Have you thought about just letting her play?
Sometimes adults get in the way of childrens creativity and can stifle their imagination by talking to much on a level that is beyond the childs current thinking.
A childs play is their work it is how they discover the world. If you want to encourage her learning give her time to have water play and messy play (mixing some water and cornflour together and then squishing it is fun!).
Children learning from watching, listening, feeling, tasting and doing. Let her help you with baking etc and casually throw in a few things that she find interesting. This way you can incorporate colours etc while you are having fun.
You could try reading to her when she is eating lunch and if she doesn't like it don't worry, just leave it for a while but leave the books around so that she can go to them in her own time.
Yeah i know exactly what you mean! I leave her to her own devices and she is really good when she plays im not worried that she isnt learning or anything so not too worried, just want to make sure im keeping it fun for her and not giving her things to play with that are not interesting!!
Ahh the kitchen is her fav place to play! We play with the mixing bowls and wooden spoons and make lovely music! I often let her sit with me when i make things, like scones the other day but she was not too keen on touching, she thought it was too squishy!! LOL it was very funny to watch her reactions to my hands having icky stuff on them! She loves playing in the garden and we dig and play but the weather has stopped outdoor play for now as its just way too cold for her to sit out and play in the dirt atm!
I like the idea of reading to her at lunch though as we usually sit down and eat togther so that actually may be something to give a go!!
Thanks danni, really appreciate the advice! grin