Did you ever have a special doll when you were little? A doll that went with you everywhere and was your friend through thick and thin? Little C’s Maplelea Doll named “Cady” is that special doll for her. Today, Little C and I want to share Cady the Maplelea Doll with you and give you a video peek into a normal afternoon at our Alberta, Canada prairie home. Continue reading
One of my very creative mommy friends, Jenni (she was the one who created this gorgeous tree skirt this past Christmas), organized a “Busy Bag Swap” to take place later today. It’s such a neat idea: a group of us moms are making busy bags (inexpensive, creative little crafts or games that can fit into a bag for our toddlers and preschoolers to play with) and then swapping them over a coffee & playdate so that we have 11 different bags! What a fun way to visit, get some interesting new activities for our kids, and craft.
I decided to put my graphic design skills to use, and I drew this mini road map that can easily fit into a bag for traveling with. I made a “city” and a “country” map, and I put those in a plastic bag with a little toy car.
Little C played with the mini car mats for a while today, so I think they were a success! I originally planned to have the city map on one side and the country map on the other (so there’s just one piece of paper), but my four year old convinced me it was better to have them separate so that the car could visit both places easily. It made sense to me!
I’m sharing these miniature road map printables with you today – they’re a free download just for you! All I ask is that in return, you share this blog post with your friends (use the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post if you wish).
You can print the map as one double sided sheet, or separate them – it’s up to you (and your discerning toddler/preschooler)!
Yesterday was a very, very cold day. It was -44 C with the windchill, Little C’s playschool was cancelled, and we were stuck inside (unless we wanted to lose all of our appendages outside)!
I had seen this wonderful idea on Pinterest (from Spotted Pony’s blog) to upcycle a large wipes container into a simple baby toy. I thought it was such a fantastic way to reuse an old container and to introduce some tactile play to my 14 month old. Babies have so much fun experiencing new colours and textures. It’s also a neat way to introduce problem solving (“how do I get this stuff in and out of this box”?).
old, large wipes container
fabric scraps (look for lots of different textures and colours and, if you desire, find a fabric scrap large enough to decoupage to the sides of the container)
If you want to decoupage the container, cut out a strip of fabric that is as tall and about 2″ longer than the circumference of the wipes container.
Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the sides of the container, stick the fabric to it, and then add another thin layer on top of the fabric. Make sure all of the edges are pasted down and sealed.
Cut squares out of your different fabric scraps (I used pinking shears so that the edges wouldn’t fray as easily). I cut out different, random sizes.
Stuff the squares into the container. You could also put other sorts of baby-friendly items in the container for Baby to discover (like toys, teethers etc.).
Watch your baby play!Show her how to take the fabric pieces out of the box and how to put them back in. Rub her hands over the fabrics and introduce texture words to her like “shiny”, “soft” and “rough”.
Baby A loved playing with her little toy! It cost me no money to make, and it was a great way to spend some of our “inside time” today.
There’s something about little folded tags and bits of ribbon that capture a baby’s attention. There little hands like to grasp the silky tags and their little mouths like to chew them! My babies were no different, so when they were little I made them these sweet ribbon loop blankies to cuddle and play with. These blankets are very simple to sew and small enough to bring in the car or stroller. You can attach plastic links to them and attach those to a stroller or carseat so that the blankie doesn’t get lost! I like to use super-soft minkee fabric for these little blankies to add to the tactile fun!
1/2 yard of main minkee fabric
1/2 yard of coordinating minkee fabric (for reverse)
a variety of coordinating ribbon in various textures and widths
Cut a 15″ x 15″ square out of both minkee fabrics. Most minkee is 60″ wide, so I love this dimension of blanket since you can make 4 with only 1/2 yard of each fabric!
Cut 20 pieces of various ribbon, varying their lengths from 3″ to 6″.
Lay the main minkee piece right-side-up on a flat surface. Fold a piece of ribbon in half to form a loop, and pin it approximately 2 1/2″ from one corner of the minkee piece with it’s raw edge lined up with the raw edge of the fabric. The loop should face in.
Repeat with the remainder of the ribbon loops using 5 loops per side of the square. Space them evenly apart and vary textures, colours and lengths. I like to use as many different ribbons as possible and I don’t use any type of pattern when I place them!
Stay-stitch the loops in place by machine. Remove pins.
Lay the coordinating minkee back piece over the front piece, right-sides-together. Pin in place (always pin minkee fabric well)! Sew together using a 1/2″ seam. Leave a 4″ hole and then turn the blanket right-side-out. Top-stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the blanket to keep it nice and flat and to sew the opening closed.
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Good, old-fashioned blocks are a great toy for Baby. They’re wonderful to grab with little fingers, and to practice passing from hand to hand. Here’s a simple pattern for soft blocks made out of fabric, ribbon and polyester fiberfill. Hang them, stack them, toss them — they’ll have many uses!Continue reading