There are so many toys on the market and it can be tempting to want to buy them for our children. They seem so in love with the toy in the store, but often when you get home, they quickly lose interest. So many toys are “one hit wonders” that can only be played with one way. Those types of toys only hold our children’s attention for a short amount of time. They grow out of those toys so quickly and before we know it, they’re in the donate pile.
My girls LOVE making this diy puff paint, so I’ve been trying to come up with any craft idea I can to use it. In the winter, we use it to make a melted snowman, and for the summer we’ve come up with this fun ice cream cone craft that can be done two ways to fit your child’s age/development.
Time is one of a parents biggest enemies. Time steals our babies and their fresh newborn squishy-ness way to quickly. Time turns them into toddlers in the blink of an eye. Time moves faster than the speed of an independent toddler who always makes us late. Our days are both long and short at the same time. There aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything, and it can feel like we’re always fighting the clock (and our children) to get from one place to the next, accomplish all the tasks, and still enjoy our kids.
Toilet Paper Rolls
Hot Glue Gun
Pom Poms, Sea Shells, Feathers, Paint…anything to decorate the building
I always save our toilet paper rolls because the are perfect for so many crafts! This past weekend we used them to build with. I love this because it really lets your child imagination run wild. Your child can create a princess castle, a garage for their cars, a doll house, or whatever their little mind comes up with. Hazel created a
We got a set of beads for Hazel to string onto pipe cleaners (a great activity for developing fine motor skills), and she loved it! She’d made bracelets for everyone in the family and she was always asking “Can I bead Mommy?” So I wanted to come up with a new beading craft for her, and came up with this beaded wind chime craft (it’s a lot like the crib mobile I made for Iris’s room). Hazel enjoyed making this so much that when
One of the most important things to me is spending quality time with my girls, and playtime is the perfect time for that. It builds and strengthens our relationship while they’re learning. Block toys are one of our favorite toys. The girls love building and creating new shapes, and I love knowing that while they’re playing, they’re also growing in all developmental
Nobody becomes a parent thinking I’m going to yell at my child. But as our children get older, they become less of the angelic baby that can do no wrong. They become tantruming toddlers, backtalking preteens, they push our buttons, and test their limits, and we yell. We yell to get them to listen and behave, and then it can start to become a habit, and something we begin to rely on way too much.
We don’t want to yell, but our children are leaving us no other option, right?
It can get really hot in the summer here (like up to 120 degrees hot), so on those days, we tend to stay inside and do crafts. This paper plate suncatcher craft is the perfect way to incorporate the summer sun into our day without actually having to go out in the sun, by hanging it in the window to see the sun shine through the colors.
For Iris’s 1st birthday in May (how has it already been almost 2 months?), we threw her a Garden Party. I mean, with a name like “Iris”, how could we not? For the party favors, we gave the guests iris bulbs in little flower posts that they could take home and plant in their gardens. We added garden-y touches around the house/yard with watering cans and ceramic pots. And for food we offered
Summer is here! Woohoo! I used to not be a huge summer fan because of the heat, but since having kids I’ve grown to love summer. It’s so much fun with kids! Below is a list of our favorite free things to do as a family in the summer. We’ll definitely be checking each off our summer bucket list.