I’m proud to say Mr2.5 can now recognize all of the letters in the alphabet! We’ve been playing tons of abc games, and to keep things fun we did an abc sensory bin jello alphabet dig. My toddler enjoyed prying the letters out of the jello with spatulas, and claiming excitedly what letter he found.
Mr2.5 has started noticing letters and he is very interested in pointing them out and asking what they’re called. He can even name quite a few letters on his own now! I wanted to encourage his newfound love of reading letters, so I made a magnetic alphabet matching game for him. He really enjoyed it, and I will be making him games with different letters as the week progresses. This activity was quick and easy to set up, and can be made easier or harder by the number of letters you draw.
The sky is blue and the sun is shinning, so our family is spending lots of time in the backyard. My 9 month old baby has graduated from sitting on blankets in the grass to a little wiggle worm who wants to play with her 2.5 year old brother. Originally, I envisioned baby would just join in on toddler’s games. Much to my surprise my toddler wasn’t thrilled with this. He did not like baby using his toys as tethers, licking them, banging them, or throwing them. He also didn’t like if she got a toy cooler than his to play with. So to keep the kids playing happily together I needed to come up with the baby version of my toddler’s backyard activities. Her outdoor games consist of batting at baby toys, splashing around in a bowl of water, watching bubbles, stacking cups in the kiddie pool, rolling balls, and a walker / ride on.
There are so many creative ways you can play with pool noodles, and I’ve recently realized they’re perfect for toddler imaginary play. They’re soft so if they hit people or property no damage is done, they’re super easy to cut with an exacto knife, and they’re inexpensive. We’ve been making up tons of pool noodle games at our house and here are some of our favourites:
It’s been raining and hailing here, which means there are tons of bugs. My toddler has been enjoying hunting for bugs. To go with our bug theme this week baby did some bug footprint pictures. We made an ant, bee, grasshopper, dragonfly, beetle, caterpillar and snail.