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...]

Baby Cereal Cookie Recipe

Baby Cereal Cookies

  When I was ready to feed my son solid food, I had visions of him sitting happily in a high chair while I gave him little spoonfuls of mushy baby cereal. I thought that he, of all babies, would love to finally have some solid food for once. Boy was I wrong! Several months later, I have a busy toddler and six boxes of baby cereal that will expire in the next few … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Craft for Babies

Mother's Day Flower Craft

I babysit for a little boy the same age as my son (14 months) and I was trying to think of a craft to do with him to give to his mother this Sunday. All I could think of (and find online) were footprint crafts. I must say that I am OVER the whole footprint craft idea. I’ve done my share of restraining my son and getting a perfect footprint for the sake of cute little crafts, … [Read more...]

Playing with Baby

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My little guy (Baby G) is 11 months old and is BUSY.  He is constantly on the go, exploring and crawling and dumping things out.  But about once a day, I look for quiet time to sit with him and explore a new skill together.  They may be tiny but their minds are WIDE open to learn! I grabbed some of Big G's chunky tools and put a few play nails in the play wood.  I showed … [Read more...]

Vocabulary and Your Toddler

Vocabulary and Your Toddler

My 17-month old, like most toddlers, I'm sure, is fascinated by "big kid" toys.  So when my in-laws walked in with a Princess Palace playset, I knew she would be very interested.  According to the ages listed, she is a little young for the toy, but since she saw it she was all ready to play.  I pulled out the pieces that were unsafe for her (too small) and figured we would play … [Read more...]

Balancing Activities with Multiple Kids

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One of the questions The Activity Moms get asked most often is "How do you juggle activities with children of different ages?".   In my home, we have M that is 5, G that is almost 2, and baby G that is only 2 months old.  When it was JUST M, we never had a problem balancing activities but when G was ready to enter the learning scene, some adjustments definitely had to be … [Read more...]

13 Month Old Activities

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My little G is almost 13 months old and we are really starting to explore some fun tray activities that expose him to new things! Here are some fun 13 month old activities you both can enjoy.  Stickers With a big sister in the house, there are always stickers around! Try placing a few on your babe's hand and have him peel them off.  The fine motor work will be evident … [Read more...]

One Year Old Learning Activities

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G is 12 months old and we've just started doing some learning activities together. Here are two of our favorite one year old learning activities. Jar and Buttons I picked up some giant buttons at our local teacher supply store (here are some) and gave G a handful of buttons and a wide-mouthed jar. I let him explore the buttons (and yes, he put one straight in his … [Read more...]

Early Learning Activities for One Year Old’s

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A collection of early learning activities for one year old's. It's never too early to start teaching your child.  I often get asked what the "right" time is to start playing with our tots in a more structured, focused way. I don't have an exact answer, since every child is so different, but for us, the window for learning really opened around 14 months of age.  Naturally, … [Read more...]

Body Awareness Rhyme

Feeling kind of silly dancing around your living room and sing songing the same rhymes over and over? According to smplkids.org these are just a few of the many benefits of sharing songs and rhymes with your baby/child:~Sharing songs and rhymes is an excellent way for parents to spend time with their children and share in the joy of childhood.~Rhymes are portable playthings. … [Read more...]

Sensory Activities for Babies

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I love setting M up with fun learning activities.  But recently, it struck me that G, who is 9 months old, can certainly have an activity or two also! Here are some of our favorite sensory-based activities for babies: Music   A box of instruments (this is a bucket from Target, but teacher supply stores also carry them or you could make some!) provides so much fun. G loves … [Read more...]