We had a fun few days, what with Aaron being home for four days!. Having taken the Monday before the 4th off, we got an extended long weekend. While we didn’t do much on Saturday as a family, he and the kids ran some errands […]
In 2015, June was the month in which Baby J experienced his first big fever. He was 14 months young. In 2016, June was the month I was still very much in the throes of a postpartum funk, slowing trying to find my rhythm. In […]
TJ started summer school today. I could do a happy jig in celebration of this great occasion – TJ going back to school. In fact, I really should. TJ away at school for three hours means much less screaming (by me), much less crying (by […]
Here’s a recipe for a simple homemade and edible paints (although, why would you want to eat it when you can paint it!?) for little ones when you are stuck at home on a snowy, rainy, or stormy day or are super exhausted, or pregnant with having […]
Read Part I here. We held hands. He reached his hand out and said, “Hold hand, Mommy”, he said with all his earnestness. It always pleases me when my little boy asks to hold my hand. I will always hold his hand just like I […]
My headline reads like the title of a Little Critter book, doesn’t it? On Monday last week, TJ and I got to spend some time together. Just us. Mother and son. Like we used to before Baby E was born. It was the last session […]
I grew up with the security of unconditional love from extended family members. I want my children to get that same kind of love – the kind that only grandparents can give, the absolutely selfless and unconditional kind, the kind that has the license to spoil grandkids […]
Sometimes I am a creative genius in terms of originality. Most other times, I am content recreating versions, not always successfully, of picture perfect toddler activities found on Pinterest, simple Google Searches, or other bloggers’ spaces. This particular activity is all me and I am really proud of it. It is by no means perfect but it kept my toddler busy for over 30 minutes and as every toddler mom or dad knows, those 30 minutes can be divine!
Depending on the age of your toddler, you may have to insert yourself into the activity at varying levels as I had to but I didn’t mind it. I was so happy for having come up with this activity that I wanted to participate in it with my child.
- Empty diaper box – any size
- Construction Paper – or really any plain paper on which you can write (certain shiny/glossy ones won’t work as well, but regular art/coloring paper should work fine)
- Markers, Crayons, Stickers, Fuzzy balls/puff balls, feathers, craft sticks – whatever you have, basically – all depends on you.
1.Cut the flaps off the diaper box (you may choose to tape the flaps together but I decided to cut them so I can have more of a box like container in which to store the supplies after the activity was over, in case my son wanted to revisit it the next day).
2. Glue construction paper to all four sides of the box. (I used construction paper because I didn’t have larger sheets of paper. If you do, use those to cover all sides. Instead, I had to size construction paper and glue those to the sides of the diaper box which worked fine too).
3. Bring out the creativity – for this part, which is the actual activity and fun part, use whatever you can think of and that your toddler can creatively handle. As you can see I used markers, crayons, stickers – both regular and foam, little puff balls, and so on.
4. Enjoy for as long as your child can focus. If not, pack all the creative tools inside the box and bring it out the next day or the day after or whenever you need something to do again.
This is a great activity because there are so many sides to work on and may actually work great for older toddlers who can choose what to do on what side. For example, you can make one side about colors and use markers and crayons, a second side can be about stickers, a third can be for storytelling with colors and stickers, while the fourth can be made crafty by drawing faces and then sticking puff balls, googly eyes, and so on.
It’s funny how sometimes life’s unprovoked events can teach you lessons that have the potential to make a world of difference in understanding your child. A few days ago, I took the kids to Ardenwood Historic Farms in Fremont, CA. Since I had never been […]
I am starting a new series on Toddler Activities from today. Since this is the first post in the series, I am posting it as a regular blog post. Henceforth, posts in this series will be available under my newly created “Toddler Activities” tab accessible […]
That I had mixed feelings about taking my kid to Music Together (MT) has been made more than obvious by three previous posts on the matter. In Things No One Tells You About Having a Second Child, I wrote about how annoying I found all […]
The cacophony of sounds and squeals drowns every other sound within a short radius of the room. It nearly bursts my ear drums. I should be used to it by now but I am not. I don’t want to be. There is something wonderfully unpredictable […]