. So instead of telling the kids “I can’t right now” why not try “Would you like to choose a busy bag?”