My baby is now 8 months old and she is eating three meals a day. At first, I was really excited that she would be eating meals at the same time as her 2.5 year old brother. But then, I realized my toddler is accustomed to everyone leaving the table to play as soon as he’s done eating. Baby eats her finger foods very slowly, so we had a bit of a problem. I needed to stay at the table to help baby finish eating, and my toddler wanted me to go play with him. My mom had some wise words for me, you have to stay at the table and tot wants to be with you, therefore he needs to stay at the table. She told me to bring whatever he was into to the table. Turns out telling fairy tales keeps my tot at the table.
My toddler has toy cars and trucks in every size imaginable. Sometimes we just pass the cars back and forth and race them, but lately he’s been really into driving them on roads. We’ve used chalk, wood, foam puzzle, painters tape, and staircase rails to make 5 different roads.
Originally, I gave my toddler a small nerf bow and arrow to “hunt” his stuffed animals for our aboriginal theme week. I learnt the hard way that this was a bad idea as the arrows flew out with quite a bit of force and my toddler’s aim needs improvement. We had a close call of him shooting an arrow at his baby sister’s head. In order to make our “buffalo hunting” safer we made these homemade foam arrows. They’re made of foam and can’t be throw very hard, which is much better for a toddler.
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!