How to Make Shakers for Baby

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DIY toys has always been something I have been into making for the kids. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and if the older kids can help all the better!

Today I made these shakers for my now 7 month old baby. I can see her enjoying them for quite a few months. Heck my 4 year old even came past to give them some vigorous shakings so I know that they are going to stand the test of time.

shakers for baby

I have used various items in the shakers to produce a different sound to each color of egg. I have 6 colors and made 2 of each.

I used lentils, white beans, rice and chickpeas. On the extra two I mixed lentils and rice and then beans and chickpeas. I used these easter eggs.

Originally I tried to use superglue to keep the eggs together. All that got me was my hands full of superglue and the eggs breaking as soon as they got any pressure. I returned to using my trusty hot glue gun. Although you will have to be a bit fast with the joining because of the cooling it worked VERY well! I also got NO glue on my fingers.

I have made a how to video to demonstrate the method I used to make the shakers!baby exploring shakers

How to Make Shakers for Baby

Little girl was super happy with her new toys! I even managed to get an inaction video! (see further down below)

turn easter eggs into shakers

I love that she even got the hang of shaking them! Look! I got an inaction shot!shake shake shake

Baby Shakers in ACTION!

I just love this age!

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Fine Motor Encouraging Toys for Baby

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I just love this age when my baby starts wanting to explore and is thinking really hard about that crawling stage! At this age toys become fascinating because baby can get hold of the items and feel them.

Today I would like to take a little detour on this fine motor friday when I usually post things my toddler is up to introduce you to my baby of 6 months and her first debut on my blog! As my toddler enters the preschool area this little one is going to start taking over for fine motor friday!

Here are a few ideas for your baby of 4, 5 or 6 months of age to try out.

On a side note at this age baby wants to mouth everything so please be aware of items that might cause a choking hazard!

plush toy

Plush Toys are great for baby, not only do they feel soft when touched they can have a bunch of other uses. I love this huggable lamb blanket for nap times and general soothing. I often find my baby feeling the soft silk and inspecting the lambs ears. Items like this must be carefully chosen because children tend to use them for a long time.

snowy tails book

At this age your baby is rolling onto their stomachs and strengthening those neck muscles. Supply toys the encourage touch and exploration. Much fine motor work is done on this snowy tails book as my baby inspects the tails of the various animals. (they also get tasted! lol)tag items

Babies LOVE tags. You will often find them inspecting the tags on their plush animals. Each of the above handmade items have tags and encourage this natural exploration phase.

The tag blocks are made of upcycled baby clothing that got too small and the tag bunny is made to soak up excess teething drool! The tag square has contrasting ladybugs for visual stimulation and a soft other side to touch which doubles as a drool catcher because as I suspected my baby wanted to eat those lady bugs!focus beads

Sliding and rolling things is another favorite of my 6 month old. Both the playgro horse and activity ball have been handed down among the 4 kids! You can also see my detailed review of the Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball here.teething links

Dangling things for your baby to reach out and grab is also great for hand eye co-ordination! Mine loves to make a grab for the teething rings and gets rewarded by enjoying a good gumming session on them!sophie giraffe

Of course lets not forget good ol’ sophie the giraffe. After the success I had with my first daughter and the sophie teether review I wrote I went ahead and bought my 2nd daughter one well in advance. Sophie has many legs and a nice long neck for your baby to grab on to while either exploring the teether or having a good gum massaging session on.

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Fine Motor Encouraging Toys for Baby

Some more fine motor ideas?

Check what my co-hosts have been up to and don’t forget to get a copy of our BOOK 99 Fine Motor Ideas for ages 1-5!

Building Lego Droids Star Wars Sensory Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands

DIY Street Sweeper Brush Toys from Lalymom

Counting Ants: Fine Motor Sensory Game from Stir the Wonder

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DIY No Sew Felt Playhouse

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I want to give a big “thank you” to Sew Can Do who inspired me to crafty action with this post about her own no-sew playhouse, her idea is brilliant!

DIY no sew felt playhouse

This playhouse is made to fit over your table.

Some things I learned:

  • you need a good pair of sharp scissors
  • the measuring process is made easier if you have basic sewing supplies like a cutting board, measuring tape, and yard stick. The right tools make measuring quick and keep your fabric from sliding around.
  • A hot glue gun works better than white glue. A kid friendly design is essential, otherwise I stress out about burns.
  • A Cuttlebug makes really cute designs!

Can you see the blue chalk lines? I didn’t have any sewing chalk so what can I do? Use sidewalk chalk. Yup. That’s what I did.

More detailed creation instructions here.

Diy no sew fet playhouse steps

What a fun surprise to make while a child naps!

no sew felt playhouse details

This no-sew felt playhouse is doable in just a few hours.

DIY no sew felt playhouse side view

I took a break after the initial construction and paused until I had sharper scissors. I was almost getting blisters from trying to force a dull pair through the felt!

DIY no sew felt playhouse window

In the last stages, I went to work cutting balloons, flowers, and letters. I also made a few adjustments to the ties. I increased the length of the original incisions and retied the two colors together to make the fit more tight.

DIY no sew felt playhouse front

Mommy and daughter both had a nice time making it together!

Some other no sew projects to try!

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Storage Ideas For Your Toddler Room

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Are you looking for storage ideas for your toddler room? Fed up with tripping over toys in your littlie’s room, or having every toy in the house unpacked by lunchtime? Well worry no more, we have some handy tips for sorting and storing those toys and structuring their room, that’ll leave you smiling, and your toes bruiseless 😉

Storage Ideas For Your Toddler Room from PowerfulMothering.com

Toy Storage For A Toddler Room

Unpack your giant toy chest where everything lives, and sort toys and games into their original groups.

Then pack each type into it’s own container, and label. Each time your child needs an activity or game, you give them just that one container. The room always (almost always..) stays tidy and tidy-up time is quick.

DIY Storage Bins

Fabric drawers are a classic solution for organizational needs, use them anywhere – on the floor, bookcase, and in closets.

Or if you like color, bright and cheerful folding fabric bins may be what you need.

This 3 Sprouts storage bin is adorable, nice for nursery decor as well.

Get busy making DIY recycled cardboard toy bins.

For small bits, something like this vertical rainbow organizer can really make a difference.

Don’t forget about under the bed space, utilize this often over looked space with a DIY rolling storage cart.

