Making things like eating, can be a fun time to relax with your child and let loose. Having breakfast this morning, my son and I were playing a eye-winking game. He laughed, I laughed, and it was something as simple as winking over a bowl of oatmeal.
That is the thing about playing with your kids… They are amused most of the time with just silly stuff, and they will always remember those times. I think, in our busy lives, we forget these simple things. With bills that need to be paid, things that have to fixed around the house, and the pursuit of a little relaxation–it’s all consuming. But, taking the time to play with your child will give you that relaxation and that much-needed laugh–it helps to make life just a little easier. Try taking about 10 minutes a day to play with your child, and you will see the results (and no this isn’t a cure all for all of life’s ills, but it does make it a little easier to handle).
Babycenter.com has a great activities page for newborns and 1-year-olds–it’s a good read and pretty helpful.