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Rotating Toys in Our Playroom – Month 2

Rotating Toys in Our Playroom – Month 2

Rotating Toys in Our Playroom – Month 2

Here is what rotating toys in our playroom looked like during this October!
Do you need some ideas for toy rotations? Every month, I plan on sharing our playroom and how I rotate the toys. Welcome to our second month!

Is Rotating Toys Important?

Toy rotations are a great way to keep kids engaged with a limited amount of toys to avoid overwhelming a child with too many choices which can often result in clutter, disorganization, and toys not being played with at all.

A rotation could be weekly, monthly, every other month. There is no set way to do it, but I personally aim to do it monthly! 

Rotating toys is not just about changing up the specific toys they are playing with, it is about displaying them in a simple way so they are in sight. In fact, some times you don’t even need to switch all of the toys out, but instead change the placement of a toy to spark a new interest in it!

Watch to See How I Rotated Toys This Month!

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of October! You will also see how I decorated the walls with my kid’s Halloween-themed artwork from past years as well as other spooky decor on top of the toy shelves!

Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you are interested in rotating toys too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch to See How I Rotated Toys This Month!

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of October! You will also see how I decorated the walls with my kid’s Halloween-themed artwork from past years as well as other spooky decor on top of the toy shelves!

Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you are interested in rotating toys too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

montessori play shelves rotation

About Our Play Room Shelves

We love these Montessori-inspired play room shelves. You can get them in 4 different configurations as pictured.

They are wooden, handmade, and are the following dimensions:

  • Width: 28 1/2 inches
  • Height: 43 1/8 inches
  • Depth: 13 1/2 inches

I love how there are so many sections with varying sizes to accommodate different types of toy shapes and lengths – they make rotating toys so easy to display. The clothing rack is a wonderful accessory for being able to display pretend play outfits! They were very easy to build and are such a beautiful way to display toys!

Toy Rotation Items

Here are the details for the toys my kids (7, 5, 4, and 10 months) had in their playroom for the month of October!

Weather Board Toy

Weather Board

A visual and interactive tool to help your kiddo understand weather, seasons, days of the week, and temperature!

Alphabet learning game cookie

Alphabet Cookies

This jar full of alphabet shaped cookies is a fun way to learn letters and build simple words!

Magnetic Number and Shape Tracing Board

Magnetic Tracing Board

Use a magnetic wand to learn how to trace and write numbers and shapes!

Sorting Bear Activity Learn Numbers and Colors

Counting Bears

These colorful bear manipulatives are a fun way to learn counting and colors!

Anatomy Puzzle for kids

Vertical Anatomy Puzzle

This is such a fun way to learn about the human body. The pieces are magnetic and it comes with the storage container!

large insect figurines

Jumbo Insect Figurines

These insect figurines are huge! Great for babies and toddlers. Use them with our free printable Montessori-inspired insect matching cards!

wooden modular doll house

Modular Doll House

The set includes a modular house, garage, car, people, as well as wooden bed and stairs.

wooden camper van and tent toy

Wooden Camper Van and Tent

This wooden camper has a lock and keys as well as a tent, sleeping bags and wooden people. Great for fine motor skills and pretend play!

Wooden Emotion Doll Toys

Wooden Emotions

This set of wooden dolls is a great way to learn the names of emotions!

life cycle of frog toy

Life Cycle of Frogs

These figurine are a great way for kids to visualize the life cycle of a frog!

world map puzzle

World Map Puzzle

This beautifully crafted puzzle is a great way for kids to learn about the world’s continents.

wooden peg drop toy

Wooden Peg Drop

This toy. isa great way to strengthen precise fine motor skills and enage in problem solving!

tip and turn toy

Tip and Turn Toy

Made out of stainless Steel this tip and turn toy is great for practicing bilateral coordination with two-handed play.

acorn letter recognition and phonics

Acorn Letters and Phonics

This fun fall themed toy is great for letter recognition and phonics. Each acorn has an uppercase letter on the outisde, a lowercase letter on inside of the acorn top and a figurine to help with phonics.

alphabet train puzzle

Alphabet Train Puzzle

Learn the alphabet and phonics as you build a train. My kids loved how long the puzzle became once completed!

pizza maker pretend play

Pizza Maker

This pizza kit is adorable with its very own pizza crafting station!

xylophone pounding toy

Music Pounding Toy

Multifunctional musical instrument and pounding toy in one!

wooden instrument set for kids

Musical Instrument Set

These wooden musical instrument set includes 11 pieces including pieces for shaking, tapping, beautiful and blowing!

wooden train set

Rainbow Pebbles

Sort them, stack them, and turn them into the pictures feautred in the included activity cards.

texture cards for babies

Textured Cards

This set of textured cards include 18 different everyday objects that babies are getting to know!

magnetic wooden cutting and cooking toy wooden food pretend play set

Wooden Food

This set of wooden food is “sliceable” and reatttaches with magnets.

smoothie blender maker toy

Blender Set

Such a fun pretend play set where kids can blend and make smoothies.

mermaid costume

Dress up!

