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DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids

DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids

Before I had a baby, the biggest party I ever had to plan was my wedding, and it was a huge undertaking. Not only did I have to figure out a way to split it between two countries, two cultures, and two separate coasts, I […]

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2 Year Old Quote of the Day

Toddler Play Date Valentine Gifts

Toddler Play Date Valentine Gifts

I think my favorite part about this age, (two years) is watching Els start to play with friends. I mean, beyond the scoping, judging, side-by-side playing, tugging and crying and warring – but really interacting and conversing, building sand castles, asking questions, playing — together. It’s […]

Virtual Book Club for Kids: The Teddy Bear Project – Part Two

Virtual Book Club for Kids: The Teddy Bear Project – Part Two

Our second book inspired activity was a little lesson in giving.

Book inspired activities with toddlers.

Since the book centers on a homeless man who encounters a selfless, generous little boy, I thought it would be nice to make our local homeless man a little care package. I got Els involved. After I explained what we were doing and who we were doing it for, she seemed genuinely willing and compassionate.

She decided to ‘share’ her favorite snacks. She also picked out ‘presents’ on her own. Hence, the Hello Kitty band-aids.

Book inspired activity. Care package for homeless.

She also made the hearts. Foam hearts with foam glitter stickers. PS. If you want your toddler busy, buy them foam boards and stickers. Els loves them. And I love them too. Because I can rest. For 20 minutes.

Book Inspired Activity for Toddlers. Care package for homeless. David McPhail, The Teddy Bear.

And there you have it. Although she’s a bit young to fully understand everything, it was fun nevertheless! Especially watching her excitement when picking out snacks, and packing it all up in a bag. (She LOVES packing.) I think she will be even more excited when we drop it off. Either that, or she’ll run the other way and make ‘mommy do it.’

In any case, today, it looked like she loved the idea of giving ‘presents’ just as much as receiving. Which is nice to see in anyone, let alone a toddler.

Book Inspired Bento Box Lunch and care package. The Teddy Bear by David McPhail.

Don’t forget to check out my PART ONE of David McPhail’s book inspired activities: The teddy bear DIY bento box lunch.

Virtual Book Club for Kids: The Teddy Bear project – Part One

Virtual Book Club for Kids: The Teddy Bear project – Part One

I love libraries. Always have. Something about the smell of old books, the hushed sounds coupled with heavy thuds of books being re-shelved and stacked. Conversing with the librarian, asking questions, looking row by row for books that have been misplaced and then finding it. […]

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Can’t say she’s wrong. They do make smoothies every morning together…

My Bossy Baby

My Bossy Baby

Hollow Tree Ventures
Image Courtesy of: Hollowtreeventures.com

I saw this list from Hollow Tree Ventures  today and I couldn’t help but think: we have the same toddler. And then when I read her hilarious post, I thought, we really have the same toddler. And it’s almost serendipitous, that this came my way today, because I was this close (fingers 1mm apart) to having my baby’s head examined. Like seriously, ‘why are you so bossy?’

My toddler’s demands for the day:

Mommy —
Take your hat off.
Take your sunglasses off.
Get me new pants. Not those ones. These ones.
Read it to me.
Tell it to me.
Snack.
SNACK.
I want a snack.
Sing mommy.
Don’t sing.
Come play with me.
Not that one. This one. Not like that. Mine.
This is yours. (It’s either the smallest one, least tastiest, a color she doesn’t care for, something she has no interest in, a crumb.)
Carry me.
I want naan. (Her word for boob)
Naani. Naani naan. Naan!

(coloring with her) Not like that. Not this color. Like this.
(playing Duplo with her) Let me do it. Not this piece. Make it for me.
(playing Cloud dough with her) Don’t flatten it. Don’t break it. Don’t touch this one.
(telling her a story) Not a pink house. A polka-dotted house! No, not up the mountain. Up the  volcano!

And to top the day off, I am not allowed to like zebras because that’s her thing. Same goes for elephants and the character Loopy, from her favorite book. But I am allowed to like camels. And the green sidekick dog, that no one would probably want to be if they were able to choose.

Anyone else have demanding, bossy toddlers?

Ella humor.

Let’s compare.

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She loves hearing her own quotes. In fact, she finishes the quotes for me when I’m reading them. And then she laughs. It’s as if she knows that she’s funny. Priceless, I say.