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This category is all about learning and development and things to trying with your baby or toddler. I’m learning too so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

Toddler activities

14 Apr, 2014

Following on from the half a dozen Easter Activities Post, I’ve been working on my Family Tree Egg Hunt today! Lots of cutting and sticking but since it was sunny I sat outside to do it while Reuben played with the Easter Sensory Box (as inspired by No Time for Flash Cards)…

Toddler Easter Sensory box - Egg hunt

I know people say that toddlers love this kind of thing but I was dubious as to whether Reuben would. Well, he absolutely loved it! Played for ages really concentrating on filling the pots or the eggs, and using each of the garden tools. There was a moment that he tried to tip the whole thing up but I was close at hand to save the day. Also, to stop him putting anything in his mouth/retrieving the things he did put in his mouth. He didn’t do it often but definitely bare in mind that you want to keep an eye on little ones.

I did a bit of a rampage at Sainsbury’s and the whole thing cost just over £6.  It was really easy to do and this is what I used to make it:

  • Tub (that everything goes into) – £1
  • Plant pots – £1 for 10
  • Fillable eggs – £2 for 8
  • Pinto beans – £1.10
  • Farfalle (bow tie pasta!) Tricolour – £0.95

I also put in some dried green lentils but they were lost so don’t bother! I was meant to add some little insects and sequins but I forgot. Next time!

Toddler Easter Sensory box - Egg hunt

The Family Tree Egg Hunt

Anyway, on to the main affair… The Family Tree Egg Hunt! Reuben LOVES chocolate and cake and all sweet things so the option of having an egg hunt with real chocolate ain’t on the cards. I figured this would be a nice alternative!

My theory behind this is that I wasn’t sure if I could get Reuben excited about collecting just eggs, so with the added dimension of there being people he knows on the back might make it more interesting for him.

Turns out, all I needed to do was dot them about, give him a bucket and tell him to pick them up! He did also enjoy turning them over to see who was there, so I think we’re going to enjoy playing with these over the next few days (months!).

Toddler Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Activities

All you need is:

  • A bunch of old Birthday cards;
  • Some photos of your nearest and dearest;
  • Some scissors; and
  • Pritstick
Toddler Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Activities

1. Cut your bunch of cards in to egg shapes (don’t worry too much, some of mine are very dubious eggs! I did consider using cookie cutters but they were a bit small)

Toddler Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Activities

2. Stick them onto your photos – I held them up to the sun to make sure they were in the right place, then cut the paper to size.

Toddler Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Activities

3. “Hide” them – you could probably hide them in more imaginative places than I did but I was mainly just gauging his interest! I’ll try more challenging places tomorrow.

Toddler Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Activities

That’s it!

What do you think? Do you fancy giving the Family Tree Egg Hunt or the Easter Sensory Box a go?!

12 Apr, 2014

With being at home with Reuben most of the week, I’ve started to think more about what to do with him. Activities that might challenge him but be enjoyable. It’s quite hard though because I basically don’t know much about toddlers! I know Reuben, and the things he likes. But then he’ll surprise me. He spent an hour and a half one evening last week playing with his new cooker, pretending to pour ‘hot teeeeeeea’ into the little cups. So he’s definitely able to concentrate for a while on one activity but I’m unable to predict what it would be. Since we’re coming up to Easter, I thought it might be fun to hunt out some Easter Activities that we could try this week!

As a guide to doing activities/anything with toddlers I highly recommend you read Hands on as We Grow’s toddler activities advice as it’ll help you get in the right head space and hopefully prevent you getting too frustrated!

Half a dozen Easter Activities for Toddlers! Sensory play for little ones http://www.mumsdays.com/easter-activities-toddlers/

Half a Dozen Easter Activities for Toddlers

1. Spring Sensory Box – By No Time for Flash Cards

I’ve done quite a bit of reading today about Montessori education  (thank you Wikipedia). Fascinating! And what an amazing woman. I just assumed Montessori was a man but it’s totally a woman in the early 1900s revolutionising education. Anyhoo, this kind of sensory box embraces the Montessori ideals and is fascinating to a toddler, lots of little things to try and find, and in theory they should be happy playing independently with this box for a while!

2. Bunny ears hat – Spoonful

I think I would have to do most of this activity but it looks really easy and I think if I put a little mirror somewhere for him so he could see himself, he’d enjoy wearing the ears and playing with them for a while. They also mention using easter stickers and I think Reuben would enjoy doing that bit.

3. Egg decorating part 1

My thought for this is to literally give him some eggs and some felt tips. I think he would enjoy actually holding the egg whilst colouring. Again stickers would probably be popular!

You can get 10 fake eggs on EBay for £2.23 and as ever Paperchase have some lush stickers for £1.50.

4. Egg decorating part 2, sparkly eggs – Parents

If I’m feeling brave and the weather is nice, I recon we could do this…I could do glue dots on an egg, and then Reuben could roll the egg in some glitter in a tray. This would all have to happen outside though and I guess I should expect him to throw the glitter everywhere if he’s not interested in rolling the eggs in it. The garden could look really pretty with glitter everywhere though!

5. Easter baskets – Pretty Little Party Shop

Reuben loves things with handles. Buckets, bags and baskets are all popular for carrying around. This idea from Pretty Little Party Shop is so simple and easy, that it wouldn’t matter if he wrecked it with his usual style of rough play! I think he’d enjoy taking things out or collecting up the eggs he’s been decorating.

6. Family Tree Egg Hunt – No Time for Flash Cards

I’m using No Time for Flash Cards’ idea of a family tree peak-a-boo but instead I’m going to stick family pictures on eggs made from old birthday cards. I’ll then ‘hide’ them around the garden and see if I can entice Reuben to go hunting for them with his baskets. I think the pictures will be the key for him to get engaged with this game…I’ll do a post about this once we’ve done it to let you know how it went!

What Easter Activities are you going to try with your little ones? Feel free to leave your links in the comments section!