Prior to having the baby I collected together a number of easy on me (or so I thought) activities to do during this newborn transition time. I gave each of the boys their Big Brother bag the day after Azalea was born. Most of the activities have been great- actually the one dud is the one I have a picture of below.
It wasn’t a total dud, just more labor intensive for me than I intended. I got these foam kits thinking they’d be all stickers and good for the boys to just stick together, but no. They required a glue gun or white glue and lots of patience and painstaking fiddling around- not the best choice for small easily frustrated people. Perhaps the manufacturer actually meant it when labeling the boxes “For Ages 6+.”
In case you need some ideas here are some activites that DID work well for my boys (ages 3 and 5)
- Large washable stamp pads and some new stamps
- The card game Hiss– not terribly boring for grown ups, and easy for the kids to learn. Soon they can play on their own.
- A new children’s CD for them to listen to
- Fun read aloud books from the library (I asked the librarian what she likes to read during story time)
- Some previously unseen DVDs from the library
- New play-dough
I also gave each of the kids a shirt that I’d embroidered for them, but that’s another post all together…
Alissa Zorn is an author, and founder of the website Overthought This. She's a coach and cartoonist passionate about helping people overcome perfectionism and shame to build authentic, joyful lives. Alissa is certified through the International Coach Federation and got her Trauma-Informed Coaching certification from Moving the Human Spirit. She wrote Bounceback Parenting: A Field Guide for Creating Connection, Not Perfection, and is always following curiosity to find her next creative endeavor.