Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

 

How many times does it happen that you have little to no warning that you have to go somewhere and keep the kids busy and quiet for a prolonged period of time.  Usually a walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, go to the ER, etc.  This is why you need to be organized and Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments in advance.

I cannot tell you the number of times I have to grab the kids and go to the walk-in for step tests, ER for minor injuries, etc.  The last thing I want to think of when running out the door to take my sick or injured baby to the doctor is what I need to pack and bring with me to keep them entertained.  Even with an appointment we are at our doctors office for usually almost two hours.  A walk in clinic two to three hours.  The Emergency Room (even if considered high priority) three to eight hours.  Sometimes you really need to be prepared to keep your kids busy for a prolonged period of time.  But not just the doctor’s office, restaurants, shopping, non-kid houses, there are tons of places you may go where it can be helpful to have a dedicated bag full of kids activities they can use.


You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

Here are some items I like to Pack in my Busy Bag for Medical Appointments to keep my kids busy at the Doctors office:

  • Grab & Go bags – I find them at the cash at Micheal’s, for a dollar, this is an AMAZING find.  Even just to throw in your purse.  A mini colouring book, crayons, and stickers.  These are perfect to keep kids busy.
  • Books – New-to-them books, or books they don’t read often.  Pick thin paper books so it isn’t as heavy or takes up a lot of room.  They are great to read quietly in the waiting room to kids, or in the examining room while waiting for the doctor or between medical tests.  Bring a bunch.
  • Flash Cards – Great to go through with kids and start conversations.
  • Brain Quests – They have tons starting at 2-3 years old.  Great to keep kids busy and interactive to do with the kids as you sit trying to keep them entertained.
  • Snacks – try to keep it peanut free as you never know what kind of regulations there will be, raisins, fruit pouches, crackers, juice boxes, water bottles, etc.  Don’t forget to pack some snacks for yourself.  Try not to bring items that squish easily.
  • Grab a tablet and chargers as you run out the door, once your busy bag fails, take a break and let them watch Netlflix or play games on your tablet.  Plus, especially in the Emergency Room your phone will die, bring a charger!
  • A book or magazines for you, you will get bored too, bring some stuff to entertain yourself with as well.
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What to pack it in?

  • Cinch Sac – I love this bag, it’s a Cinch Sac by Thirty-One Gifts, we have a bunch we use for different purposes, but I keep this purple one by the door with stuff for a quick visit to the doctors or anywhere else we may have to go.  You can check them out HERE to get one.

What would you Pack in a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments?  Where else would you use one of these bags?

How do you keep your children busy in the doctors office or restaurants?

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You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

I made a bag for kids to use in restaurants check it out below:

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!




 

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Monthly Letter’s from Santa Review

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I was approached by 12lettersfromsanta with a super unique idea.  They have a business sending out monthly letters to kids from Santa, all related to the actual month.

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I got to try it out with my kids in April and it was really fun.  My daughter got her letter in the mail first and was thrilled to get a letter from Santa.  She carried her letter proudly home from the mailbox and could not wait to sit down and read it with me.

 

The letter talked all about Mr. and Mrs. Clause’s plans for the garden and what veggies they were going to grow.  The letter came with an interactive activitiy, a paper with a pretend garden in it and a bunch of vegetable stickers.  The purpose being my daughter was supposed to “plant” a veggie garden with her favourite veggies to help let Santa know which veggies kids like best.

 

She had a lot of fun, and being a three-year-old loved putting all the stickers on.  She loved how Santa sent her a personalized letter.

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My son, 16-months-old, got his letter the next day.  I picked different fonts/layouts for the letter so they did look different, but they were the exact same letter.  I read it when my daughter was not around, but she would have been confused to know that her brother got the same letter (word for word) as her just with his name on it and a different paper.  He loves books and being read to so enjoyed having a story read to him and helping to open up the envelope.

I loved the letters and thought they were super cute.  My three-year-old would love to get a letter in the mail from Santa each month and is totally the right age for this activity.  My son is not the right age (not that I thought he would be, I just wanted to try them both out and he wants to be included).  My only issue was if you have two kids that get the exact same letter then it could ruin the magic a bit as my daughter would figure it out.  I think there needs to be a way to ensure that there are different letters sent to the same children in a certain household otherwise the kids may clue in to the fact that it’s not really “Santa” sending it to them, or that someone other than Santa, meaning he may not be real, is sending them the letters.  They have the option to write the Santa letter yourself, so perhaps if you have multiple children you would need to write them all yourself to ensure they all get different letters.