This mermaid is just one of seven different costumes I hung up on their pretend clothes rack. This is a great opportunity to reuse old Halloween costumes!

Permanent Playroom Toys

There are also a handful of toys that we permanently keep in the playroom. All of which are open-ended. I often find that my kids will build with these items and integrate the newly rotated items into whatever world they create!

connetix magnetic tile

Colorful Wooden Blocks

These large unit sized blocks are our first product and are so beautifully vibrant! Check back soon to see when they will be available for sale.

baby bike

Baby Bike

This balance bike is a great first bike for baby where they can learn to balance their body while siting and cruising.

double rainbow rocker

Rainbow Rocker

Such a beautiful open ended toy – my kids have used it as a bridge, boat, balancing board, slide, counter, and doll cradle to name a few!

wooden balance board

Balance Board

Multi-use toy that helps develop balance, stimulate vetibular system, and gain body awareness. 

connetix magnetic tile

Magnetic Tiles

We have a huge basket of magnetic tiles and they usually stay in rotation every month since they get played with so often!

building bricks lego duplo

Building Bricks

These building bricks are safe for 18 months and up – a great set for both big kids and little kids to safely play with together.

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Stacking Rainbow

My kids often use these arches as tunnels during open-ended play!

mega blocks for babies

Baby’s First Building Block!

This set comes with 80 big building blocks, ideal for ages one and up.

Not Just Rotating Toys – Rotate Books Too!

We have a ton of books, but the kids didn’t really start appreciating them until I began to rotate them and place them in a book display that showcased the book cover. Where books were once collecting dust, they are now getting so much more love!

Since we celebrate Halloween in October, all of the books in our the display had a spooky theme. You can find our Halloween Book List Here.

 

Halloween book display

What’s Next?

Toy Rotation Ideas for Kids – Month 1

Toy Rotation Ideas for Kids – Month 1

Toy Rotation Ideas for Kids – Month 1

toy rotation shelves playroom

Do you need some ideas for toy rotations? Every month, I plan on sharing our playroom and how I rotate the toys. Welcome to our first month!

Why do a toy rotation?

Toy rotations are a great way to keep kids engaged with a limited amount of toys to avoid overwhelming a child with too many choices which can often result in clutter, disorganization, and toys not being played with at all.

A rotation could be weekly, monthly, every other month. There is no set way to do it, but I personally aim to do it monthly! 

Toy rotations are not just about changing up the specific toys they are playing with, it is about displaying them in a simple way so they are in sight. In fact, some times you don’t even need to switch all of the toys out, but instead change the placement of a toy to spark a new interest in it!

Watch to See This Month’s Toy Rotation

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of September! Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you want to get them too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch to See This Month’s Toy Rotation

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of September! Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you want to get them too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

montessori play shelves rotation

About Our Play Room Shelves

We love these Montessori-inspired play room shelves. You can get them in 4 different configurations as pictured.

They are wooden, handmade, and are the following dimensions:

  • Width: 28 1/2 inches
  • Height: 43 1/8 inches
  • Depth: 13 1/2 inches

I love how there are so many sections with varying sizes to accommodate different types of toy shapes and lengths. The clothing rack is a wonderful accessory for being able to display pretend play outfits! They were very easy to build and are such a beautiful way to display toys!

Toy Rotation Items

Here are the details for the toys my kids (7, 5, 4, and 9 months) had in their playroom for the month of September!

connetix magnetic tile

Magnetic Tiles

We have a huge basket of magnetic tiles and they usually stay in rotation every month since they get played with so often!

read build write board

Reading and Writing Board

I paired this wooden board with letters for my kiddos to explore reading and building words.

