Name Trace: Toddler Activity

I have one toddler at home with me during the week. With everyone else at school I like to try and find activities that will help my youngest guy grow and thrive without weighing him down with things he would find boring. He loves arts and crafts, and he loves stickers. I recently started having him try to recognize his name. So we have been finding different ways to have him work on recognize his own name either by coloring it, tracing it, or playing games with it.

I loved this rainbow sticker tracing activity from Preschool Inspirations. It allows him to see and recognize his name while making it fancy and fun for him. He can choose any sticker color he wants, or all Captain America (his favorite) stickers. It is a great activity that helps with fine motor skills while still teaching the child their own name. You can even do this with the alphabet.

It really is a simple and straight-forward way to begin the skill of spelling and recognizing their own name. It can also keep them busy for a few minutes while you finish loading the dishwasher or make lunch. For more incredibly easy yet educational based activities for toddlers check out Preschool Inspirations and get learning!

On-the-Go Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix

We run from school to practice and lessons 4 out of 5 days a week. Our only break between school and activities some days is the drive in the car. This can make it difficult to make sure the kids can do their homework and get their snack in before an activity. This has made me the queen of on-the-go snacking recently. I try to make sure that I find recipes that pack a lot of protein and are easily eaten without a huge risk of choking, making a mess, or needing utensils.

One of our favorite on-the-go snacks is trail mix because the kids can eat it while we travel, it isn’t too messy (depending on the kid) and it can be customized to each kid’s likes with very little effort. Store bought mixes tend to be on the sugary side and do not always contain the best protein options. We like to make our own because it allows us to make them a little bit healthier and we can add our favorites to them.

This mix from The Recipe Revival is a great start. This recipe calls for a specific cereal. I like to add some almonds, and cashews, and cut the cereal portion in half. That way they get the nutrition they need to go off and play and still get a little sweetness to their snack. I usually do 1 1/2 cups nuts (half almonds and half cashews) then 1 1/2 cups cereal. The recipe is so easy you can add or subtract according to your wishes.

Be sure to check out The Recipe Revival’s full recipe, and check out the other great recipes while you are there!

Athletic and Sports Wear: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that we have active wear and athletic wear available at The Boy’s Store? While some boys may be very active and need active wear for sports some boys prefer that for their everyday style. No matter why you are looking for active wear be sure you check with us. The brands we carry allow for style, comfort, and long lasting wear.


Boys Athletic Pants by Noruk : These black athletic pants feature contrasting edging and
touches for safety. Noruk runs small so size up!


Boys Athletic Shorts by Noruk : These shorts feature reflective touches for safety and match well with the Noruk line of pants, shirts, and sweatshirts.


Boys’ Athletic Shirt by Noruk : The shirt is reflective and comfortable for wearing during practice or hanging out with friends.


Boy’s Athletic Hoodie by Noruk : provides adequate warmth for practice on cold nights but has an ease of wear for continued play and movement.