Mondays aren’t manic in our household. They’re a day for rest and recuperation after what is often a busy weekend. We don’t usually go out on a Monday. I prefer to stay at home, do a few odd jobs here and there, and just ease into the coming week. And I love it when the kids just play. It doesn’t happen often, or for long, but sometimes they will entertain themselves with a spare mattress pulled out from under a bed, hiding under the covers and pretending to be in a cave. Or dress-ups might be the order of the day, and I am transformed into a lady’s maid, constantly doing up buttons, rolling up sleeves and hitching up skirts that are far too long and cumbersome for wee little legs.
But as is most often the case with a nearly-two-year-old and a three-year-old, I am usually expected to be the source of all things engaging. And as I cannot believe I’m Robinson Crusoe in situations like this, I thought I’d aim to provide some inspiration for your Mondays (or whatever day is your R&R day) – for when the brain is fuzzy, the body is tired and thinking up entertaining activites for kidlets to do is certainly not the easiest thing to do.
Where I am in Australia, you’ll find a tried and true recipe for playdough on the back of a box of Cream of Tartar. And a little tip, add a bit more oil, and when the kids are finished playing with the playdough, roll it around in a tiny little bit more oil, working it in. I find this helps keep the playdough moist. Then wrap it in plastic wrap, chuck it in a container and whack it in the fridge! All ready for the next time you need some mindless kiddie entertainment.