Mr. Potato Head

This week’s theme was completely inspired by a recent purchase from the toy store. After months of searching, I was finally able to find a Mr. Potato Head here in Germany for my 19 month old son. Because he is learning to identify body parts and their movements, owning a Mr. Potato Head would only aid in his skill development. Plus, the toy is a classic (and inexpensive), so I was able to break my “never pay full price for a toy” rule. Now that we have had Mr. Potato Head for a week, I have to say that he Continue Reading

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Watermelon Activities for Toddlers

This week has been all about watermelons for me and my toddler. I was inspired to create some toddler activities as I was slicing up a beautiful specimen on Mother’s Day. Watermelons are not only colorful and tasty, but they have several different dimensions to them. All of this, to me, equals a great learning opportunity for a little person! So, here are a whole week’s worth of watermelon activities for you and your toddler: Sensory Play With Watermelon Mosaic Watermelon Craft Paper Plate Watermelon Felt Watermelon Counting Activity Watermelon Songs (with visuals and a game!) Watermelon Popsicles Plant a Continue Reading

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Mosaic Watermelon Activity

This is a great toddler craft for many reasons. It involves just a few, inexpensive materials, it’s engaging, and itĀ aids in skill development (fine motor control, color and shape recognition). Here’s how to create a mosaic watermelon… Cut some green and red construction paper into strips and then into squares. Two pieces of paper should be plenty. Cut a piece of contact paper the size you want your piece of watermelon to be. Take off the paper part to reveal the sticky side. Turn the sides of the contact “paper” under at each end so it holds the piece in Continue Reading

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Felt Watermelon Counting Activity

This is a super simple counting activity that I came up with on the fly. I love that it features the watermelon (our theme for this week) and is something I can keep “on file” as my little one grows in his understanding of numbers. For example, this could easily be used with preschoolers to not only teach counting, but basic number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Here’s how to make it… Materials: felt pieces–one green, one red and one black scissors (use a good pair so it cuts nicely) glue dots (about 8-10) Procedure: Using a large paper Continue Reading

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Watermelon Popsicles

Today, Nathan and I experimented with different phases of matter. Yep, even a 19 month old can begin learning about solids and liquids just by using watermelon. To do so, we began with watermelon fresh off the rind. In its solid state, we ate a few pieces, but could observe liquid escaping with each bite. We then took the left over watermelon pieces and blended them in the food processor to form a liquid. Next, we filled a few small Dixie kiddie cups 3/4 of the way full. We then placed them in the freezer. After 2 hours, we inserted Continue Reading

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Watermelon Songs

In keeping with our watermelon theme this week, I wanted to teach by toddler a fun song that was either about watermelons or at least mentioned them. The first song that came to mind was the classic “Down By the Bay”. I quickly went to You Tube and was happy to find a sweet little video for us to watch and sing along to (check out our favorite kids songs–with videos!). I then wanted to create some visuals to use for all of the other times that we will sing the song and not be watching the video. I was Continue Reading

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Kids Songs

My son LOVES listening to music (he gets it from his mom). It doesn’t matter if he hears a commercial playing on the radio or a song playing overhead in a store, he will start movin’ and shakin’ to the rhythm he hears. It really is the funniest thing to look in my rearview mirror and see him in his carseat with is little head bobbing. To foster that enormous love for music, I am always in search of good kid songs, nursery rhymes, and Christian music. We particularly enjoy watching some of the music videos for kids on You Continue Reading

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Paper Plate Watermelon

This cute little toddler craft is super simple and only requires a few materials. To get started, you will need: a toddler 2 large paper plates red and green washable paint dry watermelon seeds glue (I used Tacky) a Q-tip Procedure: Have your child paint (by hand or with a brush) each paper plate. One should be green and the other red. Once dry, cut out the center of the red paper plate. Using a Q-tip, dab the center of the green paper plate with glue. Place the red circle that was cut onto the center of the green plate. Continue Reading

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Building Block Activities

Building blocks, also referred to as “blocks” or “toy blocks”, have been around for decades and for all good reason. Their simple design and construction encourage a host of developmental skills, which make them the ultimate educational toy. In order to maximize the educational benefits of building blocks, try these 10 building block activities to aid in building your child’s development: Stack em’–The most obvious way to use building blocks is to allow your child to simply stack them or build with them (it doesn’t matter if it is in an ordinary or extraordinary way) Knock em’ down–Small children, in Continue Reading

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Sensory Play With Watermelon

Since this week is going to be all about watermelons, I thought it was appropriate to begin our fun with some sensory play. This took place by simply cutting a watermelon into slices and then watching my toddler explore. It turns out that watermelon is a great “material” to use for sensory play. Not only does it have texture and is edible (a must for my toddler), but it is colorful and has many dimensions–the rind (which is hard), the “flesh” (which is squishy) and the seeds (which are slimy). Although I did let my toddler explore the seeds, I Continue Reading

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