I’m home with Pikelet (24 months) 7 days a week but do get some help here and there from parents and in-laws and of course Mr Pancakes in the mornings/evenings and weekends.
We joined two playgroups. I take her to one and her grandparents usually take her to the other. I enjoy these as there are different toys and activities as well as other kids, and importantly other parents. It costs $2 and an expectation that we help.
Pikelet does ballet once a week. At that age it’s less ballet and more singing/music/dancing. This is the most expensive activity we do but she loves it.
We go to the library once a week for their rhyme time. The library we go to has a professional children’s performer do the music with instruments and the whole lot. This is a highlight and also how I met most of my parent friends. This one is free. It’s also a train ride there and back which is exciting.
We go the museum and/or art gallery at least once a week, after the library or ballet. Pikelet particularly likes drawing in the art gallery. They provide pencils and paper in the general areas or there are also kid specific areas where they run craft activities. These are free, though I do sometimes buy a season pass if there is a paid exhibit on.
The park is a safe bet if the weather is good. I don’t go as often as maybe I should because Pikelet has an appetite for danger and the supervision requirements/stress levels for me are very high. Parks with water play areas are excellent in summer.
If the weather is dreadful and she is climbing the walls a cafe with an indoor kids area is good. A babyccino (maybe just an Australian thing?) is cheap and I need coffee anyway. The change of scenery usually settles things.
Painting is a favourite activity for home. Crayola washable kids paint does actually seem to wash out very well.
We also do what Pikelet calls “mixing” which is a sensory bin of coloured rice, pasta, kitchen equipment, etc. Cotton wool, tongs and an egg carton are her favourites at the moment.
She helps in the kitchen, especially any “mixing” or “tipping” that needs to be done and also washing up. We have just a standard Ikea wooden step stool rather than a learning tower but so far that seems adequate.
We made Pikelet a little garden in a self watering pot. She takes care of it and loves watering the flowers with her watering can and picking the flowers. We have a proper yard now so I’m looking forward to doing gardening with her.