Wednesday, September 30, 2009

General Conference Quiet Activity #1

I have been thinking a lot about what I can do for Little R to entertain him during Conference. Most of the things that I find on the internet are for older kids.

So here is one idea that I came up with. . .

"SEW" Fun

I remember these from when I was a little girl. They have these in various shapes. But I thought why not make some Church related things? "Sew" here is how you make them. . .

What you need:
* Favorite church shapes (I found most of mine on under the word clipart) I used the Book of Mormon shape, CTR logo, Salt Lake Temple from here. The others I just used Google images.
* Cardstock
* colored pencils, markers, or crayons
* laminator
* Hole punch
* Shoe laces

How you do it:
1- Find your shapes
2- Print them out
3- Color them to your desire
4- Get them laminated
5- Punch holes around them about 1 1/2 inches apart
6- Buy some shoelaces

***You can also use yarn if you would like instead of shoelaces, just tape the ends for support.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Glowing in the Dark

Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit and brought us some fun entertaining things to do. . .

Glow Sticks
What a fun and cheap way to entertain your toddler. Little R played with these for about an hour and a half. Not to mention all of the adults in the room too. You can usually find these all the time at Michael's 15 for $1.00, you can also find them at Target for $1.00 in their cheap dollar bins at the front of the store. (Now is the time to stock up on these, because you can find them almost anywhere because of the Halloween Season)

What you need:
*Pack of glow sticks with connectors
*Dark room
*Maybe some fun music to twirl to and dance.

How to do it:
#1-Put your glow sticks together in the pattern that you want
#2-Turn out the lights
#3-Dance to the music and twirl glow sticks
#4-Laugh lots and remember to take turns:)

****Taking pictures of this activity was so much fun. It was fun to see the difference with and without the flash on.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stick Art

Does your little boy love sticks too?
Little R is in love with sticks. It seems like wherever we go, he picks one up and won't let it go. So, we decided to go on a stick hunt. While we could have picked up lots of different sticks, we focused on picking up small sticks. Then we went home and made some stick art. . .

What you Need:

* Large Zip-loc bag
* Small to Medium sized sticks (Had to fit in the bag)
* Elmer's glue
* Colored Paper

How to do it:
1- Collect your sticks
2-Pick out your colored paper
3-Squeeze on Elmer's Glue in Design that you want
4-Put your collected sticks on your glue
5-Wait for your masterpiece to dry

Twist on the Project:
***Glue the sticks on your paper to make your child's name:) Always fun to practice the letters in your name.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Halloween Pumpkins

I saw this idea at Michael's the other day. They did them a little bit different, but this would be the Toddler WAY!!! First you take orange and black construction paper and glass canning jars, or vases. Next, you cut out black shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. This was a great way to talk about shapes and see if they know their stuff. Then you let your little one have at it.
Little R of course likes to glue so he loved this activity.

ONE tip: Measure your orange paper to fit in your glass items, then let your toddler glue the face on.

We hardly have any Halloween decorations, so this was quick, cheap, and fun.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I recently found out about these bubbles from GYMBOREE. . .

Total Cost: $6.00 for the Bubble kit
Refill: $3.50 for 8 oz. or $6.00 for 16 oz.

Who knew they sale bubbles???? Well, I didn't. But, now I do. They are the best bubbles ever. They last such a long time, and the bubble blower is great. You don't even have to put it on your mouth, just hold it close to your mouth and blow. It makes kids blowing bubbles a breeze. The other day I decided to pull them out on a rainy day. (We have lots of those!!!) I had forgotten how intrigued children are by them. Especially when Little M was trying to figure out just exactly what they were. She is only 9 months and loved every minute of it. Just check out the photos. So in case you have forgotten about how fun it is to blow bubbles, pull a fast one and just do it inside. It also was a great excuse for me to rub down the kitchen floor afterwards. Little R and I got some nice lysol wipes and wiped it right up. Nothing like a clean floor when you have a crawling baby in the house. ENJOY!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Triangle Fridge Art

Everyone has some left-over scrapbook paper. Turn them into some triangles. Let your little toddler practice using scissors and using the glue stick. Don't worry about the glue getting everywhere, just remember it does wipe off. This is a great way to talk about the letter Tt too. Little R loved cutting, using the glue stick, and of course, the shiny paper. We couldn't resist hanging it up with T magnets either.

Fun in a Bucket

The other day little R was looking for something to do while I was cleaning the kitchen. He has always had a deep love for our ice cream maker. He will take the things out of it, and put them back in about a hundred times and use it for any number of things. So I thought that would be the perfect thing for him to play with. I took all of the things out of the ice cream bucket, and put Little M inside. He pushed her around until I got the dishes done. It was a great feeling doing my dishes while hearing giggling in the background. After I was done doing dishes it was his turn for a ride. What a cheap way to entertain, and nothing involved but a bucket, and a smooth surface. So the next time you are trying to get some cleaning done,

think, . . .BUCKET!!!

I promise she wasn't standing up while Little R was pushing. She just kept trying to get the camera every time I tried to get a picture!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rainbow Makers

So I decided to post all of my ideas for little R on a public blog. I was tired of posting things that we did for fun on our family blog, and I wanted it to be organized in one specific place. My goal is to blog at lease once a week, and if I do more, great.

So here we go with day number 1.

I have wanted to make these for a long time, and I was inspired by my friend Amy Gerber. She is the singing specialist in nursery and made something like this. . .

My spin on these streamers: rainbow makers
Here is how you can make it. Super easy and fun. #1 Go buy some curly ribbon at a party store or dollar store. #2 Find the colors that you want and then cut each streamer at about 36 inches.

#3 Tie each one to a simple 1" ring. (Found these at Wal-mart for $1.44 for 8)

#4Then turn on some fun music and make some fun rainbows. R's favorite was to turn on the Sing, Hoot, and Holler Sesame DVD and dance to BAA BAA BAMBA.

Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY