Here at The Disorganized Parent, EASY is the key for success! 2016’s Christmas Round Ups were such a big hit, we decided to do a few Valentine’s Day posts as well! After scouring Pinterest for reasonable crafts for the busy mom, we came up with an amazing list that even the worst DIY-er can do! Check out these fail proof, Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to celebrate the holiday of love!
Ever just feel super grumpy and irritable for no apparent reason? What’s even worse is when your toddler is in one of those moods. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just hit a re-set button when our toddlers are having one of those cranky toddler days we all know and
Today, my three year old sat down and ordered waffles for breakfast, as if it were a diner. When I didn’t deliver, we hit melt down status very quickly. Then, the dress I picked out wasn’t “princess-y” enough – that triggered melt down number two. After that, she accidentally caught site of our candy stash – let’s just say melt down number 3 was a doozy!
8:15 AM rolled around and I was already calling my husband ready to throw in the towel. Thankfully he talked me off the ledge and reminded me that we came up with a “re-start” list [Read more…]
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Isn’t it lovely when the latest trend in toys dovetails nicely with parents wants and wishes?! STEM toys have made a splash in the wonderful world of play. STEM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM toys allow children to develop critical thinking, increase in science literacy and fosters ideas of innovation at an early age. These toys will pave the way for our little thinkers for years to come. Click the links above to get my picks for the best toys for 3-4 year olds.
The list broken down:
- Guidecraft Power Clix are magnetic building blocks that can be made into different shapes. They are open ended and allow your little one to think critically but creatively to develop a structure. I personally can sit with them for hours!
- My First Microscope allows preschoolers to take a closer look at any object they want! Try grabbing something that has a lot of grooves (like a seashell or intricate rock) and let them explore. It also has the added bonus of being a “pretend play” activity! I see lots of little scientists emerging!
- We joke that my father (who is a CPA) is a bean counter, so this toy is particularly fun for me! The Abacus draws kids in with it’s pretty colors but will bring math lessons into everyday activities. Use it for fun or to mark progress. Play a game and count the points with the colorful beads!
- This Primary Science Set is a great way to let your little ones start experimenting. Fill the different beekers with water, vegetable oil, corn syrup and food coloring. Then give the some small objects, like a raison, and let them go to town! Encourage them to mix their own elixers! I like to use glitter too, but I’m afraid of a glitter bomb :).
- Jumbo Magnifiers are on my list for my nephew! He loves to check out bugs!! What better way to do that then with magnifying glasses. This is a win for parents too because if puts a little barrier between them and the ant mound they are obsessed with looking at! (why do all kids love that?!)
- Mini Motor Math is revolutionary! Lets take cars and make them into a math game! GENIUS! I bet a STEM employee thought of that one!
- The Learning Cash Register takes it one step further than just money and buttons. It has an actual scale, which teaches the beginning stages of weight. Kids at this age have mastered if objects are bigger or smaller, and heavier or lighter so it’s time to teach them the difference between 3 oz and 5 oz! Get into character with them to encourage their learning! Clean up on isle 4!
All these toys can be found at Target.com! Target does a great job of categorizing toys by age or type so if you don’t see something on this list you like, there are plenty more options! Happy shopping
This week has been the longest on record. These last 7 days were definitely longer than previous weeks – did you feel it?! No?! Just me?! Ok, it might have been because I had two sick kids at home and wasn’t feeling well myself. The week started off with fevers and quickly progressed into hand, foot and mouth aka cocksackie aka the devil’s virus. Oops that last one isn’t real. Anyway – with nobody going to school or babysitters and staying at our house because it wouldn’t be socially responsible to take my kids to a store, it was one truly long week. I had to get creative in our activities just so that we could make it through without wanting to kill one another. We did one MAJOR activity each day that took a lot of time, made a mess and was very fun. Check out this list below of different activities that are great for when you’re stick inside with your little ones: [Read more…]
4 cups flour
1/2 cup baby oil
THAT’S IT! Whenever I look at pinterest I start to feel a little overwhelmed at the types of crafts people are doing for their kids – it always seems like more work than what I have time for! I honestly don’t know how people do it all but I give them lots of credit. Recently we had a sick week where we started to get a little bonkers (can read more about that here) so I had to reach into my brain and pull out some of my old Child Life skills (read here about what a Child Life Specialist is). I decided to do a little “Moon Sand” which is a fancy of way of saying flour and baby oil. All you do is mix the oil with the flour and let your toddler explore! If you don’t prefer baby oil you can use any type of edible oil (like coconut) but please note that the baby oil works the best. Allowing your toddler to help get the mixture together is a simple fun way to have a secondary element of play to this activity. [Read more…]