Toddler Room Storage Ideas (in toddler language)

Label your toddler’s storage containers with words (or pictures) of what’s inside, and make their shelves and drawers accessible by tiny heights and hands. Large messy games/crafts can be stored out of reach for sanity purposes 😉

DIY Storage Labels

Wow – reusable sticky labels that look like chalkboard! You can use liquid or dry chalk to write on them, erase, restick, and try again. I know I’ll bring my extras to the kitchen! So classy, nifty, and multi-functional.

TeachingMama laminates these free printables for kid-friendly plastic toy bins.

The Golden Gleam did this clever trick with actual pictures so her kids can easily recognize the contents.

Here is more colorful cheer for your toddlers room! Try these happy looking customizable stickers (free printable) from IHeartArtsAndCrafts.

In A Toddler Room – Systems are key!

Living by the old adage ‘A place for everything, and everything in it’s place’ helps keep your toddler’s room organised and neat! With a neat place for legos, books and toys, you’ll be well on your way to having an organised toddler room where you can find any toy at a glance!

DIY Toys Storage Solutions

No doubt about it, LEGOS are the toy that is most often in need of an organized storage system. A craft cabinet with various sized sliding drawers is makes a special home for all sizes and accessories.

An extra large play/activity mat looks like a sanity saver, follow a simple DIY plan or buy one.

This custom DIY lego shelving unit is AWESOME! I love seeing the pictures of son and dad working together.

For even more ideas about preserving instruction booklets, color coding, and tool box tricks hop over to CarrotsAreOrange to read about lego storage in action.

If Legos aren’t threatening to take over your floor, stuffed animals may very well be. A mesh hammock elevates the furry friends up off the floor and makes use of corner space.

Smaller soft buddies and baby toys can be clipped on a vertical chain.

For a quick hide-away solution with easy access, ComeTogetherKids has a great suggestion.

Feeling thrifty? A DIY hanging basket is a beautiful project you and your child can do together.

Books are next on my list of things that need a special place in my toddlers room. I really like this 3 Sprouts hanging wall organizer, it has such a nice, friendly print.

This is a really clever DIY shelving project that makes use of a dresser wall, I could totally do this!

A stand up book sling shelf look nice and offers lots of space!

Fun Helping Hands

Have your child tidy up after themselves. Sounds impossible? Turn it into a game to see who can put away the most toys, or throw lego into the lego bucket, or plastic rings onto their stand. Kids seem to love plastic animal bins; who doesn’t love a panda bin who ‘eats’ garbage?

Get kids to clean up toys

I can see these small storage caddies being a great tool in a race to pick up as many toys as possible.

Feed the duck! He’s hungry 😉

A timer is only the first game idea from TheresJustOneMommy.

Here’s a successful idea with kitchen tongs!

Try singing a clean up song to inspire your little one to action.

Storage Ideas – Out with the old, in with the new

To avoid collecting up an enormous collection of toys that your toddler never uses/outgrows, get into a habit of giving to charity/friends toys that your child doesn’t play with anymore. Keeping your toy collection to a decent size, and able to fit neatly into the toy storage space you have, goes a long way to creating a neat, organised toddler room!

How to toy purge

TheJennyEvolution shares her favorite places to donate old toys after the holiday season.

Check out these Mom tips about keeping your toy collection small:

Teaching Kids Not To Trash – Graham And Parker

Less is More – Nurture Store

To Keep or To Toss – Peace but Not Quiet

How to Involve Kids in a Toy Purge – Best Toys for Toddlers

20 Reasons to say “YES” to Fewer Toys – Best Toys for Toddlers

 

 

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35+ Simple Activities for 0-6 Month Olds

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It can be perplexing to know just exactly what to do when your new baby is not sleeping, nursing, crying, or getting a diaper change. Soon enough they start looking around and trying to move, this is when you begin the a special time of first discoveries in the world.

It is amazing to witness such deep joy come from such simple activities. Enjoy the different ideas here for 0-6 month olds, each topic covers a different way to gently engage with your baby and bond through exploring new experiences.

Simple Activities for 0-6 Month Olds

35+ Simple Activities for 0-6 Month Olds on Powerfulmothering.com

Gross Motor: Exercise, Movement, and Tummy Time

These mamas remind us that even when it looks like nothing is going on, our little babies are always developing and working hard to grow. Encouraging their movement and showing them different ways to feel their bodies has an important role! Enjoy the simple motions, babies don’t last forever 🙂 Tummy Time Baby's First Play

Soft Play Ideas

These simple sew ideas give a baby something soft to play and teeth with and keep your hands busy!Soft Baby PlayCollage

Music Inspired

Excite the ear with your beautiful, loving voice! Sing-alongs with hand action are great to introduce fine motor skills and rhythm at an early age.

BabyMusicPlayCollage

Early Art and Crafts

Colorful keepsakes and other bright ideas are a nice way to pass the time while your little one remains little. It’s never too early to start crafting!

Baby Arts and Crafts Collage

Discovery Bottles, Busy Baskets and Boxes

Recycle old containers, baskets, and cardboard boxes for baby’s first discovery play. It is nice to have a go-to basket collection of easy access baby friendly toys. Pick out baby safe objects with intriguing textures, colors, and shapes to make a treasure box or put them in a bottle for some floaty fun.

Discovery Bins Baskets Bottles Collage

Fine Motor Play for Baby

OoOh sensory! These easy projects with bring many ‘coos’ and ‘oohs’. Simple and affordable activities that use upcycled or recycled materials, you can’t go wrong!

BabyPlaySensoryCollage

Kitchen Inspired Taste Safe Sensory Play

Here’s some sensory play right from your kitchen! Each recipe is “taste-safe”, made from food ingredients and non-toxic if it is accidentally ingested. Get a little messy and have a lot of fun!!

Sensory baby taste safe

 Need more awesome Play ideas?

Check out our Zero to Two the book of play ebook!

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How to Manage Older Siblings While Nursing a Baby

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(This post is written by Marie)

You’ve finally arrived home with your brand new baby, ready to introduce your little bundle to big brother or sister. Parents employ a number of tactics to help the older sibling adjust to their new arrival. A special gift or book or maybe a toy, but what do you do in the days and weeks after arrival? How do you manage the older sibling while you are nursing your new baby?

