When my children were little, one big issue we had was how to keep the older boys quiet while my infant daughter took her naps. I came across these great ideas from thedomesticfour.com as a remedy to that problem. First, you will need to get several colorful boxes with lids from an inexpensive store such as the Dollar Tree (in fact, most all items can be purchased there). Fill each box with one activity (like the ones pictured below) then give the older children one or two boxes to entertain themselves during baby's nap time. It gives the baby a quiet nap time, your older child a fun activity he can do by himself, and best of all it gives you freedom for some rest or laundry duty.
1. POM POM COLOR SORTING:
Need: 1 bag of pom poms
1 pair of kitchen tongs
1 muffin tin
Pick up each pom pom with tongs and sort by color into muffin tin.
2. SENSORY PUZZLE:
Need: foam puzzles
1 bag of rice
Mix puzzle pieces in the rice. Kids search through the rice to find pieces and complete the puzzles.
3. PAINT STRIP COLOR MATCHING:
Need: large bag of craft sticks
2 identical sets of paint strip samples
Cut apart and glue small color squares on craft sticks. Have child match sticks to second set of color squares.
(All of these activities encourage such skills as fine motor movement, sensory stimulation, sorting, matching, and premath - several birds with one stone!) .
More ideas for boxes can be found on thedomesticfour.com and Pinterest. Danielle from thedomesticfour suggests having 10 or more boxes on hand to switch out and to use only one or two boxes per child per quiet time.
Enjoy the quiet time!
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1
PSF asked some of our MOPS Moms the following question:
“I already have one child whom I love with all my heart. If I end up having another one, will I be able to love that one just as much or will one be short changed?”
Julie wisely said, “I have 3 kids and am pregnant with my 4th. All my kids are special in different ways. They are like your best friends, you might have 2 or more but each one is better at some things than others. One may have a difference perspective on life than the other but you can always learn from each and every one of them. You would be surprised how much love you are capable of!”
Vee also commented, “I think every mom deals with this no matter if you are going from 1 to 2 or 3 to 4. It’s a perfectly normal feeling. I was very afraid when I went from 1 to 2 children that my son would feel alienated or that the new one wouldn’t be loved as much. It was incredible when my second was born. I never understood how love could “grow”. You will worry about this til that baby comes out but love does, in fact, grow. I love my boys equally but for different reasons because they have different personalities. It’s something that is very hard to explain but once you have the second one you totally get it.
While not still in the “trenches” as these moms are, I do have a great book to recommend for you and your little ones. It’s called, “I Love You The Purplest” by Barbara M. Joosse. It is a precious story on this very subject … how and why we can love all our children the same amount just for different reasons! My children are 27, 26, and 21 and I find myself still telling them that I love them the purplest or the orangest! They never get too old to hear how much and why mom loves them! Enjoy those little ones!
For generations my family has played around the beaches of SC. I wanted those same wonderful experiences I grew up with for my children and now I love nothing better than seeing our granddaughter begin to make that same love connection with the sand and salt water. I’ve learned a lot about what works at the beach with young children and what ideas I could throw out the window. Mainly, you don’t want your day at the beach to be a military operation but there are things that can help you enjoy your day to the max.
1. Remember the sunscreen, sunglasses and hat with an "under chin" tie for your toddler. Extra care now avoids an unhappy baby later.
2. Put “stuff” in a wagon or cart of some kind so you have one hand free to keep hold of your little guy. Going to the beach or not, toddlers love to run in the opposite direction of the way you are going.
3. Bring a large Ziplock bag for those beach treasures you know your toddler will want to bring home. Also bring one for your cell phone and camera. Sometimes the upcoming tide will surprise you!
4. Put snacks in single serving containers. Simple foods such as Goldfish, Cheerios or cheese and turkey cubes put in serving size Ziplock bags work well. (Avoid sticky foods as sand will attract like a magnet!) Small bottled waters or multiple sippy cups work well, too. It’s best to take multiples of everything so if one is dropped into the sand you won’t have a crunchy mouth or a toddler meltdown.
5. Pack baby powder to put on little arms and legs before heading to the car. The wet sand brushes off so much easier when you sprinkle a little on.
6. Meat tenderizer…. Yes, meat tenderizer! From years of experience, sometimes the unplanned happens and a jellyfish swims too close for comfort. One touch and any adult or child will come barreling out of the water for relief. Meat tenderizer combined with enough water to make a paste works best . If you forget and don’t have any tenderizer, make a paste with water and sand and put it directly on the area. The pack will draw out the sting.
Catch this really cute idea!
A friend was at the beach last week and told me of a smart idea for a toddler that they saw while there. They were beside a family who had a small pool under a tent on the beach. The pool was filled with ocean water. We’ve all seen that, right? Well, here’s the cute part. Around the pool they put a 3 foot plastic garden fence (with rounded, safe edges). On the fence they tied all kinds of little toys with cute little ribbons. They even had a frozen teething ring. She said the child played there happily for a very long time and never lost a toy to the sand! When they were ready to leave, they just untied the toys, folded up the fence, packed it into their cart with the tent and chairs and away they went. So creative!
Hope these ideas help make your vacation at the coast a safe and happy one!
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.” -John 17:1
Check out these great ideas for a golf birthday party! Ashleigh gave Cooper and his friends "watering hole" water bottles, "putting green" juice boxes, "hole-in-one" donuts, a golf visor craft, party favors with a golf ball and golf pencil, and then took them outside for putting practice with the child-sized clubs. I hope you can get some ideas from this precious party and inspire your little golfer!
Many thanks to Ashleigh for her continued sharing with Parkingspacefaith! If you have a cute party idea we'd love to hear from you, too!
Here's a tried and true recipe my friend Terry and her family love to fix for their vacation at the beach. This year she and her granddaughter, Anniston, and their friend Laini made it together. Have a fantastic Fourth of July and remember rich blessings are in the small stuff !
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