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Stacking Rainbow

My kids often use these arches as tunnels during open-ended play!

wooden counting box

Wooden Counting Box

Count the pegs while you place them, then pull the handle to hear them fall.

number puzzle

Number Puzzle

We love this super colorful, wooden board and numbers puzzle.

marine creatures

Marine Creature Figurines

We have a collection of figurines, most of which come from this set. I paired them with our free printable marine creature Montessori matching cards.

ice cream toy

Ice Cream Counter

A favorite in our house! Kids can scoop and serve wooden ice cream cones or a cup!

felt flowers in a row

Felt Flowers

Plant them, pick them, and make a bouquet! 

magnetic tracing maze

Number Maze

This wooden maze has a magnetic pen. Great for fine motor skills, number learning, and color recognition!

pop the pig game

Pop the Pig Game

Great for number recognition. To make the game more challenging, I covered up some numbers with dot stickers and hand wrote higher numbers.

babies first books

Babies First Books!

I love this set which includes colors, animals, things that go, and first words!

life cycle of sea turtle

Life Cycle of Sea Turtle

This set comes with 4 pieces to show how animals change and grow.

pattern building toy puzzle

Magnetic Patterns and Shapes

Contains colorful cards for creating patterns and real life objects!

mirror for baby

Mirror for Baby

My baby loves looking at herself in this mirror. She first started using it for tummy time! 

alphabet puzzle

Alphabet Puzzle

This is a beautifully crafted wooden puzzle for classic letter learning!

toy tissue box for baby

Toy Tissue Box

This wooden toy tissue box has linkable tissues that are also fun for peekaboo and mouthing.

sliding top box

Sliding Top Box

Build strength, hand-eye coordination and problem solving skils with this surprising box.

xylophone pounding toy

Music Pounding Toy

Multifunctional musical instrument and pounding toy in one!

stem building toys tubes

Tube Building Toys

These tube building toys can be turned into different shapes, cars, animals, etc.

rainbow pebbles

Rainbow Pebbles

Sort them, stack them, and turn them into the pictures feautred in the included activity cards.

alphabet dinosaur puzzle

Wooden Dinosaur Alphabet Puzzle

Build a dinosaur while working on alphabet fluency!

disney princess make up kit

Pretend Make Up Kit

This is a princess themed pretend play make up kit.

magnetic wooden cutting and cooking toy wooden food pretend play set

Wooden Food

This set of wooden food is “sliceable” and reattaches with magnets.

doctor's kit pretend play

Doctor’s Kit

This pretend play doctor’s kit is a fun set of wooden pieces including a real stethoscope. 

Toy Rotation Puzzle Display Hack!

The best way to display puzzles during toy rotations is with a plate stand! The puzzles are much more visible and inviting to play with.

If they are big enough, you can also try to prop them up against the back wall, but the wire plate stand is a much more secure option. 

You can also display books in it as well!

how to display puzzles in the playroom

What’s Next?

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! Check out the printable version!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! 

Multi-Step Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

What I love about this activity is that it is multiple activities all in one to keep kids busy and engaged longer!

The kids can start off by drawing and creating a rainbow. Once drawn, they can then help cut out strips of rain and clouds to cover up the rainbow. And finally, they can cut away the rain to reveal their rainbow! If you have multiple kids, or a classroom, it would be fun to switch papers to have the sibling or classmate do the big reveal!

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How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

Get the Free Printable Version for This Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

We wanted to make things extra easy for you with a free printable version of this activity! Just print, cut along the dotted lines, and tape for a super quick activity to set up for your preschoolers!

In addition to the rainbow discovery, the printable set includes 2 other scenes to have kids uncover – dolphins hiding behind seagrass and ladybugs hiding behind grass!

For more printable resources to help with scissor skills, be sure to check out our Cut the Patterns and Scissor Skills Haircuts worksheets!

And to see all our printable resources including lots of freebies, visit our Printable Shop

Materials
Step-by-Step Instructions 
Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable! 

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!
Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

Here are my top picks for scissor skill products you can buy!

Scissor Skills Workbook

This set includes 3 workbooks all about scissor skills. Each book includes a pair of scissors!

Apple Picking Game

This unique game includes magnetic apples that can be picked from the tree using a scooper scissor!

Travel-Size Cutting Book

This small book is packed with scissor skills activities for children as young as 2 years old!

Decorative Scissors

This fun set of scissors comes with 6 designs of patterns for decorating paper crafts!

What’s Next?

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great tool to use during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them! 

Benefits of Sensory Bags for Babies

Even babies can enjoy sensory play! Not only are these sensory bags for babies a fun distraction during that critical tummy time, but sensory play in general, is so beneficial for baby! This type of sensory play can help build neural connections in the brain as those young hands explore new textures, colors, and sounds.

