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
Yesterday was really fun day. I had the absolute pleasure of crafting with a wonderful group of mamas and their babies with Modern Mama at Java Mama in St. Albert. We all made a craft together upstairs, and then toddled down for a time of lattes (for the moms) and playing (for the kids) in this wonderful coffee shop/playplace. What a treat! Continue reading
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!
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.
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):
Tamara and Heather made these amazing Eye Spy Fish (they partnered on this one since it was more complex).
Candace made this adorable animal matching puzzle with foam sheets, foam stickers and velcro.
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!
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!
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”.
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. Continue reading
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.
We have a lot of empty baby food jars stored away for crafts and recycling, and with fall and Halloween upon us I thought it would be fun to do a little seasonal craft with my three year old. We made these simple little pumpkin and monster jars together one afternoon and they were such a fun craft! You could fill these little guys with candy to give to friends, your child could store their treasures inside, or they’d be sweet candle holders. Here’s what we did:
We prepped our “work space” (the floor!) with a piece of craft paper and readied our supplies: tempera paints, paint brushes, and clean used baby food jars and their lids.
We protected our outfits with smocks and got ready for some serious Halloween craft time! My daughter wanted all of the colours on her jars, so that’s exactly what she did – painted blobs of all of the colours all over the outside of her jar and on top of the lids.
I wanted to make pumpkins out of the baby food jars, so I painted the jars orange and the lids green.
Finally, we simply had fun with some craft supplies we had on hand and embellished the jars once they were dry. We tied pipe cleaners in vine shapes (for the pumpkins) and antennae shapes (for the monsters) around the necks of the jars, glued on googly eyes to the fronts, and added mouths with a permanent marker. My daughter had so much fun using a marker all by herself to make different mouth shapes: “This guy is confused! This guy is yelling!” This mini craft was a really fun way to fill up a cold afternoon.
Do you do any crafts with your little ones? What’s their favourite medium to play with?