Olympics Themed Activities for Toddlers

Sunday, February 18, 2018

In honor of the Winter Olympics taking place over the course of these next few weeks, we took the opportunity this week to learn a little bit about the games and how to play some popular winter sports. As with all Olympic events, we kicked off our week by lighting our "Olympic Torch".

To make our torch, I snagged a flashlight floating around our house and simply wrapped a piece of tissue paper we had on hand around the top (you could certainly use orange or yellow as well). Then I wrapped aluminum foil around the based to cover it as well as hold the tissue paper in place. We closed all of the windows in the bedroom and had a blast watching our torch light up the ceiling and walls and making shadow puppets. After our torch lighting ceremony, we headed to our craft area for a little fine motor activity where we created the fire of the torch by gluing scraps of construction paper to the page. I drew an outline on the top prior to gluing to help guide Asher, but as you can see, one little friend didn't quite make it in - and I think it just adds character!

Valentine's Themed Activities for Toddlers

Monday, February 12, 2018

Last week we spent our days learning about L-O-V-E! And hearts - I'll admit there were lots of those too. Here are some of the books we read to start our "lessons" each morning:

Winter Themed Activities for Toddlers

Monday, February 5, 2018
We had a blast this week embracing winter! While we did get outside a few times to play in the snow, we also took advantage of the warmth and brought "winter" indoors for a variety of our activities. Below are a few of the books that we used to kick off our learning each day.

We began our week of winter themed fun with a snow sensory experience. I snagged some snow from outside while Asher was eating breakfast and then after our story, we dug in. He loved filling the measuring cup with the spoon and his dump trunk and then dumping it out to do all over again. You could certainly fill your tub with just about anything you have on hand.

Because Love is Everyday

Monday, January 29, 2018
This post was written in exchange for a Custom Pencil Portrait from Caleigh's Custom Fine Art Portraits; however, all opinions are my own. 

As this season of "love" approaches, I have been thinking a great deal about ways in which we can go about these next few weeks full of hearts, flowers and chocolates in a meaningful way with our little man. And while there will certainly be festive banners hung and Valentine's made in our home, I want to ensure it goes deeper than that. I want this little blossoming boy of ours to know not only what a heart is, but how to have a heart for people. I want him to not only understand love as gift giving, hugs and kisses, but something that is without conditions- something that is unconditional.

Shape Activities for Toddlers

Sunday, January 28, 2018

As Asher and I have gotten into more of a routine these past 6 months or so since I decided to stay home, one thing we are beginning to incorporate more regularly now is a learning theme for our week. It may be tied to something in which he is showing interest, the season, foundational skills, etc. I am kind of playing it by ear as we go at the moment! Either way, he is really starting to demonstrate a desire to know more about his world around him, using more vocabulary everyday and starting to comprehend texts, feelings, new concepts, etc., and it is so enjoyable to be along for the ride.

That being said, now each morning after we eat our breakfast together, we spend time reading a book related to our theme for the week and then doing a corresponding learning activity together. All of these activities are pretty quick to put together and require very few supplies - as this mama is on a time and monetary budget these days. So far though, we have both been absolutely loving having this additional bit of structured time to our morning, and I am seeing my little man truly pick up these concepts that we practice for just these small tidbits of time each day right before my eyes. Not to mention, he is connecting his new knowledge to all of the learning and exploring that takes place throughout his day. Win, win!

Creating Effective Morning & Bedtime Routines with Toddlers

Monday, January 15, 2018

I'll be honest, as first time parents with a babe whose favorite hobbies are eating and observing the world around him, our first several months of our little's life in the sleep department were beyond rough. One of the biggest game changers for us, however, was finally creating an effective routine for all of us and sticking to it each and every day. Now, I can honestly say something that during those long days and nights, I wasn't sure would ever come out of my mouth - our little man is a pretty darn good sleeper! Not only that, (and I don't want to jinx it) but our morning and bedtime routines run pretty much like clockwork around here these days.

Gluten & Dairy Free Toddler Snacks

Friday, January 5, 2018

This post was written in exchange for a t-shirt from Willow Co Design; however, all opinions are my own. 

This little man of our loves to eat. I should have known he would be a good eater from day one as he guzzled breastmilk like he just ran a marathon. As he reached the 6 month mark, we slowly but surely began introducing him to solid foods. I wanted to ensure that his palette became accustomed a variety of tastes, so we introduced everything from avocado to liver to peppers along with a variety of spices for flavor. Around the first birthday mark, as he began relying less on breastmilk as a main source of nutrients, we began introducing daily snacks into his diet along with his meals.