They will also strengthen hand-eye coordination, and generally, are great for baby’s rapidly developing vision.

Tummy time will be a success as they will be so curious to see and try to feel what’s inside the bags!

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Watch How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy it is to make sensory bags for babies.

The 4 bags I created were all based on items I had in my home, which included a bag filled up with cheap hair gel and googly eyes, one filled with water beads, another one filled with oil, water, and food coloring; and finally, one filled up with leftover wrappers that made a crinkly sound! 

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas.

Watch How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy it is to make sensory bags for babies.

The 4 bags I created were all based on items I had in my home, which included a bag filled up with cheap hair gel and googly eyes, one filled with water beads, another one filled with oil, water, and food coloring; and finally, one filled up with leftover wrappers that made a crinkly sound! 

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas.

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Use What You’ve Got! As mentioned above, these sensory bags for babies were made of items I found around the house (including granola bar wrapper trash!). They do not need to be fancy, so feel free to adapt them based on what is available! Water, oil, shaving cream, water beads, hair gel, rainbow rice, paint – anything that makes a great sensory base will work well in a sensory bag!

Seal and Secure with Tape. For using sensory bags during tummy time, you’ll not only want to tape the plastic bags to the floor, but you’ll also want to first seal the zipper edge of the plastic bag with tape to prevent any spillage! Use an easy to remove masking tape for the floor, and something more strong like gorilla tape for sealing bags shut.

Make the Bag Label-Free. Both acetone, aka nail polish remover, and rubbing alcohol will remove the white label found on most plastic bags!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Remove the label on plastic bags using nail polish remover.

Step 2

Fill up your sensory bags with different sensory materials including water beads or crinkly leftover granola wrappers! You can also fill one up with oil, water and food coloring. Or you could fill one up with cheap hair gel and something like googly eyes!

 

Step 3

Seal the bags shut with strong tape. This is especially important when using liquids. Plastic bag’s built in zipper are not fool proof and are prone to breaking, so this will help prevent a clean up headache!

Step 4

Tape the sensory bags to the ground so that baby can enjoy looking at them and touching them during tummy time without the bags sliding around!

Step 1

Remove the label on plastic bags using nail polish remover.

Step 2

Fill up your sensory bags with different sensory materials including water beads or crinkly leftover granola wrappers! You can also fill one up with oil, water and food coloring. Or you could fill one up with cheap hair gel and something like googly eyes!

Step 3

Seal the bags shut with strong tape. This is especially important when using liquids. Plastic bag’s built in zipper are not fool proof and are prone to breaking, so this will help prevent a clean up headache!

Step 4

Tape the sensory bags to the ground so that baby can enjoy looking at them and touching them during tummy time without the bags sliding around!

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!
These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Top Baby Toy Picks

Here are a few of our top picks for toys that are great for baby development!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

sensory play for babies

Tummy Time Splash-Free Mat

This mess-free aquatic themed water mat is great for tummy time and strengthening baby’s neck and shoulders! 

baby toy ball

Baby’s 1st Ball

This easy to grasp ball is perfect for young babies just learning how to hold objects and later transfer them from hand to hand.

What’s Next?

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Bands

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Bands

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Rattles

diy baby toy how to make black and white wrist rattles

This DIY baby toy is so easy to make! Babies will enjoy exploring the high contrast colors and jingly sounds of these homemade rattles that can be placed on their wrists or feet! 

Benefits of this DIY Baby Toy

Around 2 months, babies begin to discover their hands. This DIY baby toy is a great way for babies to continue to explore those hands and develop their strength through sound and high contrast colors! With bells enclosed inside the felt band, they can hear rattling. Plus, the high contrast colors of the white band with the black jumbo pom poms is great for vision development in babies.

The wrist bands attach with velcro making them easy to put on and off by adults, but not easy for babies to take off! So they perfect for bringing on-the-go because they are secure and won’t be easily lost!

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Watch How to Make This DIY Baby Toy

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy this DIY baby toy is to make!

We attached them to the wrist, but you could make them for the feet too! I used high contrast colors because they are great for younger babies, but you could also use other more vibrant colors especially for older babies whose vision is more developed.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

Watch How to Make This DIY Baby Toy

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy this DIY baby toy is to make!

We attached them to the wrist, but you could make them for the feet too! I used high contrast colors because they are great for younger babies, but you could also use other more vibrant colors especially for older babies whose vision is more developed.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

diy baby toy how to make black and white wrist rattles

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Extra Large Pom Poms. As babies develop their hand control, they usually bring them straight to their mouths. This is why using extra large pom poms, 1.75 inches and larger, is important to avoid any concerns for choking hazards.

