I decided to jump in at the easiest level and try a few things for Gage. Pinterest is a great place to find toddler activities. The two I tried are going to seem silly because they’re so basic, but the truth is that the easiest and most basic things rarely occur to me!
First up a Gage activity. My original pin is here. The original post is here. Basically it’s a basket activity that helps fine motor skills. You put lots of different containers that open in various ways in a basket (I used his dry water table), show him how each one opens and then let him play. Here’s the set up
Here’s a picture with his favorite, the bubbles bottle
Do you see the concentration? There were some he couldn’t do on his own, but by showing him how maybe he’ll be able to do it next time. He did have fun and I collected it all to bring out another day. I’ll see what other goodies I can add.
The key for these types of activities is the presentation (I’ve seen some sites call it the invitation). This and the alphabet box were successful in part because I presented them as something special and he recognized that.
Now on to the food portion. This was also for kids, but, hey, maybe you want to surprise your husband tonight, LOL.
I fixed this last night for dinner and it works! Cut some hot dogs (we used nitrite-free turkey dogs), poke the thin spaghetti through and boil. Easy peasy. I think this would be great for older kids. Gage was not all that impressed. He did eat some but it was definitely more fun for me to make than for him to eat 🙂