You’ve been in the same house with the same people doing the same stuff for what already feels like too long. If some of those people are small serial spillers with an insatiable appetite for playtime, then it can be challenging to find fresh ways to keep them entertained. Older kids have online learning to do or are happy to be left alone making TikToks and gaming. Preschoolers, however, don’t typically spend hours in their rooms productively doing puzzles, messaging friends and re-watching episodes of Brooklyn 99. Lockdown with little kids is a little bit more work. My wife is a kindy teacher so she has plenty of ideas to keep our preschoolers happy, but I also think this is a moment for me to step up and be awesome. Dads are great at doing really fun stuff, going on adventures and keeping our little energizer bunnies busy.
Of course mums can do all the things dads can, but there’s something special about the way that dads do it. Dads were an absolute asset back in the olden days when we were allowed to visit playgrounds. They were the ones who set new records for the highest you can push a child on a swing. Dads were the first ones to let the preschooler mix their own drink at the free refill station. Dads would let babies sit on their laps while driving around an empty car park. Even though dads are usually the ones to overestimate how far a toddler can ride a bike and underestimate how many snacks to bring, dads can be great with preschoolers during lockdown.
These mini versions of us are pretty adorable so almost anything you do with them is enjoyable if you’re just soaking in the moment. But singing ‘Wheels on the Bus’ can certainly lose its charm after about 55 rounds. The magic happens when you do stuff that both dad and toddler like doing. Here are some examples.