5 TIPS FOR ENGAGING YOUR CHILD ON THE GO
Prepare small light snacks to feed your toddler if you are on the move during tea break or snack time. Even adults can get ‘hangry’ (hungry + angry) when our stomachs are empty, not to mention young children.
Try not compromise their snack times even if you are on the move. You can make it fun for them instead! Rope them in to pack a small snack for your family outing and make it a bonding activity.
Tip: Choose healthy and energy-boosting snacks such as fruits or granolas to help them refuel and stay happy throughout the day!
#1 BRING ALONG SNACKS WHEN IT IS CLOSE TO TEA BREAK / SNACK TIME
Young children can get weary easily. Whether it is meal time or travelling time outside, try to keep it short.
Young children don’t have long attention spans like adults. Any activity that has a prolonged duration can cause them to be fussy. If they have been sitting still for too long, give them a break.
Let them walk around for a bit to stretch their legs and expel some energy before continuing with the activity.
#2 KEEP THE SCHEDULE SHORT
Instead of relying on your mobile phones or computer tablets as an electronic babysitter, prep some toys, books or crafts in advance.
Pack some items in a bag to bring out during your family outing, it can be handy when you need your little one to be seated or kept busy. Simple entertainment such as busy board, sticker book or audiobook can be good options to keep them occupied on the go.
Tip: If you are out for a long day, pack more than one item in case your toddler loses interest in a particular toy
#3 BRING TOYS, BOOKS OR CRAFTS THAT ARE EASY TO STORE
Left home in a rush and forgot to pack some entertainment for your little one? Don’t worry, it is time to get your creative juices flowing.
You can play simple games such as the classic I Spy (e.g. I spy a red car) or the Alphabet Game (e.g. G for grasshopper) with your toddler to entertain them on the go. Actually, these games are more fun when you are out travelling because your child gets to experience a different environment outside!
Maximise your child’s learning and expose them to different vocabulary by playing these simple games during your family outings.
#4 HAVE FUN WITH YOUR SURROUNDINGS
It is easy to fall back in the roles that you feel comfortable with when taking care of your toddler. You may be the one that is always feeding your child or the one who is changing the nappies. Your partner may be the one that is always entertaining your little one or the one who is in charge of cleaning up the messes.
There are no rules in roles of parenting or caregiving, so switch up the roles and take turns in experiencing the different roles with your child. Playing with mummy and playing with daddy can be very different according to the personalities of the parent, which makes it more fun for young children!
In addition, it enhances the bonding between both parents and child.
#5 SWITCH UP THE PLAYMATE