Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall…

I’m a working mom who leaves her two-year-old little girl in the hands of a nanny every morning. And, while I love that I have a job that allows me to do so many of the things that I love, it also brings with it a certain amount of mom-guilt.

You know the feeling, right? Of course you do, you’re moms! That feeling that, even though you’re doing what you think is the best for everyone, you’re still not getting it quite right. Which is how I feel every day when I walk out the front door to the soundtrack of my little girls sobbing her heart out as her mother walks away from her, yet again.

Anyway, one of my concerns at the moment is whether or not she’s getting all the stimulation she needs from her nanny. I know Sophie loves her, and she has Holly’s best interests at heart, but I’m still concerned that Holly should be learning more. At the same time, I’m not ready to send her off to play school.

I’ve been a teacher (albeit a high school teacher at a rough school) and those places are tough! It’s an eat or be eaten kind of place. And she’s going to get enough exposure to that later on in life. So, as I question our decision to keep her at home with a nanny for a few more months, I spend my spare time on weekends preparing activities for Sophie and Holly to do during the week. I’ll share some of these with you in this and the next blog post.

Box with prepared activities.

Sophie’s box of tricks for Holly.

Every Sunday afternoon (ok, so almost every Sunday afternoon – I am human) I get out my craft supplies and the big plastic container I bought especially for this purpose, and I prepare two activities for each week day (one for morning and one for afternoon).

Plastic tongs and coloured blocks with a box.

Tong and block pick up.

In this first activity, Holly uses a pair of plastic tongs to pick up coloured wooden blocks and place them into a little green box. This activity works her fine motor skills, colour recognition and hand-eye co-ordination.

Blue circles on a page.

Stick on the sticker.


This second activity is a colour naming activity and work’s Holly fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination again. I’ve stuck some little blue stickers on a piece of cardboard, and Holly’s nanny helps her to stick a sticker on top of the blue circles.

Birds on a stick

Two little dickie birds…

In this third activity, I’ve stuck pieces of cardboard to a wooden ice-cream stick, and I placed a picture of an owl on the cardboard to make Peter and Paul – two little dickie birds. Holly then holds a bird in each hand and Sophie recites to her while Holly does the actions:

Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall
One named Peter, one named Paul.
Fly away Peter, fly away Paul.
Come back Peter, come back Paul.

This activity teaches Holly rhythm and works her gross motor co-ordination.

If you’re looking to make activities your little one can do at home, start collecting things now: empty egg boxes, pieces of cardboard, a couple of old magazines to cut pictures out of, old fabric or swatches from a fabric store, pom poms, wool – just about anything can be made into a learning activity.

4 thoughts on “Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall…

  1. Tahra

    This is amazing Sim, you are such a creative mommy 🙂 Wish I had done these type of activities when Troy was smaller, will have to do it when Holi arrives 🙂

  2. Heather

    I was just thinking of this sort of thing. Even though I stay at home with my just turned two year old, I have been a bit slack. I pulled out my Montessori Practical Life file though for ideas (I used to be a teacher in a previous life lol before he was born). He loves pouring. He takes my measuring cups and pours into the various containers.I tried threading beads but he just threw them at me – too young still for that! Other ideas are pouring beans, sponging, opening and closing (boxes, bottles, anything) pegging, lock and key, sorting objects, like buttons. A lot of these activities say the minimum age is 2.5 which is a bit ahead for us, but I guess we can put it out there!
    Have you tried any apps you like? I found Kids Academy to be quite good – they have tracing letters and shapes (again, a bit advanced but good to know). He loves their five little monkeys song and the three little pigs story. I reviewed this app on my blog as well.
    Anyway that is a great idea about the tonging and I will give it a go!

    1. simonewb Post author

      Hi Heather. I’ll definitely be giving these a try. thanks for the ideas. I’m going to keep adding ideas to my blog as I find new ones. I know it takes some prep but mom guilt will do wonders for your motivation!


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