Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Bottle and Cap Activity

My son is obsessed with bottles. He has been so since he was around 13 months or so, probably since the time he started moving around and exploring the household items. He would firmly hold onto a bottle in his chubby little hands and using his teeny fingers, try to unscrew the cap of the bottle and then put it on. Initially of course he was unable to open and close the caps but would try and then ask us to help him. 

We had kept aside a few empty bottles for him to play with. But we were constantly worried that water filled bottles are soon going to be attacked by the mini and there is going to be water all over the home! :)

Seeing this interest he has in bottles and to keep our actual bottles safe... I decided to make an activity board for him that involved bottles! With inspiration from Pinterest, I began my project. I gathered few different types and colours of bottles with caps, with the idea of making it a matching activity too. 

This board was worth the effort as my little guy enjoyed it and spent a lot of time on it in its early days. Of course like every other toy, after a few days, he seemed bored by it. So I have actually kept it away hidden for the last few months, as part of my toy rotation plan! :) 

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Popsicle Stick Drop Activity for Toddlers

Toddlers love activities that require them to intricately use their teeny tiny fingers and sharp minds. They love it when they are able to complete a required action, however simple the task maybe. It gives them an immense sense of satisfaction. It is important to nurture this feeling and to encourage them to perform more and more such tasks that develop their hand and eye coordination and motor skills.

This post is about one such super simple activity which toddler will enjoy and is easy for Mummas to put together. All we need is a plastic box or container with a lid and a few popsicle sticks, which are also called craft sticks and are easily available in craft supply stores. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

DIY Jigsaw Puzzle | Two-piece Toddler Puzzles

After having introduced my little man to chunky puzzles, next up on my list was to create simple two-piece jigsaw puzzles. I wanted to keep it really simple, attractive and fun for him to play with. I have a few shop bought 2,3 pieces puzzles, but I wanted to begin with homemade ones first.

So after looking around for some ideas I came up with this idea. Using cardboard scraps, coloured paper bits some googly eyes and coloured pens, I was all set to create my own little pack of jigsaw puzzles for my toddler. 

It is super easy to put together that it was all completed in a single nap time, that is around 1 hour or so. My 16-month-old couldnt solve the puzzles, but enjoyed the googly eyes and loved handling the cardboard 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

DIY Touch and Feel Book for Toddlers

Touch and feel books are books with a little interactive section on each page of the book, aiming to give the child a textural experience as he browses through the book. These books are a great hit with my little guy. Right from when he was a wee 3 month-old, he has showed a fond liking for books. He has a little Monster themed touch and feel book in his mini library which he often browses through and sits and enjoys touching the little patches of textures on every page.

So now that I am on my DIY journey with my little boy, I wanted to try my hands at making a personalised Touch and Feel book for him! It was with the intention of making an interactive book as well as a collectible or a keepsake which he can cherish for many years to come since I used his tiny palm prints to make this book! :)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Memory Quilt with Baby's First Year Clothes | Baby Quilt

Sewing is a new found love that I discovered during my pregnancy. As my first project, I sewed two identical baby quilt for my niece and yet-to-be-born little one. I loved the process and it got me addicted to sewing. I have sewed quite a bit ever since, mostly PJs, bedding sets, play-mats etc for my little boy. 

Completely self-taught, Pinterest has been my tutor and inspiration. I came across this idea of making onesie quilts, again while pregnant and decided right then that I was going to be making one for my baby someday! :)

I simply had to make this quilt and gathering the materials for it meant waiting for him to grow up a bit and actually outgrow the clothes! Hence, ever since he was born, I have been carefully selecting a keeping aside some of the cute little clothes he outgrew. I gave away most but a kept a few for this project of mine! 

Being a sucker for pretty fabric, I scouted around a fair bit to get the perfect fabric to go with my quilt project. I got this pretty cartoon print and felt it matched perfectly with my collection of baby clothes. Finally after my boy turned 16 months, I had just the right set of clothes and the perfect matching fabric and so I got around making the quilt. I could get to it in instalments and so I took me about 5 days (approx 6-7 hours in total) to complete this project. 

Oh, cutting up the adorable baby clothes was the toughest part! How cute and tiny they are! But well, the final outcome was very satisfying and I was immensely pleased with it. Every effort felt worth it all and I was glad to have created this little memory keepsake for my son to cherish for years to come!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

DIY Chunky Puzzle

At 15 months, I had not yet introduced chunky puzzles to my little boy. I was not sure if he would understand the concept or if he would really like it. I was not sure what kind of puzzle to start with as he is yet to identify objects, fruits, veggies etc and yet to relate to them. 