If you have one child, especially over three-years-old this is a cute activity they are sure to love.  I know my daughter would be thrilled to get more letters from Santa.  She has had two Christmas’s understanding Santa so is very much affected by the magic surrounding Santa.

This is a really fun way to get mail for your child each month and keep the magic of Santa going all year round.  You should check them out at this link to see if this is something your kids would enjoy doing each month too.

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DISCLAIMER:  I was given a free month of Santa letters for my kids to review for a blog post.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for my post in any way.

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Family Heart Handprint

I am so excited to bring you this Dollar Store Mother’s Day Craft Challenge! I’ve teamed up with other amazing bloggers for a budget blog hop. Each blogger had to create a Mother’s Day craft for less than $10 and they did an amazing job! Make Mother’s Day special on a budget and check out all of the wonderful crafts created!

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If you are a follower of my blog you will be familiar already with my love of handprint crafts, if not, you have been warned!  As a mom of two young children I don’t get crafts made for me since I am responsible for making all the crafts.  I decided to take this into my own hands and do a family handprint craft.  “Another handprint painting” my husband said when he saw the materials out.  This is special because it includes the whole family!

Family Heart Handpring - Time for mama to take Mother's Day presents into her own hand, for under $10! Make this with your family and have a lovely keepsake on your wall.

 

Materials Needed

I had them all already, but you can find them at Dollarama for $6-10 depending on what you want to get.

  • canvas
  • paint in 4-7 colours
  • sponge
  • paintbrush

How to:

It needs to dry between paint applications so everyone played and came when I called them for their part.

  • Decide on the colours for your canvas, I choose silver, then to soften it a bit I added some white, I put drops of silver all over the canvas, and a few drops of white at the top for contrast.
  • Using a slightly damp sponge brush it across the canvas covering the whole paper (go in the same direction each stroke, aka side to side, not up and down and side to side), including the sides of the canvas.
  • Let this dry before starting the handprints, if the paint is still wet it will blend together and won’t look as clear and nice.
  • I did my handprint first, I chose purple for me and painted my hand, then placed it gently but firmly on the canvas at an angle with my fingers at the top outer and my palm slightly turned in (remember you are making a heart).   Let that dry before the next hand print.
  • Then I chose blue for my husband and painted his hand, again pressing lightly but firmly his palm next to my palm print with his fingers tilted out. Again, let it dry.
  • Next was my daughter with a pink handprint, I overlapped hers with my hubby’s and my son’s turquoise next to hers over mine.

Now we have our family heart handprints.

Optional, I wrote LOVE on it, you can paint on the words, use a Sharpie marker, or sponge letters like I did.

Family Heart Handpring - Time for mama to take Mother's Day presents into her own hand, for under $10! Make this with your family and have a lovely keepsake on your wall.

 


Before you go, be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!

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Family-Heart-Handpring-T Get mom beach ready with these easy DIY flip-flops! Then check out the other amazing budget Mother's Day crafts to rock the holiday this year!

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC “T” Handprint Painting

This month’s challenge in the Monthly Crafting Book Club in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday last month is his ABC book.  I must admit, I am not a big Dr. Seuss fan, but I can see why so many kids love the silly lines and fun pictures, my kids included!  We haven’t done any hand print crafts in awhile so decided to focus on the letter “T” ten tired turtles on a tuttle-tuttle tree.

Dr. Seuss's ABC - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene.

Materials needed:

  • Canvas of some sort (or even paper)
  • Paint – orange, yellow, green, brown
  • A black sharpie
  • Paint brushes and sponges
  • Willing children

How to:

  • I squirted orange and yellow over the canvas and used a moist sponge to spread it out everywhere.
  • After allowing the paint to dry, I painted my daughters hand and arm brown and had her place them gently on the canvas to be the tree, then we did a few more hand print branches, re-painting brown in between.
  • I let it dry then had her dip a finger in green paint and do 10 finger prints wherever she wanted (she loved this part).
  • I washed her hand well (she was nice and covered at this point).
  • A day later when it was really dry I used a black sharpie to draw on the turtles tails, arms and legs.  Then I wrote the Dr. Suess lyrics at the top of the canvass.

T Handprint Craft - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene. T Handprint Craft - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene.

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That’s it!  It was really easy and perfect for any Dr. Seuss lover.

Dr. Seuss's ABC - In celebration of Dr. Seuss's ABC book, we focused on the letter "T" and did a canvas handprint painting to depict the scene.

Please check out the other awesome crafts and activities from other bloggers below.

 

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Don’t forget to see what we did for January and February

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Teaching a Toddler How to Help Others

 

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Helping others was a very important part of growing up in my household.  My parents volunteered a lot (and still do) and did a great job instilling that in my sister and I.   Here is a guest post by her on teaching young children about the importance of helping others and how to do it.


