Connor is so lucky to have a Mum so in touch with his needs. It would be a real challange for you, congratulations for the great job you are doing.
With Oliver I try to set up different stations through out the house that will hopefully take his interest. Like putting the box of blocks in kitchen, when he finds things in places different to the usual they take on a new life. I have alot of different boxes and baskets and Oliver can just help himself.
The books live in a basket and Oliver will often sit and read to himself. I find the basket better then the shelf, one they look messy if they are not in the shelf correctly and for Oliver taking them out was the activity rather than reading them.
I put things in boxes, lego, animals, balls, scalfs and boxes and Oliver enjoys finding what is inside.
I try to spend a little bit of time when he is in bed to prepare for the onslaught of tomorrow. But this is sometimes hard for me with only one so I can only imagine how inviting your pillow would be.
The latest toy we have made is about 1 meter of ribbon folded in half and tacked to a piece of dowel (rings would also work just tie the ribbon on) and we use these as shakes. We have made only four but the different coulours look great. You can change the tempo of music and try to shake to the beat. I am sure your youngest child would also enjoy watching.
Oliver has been helping with the washing lately passing me one peg at a time. It is taking a little longer but we are both occupied and I am actually getting something done.
Oliver's favourite activity would probally be golf. The plastic set that cost about $2 from Coles has been the best investment. Right now he has a club in each hand and is hitting a ball all over the house. Over that now and he just brought a box to me with flash cards in it saying ball, the top card.
Of cause he loves bubbles can be an inside and outside thing.
Good luck with finding peace in your day.
Maryanne & Oliver 27/04/2004