How to Manage Older Siblings While Nursing a Baby

Here are a few ideas for moms of toddlers and preschoolers after new baby arrives:

1. Special TV time

I know not everyone likes to go straight to technology, but I had to mention it right off the bat. This is a wonderful option for mamas, like me, who have babies who take a long time to nurse. Plus, when you are exhausted and still physically recovering from birth, you need to cut yourself some slack.

I chose a special TV show that my son only got to watch while I nursed his twin sisters. It quickly turned his protests, “NO feed the girls!,” to requests, “Time to feed the girls?” I particularly liked Signing Time (available on Netflix) because it was also interactive. My son and I could sing and talk about the signs together. Sesame Street, Super Why, Sid the Science Kid are also good options and all available on Netflix as well.

2. Read-Aloud Snuggle Time

This may take a few tries, but creating a habit of snuggling up on mommy’s free side while she reads books is a great way to make older brother or sister still feel loved while mama nurses. Have a special basket or bag of books set aside just for reading while nursing. Some of my son’s favorites were the Miss Bindergarten Series (great for learning the alphabet).

3. Busy Bag Activities

Just before the birth of my twins, I had a Busy Bag assembly party with some friends. I brought home a bin of busy bag activities that I saved for my son to do after the girls were born. There were several busy bags in that bin that he would happily do over and over with very little assistance. Life saver.

4. Outdoor Art

If you have a little yard or patio, this is perfect. Set your little Picasso at your feet with some sidewalk chalk or water and paint brushes while you enjoy a little sunshine and nurse baby #2 in peace and quiet.

5. Games

You can still play games while you nurse, you just have to choose them carefully. Simon Says is a good option that gets wiggles out. I Spy or some other scavenger hunt sort of game is good for curious kiddos. My son liked making a game out of labeling things. I would write a word on a Post-it note, tell him the word (for example, “door”), and he would run and put the Post-it on the correct item. We also made a Post-it game of Letter and Number recognition. I would put Post-its around the room with one letter written on each one. He would go find each letter in order and bring it back to me.

Do you have any other ideas?

What did you do to keep your older child busy while you nursed?

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Marie Osborne is a wife, mama, and blogger who loves Jesus and large non-fat lattes. When she isn’t laughing (loudly) with her 30-something husband, chatting (loudly) with her girlfriends, singing (loudly) with her preschooler, or feeding her (loud) toddler twins, she’s probably binge watching Netflix. You can find her on her blog www.marieosborne.com, encouraging, challenging and laughing… under a pile of diapers.

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Seasons of Motherhood: Adding a 2nd Child

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I have been asked a few times in the last few months about what it was like to go from having one child to two.

Honestly I only recall small bits from those first few months of being a mother of two. You see my first and second children are 15 months apart.

I have always believed that a close age gap would bring so many benefits to the children and to us as parents, in the long run.

Kids close in age tend to be friends with each other, share similar interest and just generally grow up in each others company. 5 years of diapers and I’m done!

This season of motherhood where I have such small children may be exhausting at times for me as the mother but I relish it. Those first smiles, first steps and first words. This is the season I have been in for almost 6 years. Why 6 years? I had a 3rd and recently a 4th child!

Seasons of Motherhood Adding a 2nd Child

Ok, lets get back on topic here.

What was it like going from one child to two?

I didn’t sleep much, a given.

Getting out the house was a little mission, cue theme song.

I needed a tandem stroller! Those malls are mean on a Mamma with 2 little ones by herself. (From experience those side by side ones are horrid. just horrid! Get a front and back one like in the link)

I was always prepared with a well supplied diaper bag. Full of snacks and baby wipes.

The washing, oh the washing (laundry).. The diapers.. oh the diapers…

Food time was interesting until we established a routine. I am the master of one handed food preparation!

Did you love less?

I did not and still don’t find myself preferring my first over my second born. Each have their own distinct personalities and have carved their own little areas out in my heart.

I feel that there will always be enough love for my children and I show this in everyday actions, a hug here, a kiss there, then tickle, just because because I can.

Helping out

I tried my best to still give my first born all the attention he needed. Talking, playing, snuggling, these all happened around the new sibling.

If your child is older include them in every day taking care of the baby. Don’t force it, just make them feel helpful and needed. It is a great way to help them not feel like they are being replaced.

You will get a mix of reactions. The one day your older child will be helpful and gentle then the next they might change their mind. Be understanding of this adjustment.

In the end they got to know each other!

seasons of motherhood siblings

Quotes and tips from other Moms

Don’t be too hard on yourself. I felt so guilty because my older child was getting less of my attention and my house was always a mess, but I finally realized that this is only a season. Eventually, the baby won’t need you constantly, you will get more sleep and your older child will get lots of time with you again. Just do the best you can and give yourself lots of grace. – Mom Inspired Life

When we were expecting baby brother I carried around a baby doll a few days before his arrival. We talked about being nice to baby and showed what to expect when he arrived. We even put him in a baby swing and on the playmat- just to show brother where baby would be hanging out – Munchkins and Moms

Be patient, praise your “big helper” and when it’s time for baby to nurse you can snuggle with your older child and read stories. Get your kid as involved as possible with the care of their little sibling – Betsy’s Photography

What the Moms on facebook say

I have gathered some rather interesting reads for you.

I feel that if you are considering adding another child to your family these would be a great start to making your decision.

Read more about the Seasons of Motherhood!

Seasons of Motherhood.  A great reminder that we all go through ups and downs between the time of new babies to the day those babies leave our homes as young adults.  It's about embracing those seasons...even the ones we struggle through.

Other things of interest:

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The Story of Creation in a Quiet Book (no sew)

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This month I participated in a series organized by TrueAim Education titled The Story of Creation.

For my contribution everyday I made a new page in this no sew quiet book to reflect each day and to engage a toddler while you are telling the story or to occupy themselves with while having quiet time.

The Story of Creation in a Quiet Book (no sew) for toddlers

Please see each day for more details and pictures of the pages mentioned below.

The Days of Creation

Day 1: Light (also includes the making of the cover and the actual book details)

Day 2: Sky

Day 3: Land, Plants and Sea (this page also contains the tips about using velcro)

Day 4: Sun, Moon and Stars

Day 5: Birds and Fish

Day 6: Animals and Man

Day 7: Rest

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Creation: Rest – No Sew Quiet Book for Toddlers

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Day 7: Rest

(see the other days here: Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

no sew quietbook rest day of creation

The last day in our 7 days of creation no sew quiet book series: REST.

