Audrey was sick this week, so we spent most of our time at home.
Weeks like this make me realize that although I’m a SAHM, most days (or mornings, at least) I usually spend out of the house with Audrey — at the area parks, library, friends’ houses, music classes, pool, museums, running errands, or elsewhere. So we were both feeling a bit antsy by Thursday morning.
I decided it was time to try something new. “Sensory bins” — tubs filled with different materials for hands-on play — are all the rage on parenting/kids’ activity blogs. I’ve created a few for Audrey before with rice and dried beans, and she’s definitely enjoyed running her fingers through them, pouring them from one container to another, and using them for pretend cooking play.
Recently I (re)ordered a shredder to deal with old bills and financial statements. (Our last one died quite a while ago and the paperwork had just been piling up in a bag.) The shredder came last week but I didn’t even take it out of the box until Thursday morning. We also kept most of the boxes from our move, including a big-but-not-too-deep one perfect for a toddler’s arms to reach into.
Voila, a new sensory bin was created!
I had Audrey close her eyes while I hid her little plastic Disney characters and animals inside the box. She then dug through the paper to find them.
As she found each toy, she made it jump/dance/balance along the side of the box.
The bin held her interest for a while, maybe 20 minutes or so, which was a success in my book — especially since she rediscovered it after her afternoon nap.
We also did one of our regular rainy/sick day activities: baking! A few super-ripe bananas in the fridge were begging to be baked into deliciousness, so we got to work on a new blueberry banana bread recipe.
Audrey peeled the bananas…
…then mashed them, taking several bites along the way.
I was on my own to finish making the bread shortly thereafter, when she heard a lawnmower start across the street.
After the banana bread was in the oven, Audrey eagerly helped clean up the kitchen. Spraying the appliances and floor is one of her preferred chores.
Thankfully, Audrey seems to be out of the woods with this latest bug. She has a lingering cough and runny nose, but her fever is gone. Just more help building up her budding immune system!