I’m aware that I write a lot about our days out, painting a picture of constant outdoor adventures. But we do have lots of ‘nothing’ days too. I’ve never really written about them before. But then I thought, why not, they are a part of our life, these nothing days. You know those days when you just can’t be bothered to go outside. Sometimes I just want to lie down on the sofa and veg out watching America’s Next Top Model. But how do I do that with a toddler? Well I have many ‘go-tos’ when I’m in one of those lazy moods!
1) Make a train-track – a ginormous, enormous train train – first thing in the morning.
This is my favourite, we have a box of wooden train tracks with bridges and tunnels. First thing in the morning, even before breakfast and even changing his nappy (I know, bad!) we get the box out and mummy makes the best train track ever. I love making them, it’s such a satisfying job when I’m done. Then the boy happily plays while I can veg out on the sofa 😀 Here are some of my creations (I stood on the sofa to get these shots):
2) YouTube – best babysitter in the word
This is for those mornings when I can’t open my eyes. We have a Smart TV, where you can put YouTube on and it automatically plays the next video. The boy likes to watch train videos. You know those videos that train-spotters make, like ‘Trains at Speed UK’ – there are hundreds out there! So I stick it on in the morning, put the boy’s milk and toast on his table, he’s on the sofa watching his favourite thing, and I lie down and get another half-hour/hour’s sleep 😀
This keeps him occupied. Admittedly I can’t be too lazy with this activity, and I have to put a fresh sheet on each time he’s finished one of his masterpieces. But this can pass a good hour or so of time 😀
5) Make a traffic jam
The boy has hundreds of cars. Well it feels like hundreds. He’s a bit of a neat freak too, likes to put things in neat lines. So I like to play the ‘Let’s make a traffic jam’ game, where he lines up ALL his cars on his car mat to make a traffic jams. It takes him ages, and passes a lot of time 😀
6) Peppa Pig on repeat
Thank god we have Sky and Nick Jr, this show is on all the time. He could watch this show for hours and I can zone out. He likes me to laugh with him when it’s a funny bit, like he literally laughs IN my face, I have to laugh with him. But it’s a pretty easy and lazy activity 😀
Well that’s what we do on our ‘nothing’ days. I do feel bad sometimes, but it all balances out as usually the next day we’ll have a fun day out. The boy is happy and that’s the main thing. And don’t worry, he’s still fed, I’m not that lazy haha! What about you – do you have ‘nothing’ days at home? What do you get up to? I’d love to hear.