As a mom, I'm constantly wondering if I'm doing enough with my kids. Are they being mentally stimulated? Are they getting enough exercise? Have they had enough chocolate?
Sometimes we are doing good just to make it through the day without someone getting killed. On those days, we don't work on letters or numbers or sharing or anything. On those days, we work on making it through the day one minute at a time. On those days, there may be television and movies involved. On those days, you might find me hiding in a corner somewhere. Just for a minute.
But on the good days, I like to try to find new things to entertain them with and maybe even find something for them to learn. So if you're in the same boat go to your kitchen right now and get out the food coloring. We did this in our three year old class the other day and I was amazed at how much the kids got into it. All you need is a transparent cup of some sort, food coloring, water and patience.
Fill the cup with water and show your munchkin how a drop of food coloring will turn the water a color. Then if you want to get really fancy you can add two colors together to make a new color! Fantastic! Jake had so much fun with this. He asks me to do the "water painting" every day now. It will literally provide minutes of entertainment for your small child.