Meijer has these giant coloring pages for $4.99. They have Paw Patrol, Trolls, Frozen, Dory, and a couple more. This would make a great Christmas gift for nieces and nephews without breaking the bank!
Hello world! I haven’t posted in a while and let me explain why. My husband and I are expecting our second child in December. YAY! However, this pregnancy has been more than brutal on my body, mind, and energy level. I’m sure there are many of you ladies out there that can relate. 🙂 It has been a long road for us to get pregnant. We have suffered two miscarriages in the process. My heart goes out to anyone who has been through the loss of a child. It is painful and all consuming, but with the support of my husband and family I find myself coping. It wasn’t short after I found out I was pregnant again in March that extreme, debilitating morning sickness reared its ugly head. IV fluids were necessary on multiple occasions. Ughh. I decided to take a break from my regular everyday life and just focus on a healthy stress free pregnancy. I am now 31 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy! I have continued to do projects with BABS, but slowed down a bit and I just didn’t have the energy to post. However, I am finally feeling ready to tackle the blogging world again!
Taking this time off made me realize that while I originally started this blog to share my ideas for engaging kids activities, I have SO MUCH MORE to share. I mean let’s be real…being a stay at home mom we don’t just sit around all day playing with shaving cream and doing cute art projects. Working moms…I have been there too! Talk about busy! Stay at home mom or working mom, it doesn’t matter, we all need a little survival tips sometimes. I have decided to branch out. I will still be posting all the activities I do with my kiddos. But this time off has inspired me to do more. It has inspired me to be real. I want to share the simple things I do everyday that help make life easier. Recipes, reinventing leftovers, cleaning hacks, great deals on toys for Christmas (usually purchased online from the comfort of my couch and PJ’s), fun and educational kid activities! The list could go on and on.
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Looking for a cheap easy way to entertain a toddler recovering from a cold? Balloons are a cheap and easy way to get out some energy and be creative!
Babs is currently getting over a minor cold. We are to the point where she is feeling better, but if she over does it… she probably end up right back where she started. I keep a few packs of balloons from the dollar store on hand. Below are a few of the activities we like to do with balloons.
Bunches of Balloons Activities
*put on some music and kick the balloons
*grab some markers and draw faces on them
* go on a color hunt
*bury them with balloons on the couch or in an old box
*throw them back and forth- makes for an interesting game of catch 😉
These activities are fun even if they aren’t sick! Great for a rainy or cold day too. Hope you enjoy!
I am always trying to expose Babs to some toddler friendly science. The shaving cream rain cloud turned out to be more entertaining for her than I thought it would be. Let’s face it…..that’s always a plus! 🙂
First you need a glass bowl or cup filled with water. Then squirt some shaving cream on top. Next give your little one some food coloring and help them add some drops to the top of the shaving cream. The amount of food coloring you need will depend on the amount of shaving cream you used.
It takes a little time but the food coloring will gather at the base of your shaving cream cloud and drip into the water. The result was fascinating to Babs! We ran out of blue so our rain cloud was multi-colored.
Glass bowl or cup
One excited toddler!
So Babs is just coming to the end of one of the many upper respiratory infections we have battled this year. However, overall it hasn’t been a horrible cold and flu season for us. We just finished snuggling our way through week three (and hopefully the last week) of being sick. ☺ My motto is always…it could be worse. Any of you who have had a sick toddler know how hard it can be to keep them engaged, while at the same time trying not to have them over exert themselves. This is when I came up with what I call the “Sick Day Stations”. These are just four simple and easy activities you can put together so your child has something new and engaging to do while they aren’t feeling good. The stations include: color matching box, diy ribbon dancer, pom pom tubes, and laundry basket bead slide. The key to being able to use these over and over again is to put them away after they are feeling better. Then when you need them again you can pull them out and your toddler will fall in love all over again!
Here is a quick run through of how to make them. 😆
Color Matching Box
The materials you are going to need include a cardboard box, multi-colored balls, marker or duck tape, and scissors or a box cutter.
We chose to use four different colored balls so our box has four holes cut into it. Once you cut four u holes in your box you can either colors around the whole a with marker or you can use duck tape. We used marker since we are out of colored duck tape at the moment. Their should be one hole for each color ball. Hand it over to the little one and you are done. ☺
DIY Ribbon Dancer
Babs loves playing with ribbon dancers in gymnastics so we decided to make one at home! The materials you are going to need include a hair tie of some kind and ribbon. We have tons of ribbon in our gift wrapping box. The scrunchie I used came with Babs leotard. I figured since her hair is STILL not thick enough to use it we could use it for this. Cut ribbon to the length you want. Ours are about two and a half feet long. Tie the ribbon to your hair tie. The more ribbon strands the better! Turn on some music and away they will go!