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With the help of my family when I was 16 (2003) I started a charity and took my first trip to Malawi. Icontiner 235.1n 2009 Hilary and I went to Malawi together to live with the MIC sisters and work in their kindergarten for needy orphans and children.  We had an amazing time.  We had not shared a room since we were kids so it was a great bonding experience.  Hilary has always planned to introduce Malawi to Bee but we thought she was still a bit young, she isn’t even 3 yet.  But next week we are packing up our 6th container to be shipped over.  I have done over 150 presentations on the charity and my trips to different schools and churches so I planned a special one for Bee.

I was honored to be included in a Canadian mini series called Make June 19th (14)Some Noise when I was about 18, they profiled young Canadians who were trying to impact the world in a positive way.  So we started our chat watching the 14 minute video.  I thought she might watch/enjoy it because her Grandpa and I were in it.  She loved seeing the clip of Grandpa trying to paddle a dug out canoe.  If I had not had this to show her I would have found something in YouTube.

IMG_7816Next we pulled out a globe.  Bee loves outer space so we talked about earth and showed her where we live.  We showed her Malawi and talked about how long it took to fly there in a plane.  We pointed out a few more places like the North Pole and where some animals come from.  I hate storing that globe because I hardly ever use it, but man nothing else does the job as well as a globe.

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Debora (35)My goal for the chat with Bee was that she could see pictures of a beautiful country so far away.  We are also working on helping her understand how other people aren’t as lucky as us.  I prepared a power point file with about 20-30 pictures.  Hil with Po and myself with Bee sat in front of the computer and looked at pictures of the beautiful country, their smaller homes, some of the kids home made toys, and pictures of us working at the kindergarten.  We talked about how different her classroom looked from theirs and about all the toys and items missing from the Malawian classroom.  I brought her some Malawian fabric called a chitenje, which is very versatile, often used to tied babies on the moms backs for baby wearing.  We helped her tie Elsa on her back which she loved.

 

IMG_7846IMG_7857Then we jumped in the car and headed to Walmart.  At this point Bee was having a blast and requesting we go to Malawi so she can bring the presents to the little kids there.  We asked her to help us pick out soccer balls and girls underwear (items which are favorites of our to donate). IMG_7847

 


She was still asking to go to Malawi a week later to bring the pink soccer ball and underwear to the girls.  I would say that was a successful lesson by my sister for sure.   Please consider sharing the post below.

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My Potty Training Essentials

I actually potty trained Bee a week after her second birthday.  There were a few reasons I decided to train her then, she had been pooing on the potty consistently for six months and almost always told us when she had to go.   Another reason was her brother.  I cloth diaper my kids, well my (at the time) three-month-old son was so big and chunky that he needed to use the big cloth diapers (the large, size two, one size, whatever you call them), I was NOT going to fork over the money to buy a bunch more cloth diapers when I knew Bee would be potty training soon, so just decided to move her over to underwear and move Po into her diapers.  Yes, lets take a moment to laugh at the fact that I had to potty train my just-turned-two-year-old so her three-month-old brother could wear her diapers.

Potty training wasn’t the best, but not as long as I thought it would take either.  The first day was pretty eventful, she had eleven accidents, the next day it was seven, the next was three, then after that sporadically. She had a hard time recognising the signs that she had to pee, and that was the biggest challenge, recognizing it before NOT during, and getting her to the potty on time.  I grew proficient at scooping her up with one hand, whiping down her pants and underwear with the other and racing to the potty before she peed everywhere.

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My Potty Training EssentialsPOTTY!  Kind of self-explanatory but yeah, very important.  You have to make a decision between what KIND of potty you want to get them.  The potty seat or the stand alone potty.  Both have their pros and cons.  If you have a small bathroom, I would recommend the potty seat as it does not take up as much room.  The stand-alone potty is great for side by side pees (seriously it works) and travelling, but who wants to clean pee and poo out of a potty, the seat is so much more sanitary to me and definitely my preference.  Once they get used to it they don’t even need the seat and can hop up on the toilet themselves without a potty seat.

 

My Potty Training Essentials (5)LOTS of underwear (I’m talking at least 12) and pants.  I stacked these in the bathroom on the main floor, at least five pairs of each and replenished a few times a day.

 

My Potty Training Essentials (3)A big stack of towels to clean up the messes and some kind of sanitizing wipe (Clorox, Lysol, whichever you prefer) to clean the floor after you have soaked up all the pee.

