Trying to get homeschooling accomplished while Z-urchin and Shortstop are wandering around, wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of destruction in their path, is challenging to say the least. We do the bulk of our schooling while Shortstop naps in the morning (though I believe -sadly!- that I am at the brink of the beginning of the end of morning naptime). That still leaves an almost-three year old very awake and ready to play or cause trouble.
My first trick was watercolor painting. Here is trick #2:
Stamping– This has been a big hit. He begs to do this. He tries to sneak this activity when I am busy doing other things. He’s done this once a week since we started school and it occupies him for a long time- at least a half an hour (for the mom of a 2 year old, an blessed eternity). In fact, the kids rush to get school done so they can join him. Then it occupies them for a long time too. I have a drawer of stamps (three different sets of Melissa and Doug stamps, including vehicles, alphabet, and deluxe stamp set) and a variety of stamp pads. I have two rules for any child participating in this activity. First, they must keep all stamps and stamp pads on a placemat. Second, they must help put all the stamp stuff away after.
Conclusion: It’s messy, but worth it. We love it!