Playing with play dough can strengthen muscles in toddler and preschooler's hands, preparing them for writing skills. Activities including play dough often involve small items and careful placement. This works children's fine motor skills. Pinching play dough into balls works the tripod pincher grip needed for beginner writers.
When the days turn hot and long and the nights are shorter, what Summer activities can you do with your toddler or preschooler? With older, school-aged kids sometimes we are just happy to have them home more, or take the opportunity to go on a vacation. What items should be on your summer bucket list with your toddlers and preschoolers?
Stuffed animal storage has been an issue in Roo's room for years. After trying to keep them all in one plastic bucket, then two...Then I tried hammocks, but we all had trouble keeping the animals in the hammock after taking one or two down. I came across a stuffed animal storage zoo and loved the idea that Roo could see and grab any stuffie she wanted fairly easy. But to buy one was expensive and not quite the dimensions I wanted. So I made my own! Here's my tutorial for a DIY stuffed animal storage zoo.
Toddlers and preschoolers are not known for their patience, however. So I have some other garden activities perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!
Hopefully, you've visited my "about me" section or at least skimmed through the home page introduction and know a little about WhimsyRoo and why it exists. If not, here's the long and short: WhimsyRoo is a creative arts blog. I write about creative projects both for myself and with my little girl, who inspires me [...]
Painting should be a part of every child's life. I can remember finger painting then using Crayola Watercolors then getting my first set of adult acrylic paints. Roo asks to paint often, and I try my best to say yes almost as often. Sometimes she needs a little more guidance than to just be given a piece of paper and a paintbrush. Sometimes the process needs to be a little more interesting than simple brushstrokes to keep her engaged.Here are 17 painting ideas for your kids' next paint session.
Before having a baby girl, I never knew how many hair-bows one child could own! I've been searching for a cute, but functional way to display her hair-bows. Here's the Princess Hair-bow Holder I created for Roo from a ball of yellow yarn and a cereal box. DIY Hair-Bow Holder Supplies Yarn *affiliate link* Empty [...]
There's nothing better than a Mother's Day gift your child made, no matter how old they are. Roo is 3 going on 4, but I've included a few more handmade gifts for all ages, including littles and older kids.
I've always loved decorating eggs for Easter. Even as an adult I look forward to it every year. This year, I bought some wooden eggs. Pinterest is full of elegant painted Easter eggs that look pretty in a bowl or something for an Easter Centerpiece. I wanted that look, but it needed to be something easy I could do in a few spare minutes.
Did you know March is National Craft month? I did. But I blinked and it was gone...I love to craft, as you can probably guess by now. Now I'm passing that love on to Roo the best way I know how. I'm not sure if she really loves it right now, or just enjoys the uninterrupted one-on-one time with me. But I'll take it either way!On Whimsyroo.com, I blog a lot about crafts I do with her: