I have 5 year old twin boys. They keep busy! They direct their own play for the most part. If I want to intervene or tone it down or whatever, I do something like get them engaged in what I am doing, bringing them into my "zone" and connecting. Lately, that has meant engaging them in cleaning/organizing with me, but it also can be cooking (pancakes--cracking eggs, measuring/mixing ingredients, pouring batter & flipping the pancakes, or tasks like grating cheese for mac & cheese, stirring a pot, rolling out dough, mixing dry ingredients) or stacking wood from the woodpile (or loading wood on the cart to bring inside.) We got our first snow & they shoveled the walk. They have stayed occupied, cooperatively, with leaf raking as well. Yesterday afternoon I didn't see them because they were making a tiny snowman. I only saw them when they came to me for a carrot.
They like to make themselves sandwiches, too!
at 6:02 AM on Nov. 27, 2013