DIY Kids Activities

My Bathroom Must-Haves for a Potty Training Toddler

It’s time. It’s happened. My littlest daughter is now two years old (REALLY?!) and she’s showing signs that she’s ready to learn how to use the potty. It seems like it was just the other day that I was telling you I was expecting our third child, and now she’s not a baby anymore. Baby B’s a toddler and she’s ready to ditch the diapers. Sniff. Now that this day has come, I’m outfitting our newly renovated powder room with all of the potty training essentials that I know will help her – and me – through this big transition.Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

A Handmade Christmas: More DIY Toddler Gifts

Are you joining me in A Handmade Christmas this year? There are so many clever and adorable ideas for handmade Christmas gifts for toddlers floating around on my favourite blogs. Here are some of my top picks for DIY toddler gifts – some are sewn and some require no sewing, and all would be a lot of fun to make and give! (Want even more ideas? Check out my DIY Toddler Gifts post from last year!)Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, Free Printables

A “Busy Bag” Swap Party (with tons of great links to toddler busy bag ideas!)

Last Friday, I packed up my kidlets and headed off to our local McDonald’s to meet up with a group of moms & toddlers for a Toddler “Busy Bag” Swap party! The party was the brain child of my friend Jenni who got the initial idea from this blog post. It was an absolute blast and we came home with a bag full of fun little handmade activities that both my girls (aged 4 and 1) loved!

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Here’s the idea: a group of moms (we had 11 and I wouldn’t go with any more than that) each picked a different type of busy bag to make (from ideas on the web) and made 11 of the same one. A busy bag is a self-contained activity for a toddler or pre-schooler that’s easy to transport, inexpensive to make, and re-usable. Jenni set our cost limit at $20 for the 11 bags (so it was completely affordable for everyone) and we chatted over Facebook to make sure we didn’t make the same ones.

We met for coffee and a playdate at McDonald’s (who graciously supplied us with free beverages and reserved tables in their newly renovated and cleaned Playplace area – thank you!), laid the bags out on tables, and then we each grabbed one of each of the different busy bags. I was amazed at all of the hard work and creativity that went into these activities – they were all just fantastic.

Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

The result? A super-fun playdate and a whole bunch of unique, new games to play that were made with such thought and attention to detail.

I’d definitely recommend organizing this with a group of your own crafty friends. What a cool idea!

Here are the busy bags we were so happy to come home with (and the links to their tutorials so that you can make them yourself):

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Tamara and Heather made these amazing Eye Spy Fish (they partnered on this one since it was more complex).

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Candace made this adorable animal matching puzzle with foam sheets, foam stickers and velcro.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Naphtali made these cute Popsicle Stick Puzzles.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Jenni made these fun Lacing Cards.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Robin made this great Mr. Potato Head  velcro activity.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Tara made an educational Object Match with Outline game.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Jen made a Pushing Puffballs activity.

Colour Matching Felt Board - Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Lynn made a wonderful colour matching game from felt.

Road Map Busy Bag by The DIY Mommy - Free Printable!

I made some mini road maps.

Aren’t these all so fun? My girls have already spent several hours playing with these over the weekend, and the best part was that there were activities that were suitable for both of them.

I encourage you to host your own Busy Bag Swap with your crafty mommy friends and see how much fun you (and your kids) will have! Thanks again to my friend Jenni and to McDonald’s in Spruce Grove for making this such a great success!

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make Candy Cane Mice – A Kid’s Christmas Craft

If you’re looking for a fun little Christmas holiday craft for your toddler or preschooler, these candy cane mice are really easy and cute!

Candy Cane Mice a la Martha Stewart on The DIY Mommy

My Little C (she’s 3 going on 4 in January) made these today and they were quick. She picked out the colours of felt that each mouse needed to be, I cut out the pieces and did the gluing (but if you had regular white glue, a child could easily do that part too) and then she inserted the candy cane.

She gave them all names and played with them for a while – I believe the purple one is “Desmerella”.

You can find the printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.

Bonus? You can use them as Christmas tree ornaments.

Candy Cane Mice Craft a la Martha Stewart on The DIY Mommy

I was hoping for a happy, perfect picture of Little C holding a DIY candy cane mouse as she smiled with Sparkly Holiday Eyes, but she was extra tired and grouchy this afternoon and so was I.

We had “quiet time” with the Disney Junior channel instead for an hour.

And that, my mommy friends, is a Good Thing. (See what I did there?)

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make DIY Snow Globes – A Kid’s Craft

DIY Snow Globes by The DIY Mommy

What’s better than doing crafts? Doing them with your children!

My little three year old had seen some snow globes over the weekend and was fascinated by them. When I told her that we could make them ourselves, her eyes widened with delight!

With a few inexpensive supplies and some old baby food jars, we made these cute little DIY snow globes together. It was such a fun, simple craft and my girlie is really excited to give them as Christmas gifts to her friends.
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A Handmade Christmas: DIY Toddler Gifts

Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? I’ve found the absolute sweetest and most creative DIY ideas for toddler gifts! From easy homemade play dough to a super hero fort kit, these gifts would be exciting for any little one to receive.

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Toddler Gift Ideas by The DIY Mommy

  1. Baby Doll Accessories by Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Homemade Playdough by Art Nest
  3. DIY Wipe-Down Aprons by Ruffles and Stuff
  4. Chalk cloth Table Topper by Noodlehead
  5. DIY Felt Board by The Busy Budgeting Mama
  6. Super Hero Fort Kit by Meg + Andy
  7. Old MacDonald Puppets by Just Another Day in Paradise
  8. Mini Colouring Tote by LBG Studio
  9. Magnetic Fishing Game by Blissfully Domestic

Do you have a toddler in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!