A timer, whether on your microwave, egg timer, or app on your phone.  I got to know her times, usually every 25 minutes the first few days, so I set an alarm/timer for every 20 minutes and would take her to the potty then.My Potty Training Essentials (8)

 

Books.  I had a stack in each bathroom of special books for her to enjoy potty time and stay on the potty long enough to pee.  WARNING:  Using potty time as an excuse to read will make them claim they have to potty whenever they want a story!!

 

My Potty Training Essentials (2)Flushable wipes – making the transition to the potty and toilet paper can be a little rough on their bums, these wipes are super soft and won’t irritate them as much, especially when they are needing to wipe more often.  You may even steal them to use too!

 

Pull-Ups.  Super important, even if you go straight to underwear, they will still need some extra support during nap time and bed time (and car rides or long trips out).  I love the pull apart sides on Pull-Ups (Pampers just don’t offer that!).  My toddler can take it off herself after her nap or when she wakes up in the morning, and if she is wearing pants I do not need to remove the pants completely to put her pull-up on.  I keep a potty in her room and I  love how she can pull down her own pull-up and pee, then pull them back up and get back into her bed on her own.  It really helps her feel independent.

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I was so excited to get the opportunity from Influenster to review their Pull-Ups VoxBox.  Pull-Ups is actually my training pant of choice so I was thrilled to have the chance to test out the Cooling pants and write a review on them.  As I said, my toddler has been in underwear since a week after her second birthday, which has been 10 months.  She still wears pull-ups for each nap and bedtime.  I am hoping the cooling sensation will help her start to recognize when she pees and start to wake up from her naps dry too.

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She also LOVES the characters!  It was a good tool for potty-training as well.  We would say to her “you don’t want to pee on Doc McStuffins, that would make her sad”.  Then when she made it to the potty she would excitedly proclaim, “I didn’t pee on Doc McStuffins!” (or Sophia the First, or Minnie or whatever princess was on her Pull-Up).  It really motivated her to pay attention to her signals and make to to the potty on time.

I would also say, be prepared to do a LOT of laundry for the first week, perhaps a few loads a day, between pants, underwear, towels, etc. we went through a lot of laundry, but it lessened and now I do less laundry since I only have one kid in cloth diapers now!

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Holiday Gift Guide for a 2 to 3-year-old (no toys)

My daughter has a MILLION toys!  She does not need more!  The holidays are a great time, we love seeing friends and family and exchanging gifts is a lovely tradition

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Holiday Gift Guide for TODDLER - Toddlers receive so many toys at Christmas, here is a Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers without toys on it. Lots of fun ideas for grandparents, aunts, uncles

Here are some great ideas to get the toddler in your life that are not toys:

Board games and puzzles

IMG_6062Board games, card games, puzzles and things things they can play together with the family, it helps them learn about taking turns and provides a nice quality activity for the whole family to do.

Seek and find books

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These Look and Find books are great as toddlers can do them alone or with a grown-up.  Perfect for a long car ride and quiet time.

Water Magic/WOW books

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These are amazing, the Water Magic ones are $3 at Dollarama.  It can keep my toddler busy for 30 minutes, then dries and we can do it again the next day!  Melissa and Doug have a Water Wow version, which is even better and amazing, but it is about $7-15.  Still worth it though!

Children’s Play Place Pass

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An awesome gift idea is a pass to a children’s play place.  For us we have Kids Kingdom nearby, my mom actually got Bee a year-long membership last Christmas and it was amazing!  Free activity, good for rain or shine, hot or cold, a great place to bring your child so they can run around and exhaust themselves out.  Whether it’s a year pass or just for a few sessions, it’s a great gift.

Classes

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Why not sponsor a session of classes?  Gymnastics, swimming, ballet, anything that you know they like, it can get expensive putting them in lessons but is such a great experience and gives them the opportunity to learn a ton.

Mabel’s Labels

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Either they are in preschool or starting school and other activities, a pack of labels to identify clothes, shoes, bag, water bottles, etc. when they are out and about will come in handy.

Day with you

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For grandparents, close aunts and uncles, take toddler to do some fun things together, give them an experience not a toy, take them to the library, go to a museum, attend a local festival, giving them one on one time with you is the best gift they can have. BONUS you give mom and dad a break!

Dress-up items

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Books

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My daughter loves new books!  Encouraging literacy and helping their imagination and reading skills is a great gift.  Even better if you sit down and read it with them right away.

Passes to family activities

 

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Give them some passes to the movies, local wildlife rescue park, museum passes, shows (Bubble guppies, Dora, Doodlebops concert, etc.) fun things to do as a family.


