If you have sponges, scissors, paint, and paper hanging around your house – oh, and toddlers too – this Valentine’s Day craft may be just what your little one needs. Not only is this little craft fun and creative, it also lets your toddler work on tracing, spelling, and letter recognition.
If you’re social media savvy, you have probably seen all of the popular posts involving painter’s tape. Whether it’s just some crazy trend or a way to keep busy during quarantine – Moms don’t care as long as it maintains sanity and keeps their kiddos creative.
Below are some creative projects moms have been doing during this time cooped up around the house. Get ready for your windows, fences, and driveway to be colorful and bright this summer.
Whether you’re figuring out homeschool curriculum or trying to entertain your little one in creative ways, one thing is for sure – it isn’t easy. It’s hard work playing the role of mother, teacher, and friend. What can be even harder is stepping into the role of teacher if you don’t fully understand what you’re doing or know what new ideas to plan for next.
Luckily, there are some clever mamas out there who have thought up some ideas for you. Instead of searching Pinterest, emailing your little one’s teacher, or turning on Frozen 2 for the seventh time that week, try some of the educational activities below. These are little projects you can easily make from items you have at home and will keep your kid’s brain moving so you can sip your coffee sanely.
At this point, parents all over the place may be losing some of the creative energy they had when this quarantine started… as well as losing some of their sanity.
Well, we are here to help!
Below are some easy, budget-friendly projects you can do with your little one(s) if you are running out of ideas. Most of the options below are projects you can do with items in your home – so you won’t have to Instacart or Amazon extra items.
The last few weeks have flipped the world upside down. Jobs have stopped. Events have been postponed. People are working from home. Parents are trying to figure out how the heck to teach their children common core math...
Parents are human and can only think up new, creative activities for so long before their brain explodes. Therefore, some moms put their creative energy out there for other moms to use. Below are a few creative activities to try at home to keep your little ones physical and moving so the parents don’t lose their minds.
When my twin girls became more mobile and talkative, I realized the days of hanging out inside in bouncers and tummy time room rotations were limited. I also knew, realistically, I could not afford to sign the girls up for a different activity every day of the week – nor would my sanity allow that.
Though many parents try to limit the time their little ones spend watching television or swiping away on a tablet or phone, screen-time continues to engulf us – all of us. Many parents are often scrolling through social media timelines instead of snuggling with their toddlers and though this reality is sad, it’s happening.
So, where does this leave the growth of childhood imagination when technology growth is booming?
Since our Yoga learning adventure shipped this month, we're exploring why yoga can be a wonderful activity for kids. Kids are naturals at yoga. As infants and toddlers, they are masters at happy baby, plank, cobra and so many other poses. And what kid doesn’t love twisting and contorting their body? While yoga is lots of fun for kids, there are also some awesome mind and body benefits.
Between meals my kids stomachs seem be be bottomless pits. No matter how much food they’ve eaten at lunch, they are insistent that they are “starving” and must have a snack. One snack turns to two and they end up wanting to graze all day long. I am always looking for new snack recipes that help sustain my kids, give them energy, and of course that taste delicious. I try to stay away from processed, sugar rich snacks that provide a rush of energy, but then cause them to burn out. These two energy ball recipes are packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, and my kids can’t get enough of them! We make two different kinds, but in either recipe you could substitute a different type of nut butter or nut butter alternative.
We recently enjoyed a long weekend away from the kids to head to Sonoma, and Grandma was nice enough to babysit. We have a two-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl, so there still are things that they aren’t able to tell her they need. So writing it down is very important! In all the chaos of you leaving, there is no way Grandma is going to remember the things you tell her - or know what you know. I highly suggest writing it all down in order to make it easy on her, and to ease your own mind.
There is nothing sweeter (or more frustrating) than trying to do a painting project with your toddler! Here are a few tips I use when trying to do a project that will be wall-hanging-worthy at the end and not just a glob of brown paint on ripped paper. :)
You’d never think to use coffee filters for arts and crafts, but you’ll be surprised when you try these colorful snowflakes! The coffee filters provide a strong, water-absorbent surface so they are tough enough to handle a lot of water saturation and rough coloring from your kids.
It’s starting to get cold outside, but since we don’t live near the snow, we decided to make play dough snowmen instead. We used this simple play dough recipe and added peppermint extract to give it a nice wintery, fresh smell. To decorate we used things we had around the house like googley eyes, beads, sticks, ribbon, and pipe cleaners. The kids had a blast and made cute snowmen families. This is a fun activity to try at home, or to package up as an inexpensive gift for friends.
My three-year-old goes to a preschool/daycare every day. So when I have a little extra time, I like to make a special snack for the kids. It helps out the teacher (I know she appreciates it) and the kids love it! I try and keep the snacks healthy, so these ones are a perfect blend of healthy and some sweet. And honestly, they took me 15 minutes tops. So you can do it too!
I saw this idea somewhere on the internet the other day, so I adapted a little and we created beautiful fall leaves with watercolors! By using coffee filters, it allows the colors to blend together and spread out easily for beautiful mosaic looks. There is no wrong way to do this one, so it's great for any age.
School is back in session and if your kids are anything like mine, they come home hungry and wanting to eat everything in the fridge. These homemade granola bars are a wonderful after school treat that will give them that energy boost they need to get through the rest of the afternoon. They have no preservatives and less sugar than store bought granola bars, plus it’s fun and easy to make with your kids.
Thinking outside the sandbox! Now your kids can create their own shell sandcastles without going to the beach.
Unfortunately where we live in San Diego there aren't as many cool shells on the beach as you'd think. So as much as I'd like to take the credit for my mad skills in shell collecting, these are all store bought. But they are actually from my wedding in 2010, so I feel better finally finding a home for them!
My 4 year old is learning about shapes and colors at preschool this year, so I decided to try a little art project at home that would get her thinking about both. We used painter's tape to create different shapes for her to paint in. This made it simple for her to stay within the lines because the tape served as a nice barrier for her broad brush strokes. A simple project that looks like a masterpiece!