Toddler Water Play

Toddler Water Play

Toddler Water Play is a fun way to keep your toddler cool this summer! My son would play with the hose all day if we let him, but of course we limit it to a short period of the day. This is an activity that he absolutely loves and it keeps him cool during the hot summer days. We line up cups of different sizes on the ground. Then we turn on the hose, just so it's trickling out, not full blast of course! My son fills the different cups, dumps them out, and repeats. It may sound simple but it is developing some serious hand-eye coordination and understanding of cause/effect. Also, it helps with understanding different sizes because bigger cups take longer to fill than smaller ones. I talk about what he's doing as he does it to develop the language for full, empty, big, small, water, etc. For a lower water version, simply just fill some cups with water and watch your child transfer water from cup to cup! Check out our other super simple, super fun water play activities for … [Continue]

30 Second Smoothies for Your Toddler

30 Second Smoothies for Your Toddler

  With the hot weather the past few days, my son hasn't had much of an appetite. He loves smoothies, but with no fresh or frozen fruit on hand I decided to improvise. 30 Second Smoothies for Your Toddler   We took one pouch of baby food, added cold water, and stirred it up. We stuck a straw in the cup and my son drank it right down! We used Gerber Organic baby food, but any pouch will do. This is a great way to ensure your little picky eater is getting more fruits and veggies. This is a snack that even some of the youngest kiddos can make themselves, and since no blender is needed, it's safe and easy. We used our pouches right out of the refrigerator, but you could try putting the pouch in the freezer for an hour before hand for a more chilling treat. Written by Adrianne … [Continue]

Learn to Spell Your Name

Learn to Spell Your Name Sensory Bin

Learn to spell your name with this fun sensory bin! 1. Fill a plastic bin with the sensory item of your choice.  Some great ones for this activity are rice, pebbles, sand, flour, colored pasta, or beans. 2.  Write your child's name on a card and place it in or beside the sensory bin. 3.  Hide the letters to your child's name in the bin. … [Continue]

Learning Body Parts for Toddlers

Learning Body Parts for Toddlers with Sticky Face Game

Learning Body Parts for Toddlers Help your little one identify body parts with this fun sensory and fine motor activity! 1.  Print a large picture of your child or just their face, depending on what you want to learn to identify. Laminate it if you prefer.  You could also use a printable coloring book page or drawing of a generic face or … [Continue]

Garden Markers Craft

Garden Markers Craft

My niece and I share a love of all things artsy and last weekend we decided to add a little pizazz to my garden with homemade garden markers. We found a bunch of nice rocks that had a flat face and decided to paint them as markers for the garden. I do not like to use the little plastic sticks showing what you have growing in the garden. I prefer … [Continue]

Name Game for Toddlers

Name Game for Toddlers

Try this simple Name Game for Toddlers to help your little one identify family members and work on saying their names! 1. Find and print a picture of each family member or friend you would like your child to identify. Pictures with just one person in them will work best for little ones. I laminated mine so that they could survive being played … [Continue]

Dessert Snack Hacks

Dessert Snack Hacks with Yoplait

I've been on the look out for dessert snack hacks lately to reduce the amount of sugar we are eating. My kids love choosing toppings for their ice cream so for this simple snack hack I've substituted Yoplait yogurt in our after dinner parfaits. Simply set out different flavors of Yoplait yogurt and various toppings. So many choices is half … [Continue]

Summer Snacking

Summer Snacking

Summer snacking can often get out of control with sugary or salty treats, especially down by the pool. So we created a better snack using Yoplait that will still keep us cool at the pool. Watermelon Cream Pops are simple to make and a great way to get the kids in the kitchen helping to make it.   Ingredients: Watermelon - 3 to … [Continue]

Learning Numbers for Toddlers

Phone Book Busy Bag

Learning Numbers for Toddlers and Preschoolers Get some number recognition practice out of your toddler's obsession with your cell phone by making  a personalized phone book for your child! How to make your own: Gather pictures of your child with family members or other friends she would like to call. Make a simple card for each person, … [Continue]

Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe

Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe

My son loves pizza but it's not something I usually have on hand. I do, however, usually have grilled cheese ingredients! Here's a Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe thats an easy way to get your child cooking with you in the kitchen! Ingredients: Bread Cheese Butter (optional) Toppings like pepperoni, veggies, meat, etc. Tomato sauce Set your … [Continue]