Sensory play with dry steal cut oat lead to silly and hilarious fun that lasted for 40 minutes!! I don't think much commentary is needed... check out the video (ignoring my annoying voice and bad camera skills!) and pictures below! I hope you and your little one have just as much fun!
"Red, orange, yellow, green and blue... purple on top your rainbows is through!" Spring is quite a colorful season. For weeks my son has been mesmerized by objects hanging above his head and anything that can go in his mouth. As an adult, I find all the baby toy attached boring (lol- I am aware that this is my issue not his!) so I found colorful ribbons on Amazon and secured several colors to each of the hoops. More than I imagined, this activity became a full body experience: hands, mouth, feet, and body entanglement! He has loved playing in his gym for over a week now! I will tell you that I have to keep a very close eye on him as he rolls all over and did his absolute best to knock the entire gym down on top of him which could be dangerous without me there to rescue him. All in all this experience was good fun!
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Happy Easter! Parker and I had a blast playing with some home-made egg shakers I put together using some plastic Easter eggs and small uncooked pasta from my kitchen cabinet. You could use anything that will make noise inside- dried beans, sprinkles, paper clips, etc. We listened to my husband's Brazilian samba music, talked about the colors of the eggs, threw the shakers on the floor and of course broke he broke them open with his brut force to spill out the contents. If you have an older child that is a bit quicker and more coordinated getting things into their mouth, you may want to tape the eggs shut to ensure they can't choke on the small objects. Definitely an activity worth testing out with your little one!
Looking for some Easter fun that doesn't involve a creepy looking costume bunny? ( I have nothing wrong with the Easter bunny but why are all the costumes so crazy looking?!) I wanted to celebrate this holiday with my little guy through some fun sensory experiences so I bought some Easter grass and eggs from Target ( the place I blow most of my money these days!) and made Parker into my most favorite Easter basket ever! As you may have guessed, everything goes in the mouth so the "grass" is something to watch carefully. The texture of the grass was interesting to him... he actually shivered with the feeling ( I am still not sure if he liked it or hated it). Daddy was home for this activity which may it even more fun as he threw the grass over his head and "rough housed" in the sweet way that only his daddy can do. Try it out this week with your little one... I would love to see the picture results!
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Parker had an absolute blast playing in the water! We loved this activity so much that we repeated it the very next day. Parker played in the water for over 15 minutes until he could barely hold his little (big) head up anymore. We used a simple baking sheet, different textured balls, water and a tummy time roller but you could use a Boppy pillow or rolled towel if your little person does not yet have great head control. Parker thought that splashing himself and sticking his wet fingers in his mouth was the best fun!
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Happy 5 Months to my baby boy! I have seen so many amazing changes in the last month and can't wait to see what he learns during his 5th month of life. I have been so anxious to try paint with him so now that we have a highchair, I thought it was time to give it a go! I placed four generous squirts of paint inside a ziplock bag and used painters tape to secure it to the high chair tray. In truth, I think this activity would be better towards the end of 5 months or at 6 months as he enjoyed it after some time but had no idea what to do with it at the beginning. At first, the tape's texture around the edges was more fascinating to him then the actual paint splats but after showing him with my finger and a toy what he could do he started to scratch around in the paint and was happy to do so for several minutes. I will be trying this again along with other variations as he gets a little older and as the high chair becomes more "normal" to his everyday. Did you try this with your 5 month old? If so, how did your baby react?
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Holly Flanders- I am an educational professional with a career that has been focused on infants - 3year old curriculum development as well as the quality vetting and training of childcare professionals. I am a new mommy on a mission to 'practice what I have preached' with my baby boy while helping new mammas and childcare professionals come up with easy and fun activities to help the babies they love learn and grow!