“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn” -O. Fred Donaldson
The most important job of a child is to play. That’s why I love to fill their playroom with toys that will help them learn and development. An easel, table + chairs, and toy box are essential for any play room. Our set is from the Crayola Vocalpoint Pop-Up shop (see below for more details on how to shop it). The girls have been loving it! The easel has
You carry your baby in your belly for 9 months, and you get so used to always having your baby so close to you that it can be hard to make the transition to having your baby sleep in a crib in his/her own room. I think it’s probably harder on us parents than it is on our babies. Ha! So I’ve got some tips that helped us with the transition and I think will help you too.
2 Toilet Paper Rolls
Yarn, Ribbon and/or Tape
The weather is finally starting to cool down (it had been over 100 degrees!), so we’ve been going on a lot more walks lately. After reading the book Tiny, Perfect Things I thought it’s be fun to go on our own hunt for tiny, perfect things, so I created a picture scavenger hunt and diy binoculars craft to do with the girls.
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