I was busily cooking up a storm today while R played for an extended independent play time. The days when it is just the two of us until late are the hardest for me. Usually, I plan it so that we eat left overs on those nights so that I’m not worrying about a clingy toddler and making dinner at the same time. I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to make lasagna when I knew I’d be alone with R this evening. Well, I’m happy to report that all of our independent play time practice has not been a waste, since she did so well today and the house didn’t burn down! LOL!
We have a cupboard in our entry way that we have emptied so that R can use it since she has shown interest in the cupboard lately. We decided against closing up yet another cupboard and getting her to stay away, and instead, let her use it as an animal lair (or whatever she chooses) for her Little People Zoo characters.
With all the prepping and cooking I was doing today, R made full use of the tupperware cupboard we have designated to her. She pulled out containers, stacked loose parts, sorted and unstacked over and over.
For more tips on encouraging independent play without having to plan activities for this time, check my post here.