It’s as simple as child’s play, so the saying goes. Sometimes, however, child’s play can seem complicated.
As babies and toddlers get older, their tastes change. Parents need to make sure they keep them entertained.
9Honey Parenting readers were asked for their top tips on finding an activity that interests your child for a reasonable time.
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Wipeable play mat
For the first few decades, a good mat is crucial.
Sarah, a new mother, suggests that you check a few boxes in order to make sure your mat lasts the test of time. It should be soft, have good padding, and be easily washable.
“I wipe Audrey’s every evening so it’s clean for the morning,”9Honey Parenting, her story.
Sarah stated that although it seemed expensive, she did not regret having her child. Luxe at Play matThese mats start at $115 per mat. They will last many years and can withstand rough play, if you spend a little more.
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Usborne touchy feely books
It is important to play with your children at their home. However, it can be difficult to do so while on-the-go. You might want to bring along some of your budget toys when you shop for toys.
Stina, Cedric’s three-year-old mother, said that her son was obsessed about the television. Usborne touchy feely booksWhen he grew up. “They are the perfect distraction for on the go as he loved exploring the textures and they fit easily into my baby bag,”She spoke.
You can shop around for a better deal
9Honey Parenting dads & moms agreed on a single thing when it came to buying toys: Shop around and find the best prices.
You can find everything you need, from baby strollers to baby gyms to building blocks for your kids and scooters for them. As they age, toys and other activities become more costly.
It’s easy to search online for the best price and request a price match.
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Emma, Emma’s mother, said that she avoids any items from ‘big brands’ and always tries to find a cheaper version for her son’s favorite toys.
“I find IKEA has great options like train tracks, baby gyms and building blocks that are just as good but much cheaper,”She says.
Better still search for Second-hand bargains. Many toys that have been used but not worn can be purchased at a fraction of retail price on local online sell/buy/swap sites. You can often find a bargain at a lot of second-hand shops that sell toys.
Online activities such as reading eggs or other online activities
Screen timeParent guilt is often seen to be a side effect. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
While it is not a good idea for you to spend too much time on your phone, there are educational online activities and games that can help develop and learn.
One of these is ABC’s Reading EggsAn app that makes learning to read fun for children.
The program is suitable from 2 to 12 years of age. Ana, a mother of two, was impressed with the variety of activities.
“It’s helped my son immensely with his reading after starting Kindergarten this year and now my four-year-old is also obsessed with it,”She explains.
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