Pokemon has had a resurgence in popularity it seems since the cartoon first aired in 1997. My guess is the newfound popularity is due to Pokemon GO! and other recent video game releases. My husband has had a soft spot for the Pokemon franchise since childhood and has shared this with Roo. His birthday came up recently and while he didn't want anything extravagant (and I honestly didn't have the energy to do much) Roo was horrified to find out he wasn't having a party. I agreed to put together some decorations and a cake with her to surprise Daddy. She decided a Pokemon themed party would be perfect and I agreed.
I found a lot of cardboard while clearing clutter a few days ago. Small Amazon boxes, toilet paper and paper towel tubes, and a whole lot of cereal boxes I had stashed away because "I could make something with this." So this week, Roo and I committed to creating things with this pile of cardboard. Here's what cardboard crafts we did.
Easter is one of those holidays that is so fun with littles. I love watching Roo as she scurries around looking for Easter eggs and squeals with delight everytime she spots one. Unfortunately the holiday also comes with a side order of sugar. But I don't want her to miss the fun of opening the [...]
Independent play is an important part of a child's development and should be encouraged throughout your daily routine. I love doing crafts with Roo. We try to find time to do some kind of arts and crafts project twice or more a week. But I have my own grown-up crafts I like to spend time on too. A busy three year old with a short attention span makes it hard to find time and space to do my own projects. Here's how I use independent play time to find time for my own crafts.
When I heard about using water beads in sensory play, I ran right out to the nearest Dollar Tree to buy some. Roo and I came up with 6 ways to use them in play and learning. Water beads are such a fun sensory exploration activity for any age. *Just be sure you supervise littles [...]
Whether it's raining, snowing or too hot, there is a time of year for all corners of the world that we search for things to do indoors with our kids. All that energy has to go somewhere, and if we can't direct it then our furniture, walls, and sanity will suffer the consequences. Here's a list of Roo and my favorite things to do indoors
Paper flowers are a fun craft to do any time of the year. Spring is an especially colorful time to celebrate the rebirth of the flowers, but seasons like winter deserve a little extra color too! Paper flowers also make fantastic additions to greeting cards, wrapped gifts, invitations, and party decorations. Here are 5 paper [...]
Roo and I just finished a Butterfly Themed Unit in our preschool curriculum. The butterfly crafts were a huge hit! Each themed unit involves at least one alphabet activity, one counting activity, a few STEM activities, several books to read, and lots of crafts!
Do you have trouble getting your toddler into the bath? Sometimes, it's way more fun to get dirty than to get clean afterwards! Creative bath time activities are some of Roo's favorite things to do and are garunteed to get her in without a fuss everytime. Bath paint, bath crayons, and bath playdough are all super fun. Here are some recipes for you to make them at home for your next bath time!
Happy New Year! Since starting WhimsyRoo blog this year, I've learned so much about blogging and about crafting with toddlers and Lesson # 1 No matter how cute you think a craft for toddlers and preschoolers is, your toddler or preschooler will not participate if it's not interesting to them. Lesson # 2 Almost anything [...]