Albert Einstein once said, “It has become so appallingly obvious that technology has exceeded our humanity”. I wonder what he would say now, in 2016, where most of us cannot function without some technological device, connected to the Internet, on social media, youtube, google or anything that takes up a lot more of our time than it should. I myself am guilty of overusing my phone, laptop etc. especially when Kyra goes to bed, but during the day I text & receive texts from friends & family on an hourly basis & so since “monkey see, monkey do” applies a lot to toddlers & kids mainly, our children are drifting into a life of technology, leaving social interaction, creativity & sensory play behind. But it doesn’t have to be that way, which is why, I decided to build Kyra her own creative corner where she can play, explore & be as messy as she wants, forgetting the iPad & television for most of the day. I still do let her have around 30 minutes a day of “not moving” as she watches some songs during breakfast/dinner.
So, after giving part of my garden here in Dubai a makeover, I decided to share with you how I did it, since it turned out to be pretty easy & kept Kyra busy all day. She was so happy discovering things & making a mess & I didn’t have to worry about getting paint all over our furniture. This could work in any place of the house, even if you don’t have a garden but can spare a corner for your child, it is TOTALLY worth it!!!
- Gazebo/parasol (optional)
- Cork board
- Hot glue gun
- Small spice rack/photo shelf
- Multi purpose hooks (different shapes & sizes)
- Storage boxes, baskets, bin/laundry basket
- Shelves/shelving unit
- Table & chair
- Fabric (decorative)
- Old teething ring/curtain wood ring
- Colorful wall hooks
- Rice,beans,pasta, oats, etc
- Food coloring
- Buttons, wooden letters, cotton balls, any home items or craft supplies will do
- Paint (washable non-toxic paint/home-made paint) & brushes, sponges, etc
- Crayons & Colored pencils
- Pots & pans
- Plastic cups, paper cups, paper plates
- Toy vegetables & fruits
She had a blast in the bin, painting & playing with her quiet book & there are so many more things for her to do.
So mamas, if you’re running out of ideas on how to keep your toddler busy, maybe give this a try before you reach for that iPad again, I know I will!
If any of you have tried this or do try something similar, let me know how it turns out, with pictures mamas!!!
Note: For the mamas here in Dubai, most supplies I found at Ikea or Ace, for the mommies in Lebanon, you could try finding some of the items at local dollar stores & Karout should definitely have most of the items needed for this project.