Parts Need to Be Secured. The bells inside the velcro straps need to be firmly secured as they are small parts and it would be very dangerous if they were to get loose. Therefore, strong glue must be used or, alternatively, the pieces can be sewed together. Either way, supervision is required at all times.

Wake Windows. A wake window is that short time in between feeding and sleeping (or being changed!). Between 0-12 weeks wake windows can be between 60-75 minutes and up to 2 hours by 4 months. During this time, babies will benefit greatly from activities like this that not only stimulate their bodies, but their brains too. Be sure to grab these moments during the wake windows or else baby may get tired and cranky and may not want to play!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Firmly secure bells onto a strip of felt.

Step 2

Glue another strip of felt on top to enclose the bells.

 

Step 3

Glue extra large pom poms onto the felt band.

Step 4

Use velcro stickers on the ends so that the band can open and close around baby’s wrist.

Step 1

Firmly secure bells onto a strip of felt.

Step 2

Glue another strip of felt on top to enclose the bells.

Step 3

Glue extra large pom poms onto the felt band.

Step 4

Use velcro stickers on the ends so that the band can open and close around baby’s wrist.

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

More High Contrast Activities

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play with black and white!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

What’s Next?

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat!

rainbow pasta recipe

This rainbow pasta recipe is so fun to do with kids! It takes making homemade pasta to the next level with all the vibrant colors! Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

A Rainbow Pasta Recipe to Wow the Kids!

We loved taking homemade pasta to the next level with this rainbow pasta recipe! I love to get the kid’s in the kitchen, and they love to be there. So when your kiddo asks to try and make rainbow pasta, my first reaction is, let’s do this! 

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this —  making rainbow pasta, especially when you have all the colors on one strand, is a long process. I repeat, it is SO much easier to cook a box of dry pasta and add food coloring.

That being said, there is so much to enjoy and learn from the process — the sensory experience of mixing the flour and egg,  the fine motor of threading the pasta through the maker, the gross motor of cranking the pasta through it,  patterning the colors in rainbow order, and of course, the enjoying of food you have labored over with love.  

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Tips for Cooking with Kids

Dealing with the Mess. Cooking with kids can get messy, but overtime, with practice it will get better and better. Making a mess is an essential step for kids to ultimately learn how to NOT make mess!

Kitchen Stool. While not necessary, a kitchen stool is a great way to get kids at the right safe level for helping in the kitchen!

Homemade Pasta Without the Color. If making homemade pasta colorful is too many steps, don’t be discouraged. Start out by just making plain pasta with the homemade pasta-making machine before jumping into the extra step of adding color!

Coloring. If you do decide to make the pasta colorful, try and find a plant-based food coloring to keep things natural!

rainbow pasta recipe

Materials

  • 1 Cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

rainbow pasta recipe
rainbow pasta recipe

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

Sensory Bases to Explore

Homemade pasta dough is definitely rich in providing a sensory experience. Here are some non-food related sensory bases you can explore as well!

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Baby Activity at 3 months – Fun with Balloons

Baby Activity at 3 months – Fun with Balloons

Baby Activity at 3 Months – Fun with Balloons

baby activity at 3 months balloon kicking

Tying balloons to the hands and feet is a great baby activity at 3 months. Keep on reading to find out all the benefits of this activity for babies!

Benefits of This Balloon Activity for Babies

During the first three months of a babies life, they sleep quite often, but there are some precious wake windows where babies can start to have fun and begin to strengthen important skills!

This is a great baby activity at 3 months because it’s an important time for babies to improve their visual tracking skills, and stay on the back before they begin rolling over from stomach to back.

It’s also a great way to keep baby busy, engaged, and strengthening gross motor skills with every kick and punch! As each arm and leg raise and move the balloons around, babies will also be developing an understanding of cause and effect!

 

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How to Set Up This Baby Activity at 3 Months

This activity is as easy as grabbing some balloons, using helium to blow them up, and tying 2-4 of them with string to baby’s hands and feet.

In this video you’ll see how my 3 month old enjoyed kicking, moving her arms, and tracking the balloons as they moved up, down, and side to side.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

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How to Set Up This Baby Activity at 3 Months

This activity is as easy as grabbing some balloons, using helium to blow them up, and tying 2-4 of them with string to baby’s hands and feet.

