DIY Baby Fabric Bucket Toy

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The following post is from the archives. It originally appeared in April, 2011. If you're looking for ways to mix up your baby play time routine, you might enjoy trying this simple activity with materials you may already have in the closet and recycling can. I often wax poetic about my preschooler's creative pursuits while my little one makes the occasional appearance … [Read more...]

How to Entertain a Toddler with Pom-Poms and Bowls

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My toddler loves and adores all little things. Especially those tiny little things that are on the do-not-give-to-little-kids-who-mouth-everything-that-comes-their-way lists. I guess it's a casualty of being the second child to a 3.5 year old sibling, but I suppose the good news is that she's building an understanding of what can and can't go in the mouth. To play to our … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Painted Canvas

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Chalkboards...I love them. You? The texture, the dust, and contrast are oh-so-appealing. When I started to see them disappear from classrooms in favor of dry erase boards, I was a little bit shocked. Dry erase boards are wonderful too, but they'll never have the same rustic appeal as a … [Read more...]

Toddler Art: Glue Dots and Buttons

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"Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word." - Eric Gill Since she was 15 months old, gluing small objects to paper has been one of Baby Rainbow's favorite activities (second to climbing into a big bin of cloud dough...sigh). We've also done this with sequins, feathers, and pom-poms, but I find that she gets frustrated when the sequins start sticking to her … [Read more...]

Creative Challenge 7: Magazines

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Today I have something extra cool in store for you. Kiwi Crate and I are bringing you a super-star line-up of rockin' kid-friendly bloggers for a no holds barred invitational kid-centered magazine challenge, and an extra-special Kiwi Crate box giveaway at the end of this post. Each of the 20+ bloggers spent some time tinkering, plotting, creating, and playing with their kids to … [Read more...]

Bean Bags for Babies

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I mentioned in yesterday's post that we made these sweet little pyramid bean bags, courtesy of The Artful Parent. I filled ours with buckwheat (picked up in the bulk section of Whole Foods) that I had to fill those lovely hot/cold therapeutic eye pillows, so I knew it would work well for these too. These little bean bags would be wonderful for all sorts of things, and in this … [Read more...]

Water Scooping for Babies

Sensory Play: Water Scooping for Babies

While my older daughter tore up the grass with the Slip 'n Slide, I set my 10 month old up with a bucket of water and some measuring cups. And she got right to work, filling and emptying the cups. It was interesting to watch her attempt to fill the cups when they were upside down, and then exciting when she figured the "problem" out and corrected for it. And then, … [Read more...]

First Drawing

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My kids just reached an age where they hang out and play together. It's really sweet when it's sweet, and then not-so-sweet when a civil little game of Row your Boat can turn into vigorous rowing that capsizes the boat and knocks the baby overboard. Or something similar. But here we had a nice afternoon that was full of sketching for everyone, or at least that's the way I … [Read more...]

Baby Bean Bowl Exploration

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My little one is almost 9 months old and her curiosity has pushed her to see past the same ol' toy basket (do you see it there, hidden under the cabinet?), in search of new stimulation. "Enter stage left: Bean Bowl!" I created the bean bowl for my older daughter to sort and sift through while I'm busy in the kitchen, and I was only sort of surprised when little baby … [Read more...]