This day basically has the garden of Eden on the right side and the usual lettering of the day to the left.

Check out my velcro tips from day 3. Each of the leaves and petals have velcro beneath them. Those heart petals were left over from my heart garden busy bag I did earlier last week too!leaves in the garden of eden quiet book

I hope you have enjoyed this series and have fun telling your toddler all about the story of creation through this no sew quiet book! All the activities on the pages also encourage fine motor skills.velcro leaves quiet book

creation series

Creation Paper Plate Project

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Creation: Animals & Man – No Sew Quiet Book for Toddlers

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Day 6: Animals and Man.

(see the other days here: Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

man and animals creationFor the man and animals page I went for a bit of a silhouette type thing. Here we have an animal (my one kids says its a dog the other a cat!) and a man.

On this page the aim is to get the figures UNDER the grass.

The grass itself is hot glued down on the page with the cut bits free for lifting. The animal and man both have velcro under them. See velcro tips from day 3no sew creation quiet book

For my preschooler this lifting the grass business so super easy as I expected but for my toddler who the book is made for lifting the grass was a bit of a challenge with just one hand!

Those blades of grass kept slipping past her little fingers. But she got it in the end and the animal was added to the page.animals in the grass

Yet another super simple yet fun page to talk about the story of creation with your little ones!

creation series

Jungle box/ What I like silhouette/ Amazing Animals

Animal Sort FFG (preschool)

The 7 Days of Creation in Legos {Day 6 – Animals & Man}

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How to Stay Sane with a New Baby and a Demanding Toddler

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(This post is written by Melissa)

So, you have a brand new bundle of joy and you are in a state of bliss.  You have been waited on hand and foot by your loving family, which has allowed you to get some much needed rest and lots of bonding time with your little one.  You’ve got this.  Everything is going to be a breeze and then REALITY hits!

Your family has to leave.  Your husband has to go back to work and that leaves you alone with the baby AND your toddler!!  Not only do you have a toddler, but you have a very demanding one.  What are you going to do?  Go crazy?  No, you will be just fine and keep your sanity through it all.

How to Stay Sane with a newborn and toddler

Put your toddler to work!  I know what you are thinking….I can’t make my toddler work.  Let me explain.  Your new baby needs several things throughout the day.  The baby needs to eat, sleep, and potty.  Your toddler needs things during the day, too.  Your attention is one of the most important parts of your baby and your toddler’s lives.  When the baby needs to eat you can teach your toddler to hold the bottle and help you feed.  If you are breastfeeding, you can teach your toddler to talk softly to the baby or sing to the baby while you feed.  If you are not comfortable doing this, you can also teach your child that feeding time for the baby is coloring or busy bag time for the toddler.

Rest time is important not only for the baby, but also for you and the toddler as well.  The days will go much smoother if everyone is rested.  So, when naptime rolls around teach your toddler that it is time for him/her to rest, too.  Resting doesn’t always mean sleeping.  Your toddler can learn to lie in bed or on the sofa and watch television or listen to music, but your child needs to know that rest time is quiet.  There is another option, too.  If you are not feeling tired when the baby needs to nap, this would be a great time to spend with your toddler doing what he/she wants to do.  That way your toddler does not feel left out.

Potty time can be an adventure for your toddler.  When your baby needs to have a diaper change, you can teach your toddler to go and get you a diaper and wipes.  While you are putting the new diaper on, you can teach your toddler to help you secure the diaper in place.  Once the baby is all clean and the diaper is secure, you can teach your toddler to throw the diaper in the trash can or if you are using cloth diapers, your toddler can learn to put the soiled diaper in the washing machine.

Having a new baby and a toddler at the same time can be a rewarding adventure if you know what to do.  Come up with a schedule and stick to it.  Your toddler learns from you.  If you will lead and direct your child, they will learn quickly and life will be much happier for you, the baby, and your demanding toddler, too!

About the Author:

Melissa W. Orr is a 44 year old homeschool mom.  She homeschooled her three children through high school.  She enjoys helping other homeschool parents as they travel down the exciting road called “homeschooling”.  Melissa also enjoys raising Shetland Sheep on her farm and being a clogging instructor.

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Best Wooden Toys for 2 Year Olds

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I love wooden toys especially for this early age group of toys for 2 year olds. The wooden toys are so much more durable than the plastic ones and I can tell you this from experience as they have been through the “grinder” with my 3 rather rough toy users!

Today I would like to share with you a list the best wooden toys for 2 year olds and I hope that it helps you in picking out something wonderful and lasting for your toddler.

Best Wooden Toys for 2 Year Olds

Best Wooden Toys for 2 Year Olds

1. Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter is fun and features vivid colors. Kids learn about the story of Noah’s Ark early in life with this wooden toy.

2. The classic Pounding Bench is great for motor development and learning colors.

3. My 2 year old loves her Beginner Pattern Blocks!

Wooden Toys shape sorter

4. Wooden Puzzles are another great addition to wooden toys for your 2 year old. Start out with this simple yet alluring Farm Wooden Chunky Puzzle.

5. A little more advanced wooden toy is this Early Learning String A Farm, my 2 year old loves the challenge this one brings.

6. Things with wheels are also a great idea in toys for 2 year olds. Stacking the cars in this Wooden Car Carrier provides much playtime fun. Your little one not so much into cars? Try this Stacking Train instead!

puzzles for 2 Year Olds

7. This Shape Sorting Clock is a great one to have and grow with! Right now we are using it as a shape and numbers learning, but with my older kids I have started to introduce the concept of time with this same toy. Great long term investment.

8. The Build a Caterpillar Educational Set Wooden Toy has got to be our favorite sorter! A bit of a challenge at first to get all those body parts on, but great practice!

9. I got my 2 year old a set of these Farm Sound Blocks for her birthday, they are such a hit that even my 4 and 5 year old like to play with them! There is also a Vehicles Sound Blocks set.

Best Wooden Toys

10. A great addition to your play dough is this Shape, Model and Mold set. The textures the stamping blocks make are a favorite of my 2 year old.

