Our youngest daughter just celebrated her second birthday a couple of weeks ago! I can’t believe how she has grown from such a tiny thing to an active toddler! And what a blessing she is to our family; she is so sweet!
As we were getting ready to celebrate her birthday, I was in the midst of one of the busiest seasons of my year. I was teaching Bible study, making costumes for our annual visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party, working on a major contributor post for another blog, and keeping this family close to on-track. And we found out that another one of our friends was having a birthday party for her son on W’s actual birthday. Instead of thinking of that as a headache, I thought it was a blessing, because I just didn’t have the time to plan a full-blown party.
As I have said before on this blog, I am not naturally artistic, but our oldest daughter definitely is! And her early and enthusiastic interest in art has forced me to come up with opportunities to explore her artistic side; but often I feel like I am floundering for inspiration. And I often get ideas from just watching what she is watching, what she is interested in. One of the shows she is very interested in is a new show from Amazon Prime Instant Video called Creative Galaxy. It is perfect for her art-loving soul!
Our oldest girl is alphabet obsessed! And she has been for a long time. She recognizes all the letters of the alphabet and is working on knowing all their sounds. So I created an activity for her to work on sequencing, specifically “before” and “after.” This was a challenge for her at first, but we kept going and she was so proud when she was finished with the entire alphabet.
Since it is the Halloween/Fall season, I thought it would be fun to put our alphabet letters into a cauldron I found at Target. But this activity could be adapted to any seasonal study or be completely separate from a theme.
One of the items on our fall bucket list was to “boo” some of our friends. Have you ever been “boo”ed? It was so much more fun than I thought it would be! And since “boo”ing our friends was on our list, we needed some very yummy homemade treats to pass along. And I wanted it to be so simple that the girls could do every part of the recipe. So we modified a basic cake mix recipe a tiny bit to make Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip cookies. They are so simple and are actually yummy!
I was rummaging through our preschool bins to find some apples for the girls to play with as we work through the alphabet together and an idea suddenly struck. I made a simple preschool and toddler game using items that were already on hand. It was so easy and so fun, I decided to share it with you. The game can be modified to work for almost any application and helped introduce and reinforce lots of preschool and toddler concepts. Our girls are early 3 and almost 2, so it works for this age group very well.