One of the biggest struggles I had when the twins were young was that every day felt the same, wake up, shower, feed kids, wash clothes, play, kids nap, clean house, play, fold washing, feed kids, bath, bedtime. I didn’t go out often and eventually it started to feel like groundhog day with kids and it drove me nuts. Something had to change, I made a change in my routine which created a bit of balance for both the kids and I.
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Groundhog Day with Kids
When the twins were born I had a strict feeding and sleep routine. I did this for my sanity, because it was too hard to feed two babies while out at the shops and they didn’t sleep very well in their prams compared to a good 2 hours solid sleep in their cots. So I would organise any outings around their times.
As I mentioned I had the terrible case of feeling like everyday was ground-hog day, between feeding the babies and cleaning the house, I was going stir crazy, I had to change things up. I managed to overcome groundhog day by planning activities the kids and I would enjoy, a specific activity for each weekday. This was easier when the twins could walk and enjoy various activities, although when they were younger I loved the days we would go to mum’s and babies group, was a great chance for me to catch up and chat with other mums. Now back to groundhog day, the cleaning and washing was something that had to be done daily (will talk more about this in a different post).
Having an activity plan was great for me to follow and I could easily plan a few days prior if needed, ie make sure we had what we needed for baking or arts and craft activities. Now this is my plan below, last time I shared this many saw that Friday F – arts and craft on the printable was a little funny… I can see it now, LOL!
Kids fun weekday activities
This is the activity plan that I used to follow when my kids were younger.
Monday – library
I used to do my weekly grocery shop on a Monday and as the library wasn’t far from the grocery store we would visit the library before grocery shopping. We would find books and read them while at the library and find some fun new books to bring home to read during the week. Sometimes the library had some activities on for the kids, so it’s good to check your local libraries website and plan your day with the times for scheduled activities.
Tuesday – baking
So much fun getting messy in the kitchen. I planned this to always happen the day after grocery day. Toddlers love to help pour ingredients into the bowl and mix, then afterwards give the spoon and bowl for a good lick (sorry mum you have to share now LOL). I have always cooked with my kids and I can see why they have a love for cooking now, its a great bonding time to have together and now as tweens I think it’s a great life lesson that they know how to cook.
Wednesday – games
We often played games on other days, but on a Wednesday we played fun games for most of the morning. Board games, card games, hide and seek, imaginative play etc. Now my kids are older we still always make time to play board games, it brings so much laughter into the house and as the kids get older I can see that they really love this family time.
Thursday – outdoors
A great way to beat the boredom is to get out of the house and breath in some fresh air. Either play in the park, go for a swim or a walk with kids on their scooters, then you can come home and have wind down time snuggling on the couch reading a book.
Friday – arts & crafts
Get creative at home, bring out the paints, the glue and get those imaginations flowing. Art and craft is great for sensory play to help promote their learning and development. Find some toddler craft ideas here.
Friday – family time
The weekend was unstructured usually family time spent with Dad. We would have one home day and another we tried to venture out of the house, our favourite was a picnic in the park.
Other activity ideas
- Visit Grandma
- Visit friends
- Visit daddy for lunch
Please share in the comments below what your favourite activities were/are with your kids.
Weekday Activities Printable
Kids love to be in the know and keep up with what’s happening. I created this ‘Fun Weekly Activities’ printable which can be put on the fridge or blu-tac to a wall so they can read what is planned for the day.
As mentioned above Friday’s on my schedule gave some a chuckle, so I made another version. Plus you can purchase an editable version (5 or 7 days are available) for you to personalise with your own activities (blue fields will disappear after editing). Download Fun Week of Activities here.