Mack is an enigma to me. He is a newly 3 rambunctious and energetic boy, and he functions at top speed ALL THE TIME. At his age, I was happy to spend every afternoon playing My Little Ponies with my three sisters, so having a young fella of my own is still new to me. As such, I am always looking for activities that will keep him engaged and excited.
Let me qualify that statement: I am always looking for activities that don’t involve destroying the house or tormenting his sisters with his kung fu moves or constant game of tag.
If it’s a nice day, we go outside and he runs and jumps and climbs and he’s so endearingly happy. But, yesterday was a rainy day, so while Evie was at school and Vivian took a nap Mack and I had some time together indoors. Rather than let the iPad entertain him all afternoon, we worked on a quiet age-appropriate activity. It was a super simple project, but I thought I’d share it here in case other Homemade Mothers out there are looking for ideas to educate and entertain their wily 3 year old boys.
We went through a cooking magazine together and cut out images of yummy-looking food. Once we had a nice pile, I asked Mack to sort the foods into healthy/not healthy groups. He really did enjoy the task! And, it occupied his busy body for a solid 30 minutes!
This activity could easily morph into other topics: Yummy/Yucky. Fun/Not Fun. Quiet/Loud. Just depends on whatever images we can find in old magazines. Anything to keep my little guy busy!
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