All gifts of course are incredibly thoughtful and a sweet gesture.  I am sure they will be appreciated regardless of what they are.  But a lot of parents already have so much stuff so if there are things you can give that won’t add to the clutter I am sure they will be thankful.

Public service announcement – please, please, please, if you want to give a gift that requires floor space (aka does not fold up nicely into a closet or fit on a shelf) ASK FIRST!  Some parents just do not have room for additional items in their house and other big ticket items they have already planned to get themselves.  When in doubt ask first, it’s a gift for the child not the parent so it doesn’t need to be a secret from them too.

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I have a rule, we appreciate all gifts, but only have so much room in our house, so if Granny wants to give a large toy, another stuffed animal (please every child’s room is already overflowing with these) or any loud and annoying-souding toy, we keep it at THEIR house!  Kids need toys to play with at Granny’s so this is a great way to build up her collection!

What are your favourite gifts to give to toddlers?

Holiday Gift Guide for TODDLER - Toddlers receive so many toys at Christmas, here is a Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers without toys on it. Lots of fun ideas for grandparents, aunts, uncles

This is the third Holiday gift guide in a series, check out ones for Mom and Dad already posted, baby will be up soon.

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Paper Plate Christmas Ornament

30-days-of-homemade-kid-ornamentsI am participating in the 30 days of Homemade Kid Ornaments Blog Hop this month, hosted by the talented and creative Kim over at The Resourceful Mama.  It has been great seeing what everyone else has come up with.  I love all the ideas I now have of things to make with my kids.

Today is my day and here is what  I made with my toddler.

Paper Plate CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT - Christmas is a great time of year for making crafts with your littles to decorate your house or give as gifts, try out this paper plate Christmas ornament

Supplies needed:

  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Ribbon or wool
  • Fun foam
  • Glue

Method:

Paper Plate CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT - Christmas is a great time of year for making crafts with your littles to decorate your house or give as gifts, try out this paper plate Christmas ornamentFirst I started off by getting Bee and Po to paint (first using a brush then with fingers) the bottom of a paper plate.  Then I let that dry.

While they were painting I prepared the fun foam decoration by using a cookie cutter as a guide and cutting out shapes.

Next, using a hole punch, I punched a bunch of holes around the outside of the plate.

I had Bee thread the ribbon around the outside holes and made a loop to hang it from.  I had her pick out what decoration she wanted and we glued it in the middle.

I thought this was super cute and easy for a toddler to do, only required a little adult help.

Paper Plate CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT - Christmas is a great time of year for making crafts with your littles to decorate your house or give as gifts, try out this paper plate Christmas ornament

Please check out some of the other creative ornaments people have come up with to do with kids as well.  These are a few of my favourites:

Christmas-bauble-pinterestdonePaint Swirl Glass Ornament

 

If you love kids crafts you have to check out Kim’s challenges over at The Resourceful Mama, she has a Kid Craft Challenge on the 1st and 15th of every month and a weekly link-up party dedicated to kid crafts.

Don’t forget to follow my group Christmas board on Pinterest.  If you want to join send me an e-mail!
Follow Raising Fairies and Knights’s board Christmas/Yule on Pinterest.

Mabon Matching Printable

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I love trying to think of creative ways to introduce my toddler to holidays and seasons.  I decided to make her a matching game with Fall/Mabon/Autumn Equinox items to match.  I found fall related items, apple, pumpkin, pine cone, leaf, and acorn and made a free printable for it.

Mabon Printable Matching Game

Next, I printed two copies out in colour ink.  Then I cut up the items into squares and glued them on construction paper to make it thicker.  Using Saran press and seal wrap I laid all the items on it (sticky side up so the card stuck), and pressed the wrap down. pressing out the bubbles.  I flipped the wrap over to do the other side, being careful it lined up.  Using scissors I cut it out, making sure not to cut too close to the paper so as not to break the plastic seal.
There you go your own super cheap laminated Mabon matching cards!  All you need is probably already in your house!

PUSH YOURSELF TO THE LIMIT

Now get creative thinking of all the things your toddler can do with it.

Mabon Printable

Here are some of my ideas:

  • Identify the objects.
  • Identify the colours.
  • Play memory with it.
  • Match the objects.
  • Match with like colours.

MABON Printable

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What ways would you play with it?  What are your favourite fall items?

Top 5 Fall Activities to do with a Baby & Toddler

I love Fall!  Here are my top five fall activities to do with a baby and toddler.  Even better, this is my first guest post!  Please check it out over at:

A BIRD’S EYE REVIEW

 

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Some great ideas on activities to do with babies and toddlers to incorporate them in your fall plans and start teaching them about the seasons.

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What are your favourite fall activities to do with your kids?

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