DIY COLOUR STACKING ACTIVITY

Don’t all moms go though this phase when the little monster refuses to play with any of the toys, yes yes yes I hear toy rotation, but sometimes that also doesn’t help. This activity happened on one of those days when mamma had to think of something exciting and new. Also knowing my little one the activity had to be bright and colourful yet challenging. I have been contemplating buying a magnetic match rings stacking toy for quite sometime, this activity is inspired by that toy. All you need is an empty toilet roll, sketch pens, some wrist bands, colourful hairbands can also be used.

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I created three cards, any number of permutation combination is possible. Just take a thick piece of paper and create a pattern by colours, whatever comes to your mind, just ensure that you have enough colour bands for the pattern to be matched. Also I left some white space in between to see if she would replicate the same with the wrist bands/hairbands.

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Time for action now, just take one card at a time and give it to the little one, let them stack the same coolers on the toilet roll. Its super fun not only to match the colours but also play with the wrist band/hairbands, the elasticity makes it a little tough for them to get it right. When I was prepping up the activity, I thought the challenge is to match colours but the real challenge for her was to stretch the bands just enough to put on the toilet rolls. She is three years old and using all of her fingers at one time isn’t that easy yet. In fact at this age they can only hold a pencil using thumb and the finger on the opposite side and the tripod grasp is not yet developed. Also for this activity she had to not only use all fingers but also the other hand to hold the toilet roll in one place. You might want to help them with that. Nevertheless this is an amazing activity for hand eye coordination, logic building and fine motor skills.

Time for action now, just take one card at a time and give it to the little one, let them stack the same coolers on the toilet roll. Its super fun not only to match the colours but also play with the wrist band/hairbands, the elasticity makes it a little tough for them to get it right. When I was prepping up the activity, I thought the challenge is to match colours but the real challenge for her was to stretch the bands just enough to put on the toilet rolls. She is three years old and using all of her fingers at one time isn’t that easy yet. In fact at this age they can only hold a pencil using thumb and the finger on the opposite side and the tripod grasp is not yet developed. Also for this activity she had to not only use all fingers but also the other hand to hold the toilet roll in one place. You might want to help them with that. Nevertheless this is an amazing activity for hand eye coordination, logic building and fine motor skills.

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This blog is a part of the DIY blog train hosted by Oneupbaby, Momzdiary , Mamamusings, Lovethatyoucanbuy. Here we moms have united to share different DIY’s that can be easily done with limited resources to keep the little ones engaged. So hop on the train and save lots of fun ideas for your infants and toddlers.

Hoping next on the train is Mannat who blogs at mommysaysthis , Mommy of a super excited , energetic & active toddler.

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Do babies need toys???

image1 (1)Definitely one of the most debated topics on a number of parenting forums, honestly I always thought toys are made only for kids so why not, after all it’s so much fun. I have done my share of research on whether kid needs toys or no? Everyone has a different opinion, some truly believe that toys will make kids materialistic, reduce their attention span, limit their creativity etc. On the other hand there are some who advocate toys for better brain stimulation at an early age. What I have learnt is there is no right or wrong as it completely depends on your parenting style.  As far as making you kid materialistic by giving them toys that applies to the branded clothes and imported baby washes and creams as well.  Basically babies do not need anything, what they need is lots of love and cuddles from mommy and daddy dear, I mean  they only express the need to be cuddled really, everything else is a prop which can be used by parents to keep them engaged, entertained . Do we need to entertain/engage them is another  question all together. But toys have helped me in constructively spending time with my little one; I had no idea how to engage her otherwise.  As a new mom, I had no idea what to talk to her about; toys helped me starting the conversations 🙂 we bond while playing with toys as we bond by doing various other things together like going out for a stroll, reading a book, sharing a snack and so on. Also babies love exploring new things, why can’t toys be one of them? Especially now when we have such well researched toys available in the market which have much more focus on making the babies much more creative. Of course you need to be very careful while choosing the right toy that is appropriate for your bubs age. Like a stacking toy for as soon as the baby starts sitting, a shape sorter for one year old etc. I will share a list of age appropriate toys in my next blog 🙂

Walk on the grass baby !!!

 

Another road trip with the little one (16 months old), very non adventurous one in terms of meltdowns :). She was much more prepared and so was mommy, we got her very excited for the car ride and promised her that we can spot a number of red buses (current favorite) on the way.  She enjoyed the trip thoroughly, playing on the grass, the swimming pool and good food :). First time she stepped on the grass barefoot, she felt so weird made some faces  and was not ready to take the next step. We distracted her and got her to take some steps, although she didn’t quite liked it. I never thought that the feel of grass can also make someone uncomfortable, her reactions surprise me in so many ways, its like being introduced to so many things all over again :). Anyways once she was confident, which by the way took only 10 minutes there was no looking back, she wanted to be there all the time. I am amazed how easily babies adapt themselves and move on, we adults on the other hand take so much time be convinced for a new task or adventure.

 

Arghhh! My baby doesn’t play with toys!!!

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My little one doesn’t play with toys, as in those toys which I buy for her from these super swanky toy stores!!!  Oh wait may be everything is a toy for a 9 month old :). It happens very rarely that the store brought toy is able to hold her attention for more than 10 minutes. She has just started showing interest in “playing” and most of the things she loves playing with are not even toys (Except a couple which i will share in another post). Some of the most loved objects which attract my little one’s attention are:

1. Cap of her milk bottle: Oh how much she loves this one. I can’t understand what attracts her to this,it’s a plain-jane bottle cap after all !!! Doesn’t even have a beautiful color, makes no sound yet its loved 🙂

2. Empty plastic bottles : She just loves these!! so many colors, shapes and labels and easy availability. She loves banging them on the floor, with other objects, on the car window 😛

3. Baby wipes packet: Mostly because of the crinkly sound that the packet makes and bright colors.

4. Sugar free pellet box: Yeah !!! sounds weird but she just loves playing with this one. Compact and light weight, she can hold this in her hand easily and the pellets make a sound, wonder why doesn’t she like any of her rattles so much.

5. Cell Phones and Remote controls: Oh who doesn’t love these,wonder why though !!!! My cell phone is white and the remote control is a boring black. I think she is attracted to them because we use them so often and banging is so much fun!!!

I am sure the list will grow as she starts exploring the home and the world outside!!!!