In this video you’ll see how my 3 month old enjoyed kicking, moving her arms, and tracking the balloons as they moved up, down, and side to side.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

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baby activity at 3 months balloon kicking

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Ballon Type. While you can use any color balloon, the younger the baby, the more useful black and white balloons are due to their ability to see high contrast images better. Also be sure to grab some helium to keep the balloons up high!

Wake Windows. A wake window is that short time in between feeding and sleeping (or being changed!). Between 0-12 weeks wake windows can be between 60-75 minutes and up to 2 hours by 4 months. During this time, babies will benefit greatly from activities like this that not only stimulate their bodies, but their brains too. Be sure to grab these moments during the wake windows or else baby may get tired and cranky and may not want to play!

Supervision. It goes without saying that supervision is key! This is not an activity for babies to be left alone doing. Once you finish playing, safely dispose of the strings and balloons in the trash.

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

More High Contrast Activities

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play with black and white!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

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What to Put in Diaper Caddy? List of 11 Helpful Items!

What to Put in Diaper Caddy? List of 11 Helpful Items!

What to Put in Diaper Caddy? List of 11 Helpful Items!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Do you need some ideas of what to put in a diaper caddy? Keep on reading to see my list of 11 helpful items to include inside!

Wondering what to put in a diaper caddy?

Perhaps you are a parent-to-be or a new parent and want to be prepared on what to have in your diaper caddy. Or perhaps you simply are fed up with running all over the house looking for supplies!

Well, let me help you out! I’ve put together a handy list to make your life a little more convenient and easy! This list includes +10 things you may want to have in your diaper basket for when doodie calls (plus other baby-care moments with your little one)!

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Watch to See What to Put in a Diaper Caddy

In this quick video you’ll see all the items I like to include in my diaper caddy!

Keep on reading to get the full list below and where to get them!

Plus, also check out the adorable moveable diaper caddy and diaper changing basket!

 

Watch to See What to Put in a Diaper Caddy

In this quick video you’ll see all the items I like to include in my diaper basket!

Keep on reading to get the full list below and where to get them!

Plus, also check out the adorable moveable diaper caddy and diaper changing basket!

List of What to Put in a Diaper Caddy

Here are all the details for the items to include in a diaper caddy and where to get them!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Diapers

It goes without saying that diapers are an essential part of a diaper caddy!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Baby Wipes

Along with diapers, this is another essential item that goes without saying!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Diaper Rash Cream

For everyday use, this brand of aquaphor is our go-to! If a bad diaper rash develops, Triple Paste is a life saver!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Moisturizer

This is our top pick for a moisturizer for babies whether they have eczema or not!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Gas Reliever

While this is not an essential item, it is a natural and efficeint way to relieve fussy babies. whomay have gas!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Black and White Cards or a Toy

Something to entertain baby! For newborns and young babies, grab our free printable black and white cards!

Nose Picker

But it doesn’t just pick hard to get boogers. It is a great tool for cleaning nails, ears, belly button, and beyond! 

Nail Clipper

This baby nail clipper also has a magnifier for those who need some extra help seeing those little nails!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Thermometer

This no-touch forehead thermometer makes taking temperatures fast and easy!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Hand Sanitzer

A reminder for parents to wash up after every diaper cleaning or booger picking!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Pacifier or Other Soother

For a baby that is fussy, have a pacifier or other type of soother available!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Diaper Caddy

Of course, we need a caddy to organize everything! I personally love this woven, sectioned moveable basket!

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Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

girl playing with diy zipper board

This DIY zipper board is an easy-to-make life skill activity for toddlers. It’s such a fun way for kids to learn how to zip up and down! Keep on reading to find the simple instructions on how to make one yourself!

A Life Skill Activity for Learning How to Zip and Unzip

Life skills are exactly what they sound like – skills that we will use throughout the course of our life! There are a lot of life skills that kids can start practicing at an early age – zipping, buttoning, cutting, washing, brushing – to name a few!

And this zipper board has the zipping and unzipping category covered! 

Learning practical life skills like this at an early age not only allow kids to be independent, but can also provide grown ups relief by allowing their kids the opportunity to learn to dress themselves!

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Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

girl playing with diy zipper board

Tips for Creating This DIY Zipper Board

Colorful Set of Zippers. It is not necessary at all to have all of these colors, however it is a great opportunity to talk about colors during the activity to build on language development and vocabulary!

Glue. When gluing down the zippers make sure you keep the glue as far away as possible to the zipper itself. If it gets inside the zipper, it will be really tricky to zip it up and down without it getting stuck in the dried glue!