So I decided to make my own frugal puzzle with bright attractive colours and simple basic shapes. I used cardboard scraps, bottle caps and colour paper to make this. This is really simple and took me just one nap time (Yes naptimes are my new measure of time these days!) 

My mini loved it and to my surprise was able to put in place most of the pieces. He struggled a bit with the triangle. I am very happy with the way this has turned out and the bottle caps, oh they make for perfect little handles for tiny chubby hands to hold on to :)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bottle and Straws Activity for Toddlers

A very simple activity that we did a few days back, caught the mini's attention for longer than I had imagined. It made him sit in one place, concentrate, try to and actually manage to achieve the goals of the little game.

The activity was all about filling a plastic bottle with straws. It sounds really simple to an adult. But for restless little toddlers, this activity requires a fair bit of concentration, hand-eye coordination and the understanding of the whole purpose of the game. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

DIY Busy Box for Toddlers | Activity Box for Toddlers

Ever since my little boy started moving around and exploring the world around him, I have been researching on simple DIY toys to keep him entertained at home. One thing that caught my attention was Busy Books

Busy Books are pretty handcrafted cloth or felt books that are made with the child's interests in mind such that each page has an interactive activity for them to get involved and keep busy with. I absolutely loved the idea! Someday, I definitely wanted to try my hands at making one for my boy. While on this research, I got an idea on similar lines... of making a Busy Box!  

So my idea was to make use a huge cardboard box that I had lying home and convert it into an activity box with an activity on each side. I spent a few days figuring out what sort of activity I wanted to incorporate into my busy box. I wanted something simple, entertaining at the same time attractive enough to hold the attention of my little 15 months old boy. 

Hence, after much research and planning, I used a sturdy cardboard box, a few craft items and some simple toys to make a busy box with a different activity on each side. Well my mini spent 1 full hour on it with no damages... I consider that a success! :) 

This is my favourite DIY till date and I am proud with the way it has finally turned out! My heart does a happy dance every time he goes and plays with it by himself, exploring every element that I have thrown into it.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

DIY Playdough | Homemade Playdough

Growing up, playdough was one of my favourite play items. I have spent hours by myself, creating stuff with it. I loved the colours, texture and just the endless creative options playdough offered. 

I love such creative play for my little boy, hence wanted to introduce him to playdough early, though at 15 months, he is too little to play with it all by himself right now. It is more of an introduction to new textures and colours for him now. I hope to see him enjoy playing with playdough as much as his mommy did when she was little! :)

Since, he still mouths toys at times, I wanted to make a toddler safe playdough for him. This recipe is entirely made up of cooking ingredients and hence it not dangerous if a child decides to give it a taste! However, due to its high salt content, it isn't really edible for a child and hence, constant monitoring is required when young toddlers play with this homemade playdough.

Sharing a simple homemade playdough recipe that I tried and loved! The texture is absolutely smooth and stayed that way even after our play today. Made it while the mini napped and I had fun too playing with these before he woke up! :) 

DIY Edible Washable Paints | Homemade Paints

I have been trying my hands at toddler art for a few days now. From palm printing, crayon art to mess-free Ziploc art, I am giving my little guy an exposure to various forms of art, colouring and painting activity. 

While he has enjoyed each of it, he is still too young to take to any of these for too long and actually keep engaged and busy with any kind of art. I just like to make an early start and give him different creative experiences and will let him figure out for himself where his interests lay. 

As part of my latest experiment, I tried making some homemade, edible and completely washable paint. The sort of paint that is completely toddler or even baby friendly. Best used as finger paints to create messy art and for sensory play. 

So, here is a super simple recipe that needs no cooking and uses just 3 ingredients... Flour, water and food colours! Completely washable, stain-proof and if you mini decides to give it a taste.. no worries! :)

Monday, 29 May 2017

DIY Busy Board for Toddlers

Toddlers need to keep busy. Constantly. They need to explore the world around them and explore they do, every waking minute! :D

I wanted my mini to enjoy exploring some simple everyday objects, in a fun way. I wanted for him to experience simple actions like flipping open a paper flap, removing and sticking back a Velcro sticker, tugging at and putting back a magnet etc in a single toy such that he can sit in one place for a few minutes and get involved in this activity. With this idea in mind, I got around making this busy board!

It definitely did catch the little guy's attention and all my efforts were well worth it when I saw him reach out to every corner of the board to explore every little feature that I had put into it.