Pom Pom Tubes
Grab some pom poms and old toilet paper or paper towel rolls that I just know you are secretly saving for a project like this…lol! We have an old dresser downstairs in our storage room that is dedicated to recycled materials and craft items. We have so many toilet paper rolls I am always looking for new ways to use them. Tape a few of them to the wall in the same general area. We use masking tape or painters tape because it doesn’t mark up our walls. Place some pop poms in a container below the toilet paper tubes. Show the little ones how they can drop the pom pom in the top of the tube and it falls out the bottom. It is still amazing to me what a hit this one was!
Laundry Basket Bead Slide
For this one you will need a laundry basket, ribbon, and beads. Thread the beads on the ribbon. Babs helped with this. Then tie them across the laundry basket in different ways. They can then slide the beads around anyway the like. Needless to say my laundry basket was out of commission for a few days. Good thing I have multiple. ☺
Please keep in mind these activities should also be done supervised. Some of them have small parts that can present a chocking hazard.
Hope this helps keep your little ones busy when they aren’t feeling good or when you need a sick day now and then!
Babs and I were looking for something new to do while she hasn’t been feeling good so I decided to try a new playscape! This could easily be done at home using a bin like we did or in a preschool sensory table. We purchase our frog figurines at Target. The brand can also be found on Amazon. We used mini Terra animals by Battat. The particular playscape idea came from Fun at Home with Kids. They have many other awesome small world ideas!
This held her interest for about a week. 🙂 What I love about using the under the bed storage bins is you can just put a lid on it for easy clean up and storage. I like to put a tablecloth under it to catch any water that splashes during play.
Click here for materials and directions. Have fun and happy hopping!
Puffy paint makes for a great new painting texture for kids. It’s also extremely easy to make. All you needed glue and shaving cream. During our art projects we have been working on following directions to make more purposeful pictures. So for this project we drew a snowman outline so Babs could work in staying inside the lines.
However, it’s always important at this age to let your child explore with the materials on their own as well. 😉
I drew the snowman shape big enough so it was easy for her to work on staying in the lines with the puffy paint. If you use equal parts glue and shaving cream the paint will dry perfectly puffy. Babs loves seeing her snowman hanging on the wall.
Glue 1/2 cup
Shaving cream 1/2 cup
Paint brush and bowl
Lately we have been playing with our everyday sensory materials…play dough, floam, and kinetic sand. We decided to try something new last week with a recipe you can find in the book 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids by the creator of Fun at Home with Kids. It is an amazing book! All you need if Flax seed (got ours at the Dollar Tree) and water.
It was messy but totally worth it. We kept ours all week in a plastic ziploc bag in the fridge. Make sure to check for spoilage each day before you child uses it.
Flax Seed Goo was a very different experience for Babs. She is always very unsure of new sensory projects. Here are some tips and tricks to help your child experience new messy sensory play.
Tips for Sensory Play:
Allow your child to explore at their own pace. Never force them to touch the new sensory item. Give them a spoon and bowl to allow them to explore the properties of the Goo or slime before they touch it.
Play with them! Your child is more likely to engage in sensory play if they see you doing it. So don’t be afraid ringer your hands dirty.
Make sure they are in clothes neither of you care gets dirty. If your child is wearing their favorite shirt they will be mire worried about getting it dirty then experiencing the sensory play.
Give your child multiple days to play and experience the project .
Last but not least…..HAVE FUN! 🙂
Babs has been in love with hearts lately. It is so close to Valentine’s day we thought these would look great hanging in the windows!
All you need are some left over sheets of tissues paper from Christmas and contact paper. We used red, pink, and white to go with Valentine’s Day. However, you can use any colors you would like.
First cut out the contact paper hearts and tape then down onto a table or flat surface with the sticky side facing up. Then take some of the tissue paper and either cut or tip it into tiny pieces.
Then just let you little one stick them on the contact paper.
When they are finished place another sheet of contact paper over the hearts, sticky sides together. Trim them up and hang them on your windows!
colored tissue paper