11. Pull along toys such as this Pull-Along Snail make for much giggle as your 2 year old walks around with a little follower. 😉

12. Don’t forget the music! Drums are most popular.

music and playdough

13. I am not so sure how I feel about these Nuts and Bolts, my daughter at age 2 isn’t really unscrewing things but I recall my son at age 2 just wanted to unscrew everything he could get his hands on. This might be a great alternative to satisfy that need.

14. My 2 year old is currently loving the magnetic train sets and will spend much time with her brother playing. On our christmas list this year for them is this Deluxe Wooden Railway Set. I also spent a little time drooling over this Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table, if only we had the space!

trainset

15. Last but not least I thought I would mention this 1-2-3 Grow With Me Wooden Walker/Ride-on Toy/Trolley we had something rather similar in the form of a walker but it would have be great if it converted like this one! Talk about useful!

Other guides you might also love!

Best Buyers Guide for Ages 1-5

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Easy Shape & Pattern Activity

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This quick and easy fine motor busy bag is great to pull out for a bit of peace and quiet!

Bonus, it is super easy to make too.

shapes

I recently found these super colorful foam sheets at my local craft store and after pondering for many weeks what I was going to make with my latest crafty purchase I settled on these easy shapes for a rather simple busy bag activity.

I tried to have a look on amazon for similar foams for you but I could only find these textured ones, which would be great for a sensory aspect. Patterned card stock would work just as well though.large selection of shapes busy bag

Cut out a few shapes, you can grab my large shapes template here. I basically traced the shapes on the back of the foam in pen then cut.

Once you have all the shapes cut them up in the center to have 2 halves.

Make a bunch and put them in a busy bag or plastic ziploc.circle shapes busy bag

I made 3 busy bags like this,  one for each of my kids.

I then pulled it out the one afternoon while trying to start dinner to occupy them. SCORE!

Sort these by SHAPE or by PATTERN!
matching patterns busy bag

Packing up busy bags for my little ones are just as fun as unpacking and playing with the items! (How I wish this worked with the rest of their toys!)
packing up busy bag

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Easy Shape and Pattern Activity busy bag with PowerfulMothering

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Shape Sorting Blocks (with Free Printable)

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My 2 and half year old is extremely interested in learning her shapes and colors lately and although she has a very limited vocabulary it is growing everyday as we explore the world around us.

After the success of my last shapes printable busy bag, I realized that she was tons more engaged with the activity if I put a face on the shapes!

learning shapes with faces

I decided to use my printable box template (originally used for my advent box calendars) for this activity and add a shape to each of the 6 sides.

I also extended this activity to include basic colors as well as the written words for the shapes for a bit of name recognition simply because my 5 year old is likely to take an interest in the activity as well!

I printed out 6 copies to make 6 boxes on some thick white card stock paper.

Cut along the lines and glue all the flaps closed.print all 6 shapes

Another thing to note is that because these are made of card stock the little ones can easily squash the boxes out of shape. This in itself is a lovely exercise for the kids to be gentle with items when playing.

We explored many play ways with our new shape boxes.

We made a pyramid.

stacking shape boxes

We counted to up and made a ladder.counting to three and stacking shapes

O wow look! There are 3 stars.grouping the shapes

Sorting the boxes by shape and color was a major interest.matching shapes and colors

You can download the box template below.all 6 shapes on each box

Download your template here to print on card stock.

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Flower Garden

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Today’s fine motor post is a rather special and exciting post!

This month not only marks the 2nd anniversary of this blog but the 1st anniversary of the weekly fine motor activities series which I was lucky enough to join at the start of this year with all the lovely ladies in the group!

To celebrate this milestone for the an entire year of Fridays full of awesome fine motor activities we each contributed our favorite, most popular and most well received activities to form a book for our readers!

Today’s activity is straight out of the new 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5 Book!!

flower garden

I made a few simplifications to this activity to suit my younger 2 year old. I just love how most of the activities in this book can be altered to suit your own child!

To make our flower garden I used:

Let your little one have fun dotting the various cupcake liners for the flower petals. This occupies my 2 year old for a little while!

Inspired from: Cupcake Liner Flower Craft: Fine Motor Art for Kids by Still Playing School, one of my fabulous co-authors in 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5. Get your copy today!

dot markers to color cupcakes

Once your liners are dry match them up with the bigger cupcake liner below and the smaller one above. Glue them together.gorgeous color flowers

Dependent on the glue you are using either leave them to dry a bit or move onto the next step. My 2 year old is just learning to use a glue stick!flower garden inspiration

For the next step we used a more liquid glue and stuck our flowers to the colorful craft sticks. Here of course you can get more creative and paint some plain sticks green.ready to play with

We actually split this activity over 2 play sessions which is about as it is with a 2 year old. They can only concentrate and have interest in a certain activity for a small amount of time.

The next day I took the dried flowers off the top of the fridge with much excitement from the kids and the batch of play dough on the kids craft table!

You can now use your flowers and plant them into the play dough! My 2 year old even gave them a sniff like she would a real flower. Imaginative play starts so young! <3smelling the flowers

My 5 year old of course had to have a turn too!using the flowers

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This week every author from the book is featuring an activity they love from the book with a new spin on it. Take a look!

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15 Ways to Learn Shapes

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Today’s post is by Georgina Bomer of Craftulate!

Here are 15 super fun and creative ways for young kids to learn all about shapes. How about using an abacus, looking in nature or making a page for a quiet book?

15 Ways to Learn Shapes

15 Ways to Learn Shapes

Grab an Abacus! – As well as being great for maths practice, this classic toy is also great for working on shape recognition with younger kids.

Busy Bag Learning – This busy bag idea comes with a free printable and is great for working on colors and numbers too.

Look in Nature! – There are shapes all over the place in the natural world – so get outside and go on a shape scavenger hunt.

Shape Puzzle for Train Lovers – There are loads of ways to play with this puzzle – just download the template and cut the pieces from craft foam. They stick to the sides of the bath and you could also add magnets.

Go Big – Tape out giant shapes on the floor and send the kids off looking for items that match the shapes.

Quiet Book Page – Quiet books are a great tool for learning! This tutorial demonstrates how to make a learning shapes page – no sewing required!

Break out the Play Dough – Use shape cookie cutters with play dough for some imaginative learning.

Matching Blocks – This activity needs a bit of preparation – but any size or shape blocks can be used for this fun matching puzzle.

