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Toddler Games: Lego Duplo Ring Toss

My littlest is home with me all day long. When his siblings are away we try to find a little time each day for just the two of us. I do not spend the whole day entertaining him, but I try to find little chunks of my day to dedicate to him.

Sometimes it is just reading a book, or coloring, sometimes we do craft. But sometimes we like to have a little fun. When I was perusing Pinterest the other day I found a bunch of little ideas for playing with his Lego Duplo blocks.

We love Legos. My oldest is even in a Lego Robotics League at school. So we try to stay creative with our Legos and not just build the same things over and over. When I saw this fun little game that uses the Lego Duplo blocks I knew we had to try it.

It was great fun, my little man even got to build the towers as tall as he wanted before we began playing. All I needed was a few pipe cleaners to use as the rings. Luckily I usually have more than a few lying around. I really enjoyed watching him get so excited every time he tossed the rings. He was even more excited when he hooked the rings! This fun activity can also help build your little one’s motor skills and improve their eye-hand coordination. Give it a try, it is a simple and fun way to play. Checkout Stir the Wonder for the full tutorial and be sure to check out their other fun ideas!

Sensory Bin Activity: Rainbow Rice

Now that school is back in session my big kids are all gone for the day, which leaves me open to do more one-on-one activities with my youngest little guy. I try to keep him entertained and learning at least part of the day. I do have other things to do each day so I am not hovering over him engaging him in activities 24/7. However, I do try to do something interactive with him at least once a day. At two years old he loves to do things that are hands-on, messy, and destructive. I know that all of that is good for his cognitive development, including imaginary play and problem-solving. So I let him get wild and really learn hands-on several times a week.

This month I thought it would be fun to try something really hands-on. Since it has been so cold outside we haven’t been able to explore the outdoors as much as he likes. So instead I thought it would be fun to find a way for him to dig, and play as if he were outside. This sensory bin with colored rice will allow him to do just that.

This colored rice sensory bin is so easy to create and it allows for a lot of interactive play. I found this easy to follow tutorial on how to make colored rice here at Powerful Mothering. Thank you Powerful Mothering for such an easy tutorial. Be sure to check out Powerful Mothering for other great ideas for kids and parenting.

Toddler Learning Time

Do you have a toddler at home? All of my big kids went back to school but my littlest man is home and bored without his siblings. We have been trying to give him more learning activities to do at home so that he has something fun to do when everyone is at school.

Recently I have noticed that he has excellent gross motor skills. He can do larger movements with ease. But his fine motor skills needed a little help. I have been searching different ideas for helping him with his fine motor skills and I found a few things that would help him.

Threading: Threading things is an excellent development of fine motor skills. Place beads on a string or yarn is perfect practice. Check out this example for smaller kids that you are worried about giving actual beads too. The Imagination Tree created a fun beading tutorial involving paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls instead for children that still have a tendency to place small items in their mouths. Check it out!

Frog Feeding: This fun pick-up and drop activity is a great way to teach fine motor skills in toddlers. It is also a lot of fun for little ones to do. Check out a Crafty Living for the complete tutorial.

Toddler learning time

With a little practice from activities like these, your little toddler will be progressing more and more in their fine motor skills.