Having a toddler is probably the hardest part. Between the age of walking until school, you have to be on top of those little munchkins all the time. Plus if they are anything like my little girl they never stop moving. As a mom, that is trying to work and watch a child can be so difficult. you end up having to stop doing one thing because your only child wants someone to talk to and be entertained by.
My daughter at the moment is 2.5 years old and unfortunately is still in diapers. I know people say every kid should be trained early but to be honest with my crazy schedule I feel I don’t even have time to take a bath. With my husband working crazy hours I am basically with my parents or by myself. Which isn’t a bad thing I love my daughter time I get but for once I would like to relax and make her get out some energy without me having to be the one entertaining her.
One day, my mom (who watches my daughter) was at home Depot with her, and knowing Sydney she was talking and moving around like crazy (no she doesn’t have ADD, she is just 2 years old and an only child). A lady at home Depot stopped her and asked if she was signed up for home Depot classes. Knowing my mom and Knowing me we didn’t even know there were home Depot classes for toddlers all we thought is that they A sold supplies or B has classes to teach Adults how to build things. But, for sure we didn’t know they had classes and for sure I didn’t know they allowed a 2-year-old in them.
The classes are only once a month and on the first Saturday of the month. Which unfortunately doesn’t entertain my child all day but it does give me a few hours of just watching her have fun. Now, for people who don’t know your child must be supervised at all times. (Which sucks at times because for us moms you need some space)
The class registry is all online (Link). You sign up for your child by filling out their name and age. The class starts promptly at 9am which is great if your child is up by then. The class states you go from 9 to 12 which I thought was a long class but they must teach you child allot. Truth is you basically do the class with your child on your own.
The way the class goes is like this, first 5 minutes you are given your packets and your instructions. If you are, late don’t worry, when you get the package it has all the directions. It is a different class every month. This week class was like this, you built an easel with your child than you will paint the easel. With this, you have to wait for about 30-40 minutes for it to dry. Then, you go back to your painted easel, your child will pick what ever they want to draw. With this, you will start to paint your background of the picture. Don’t worry it is not that hard for your child. My husband decided on her drawing the home depot sign, which kinda didn’t turn out like the sign but she did get the orange background Perfect. then once again you have to wait 30 to 40 minutes than you will go back again and draw the final piece.
This does take allot of your time throughout the day and if you are in a hurry to just entertain your child fast I don’t suggest doing this. However, if you are off for the day and you need a fun idea to do with your child, this is a great idea for you. They get to explore there imagination, and learn some basic skills you didn’t think of teaching them. Painting is a great way to teach them an artistic way of seeing life. I believe every child should try everything in order to see if they are good at it or not.
Technology is great now a days but, if you want to teach your child something new I would defiantly take them to one of there classes.