Cutting Practice – Combine learning shapes with some cutting practice with this simple idea!

Get Moving! – Incorporate some gross motor fun into this energetic game of Shape Hopscotch!

Pizza Time – Let kids have fun with their food with this pizza craft made from different shapes.

Sandpaper and Felt – This matching game has a great textural element too! The felt shapes will “stick” to the sandpaper!

Let there be Light – If you have a light table then this is a great way to engage your children in learning shapes.

3D Shape Sorter – Make your own shape sorter to use with foam shapes. Great for fine motor practice too.

Mice and Dice – This shape game uses customized dice and is based on the book Mouse Shapes.

Today’s post is by Georgina Bomer of Craftulate, which features a wide range of art, crafts and activities for young children. To get more creative ideas follow Craftulate on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram or YouTube!

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Color Rice Play eBook

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We have long been playing with color rice at our home and because the rice lasts months if not years it makes a great material to re-visit over and over again.

Not only is color rice a great sensory material and is used in sensory bins it can be used for learning as well as crafting.color rice activities play ebook 3d

In my new ebook RICE PLAY I take you through 25 activities and crafts for your toddler. (Although my preschooler also enjoyed them!)

Also included are my step by step (no-fail) instructions to make your very own color rice!

Using this ebook as a guide you will be able to gain maximum usage for your bag of color rice!

Highlights

  • it’s an amazing resource
  • 25 activity and craft ideas
  • great photos
  • easy to follow instructions
  • all things you can easily try at home

The ebook is also printable and the pages have space to easily be punched and stored in a ring binder file.

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How to Make Homemade Moon Sand Recipe (Taste Safe)

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Welcome to our 5th month of sensory doughs and our effort to make them taste safe. This month I would like to share with you how to make moon sand, HOMEMADE moon sand recipe!

Today we were inspired by Anna from the The Imagination Tree and her absolutely gorgeous purple and pink moon sand.

Catch up with all our sensory doughs here.

Taste Safe homemade Moon Sand

This is our attempt to make this recipe taste safe – because 2 of my 3 kids still like to taste everything despite the fact that I try my hardest to get them not to.

To make taste safe homemade moon sand recipe you will need:

  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of corn flour (corn starch will also work)
  • 10 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)

Our first experiment came out a glob of goo with water, so I went with the veg oil this time around. The corn flour was yellow so I decided to leave it as is without coloring it.

To make: Mix the dry ingredients together first then add the oil.

The result was fantastic! Take a look at the mold-ability of this homemade moon sand recipe!

How to make homemade Moon Sand recipe from PowerfulMothering.com

My just turned 5 year old had fun building all sorts of things and using cookies cutters to make shapes. He then made little castles and immediately smashed them before I could snap a picture. I love how easy moon sand is to play with!

My almost 2 year old wasn’t too sure about the homemade moon sand stuff and handed her brother the shapes at first. Later on she ventured to making a few herself.Make Your Own Moon Sand

Because this moon sand recipe contains sugar I was a little scared the stuff would be so sticky. But with the cornflour binds with the oil and sugar to create minimum residue on the hands.

There was enough to bother my 5 year old though, he kept wiping his hands on his pants, which put the moon sand on the floor. It was rather easy to sweep up though because of the consistency.Taste Safe homemade Moon Sand recipe

Personally I love the cloud dough we made a ton more than the homemade moon sand!

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Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

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I have for along time wanted to start a quiet book for the kids, I have gathered felt inspiration in my felt and quiet book pinterest board for ages!

Today is fine motor friday and earlier in the week I had this awesome idea to mix a quiet book page with fine motor skills, this is what happened.

Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

I now have a lovely page with the kids names on for the first page of my first ever quiet book as well as something that little fingers can move around.

I also grouped the beads in fives so that we could do a bit of counting. Having the kids names there will also encourage name recognition.Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

Here is how the felt quiet book page is made, without sewing I might add.

You will need:

  • Felt of the size you desire for your quiet book
  • Extra felt to cover the ends of your pipe cleaners
  • 5 pipe cleaners of your color choice
  • Beads with letters*
  • Pony beads in your choice of color*
  • a glue gun

*disclaimer: the items * above where provided free to me from craftprojectideas.com to play with, many thanks!

Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

I threaded the 5 pipe cleaners with the names of the kids and pony beads in counts of 5, heated up the glue gun and stuck the ends of the pipe cleaners down to the felt. I had to trim the ends on the one side because the pipe cleaners where a bit longer than my A5 felt.

Next I glued 2 extra bits of felt over the ends to stop little fingers from pulling the pipe cleaners off.
Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

My 22 month old was very curious to this new little item she spied after her nap. My 4 year old helped me make it as he is less likely to eat said pony beads!

Having a quiet book page like this also allows my toddler to feel and safely play with the beads without me having to worry she is going to put them in her mouth.

My 3 year old put this page to the test as he tried to remove the beads rather forcefully, they held and he moved on.Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

My quiet book page is currently in a ring binder where I am most likely to keep it until all the pages are complete and I can create a fully felt bound quiet book.Quiet Book Fine Motor and Name Recognition Page

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Have a zero to two year old?

You will want to check out this amazing new ebook!zero to two the book of play

  • it’s an amazing resource
  • inspiring play ideas, but really practical
  • great photos, step-by-step guides, all things you can easily try at home
  • 25 ideas for babies and toddlers, and additional links to over 50 more activities
  • great range of activities: classics, things with a twist, sensory, focus on play, backed up with lots of learning
  • Click here to get your copy.
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Spring Butterfly Art and Garden Play

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I hear that spring is trying its utmost to pop out in north america this week but my poor friends are still posting pictures of snow! oh dear, I really hope they get some lovely spring time soon!

Here in Ecuador we are in the rainy season which means it is either raining, threatening to rain or the day is oddly sunny. We took advantage of this lovely sunny day and the HUGE growth of marigolds (because of the rain) to play a bit.

With some Butterfly Art!

all in one play Spring Butterfly Art and Garden Play

These are rather simple to make and you can basically decorate them with just about anything. I folded the card in half and cut half a shape out on the fold to open out into a butterfly shape.