Cardboard. This is definitely a fun activity to save cardboard for! Cardboard is such a great DIY resource for kids activities since it is durable and basically free (if you get as many packages as we do!).

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Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills
    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    Top Picks for Strengthening Practical Life Skills

    Here are some great gifts for continuing to strengthen practical life skills!

    fabric busy book fine motor skills practical life skills

    Fabric Busy Book

    This high quality fabric busy book is jam packed with practical life and fine motor skill activities! From dressing, to tying, buckling, and beyond!

    wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

    Sensory Bowls and Tools

    Scooping, pouring, and transferring are all important practice life skills! This set of wooden bowls, scoops, and a tong are great for sensory play!

    practical life skill construction toy screw driver board

    Screw Driver Board

    This car shaped screw driver board is a fun way for kids to learn how to screw and thread real life objects while using real life tools!

    practical life skills busy board book fine motor skills

    Activity Board

    This alligator shaped busy board will help young kids learn even more practical life skills. It is lightweight and folds into a book for easy carrying on the go!

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    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

    Your early learner is going to love this DIY toddler activity. Making your own caterpillar puzzle, is a fun way to use some of those plastic lids from food containers and put them to good use at home! Great for fine motor skills and color learning!

    A Budget-Friendly DIY Toddler Activity

    Since I’m a big believer in reusing things around the home, it just makes sense that using these colored lids is perfect! I hate throwing things out that have another use left in them, and this is what this puzzle proves. 

    It’s a great way to test kids interest too! If you find your kiddo absolutely loves this DIY toddler activity, then it’s a good reason to invest in buying a store-bought puzzle that is more durable and long-lasting! If you find they lose interest quickly, then save the money and bring out your DIY version from time to time instead!

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    Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

    While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

     

    Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

    While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

     

    dot the rainbow color matching activity with dot markers

    More Ways to Learn Colors!

    Grab this free printable Dot-the-Rainbow activity for another fun way to play and learn with colors! You can use dot stickers, dot markers, or simply color in the circles!

    We have even more free printable activities that are all about learning colors while being hands on. For example, our Rainbow Color Matching Game utilizes cotton swabs, our Discover the Color activity uses cotton rounds and watercolors, and our Color Mixing bundle is filled with ways to learn color mixing that extends beyond the page!

    For even more printable activities that cover lots of early childhood education skills, check them all out in our Printables section!

     

    Materials

    • Cardboard Box
    • Pouch tops with the twisty bottoms
    • Tape

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

    Step 2

    Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

     

    Step 3

    To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

    Step 1

    Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

    Step 2

    Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

    Step 3

    To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

    The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

    One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

    Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning
    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

    The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

    One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

    Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

    More Ways to Match Colors

    Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

    color recognition sorting rainbowa

    Color Sorting Rainbow

    Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

    rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

    Wooden Rainbow Stacker

    This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

    color sorting magnetic game color recognition

    Color Sorting Maze

    This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

    Color sorting game color recognition

    Color Sort the Objects

    This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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    Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

    Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

    Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

    Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    Getting baby hand and footprints can be tricky! These simple tips and tricks can make the process a whole lot easier! Keep on reading to find out!

    Baby Hand and Footprints Make the Perfect Keepsakes!

    There is no denying that kids grow up so fast! One way to freeze time is by making hand and footprints. During my babies first year of life, I try my best to get hands and footprints every single month because it is incredible to see how fast they grow! After the first year, I get their hands and footprints every birthday.

    Plus, handprints and footprints make the perfect gifts and keepsakes. You can include them in a card, or use them in a piece of artwork as well!

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    Skills: Early Math

    Ages: 2 Years +

    Prep Time: 20 Minutes

    Mess-Free Ink Pads versus Large Washable Ink Pads

    In this video, I test out mess-free ink pads for babies and compare them to the large washable stamp pads.

    There are definitely pros and cons to each of those that I further explain below! 

    Alternatively, you can always use regular washable paint, though this technique is the most messy!

    Mess-Free Ink Pads versus Large Washable Ink Pads

    In this video, I test out mess-free ink pads for babies and compare them to the large washable stamp pads.

    There are definitely pros and cons to each of those that I further explain below! 

    Alternatively, you can always use regular washable paint, though this technique is the most messy!

    mess free stamp pads Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    Baby Hand and Footprints Using Mess-Free Ink Pad Technique

    These mess-free ink pads are a great choice for infants and babies. Baby is able to place the hand or foot down on top of a non-ink side, thereby transferring the ink onto a piece of paper without getting any ink on themselves!

