Posts Tagged ‘toddler activities’
About two months ago, I decided to explore the idea of painting on a bigger canvas than a notepad.
I brought out a big roll of paper, Crayola washable tempera paints with brushes and let Lexi explore it.
Painting on paper quickly got old and she proceeded to color all over her body. She was probably one of the most fun and creative activities that can be done with a toddler. Lexi is usually very active and prefers either doing something physical or reading. Drawing or painting wasn’t something that kept her attention for TOO long.
However taking it outside and making it messy opened a whole new world of possibilities for her. This is the activity we do virtually every day. Sometimes she gets VERY messy, other times she paints on paper, but she always gets some paint on her and around her which makes our patio the perfect place for it.
Because tempera paint isn’t supposed to be used on skin (even though we wash it off almost immediately), I bought the Crayola Finger paint to be used for this activity. It’s not a nice and bright as tempera but it certainly is good enough.
I am totally behind on posting our weeks. Whenever I travel even for a day, it screws up my posting schedule big time, because there is usually a lot of work I am trying to catch up on otherwise. But I am back and no more travel for a whole week (whoo-hoo!). Then we are once again going away for a while, but I am hoping to steal those naps and evenings to post and work.
WEEK 6 – egg painting
Ah! We are here! I am so excited to be posting our first week of the 52 Toddler Experiences Scavenger Hunt.
This week we took on an easy one that could be done with no preparations and spur of the moment. A good start to get into the swing of things.
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
I was honestly surprised that such a simple activity as jumping on the couches would be so interesting.
To see all our experiences, click here
Up until recently there were very few things that Alexis would do without requiring my attention or involvement, which made it very difficult to do anything. She is finally at that age (18 months) when certain activities are of enough interest and keep her entertained for longer, as well as do not always require my full involvement. This has been a welcome change to our routines and has given me a few minutes of freedom to be able to finally get things done around the house even if it’s 15-20 minutes at a time.
What made a big difference is being able to put her in a “special chair” that she cannot get out of and is not used as an eating chair.
We have our amazing Svan Signet chair that I will be writing about later and it has been invaluable due to its ability to be used without the tray. All I do is pull Lexi up to a desk in the kitchen and voila she sits there working on different activities for 30-90 minutes, giving each activity good 15-20 minutes before moving on while I am free to make food or clean up after a meal. Before that, we tried the same thing at the kid’s table and in her armchair, but she would always get up and run to do something else simply because she could and let’s face it, she is an active toddler.
So given that she does all these activities in her special chair, here they are:
Before I had Lexi, I remember talking to a friend of mine who has a particularly active baby as well, about how she HAS to take her places because staying home is a nightmare.
We are experiencing a similar thing.
While Lexi doesn’t cry or whine or throw tantrums at home, I can still see that she gets bored easier when we are not out and about.