Now here is where the fine motor skills come in. Using those glitter pens is tricky and with the help of her older brother (4) my toddler (20 months) was able to make her own butterfly and decorate it with glitter glue, which she landed up using a paint brush for, as well as googly eyes and various shiny stars.Spring Butterfly Art and Garden Play

We let the butterflies dry and what do you know.. it rained. So the next day we took our butterflies outside to play with. After studying the real ones the kids decided their little art butterflies would look very good and had work to do in the flowers as well.

Even my toddler thought this a fabulous plan from the 4 year old and proceeded to have her butterfly land on some rocket (arugula). It took a bit of balancing.
Spring Butterfly on plant

I think these flowers are rather pretty with their blue shiny butterfly friends.

Blue and shiny Spring Butterflies

Oh and the butterfly landed on her head. She had a good giggle at that one!
playing with butterflies

These are the real butterflies that were flying around!

butterfly in the garden

We had so much fun with this combination activity. We practiced sharing and helping, fine motor skills, painting, gluing, patience with the rain 😉 and had some lovely sun while pretend playing!

Are you looking for some more awesome fine motor skill activities?

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Have a zero to two year old?

You will want to check out this amazing new ebook!zero to two the book of play

  • it’s an amazing resource
  • inspiring play ideas, but really practical
  • great photos, step-by-step guides, all things you can easily try at home
  • 25 ideas for babies and toddlers, and additional links to over 50 more activities
  • great range of activities: classics, things with a twist, sensory, focus on play, backed up with lots of learning
  • Click here to get your copy.
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Homemade Playdough Recipe plus Tools for Play

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My kids love their playdough, my only problem with store bought playdough besides it being a bit pricey here by us is that my kids want to occasionally taste it! This scares me because I really don’t know what is in it and I am sure it is not taste safe. This is why I prefer to make my own homemade playdough recipes.

Lets just be clear, this one is made with salt and does NOT taste nice and should not be eaten! So if your child is eating things you will want to try an Edible Homemade Playdough Recipe rather. This one is safe to taste, as in child takes a small bite. Eating this playdough will make your child sick and he will most likely vomit it up because of the salt content.

This is our homemade playdough recipe

Homemade playdough recipe plus tools for play

Homemade Playdough Recipe.

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Food coloring
  • optional extras: glitter

Add the water, salt and vegetable oil to a pot over medium heat. Use a hand whisk to stir in the cream of tartar and flour. The whisk prevents flour clumps from forming.

Switch the whisk to a wooden spoon as soon as the mixture starts to get thicker and turn the heat to low. Continue stirring.

(We also have a No-Cook Homemade Playdough Recipe)

long lasting playdough recipe

Once the play dough starts to get dry on the edges and you are able to pinch the dough without it sticking to your fingers it is ready. Free Homemade Playdough Recipe

Scoop the dough out onto a heat resist surface and leave to cool.

Once the dough is cool enough to handle, roll into a ball and cut as many wedges as you want colors.
Cooked Homemade Playdough Recipe

Make a little well in the homemade playdough recipe and fold the dough in on itself until the coloring is distributed. Then simply roll and knead it to work the color in more.Homemade Playdough Recipe

Download your free printable by clicking here

This homemade playdough recipe is my favorite, it is soft and doesn’t stick to the kids fingers with simple play. It is so nice my 3 year old rubs little bits on his cheek while playing with it!The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe

The only thing left to do is get your playdough tools out and play!Expand Playdough play with other Toys shapes

Did you know that you can use a garlic press to make little strands of playdough? Just the pressing bit makes my 4 year old happy!

garlic press for playdough play

Stamping is one of my toddlers favorite things to do with homemade playdough.playdough shape tools

Tools for your homemade playdough recipe

Besides using everyday items and extending with other toys we have to play with playdough, we love these tools.
      
      
      

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5 Ideas to keep Toddlers busy in the Kitchen

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I don’t know about you but my toddler is always “stalking” me in the kitchen. I really don’t mind her standing on her little chair watching and sometimes helping me prepare food for cooking, it is when I work with boiling hot things or use the electric beater for example that I want her out of range.

Here are 5 ideas to keep your little one busy in the kitchen while you are!

5 ideas to keep toddlers busy in the kitchen

Here are my go to ideas to keep my toddler busy in the kitchen.

I added a little mat in my kitchen for my toddler to sit on. It could even be a bathroom mat if you like!

1. The Plastics Draw

Empty out some plastic containers for your little one to stack and explore. Or if you have a low draw fill it with plastics they can unpack themselves.

Using a muffin tray also works well for popping things in it. Like plastic spoons, large pasta bits, big pom poms and random toys that will fit in that size hole.

how to keep a toddler busy in the kitchen

2. Make use of your fridge space

I often use our fridge as a canvas and tool to occupy. As my fridge is white the dry erase pens work well and even aid counting with magnets. I also have a bunch of pom poms with magnetic backings for my little one to stick with.

pom poms on the fridge how to keep a toddler busy

3. Use the spice rack

Kids love to shake stuff! Depending on your spice rack type give them a few to shake, investigate or take out and in the spice rack holders.

A good alternative for the spice bottles if you have the ‘toddler don’t touch” variety is to have discovery / sensory bottles just for the kitchen.

discovery bottles in the kitchen for busy toddlers

4. Recycle things already in your kitchen into activities

We love finding uses for things beyond their intended usage. We up-cycled a long can into an activity called pick up sticks and gave an egg carton some paint to play color sorting and stacking. We also recycled a box for a pom pom drop.

5. Toys just for the kitchen

Keep a toy basket just for the kitchen. This toy is my toddlers favorite shape sorter and stacking toy. When toddlers are a bit older, a corner play kitchen unit is also a hit.

Notice a pattern?

Toddlers love to pack, stack and shake stuff! Provide anything in this area and you are set! 😀

If you are feeling VERY brave a bit of water in a pot is also tons of fun! For the toddler that is 😉

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You will want to check out this awesome new ebook!

  • it’s an amazing resource
  • inspiring play ideas, but really practical
  • great photos, step-by-step guides, all things you can easily try at home
  • 25 ideas for babies and toddlers, and additional links to over 50 more activities
  • great range of activities: classics, things with a twist, sensory, focus on play, backed up with lots of learning
  • Click here to get your copy.
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Egg Carton Crafts a Color Sort Activity

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I must confess that I have been collecting a few egg carton trays lately, well for over a year now. You see I have this idea that they are useful and I could make some craft stuff out of them.

