Category Archives: Toddlers

A Sensory Bin for Fine Motor Skills

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I set up this sensory bin often for Rosebud. She likes to be in the kitchen with me while I’m making dinner. I usually try to make foods that she can help me prepare, but when the meal is too complicated or if she isn’t in the mood to help, I put together this quick sensory bin. I don’t have… Read more »

Potty Training Strategies That Work

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I’m happy to say that Rosebud is potty trained! We have been on quite a journey, but she’s finally got it. We actually started potty training when she was around 18 months old because I bought one of the child sized potties. She learned really quickly what to do. She was staying dry for most of the day plus peeing… Read more »

Easter Spring Sensory Bin

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This post will be short, but I wanted to check in and share our latest sensory bin. I’m not sure what to call this, so I’m going with the Easter spring sensory bin. I went to the dollar store the other day and stocked up on some random spring and Easter items and here is what I came up with… Read more »

Sink or Float

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This is a really simple science activity. You can use any items from around the house. This kept Rosebud occupied for quite a while and she was so excited that she was doing a science experiment. What I used: Glass bowl, Water, Pompom, Glass rock, Penny, Toy nut from tool set, Small plastic lid, Small ball, Toy Walrus, Mini rubber… Read more »

Candy Shop

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This was a left over activity from Valentine’s Day. We used the candy boxes with the chocolate play-dough to make some pretend treats. Here are some of the things we made and the skills we are working on using play-dough. What’s on the tray: Chocolate play-dough, Candy boxes, Measuring cup and spoons, Rolling pin, Play-dough tools Cookie cutters. Fine Motor… Read more »

Melting Hearts

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We did this simple science activity before Valentine’s Day and Rosebud loved it. It kept her occupied for over an hour. What I love about science for young kids is that is so simple and they are learning without even realizing it. What you need: Ice cube trays, Water, Food coloring, Small bowls, Eye droppers Directions: 1. Make some ice… Read more »

Hot Coco Play-dough

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I found this chocolate play-dough recipe several years ago and it smells good enough to eat. When you cook it, it smells so much like brownies. I’ve never tried eating it, but I’m guessing it doesn’t taste as good as it smells. Anyway, I love using this play-dough for a Valentine’s Day or hot coco theme. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups… Read more »

Are Our Children Missing Something?

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It has been a long winter and these past couple of days have been especially horrible at work. One bright spot has been the weather. It’s finally warmed up a bit and not feeling so much like the arctic. Normally, the last thing I want to do when I get home is to go outside and freeze. I get my… Read more »

Five Sleep Essentials for Toddlers

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For the first 15 months of Rosebud’s life, we co-slept. While it’s not a good option for everyone, it’s what worked best for us. I will write about my experience with co-sleeping in a future post, but this post is about our transition into her own toddler bed. I have to say I was pretty lucky. Our transition wasn’t as… Read more »

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Infants and Toddlers

Valentines day will be here before you know it. The holiday is so commercialized, but for me it’s about spending quality time with those I love. I try to do that anyway during the rest of the year. When I was a kid, my mom would always buy me a little Valentines gift and I have been doing the same… Read more »