Children's Literature, Parenting, Toddler Activities

What We’re Reading: edition 1

During my time as a classroom teacher I loved having a print-rich classroom with books across reading levels. I built up a decently sized library during my eight years in elementary education. Of course, I kept most of them to share with the girls and, since I have no self control when it comes to buying new books, the ending result is a home full of books.

The library in my former third grade classroom
Baby room bookshelf with part of our board book collection

As a former teacher I know how important reading is and so my husband and I have really focused on making reading and books a big part of our girls’ lives. There are books in many places around our home (girls’ rooms, playroom, living room) and all are easily accessible. We make weekly visits to the library, spend some time reading each day, and having family story-time at bedtime each night. We also subscribe to a monthly book box – I’ll share our experience with Bookaroo in another post! Now, we have a toddler who loves to look through books and “read” them to anyone who will listen (poodle included!)

I try to make our books seem even more exciting and novel by rotating our seasonal books and holiday books out during the year. I just pulled our Autumn/Halloween books out at the beginning of October and we’ve been revisiting some of our favorites since.

This week we’ve been reading all about Autumn; leaves falling and the changing weather. Fall is Here! covers some common seasonal activities and has fun, bright images. Autumn is a new one for us this year – it doesn’t have any words so its been fun to let Miss 3 use her imagination to tell me a story using the book. Leaves is a really sweet story about a bear and the things we can observe in nature during changing of the seasons.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! What are some of your Autumn favorites?

Toddler Activities

Invitation to Play: Candy Corn

We have been all about play dough and small parts play at our house lately. I thought we would use some candy corn pieces as “kernels” to make ears of corn. I made a sample for Miss 3 and talked about creating the parts of the ear of corn (cob, kernels, husk), but then she was free to use her imagination to make whatever she wanted!

We used a couple tools from our play dough kit to make lines and add some texture. I also offered some pom poms and felt balls for some added choice and tactile play.

It was a hit! I think we’ll be using this set up in our tray all week!

Invitation to play tray

Miss 3 was all about it! This kept her occupied for a good chunk of our morning.

I’m think later this week, I’ll switch out the pom poms for some green paper grass to add a new texture. What else would you put in this invitation to play?

Mom Fashion

the absolute BEST leggings

Okay, so I know that this is not exactly related to parenting (although black leggings are the unofficial uniform of SAHMs, right?), BUT I feel like the world needs to know about these leggings. A friend of mine recently shared them with me and I’m obsessed. These bad boys come in several colors and three lengths – full, ankle and capri.

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Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

The best part is that they are high rise, don’t slide down and have the perfect amount of stretch. Honestly, magical. After having two children I am all about anything that keeps my mom belly in check while I chase children around all day long!

I’ve only tried the black but maybe some day I’ll be adventurous and branch out. If you try them out, let me know if you love them as much as I do!

Toddler Activities

Pumpkin Hunt

One of the skills I’ve been practicing with my toddler is her scissor technique. We’ve practiced with scissors and also this cool scissor/scoop combo tool. I’m not sure what to call it (scooper?), but it’s definitely fun to use!

This week I set up a “pumpkin patch” in our play tray. I just put a piece of green construction paper down to add a little background. Then, I filled the tray with some pipe cleaner vines and pom pom pumpkins.

Miss 3 got to use the scissor/scoop to pick the pumpkins from the patch and sort them into cups by size. I think next time, I’ll use bowls that are a little more shallow and wide to make it easier to see what is inside each one.

This activity was definitely a fine motor challenge, but she picked all the pumpkins with the tool! We’ve used this little guy for every sensory bin activity you can imagine. It’s big enough to pick up a cotton ball, but it closes securely enough to hold small beans.

What tools do you use for sensory play? I’ll be sharing our favorites next week!

Children's Literature, Parenting, Toddler Activities

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Hi, I’m Meaghan! At little about me – I’m a mom of two little girls (3 and 0). Our family recently had a big move from the Portland, Oregon area to Frederick, Maryland. I taught for 8 years before becoming a stay at home mom when our little one was born this summer.

I’m learning quickly that being home full-time with two kiddos can be so challenging and I’m always looking for new activities for my toddler. I’ve found myself looking to mom blogs, Pinterest and my teaching background for inspiration.

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