Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
This summer we haven't really been outside, it's just too hot. But, last week there were two days that we actually had some nice cool afternoon weather, which meant that Hazel and I got to play outside. It was overcast, 88 degrees, and there was a nice cool wind so we headed to the greenbelt behind our house. It's my favorite part about where we live, the biggest patch of green grass, and I don't even have to mow it! Hazel loves it too and once and a while we even get to meet a doggy. We run around in the grass, I chase her, she chases me, we find leaves, and every so often she has to stop and push her tricycle stroller.
Friday, August 05, 2016
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Keeping a toddler busy is quite the challenge, especially when it's too hot -or cold- outside. I've been searching and searching Pinterest for ideas and things to do with Hazel that could help keep her busy and also be somewhat of a learning activity.
Hazel is a girl who likes variety, she gets bored with easy things, and things that are repetitive. She often times would rather play with something that isn't a toy-as I'm sure most babies do. I thought, in order to give her variety, and help her learn, busy boxes would be our best bet.
So, this is how I keep my 18 month old busy during maybe just a few minutes a day, but at least I know that she is learning something. A lot of the items I have for Hazel help with fine motor skills and sensory, she really seems to like the things that she needs to concentrate on. Most of the items I purchased at the dollar tree, or are recycled things form my craft closet.
Pipe Cleaner Push: Cut the pipe cleaners in half and use a hole punch to make holes in the lid of the container. Let your toddler put the pipe cleaners through the holes and watch their minds think.
Ribbon Wands: Tape ribbons, or streamers to the end of a popsicle stick.
Wikki Stix: I got these from my old work, but I imagine you can find them online.
Crazy Straw Threading: Cut felt pieces into squares (or any shape you want) and cut a hold in the middle big enough for the straw to fit.
Balloons: Dollar Tree
Hole punch: Teddy Bear punch and hole punch, along with scrap paper.
Sorting pom-poms: Recycle an old container, cut holes in the top, and buy a size variety of pom-poms.
Q-tip Push: Cut holes in the lit of the container.
Paper and Stickers: Cut small pieces of paper for your child to write a note or put stickers on.
Fun coloring toy: Dollar Tree
Velcro Popsicle Sticks: Cut and glue velcro to the ends of popsicle sticks
Buttons: I found a random tin can with buttons in it, she likes to take the buttons out and line them up, then put them away.
Gack: Dollar Tree