Balancing Activities with Multiple Kids
In my home, we have M that is 5, G that is almost 2, and baby G that is only 2 months old. When it was JUST M, we never had a problem balancing activities but when G was ready to enter the learning scene, some adjustments definitely had to be made! Here are some ways to keep everyone learning in a safe, fun, and cooperative environment!
M and G absolutely LOVE to do dress up centers together, as well as pretend play. Try setting up a doctor’s office, market, or school and let your tots learn and play at the same time!
Sensory Tubs Geared Toward Multiple Ages
- When you are working with the older child, give the younger one a few of the materials you are using so they feel included (markers, paper, playing cards, paint brush, etc.).
- Let your older child be the leader and “teach” his younger sibling how to do an activity that is perfect for his age.
- Sit on the floor and have one child on each side of you. You can can be right there to point, direct, and teach each child and you sitting in the middle will hopefully be a barrier from distraction. I’ve often done this with board games. I play against each of them (at the same time) in a game that is perfect for their age and level.
Thinking of ways that will include the younger kiddo will allow you to still work with the older one, all while they BOTH learn!