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.
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.
My baby girl has started crawling and likes chasing after toys. To keep baby entertained I made a DIY activity roller for her to play with using two pop bottles, golf balls, and jingle bells. It rolls nicely on the floor and baby really likes trying to get it as it rolls away from her. And when she catches it she likes tipping the balls from one end to the other end like an hour glass.
My 8 month old baby loves the sound of bells ringing and has just started hanging onto tables, couches, chairs, etc to stand. To encourage her to dance, I made her baby bell anklets. She made music as she stood and stomped her feet and as she laid on her back kicking her feet.
My toddler and my baby are really into cars and trucks right now. We spend a lot of time driving vehicles around pretend roads. For craft time today we made a bulldozer, race car, dump truck, and tractor footprint pictures. UPDATE: We made a firetruck, police car, ambulance, and tow truck footprint pictures too!