    I found a set that comes in lots of different colors, not just the jet black one that you may have seen before or that hospitals often use.

    No doubt, there is a big benefit in this being mess-free, but there are a few cons. First, these pads are small and won’t be usable for older kids. Second, the number of uses is extremely limited. I was able to get 2-3 prints only from each ink pad.

     

    Baby Hand and Footprints Using the Large Stamp Pad Technique

    These large stamp pads do require getting ink on the skin, but they solve the big cons associated with using the mess-free ink pads.

    They are much larger and can be used by kids of all ages, even adults too! They also have a much longer life-span with lots of ink to create one handprint or footprint after another!

    And while they are not contact-less, they are non-toxic and easily washable.

    In addition to the two ink/stamp pads described below, you can also use regular old washable paint! It will do the trick just fine, even if it is a little bit messy!

    stamp pads Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    More Tips to Getting the Perfect Baby Hand and Footprints 

    Clipboard. Use a clipboard, hard cover book, or another hard surface when making prints! Just using a paper is too flimsy and may result in not so perfect prints!

    Heel to Toe. When making footprints, gently hold baby’s foot by the ankle and guide it from heel to toe onto the paper. The foot should open up and give you a nice print!

    Open Hand. Getting an open hand from an awake baby can be really tricky! With that in mind, try to grab baby’s handprints while they are sleeping. If that’s not possible, make sure baby is happy and fed, and gently add pressure at the top of the wrist before placing the hand onto the paper. This will often open the palm for optimum placement!

    simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

    Create artwork with those precious prints! Pictured, is a fun project I did with my daughter after getting her footprints every month for her first year. You can also create lots of fun images out of handprints like this dinosaur, bee, and spider art projects!

    Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

    More Tips to Getting the Perfect Baby Hand and Footprints 

    Clipboard. Use a clipboard, hard cover book, or another hard surface when making prints! Just using a paper is too flimsy and may result in not so perfect prints!

    Heel to Toe. When making footprints, gently hold baby’s foot by the ankle and guide it from heel to toe onto the paper. The foot should open up and give you a nice print!

    Open Hand. Getting an open hand from an awake baby can be really tricky! With that in mind, try to grab baby’s handprints while they are sleeping. If that’s not possible, make sure baby is happy and fed, and gently add pressure at the top of the wrist before placing the hand onto the paper. This will often open the palm for optimum placement!

    Create artwork with those precious prints! Pictured, is a fun project I did with my daughter after getting her footprints every month for her first year. You can also create lots of fun images out of handprints like this dinosaur, bee, and spider art projects!

     

    More Ways to Create Baby Hand and Footprints

    Here are some beautiful ways to capture baby’s hands and feet while they are still little!

    Baby Hand And Footprint Kit 

    This kit comes with everything you need, including the cute rustic frame. 

     

    Baby Hand and Feet Casting

    A beautiful way to capture those tiny hands and feet! This kit includes mold material, plaster, and detailed instructions!

    clay handprint bowls footprint keepsakes

    Handprint Clay Bowls

    This set includes 38 polymer clay blocks in 12 different colors. It can make 3-6 handprint bowls.

     

    Baby Ornament Keepsake

    This kit comes with everything you need to create a lovely clay casting of your baby’s hand or footprint. 

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    Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

    Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

    Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

    easy heart craft valentine's day

    This easy heart craft is a fun project for kids! The hot glue border guides little artists to stay in the lines to make geometric shapes! 

    Create Geometric Shapes with This Easy Heart Craft

    If you are a young kid, creating geometric shapes inside a heart shape may not be the easiest task! That’s why creating a hot glue border is a genius way to help guide these budding artists to stay in the lines!

    Kids will have fun filling in the shapes while utilizing the raised edges in between to keep colors separate and vibrant! This is a fun craft to do during Valentine’s Day or as a fun art project while learning about shapes! 

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    How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

    Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

    Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

    How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

    Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

    Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

    Tips for Making This Easy Heart Craft

    Hot Glue. You’ll need a hot glue gun for this, so make sure you heat it up in advance! 

    Watercolor Paper. You’ll need some thick paper to create this art project! Hot glue will adhere to this kind of paper perfectly.

    Heart Shape. One of the trickiest parts of creating this heart craft is the grown ups job of making the heart shape! If you find it is difficult to make a symmetrical heart freestyle, you can always trace in pencil first!

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