I love to recycle into crafty things and plan on thinking up a few more craft projects using egg cartons soon.

Here is our egg carton craft!

Egg Carton Color Sort

I am trying to teach shapes and colors to the boys lately and the egg cartons presented a perfect landscape for some color sorting. That is after we had some painting fun!

I mixed up some of our tempera paints into the base red, blue, yellow, green and black then mixed a few to get purple, pink and brown. I also watered them down a bit for a better painting experience.

Once set up with some egg carton trays on the craft table, the painting began!
paint the egg carton for your crafts

We painted 3 or 4 of each color on 2 trays. They have to be the same amount because you are going to cut up the second tray to make the color caps for the first tray. I made the colors random on the main tray and just painted the ones on the cut up tray together.

My 17 month old couldn’t resist joining in on the painting. She loves to do whatever her brothers are doing. She didn’t do a bad job either!1 year old having fun painting the egg cartons

Here is an example of the main mixed color egg carton tray and the soon to be cut up uniform tray.

Don’t you just love the colors of this egg carton craft?

egg carton color sort color coding

Once your egg carton trays are dry use a larger scissors and pinch the area between the dividers to separate the raised bits. Do this on all sides, until the egg tray is all cut up.pinch the egg carton sections

Pull everything apart. You should now have single color sections.whole egg carton section

Trim these so that they resemble little caps.cut egg carton

Put the little egg carton craft caps in a basket, grab the main tray and go have some learning fun with the kids!

For mine I let them color match, I passed them each cap saying the color and asking if they could find the corresponding color on the main tray. Once the egg carton tray was full I would ask for a certain color back to add to my basket.Egg Carton Crafts a Color Sort Activity

My 17 month old also loves this egg carton craft as she gets to stick the caps on, she does get half the color sorting and corresponding colors. This one is a keeper and I might have to make a second tray as the kids always want to do the same activity at the same time.Egg Carton Crafts a Color Sort Activity 1 year old

What do you think?

How else could we learn with this egg carton craft?

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Potty Train in a Weekend

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What if there was a way to help your child potty train in just three days? Potty Train in a Weekend is the only guide that you will ever need to potty train your child. Whatever method you choose, this eBook has more than 70 pages packed full of information that will be helpful to you and your child!

Becky says:

I even asked other Moms for their advice and input. I researched where they were having difficulties in potty-training and addressed those issues. I have stories and examples of how our potty-training looks in our house. I trained each of my children this way and it has worked every time. They were all potty trained before they turned two year old and they were trained in 1-3 days.

Buy it on amazon here!

Potty Train in a Weekend – Kid & Parenting Resources {Ebook}

Testimonials from other Moms about the eBook: Potty Train in a Weekend:

“This is a must read for any parent attempting to potty train. Becky was the first person I called on when potty training both of my kids. She always had great advice and tips! This book is an easy read and a MUST read if you’re about to potty train. It covers absolutely everything you need to know in order to have a quick, successful potty training experience.”
~Samantha, North Carolina

“This book is the most detailed step-by-step guide to potty-training in a short amount of time that I have ever seen! It answers all of my questions (even questions that I didn’t know that I would have!) I am so excited to use this on my child. I am sure that success is in our future!”
~Katie, Florida

“I was privileged to read this book before Becky released it and I used the method on my child last week. It worked! She was trained in three days! We kept up the training for about a week and I am happy to say that she has not had an accident since Day 3!”
~Joanna, Pennsylvania

“Becky, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I can’t say it enough! This worked just as you said. She even regressed when you said that she would, but I stuck to your plan and we are TRAINED! I am forever grateful!”
~Jessica Campbell, South Carolina

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Easy How to Make Colored Pasta for Play

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The kids always seem to enjoy playing with colorful things and it is a huge plus for them if they can do multiple things with their new found fascination. Earlier this week we made some colored pasta for playing with and I must admit it was a lot easier than I first expected it to be.
Easy how to color pasta for play

To make the colored pasta I used the same method as I did with the colored rice we made last month for a sensory activity.

How to make colored pasta

I gathered 5 little sandwich bags and put them in a plastic container to keep them upright. I added a little bit of vinegar as my base and a generous amount of food coloring. My 4 year old was more than happy to help me scoop the pasta into the bags. We added enough pasta to fill the bags half full each.

I then poured more vinegar in so that all the pasta was covered, zipped them closed and shook to make sure we had color everywhere.
Easy how to colored pasta for play

After an hour the coloring looked good and I opened the ziplock just a little to pour off the liquids. I then emptied the wet colored pasta out on some wax paper and spread to dry. We had originally added 3 types of pasta, but it seems the one was not a good brand and just turned to mush, so I had to remove it.

Easy how to color pasta for play

My 2 and half year old watched the colored pasta dry almost all afternoon! I had to keep telling him it was wet and that he couldn’t play with it until it dried!Easy how to color pasta for play

It took about 4 hours to dry which was a lot longer then the rice we had made. The results are beautiful though and we have already done 2 crafts with them!

counting

Suggestions for colored pasta play:

  • Pasta Necklace
  • Threading on a pipe cleaner
  • Colored Pasta Sorting
  • Counting

How would you play with you colored pasta?

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Sew A Toddlers Backpack

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Over 4 years ago I made this very backpack! Here’s a extract from my original blog post.

We are going on a 24hour plus plane trip (with connections and all that)!! While googling entertainment I came across this article where the lady made her almost 2 year old his own backpack and stuffed things in it he had never seen for the trip. Brilliant idea!

So I searched for a free pattern, I’ve never made anything this complex! It was a real challenge and I’m so proud of the result!!

Here’s my little boy (22m) chuffed with his new backpack 😀

easy sewing pattern backpack owl fabric cutting out materials completed toddler backpack sew a toddler backpack walking around with backpack

The Backpack is still going strong and is used on trips to town and the city, or going over to visit friends. The plane trip in question went smoother than I expected with a bag full of never before seen items!

The pattern and tutorial I used is from That Crafty Mrs. V. The tutorial was amazingly simple to follow, for making a backpack, and well laid out. Sadly I didn’t take many pictures of the creation of the backpack, but I will be updating this post in the near future when I make a toddler backpack for my little girl!

The backpack I made had an owl design and denim fabric, I also tied a red ribbon on the zipper for little hands to get it open! Have fun and do post a link below in the comments section if you make one!

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