It’s Playtime! Indoor Activities

Its that time of year. When we all duck our heads and hibernate for a couple of months. Granted, we try to get outside as much as we can. But most days its not for long, if at all. So… What indoor activities can we do on these cold days coming up? [Really, its been pretty […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Play in a Box

DAY 26 CHALLENGE: PLAY IN A BOX DAY 26 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes playing with, in or around a cardboard box! Let the imaginations of your children decide what it will be today. Add any elements needed to create it. Inspiration: Tinkerlab had a cardboard box challenge last May, you can check out […]

Corn sensory bin for toddlers

Sensory Activity: Hauling Corn

With harvest in full swing at Grandpa’s farm, Henry’s always begging to go along and ride in the combine. This weekend, the entire family got out there and rode along! I decided to bring home some corn straight from the field for a sensory activity! [Okay, it may have gone through the corn bins before I got […]

Toddler Activity : Tissue Paper Bag

I let George loose with a paper bag full of tissue paper left over from our DIY Wrapping Paper that Henry and I made. George explored the tissue paper for probably a good half hour. It kept him fully entertained. What came to my surprise, was that I had an empty tub in the room […]

Free Play : DIY Road Map

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that I can draw on our play table. But now that I have, Henry and I have created many road maps! Roads are the biggest hit. And since Henry can’t reach across the table, the road always goes around the table. [Its a 4×8 piece […]

Outdoor Play : Scavenger Hunt

It has been a while since I made a scavenger hunt for Henry. This time I wanted Henry to be more self-sufficient at it. So I made a scavenger hunt guide with pictures [as well as the word]. Another fun way to do a nature scavenger hunt is to go on a nature walk scavenger hunt […]

Free Play : Carpet Doodles

Carpet doodling was an unexpected activity that came out of some free play. Henry and I scored a bunch of old utensils and cookie cutters from my great-grandmother’s house. They’ve been in a bucket around the house and played with nearly every day. As we were playing one day, we discovered that they could make […]

Bridges made with the flaps of cardboard boxes

Box Flap Bridges & an Experiment

I think I can now be certified as a civil engineer. What? Experience would be needed? My Experience: ABC Mat Road Bubble Pop Road and the latest: Box Flap Bridges I had a ton of box flaps that I cut off from a previous road project. [Ha, more experience!] This time I thought some bridges would be fun […]

How a toddler helps

Toddler Talk : Helping

The one thing that lets me have some sort of order in this house, and keeps me sane, is that Henry loves to help me clean and do my regular household work. Dust mopping the wood floors has become a weekly necessity and this is Henry’s favorite! I shortened a Swiffer mop by taking out a couple […]

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Bubble Pop Road & More

I order a lot of my baby supplies (formula, baby food, diapers) online. My latest shipment came with a ridiculous amount of packaging. I ordered a stovetop’s worth – it came in 3 gigantic boxes (above) and had about 1 1/2 boxes worth of packaging.  Since I had no control over the first R (reduce), we moved […]