I am lucky enough to work from home and although Ottilie, who is three, goes to nursery in the mornings, we are home for lunch and spend the whole afternoon together.
She was just two years old when we went into the first lockdown and since the pandemic hit, her behaviour has been understandably different. She had been confident, chatty and extremely sociable and even though she loves her nursery mornings, and has made friends, I’ve noticed that she has become clingier at home – even to the point of needing to walk from room to room with me.
For a while, Ottilie didn’t want to do anything on her own, so we sat down and developed some independent play ideas for our afternoons. I’ve based them around her favourite things, which are being outside and being amongst nature, alongside using bubbles and colours to help encourage more independence and confidence in being creative and using her imagination.
Below are some of our favourite recent activities. They are sensory focused, as they keep Ottilie’s attention longer and improve focus. I set these up for her in advance so that she can sit down and play independently with little help from me. I make sure I supervise from nearby, especially when there is paint involved.