Toddler Activities with Shredded Paper

Toddler Activities with Shredded Paper

I asked my husband to bring home some shredded paper from work because it seemed like it had potential for some fun activities... My son and I had a blast playing with it! Here are some toddler activities you can try with shredded paper: Shredded Paper Hunt: I tossed a bunch of my son's favorite little cars into a box of shredded paper, mixed it up, and let him … [Read more...]

Toddler Activities with Plastic Bottles

Toddler Activities with Plastic Bottles

Save your plastic bottles and upcycle them into Toddler Activities with Plastic Bottles. We decided to try and turn our old water bottles into bowling pins today! I thought my son would really enjoy it and I was right! The process, as usual, was more fun than the end result.   First, we collected ten water bottles. We had fun counting them together! Then, we … [Read more...]

1 Year Old Activities with Boxes

1 Year Old Activities with Boxes

All you need are boxes to keep your 1 year old entertained! 1 Year Old Activities with Boxes My 1 year old loves to color, but when I give him paper he tends to get more color on the floors or table he is working on. I found a perfect solution to this problem. I take an old cardboard box and let him go to town on it. The raised surface keeps crayon marks off of the floor and … [Read more...]

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 body. 2.  Cut a piece of … [Read more...]

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 with.  Be sure to include your … [Read more...]

Counting Birthday Candles Game

Counting Birthday Candles Game

Birthdays are SO exciting for little ones! Use their birthday to sneak in a little learning. Counting Birthday Candles Game How to Play: Print the Counting Candles Game. Choose a number card, place it on the cupcake. Have your child add the corresponding number of candles to the cupcake. To up the excitement, we would then sing "Happy Birthday to Sophie" and let … [Read more...]

Colored Oobleck

Colored Oobleck Sensory

I took a trip back to my childhood today and made some colored Oobleck with my son. In case you've never made this it is just corn starch and water. It makes the strangest consistency-- halfway between a solid and a liquid. I could sit for hours and just play with it in my hands. Well today my son and I decided we would add some color to our oobleck and see if we could make … [Read more...]

Repurpose Baby Wipe Lids

Repurpose Baby Wipe Lids

If you’ve ever used a pack of travel wipes, you know they come with a nifty plastic lid that opens and closes and keeps the wipes from drying out. I love these lids, but I don’t love throwing them out. I started separating the lid from the bag and recycling the lid, but even then the teacher in me just couldn’t see such a versatile piece of plastic go to waste! So, here are … [Read more...]

Toy Rotation for Toddlers

Toy Rotation for Toddlers

  I first read about toy rotation while perusing Pinterest. I thought that the idea made sense and was looking forward to trying it out when my son got older. Well the time came that I felt like toys were starting to take over every living space in our house, so I got to work. Basically a toy rotation is when you keep only a few toys out at any given time and keep … [Read more...]

DIY Toddler Ball Pit

DIY Toddler Ball Pit

My 14 month-old little man has been OBSESSED with balls since he was about 10 months old. It was his first word and continues to be the word said most often every day. My husband came up with the idea of a DIY Toddler Ball Pit. So we thought, why not fill the pack-n-play?! So we bought a bag of ball pit balls for 30 bucks and he loves it. It has been one of little man’s … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Contain Messy Play

Messy Sensory Play

"Uh-oh, mess!" was one of my daughter's first and favorite things to say. I know that messy play and exploration is fabulous for her development - and it's lots of fun for her! However, I am SO not a fan of cleaning up the mess. So I've found a few ways to keep the mess contained without stealing all the fun! Take it outside -  This may seem obvious, but messy play is a … [Read more...]

Alphabet Puppy Play

alphabet puppy play

 Alphabet Puppy Game In an effort to expose my daughter to the alphabet in a fun, pressure-free way, I've been working to integrate it into our play.  This week we have been learning about pets, so I made these ABC dog bones to feed our "pet" puppy! As my daughter "feeds" them to the stuffed puppy, I say the letter name and she repeats it after me.  Sometimes we look for a … [Read more...]