Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Toddler At Home Learning

When I dropped Tatum off for Mother's Day Out the Wednesday before we were quarantined, I never thought that would be the last time (probably for the rest of the year/rest of his time there) but we've been making the most of it.  We have a little schedule for weekdays and during the morning hours when he'd usually be at "school" I try to plan 3-4 morning activities mixed in with playing.  On the days its warm enough, we always take a long walk right before lunch - partly to get outside but partly so I can exercise.

I found my activities and ideas through just a simple Amazon browse, other blogs and Pinterest so I figured I'd share!  I ordered a bunch of things right when this started - some of which we haven't gotten to yet so I'll do another post sharing those once we try.  The things we work on most are sensory items, colors, numbers, shapes and new words.

Toy Story Day:  After Mickey, Toy Story is high up there - we did a large Toy Story coloring sheet, a Toy Story play pack, played with the Toy Story little people and then matched the little characters to the bigger sized ones. (Toy Story Little People / Big Coloring Sheets / Play Packs)

Ball Color Sorting: We have the balls from a ball pit baby toy and I just put a color of construction paper into each bin, about ten balls in each color into a bigger bin and he had to run each ball over to the corresponding bin.

Bean Bag Colors:  Similar to the ball sorting game just more colors and one bean bag per color.
(Bean Bag Color Set / Bins are $0.99 at Target)

Puzzles:  I grabbed this puzzle six pack from Amazon and he loves it he does one then moves excitedly onto the next and is so entertained. (puzzle set)

Flash Cards:  I have about 4 sets of $2 flashcard packs to help work on his words - Tatum was a little behind on speech and the amount of words in his vocabulary but he's been doing so much better!
(first words / colors and shapes / numbers)

Bear Color Sorting:  This is for sure a favorite!  This set came with six colored cups and about ten bears per color plus a sorting tool.  He loves matching the bears into each cup. (Color Sorting)

Learning Matching Puzzles:  These puzzles come in a set with two pieces per puzzle but you set them up a bunch at a time so he has to match each piece of the puzzle then complete it. 
(matching puzzles)

Coloring:  We do a lot of coloring and recently have done a bunch of Easter print outs - I got these larger white pieces of paper and he loves doodling away.  Of course he couldn't care less about all the markers/crayons that we have but loves sneaking pens off the office desk so I ordered a pack of clickable pens (his favorite) to add to the coloring stash.

Painting:  Last but not least we've be doing any Easter crafts that we can - luckily I stocked up on a few in early March.  Next we'll get into just doing water colors and painting on plain paper!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Toddler Easter Baskets

Happy Thursday!  During this crazy time it seems the days keep fading into each other but whether stuck at home or not, Easter is a little over a week away.  As things were shutting down I grabbed a few things to fill baskets at Target and then finished up with things from Amazon and a curbside Target pickup also.

Tatum's really at a fun age for Easter so even thought it won't be as we planned, I'm still looking forward to making it fun for him.  He doesn't have candy so I tried to do a mix of fun food treats and a couple entertaining toys mixed with special things he'd love... Mickey, Sesame Street, Dinosaurs.

Easter Egg Stuffing: Clearly the egg hunts we usually go to are cancelled so I got these stamps, these growing dinosaurs and these magic grow capsules.  I also plan to put a few toddler friendly snack items in too!  

Easter Baking Fun: In addition to dyeing eggs, some sensory activities, coloring Easter pictures and things - I ordered these cookie cutters to make/decorate our own cookies.  These got thrown into the order to drop off on our friends porches for a fun Easter treat.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March This & That

It's been a while!  Like everyone else, life has been crazy - trying to catch up on a little bit of life (for my own sake) before the quarantine hit... 

Right at the start of the month Derek and I attended a fun night out in the city to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at "Cheers for Chop."

Derek got in his annual golf trip that he's been doing for years a little over a week before things shut down so Tatum and I had a really quiet weekend at home - had I of had ANY idea of what was coming, we would have been out a little bit more!

We had been doing lots of trips to the library and Tatum joined the 1000 Books until Preschool Challenge - luckily we have a bunch at home to read through while we're staying home.

Less than a week before things shut down around here our best friends stopped on their way home from wedding planning and I'm so glad we got to see them as our trip to Florida next week together is cancelled and now the bachelorette party in May so luckily we got in a good visit while we could.

We'd been working on the kids "Lent Calendar" at church with Tatum with a different activity, bible verse or song each day - unfortunately now we haven't been able to complete it all but we were able to "do a good deed" and drop off much needed supplies to the animal shelter about a day before things closed down.  He also helped me stock up on a few grocery items "just in case" and had I have known his last trip to the grocery store was going to be 3 weeks ago - I'd never have believed it!

We celebrated my brother's birthday just as things we're starting to close - glad we got it in before things really got quiet - we usually see family a lot and haven't since this day so we really miss them!

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day at home - we aren't very big into the holiday but Derek and I did meet that day so we always like to do something a little fun.  Since this was the first week of our home stay, I was happy I'd picked up a few things earlier on to make it fun for Tatum.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Toddler Travel Bag

Traveling with Tatum is a little different than it used to be.  As a very active toddler, he needs lots to be entertained with on the plane.  I've started just collecting items and he has his own travel bag - I don't always bring every single one of these but these are what I pick from.

His favorites are probably the water wow, magnetic zoo and buckle learning toy.  Again as a very active toddler he will play with one item for a few minutes and then it's on to the next so having a variety is good!

I always have wipes easily accessible to wipe everything down as well as for hands, lots of snacks and just put any diaper items into an outside pocket of his bag so all of his items are in one place.

I also throw in simple things like crayons, coloring book, etc.  He's usually okay without toys on a vacation and just wants to play with whatever is in the hotel room but whenever needed these are also his "toys" for the trip too.