November 9, 2011

toddler tuesday: six ideas for the cold

Some cold weather ideas to keep the kids busy and mamas sane.

Idea one: find someone who likes to talk - and let the kids call them. Millie ca spend lots of time listening to grandma ramble (um, I mean, talk). Being grandma, she loves talking to the wee one, so it's a win-win situation for everyone, including the freshly cleaned kitchen counters (thanks grandma!).

Idea two: I posted here how to make colored rice. Once you have your rice colored, hunt for objects the same color of your rice, and all of a sudden you have a color-themed sensory bin. This leads to minutes of scooping, hiding and rice-throwing fun [read: it can be messy so do it on hard floors].

Idea three: If you want to get out, but don't really have much to do, go shopping in the dollar store. Give your child a dollar - that way they can shop a bit but also learn about the value of a dollar.

Idea four: Window crayons. Have you seen these? They are awesome. We color on windows, mirrors, and cell phones [read: use under supervision].  They are fun for all ages, and the best part is they clean up easy... as in, easily enough for a toddler to clean up! Win!

Idea five: swimming in the kitchen. No really, let them swim in the kitchen. A few days ago I was staring at the kiddy pool out on the patio getting rained on, and I thought, I should just bring that inside. HEY! You CAN bring it inside, fill with farm water, and let them go nuts! The best part - clean up by dancing on towels and save yourself the chore of mopping the floor this week! Another win!

Idea six: another winter outing - book stores with a kid's section. These places are just waiting for kids to come enjoy them. We have a Barnes and Noble here that even has a stage on it (maybe all do, I'm not sure). This is a great idea because 1. they get to read books, 2. they can run around (if there's room for such play) and 3. you can sit with a hot drink and relax. What's better than that? A library would also be an excellent choice, but they don't want you to bring drinks in there - though they have free books, so you have to weigh that one. ;)

Um, I thought I'd mention that she fell in that park - hence the marks on her noggin.
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November 8, 2011

make it monday: gifts

WIth Christmas just around the corner my thoughts have turned to gifts. I aspire to have a homemade Christmas, but well... I have 2 babies and a mending hip [read: no time for crafting]. So in my "free hours," the time before my children are awake, while they nap, and after they go to sleep [read: when I can be kid free] - I am slowly working on gifts.

Gifts are my absolute favorite thing to make. Here are some links of great sites to help you come up with ideas:
Everything Etsy
Christmas Your Way

I have some lists started myself, they might give you some ideas:
Books (make your own or make a Shutterfly photo book)
Crayon rolls
Play kitchen apron/oven mitt/etc
Felt food
Art apron
Taggy blankies

Photos (framed or printed on canvas)
Apron/oven mitts/etc
Cloth coasters

And tune in next Monday for how to make awesome gifts for grandparents from the kids. :)
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