Stacking Cheerios: I saw this great idea over at Toddler Boredom Busters. All you need is some playdough (check out my recipe for Homemade Playdough!), uncooked spaghetti noodles, and a handful of cheerios. Stick the playdough to the table, then stick in a few spaghetti noodles, and stack as many cheerios as you can! This is a great opportunity to practice counting as the cheerio tower grows higher and higher!
Yes, she did eat some Cheerios!
Threading Fruit Loops: Emma has a fantastic set of threading beads that she gets to play with at her Granna's house. She loves threading the beads to make necklaces and bracelets, then enjoys taking them all apart and starting again. As soon as I can find a set on sale or at a garage sale, I'll get some for our house. Until then, threading Fruit Loops onto a length of ribbon or yarn is a good, cheap alternative. Fruit Loops work well because their hole is larger than Cheerios. Another trick that seems to help is to make a nice long "needle" on the end of your string with some packing tape. Emma was struggling at first, but when I made the needle a little longer, she mastered it quickly.
Yes, she did eat some Fruit Loops!
Scooping Ice: This is such a simple, fun activity to do on a hot day! Toddlers always seem to relish getting dirty or wet and this is also a great sensory activity. We used two buckets with water and one with ice. Emma practiced scooping the ice up and dumping it into the water. It was also a great learning opportunity to watch the ice slowly melt in the water.
Yes, she did eat some ice! And, of course...
Read: Reading is one of the best activities you can do with your child at any age!
A few of Emma's current favorites are:
- Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan
- This Little Piggy: And Other Favorite Action Rhymes by Hannah Wood
- Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
My 3 good things for today are:
- We had good weather for Emma's birthday celebration.
- Bryson rolled over (tummy to back) for the first time!
- Derek says I'm the fairest of them all ;) Let's see if he reads this post!