I am often asked how I plan activities for T. He is 3.5 years old now and I am doing small activities with him from the time he was a baby. Till the age of one it was more of sensory play and stacking toys. After that I started with more structured activities.
While planning activities, one should remember that a kid's attention span is not much. For eg. Attention span for a one year old is maximum 5 minutes. After your child turns one , plan one activity a day, be it colour sorting or stacking or blocks. Along with that you can read to them, give them pull along toys, etc to play with.
As they grow older the activities vary and the attention span of the children increase too. Like I said, my son is 3.5 years old now. When he in a mood, he can sit and do various activities for 30-40 minutes at a stretch. When he doesn't want to do, he doesn't sit for 2 minutes also.
How do I plan activities for him:
💓I try and make him do at least 4-5 small activities in a day
💓I plan a number activity, like matching or circling the right number or a DIY activity.
💓Similarly for alphabets, I give him alphabet matching, matching the object with the correct alphabet.
He cannot write alphabets or numbers yet. So I give him some pre writing skills activities to do.
💓Puzzles/ blocks : . I don't force him to play with puzzles or blocks or do painting. He has different blocks and various puzzles. I have put these within his reach so whatever he feels like playing with, he takes and he plays .
💓Painting : T likes to paint. So some days we do some random painting. Other days , we do some finger, hand , vegetable painting too.
💓Sensory Activities: kids love sensory activities. Make it fun according to their age. If the child is 2-3 years old. Hide alphabets, numbers, objects and let them find.
Always remember, never make any activity as if it's a punishment. Make it fun and interesting for him. U don't have to buy expensive toys or games for your kids. Make the maximum use of what you have and trust me your kids will have fun and will learn a lot of skills.
You don't have to finish what you have planned in one go. Let the child take his own time. He might do one activity before taking a nap and the other other one maybe after he plays outdoors. Don't stress . Start with simple activities. Once your child is used to a certain routine, he will definitely sit for a longer time and will do more activities.