If you read the first post here, you know the back story. As home schooling happens, the almost resident 4-year-old needs to keep busy without distracting. She plays on her own with a collection of mini animals, her dolls, a cash register and Mr. Potato Head, but too many days in the week cause a loss of interest. Just a few extra activities get us through more smoothly.
I spent a few hours garage sailing during the best garage sale weekend in September and bought less than $20 of craft type items and manipulative toys. A lot of the sales had “free boxes” and I found about a quarter of the items in them. One or two toys came from the Salvation Army store. These should get us through till Christmas, but I will add to it as I find more items because I have to make it until mid May or June. The laundry basket works perfectly for containing everything and making it possible for me to whoooooosh it away as soon as she makes her daily choice.
Poster and marker set
Woodkins dress up doll set
Princess character set
Mini puppet theater
Beauty and the Beast magnet set
Leap frog writing device
Some of these are consumable, some she will use over and over. She gets to choose only one a day.
Calm, quiet, happy play. We hit every goal.
I also like the decision-making factor. We have to make decisions our entire lives. Learning to be decisive is a skill that children can work on at a young age. As Steve Currington says, “Good decisions lead to great blessings.”