Right from beginning, I always take time to play with them, but I encourage them to keep themselves busy on their own and with each other too.
Our activities depend on weather and schedule of the day...
Watching books ( this we always do together )
Building blocks ( Lego, Wooden blocks ..they enjoy more when I too do with them)
Sports at home ( jumping from sofa, judo, running - catching, lifting, Kissie attack , pillow fight
Household work ( I keep it strictly playful )
Organising their rooms ( part of time with mumma, we work and talk together )
Watching a movie together
Baking or cooking
Doing small experiments
I let them give me ideas in my works
Watching albums together and mentioning incidents related to it
Talking abt their and our childhood ( thsi we do very often )
making preparations for festivals
I don't play with my kids to ' entertain them ' or to ''keep them busy''....I enjoy playing with them.......... It'S like taking break form my own work......... so there is no specific time.. My kids enjoy doing ' anything' with me ... so till now it was never a 'issue to tackle' for me.
In the process of leading a social life of a grown up individual, we forget the child in us................every one of us has a child within.
Just wake up the child in u... and u will enjoy it...
But I know it's not so easy as said, my husband too feels bored to play with kids..............he normally exchanges ....he happily does household chores and lets me play with kids...
But I will say try it... it'S all about changing ur own thinking.