Homemade fun for little ones.
We all know that children love toys, but what they love even more is time with their family. So one of the best things parents and grandparents can do is bring in a little fun and laughter to the time they spend with their little ones.
We at Potty Train with Pinky Bear, have compiled a starter list of creative, fun ideas for you to try. Always supervise children while trying these activities. Be sure to put your own spin on them and let us know which ones are your favorites!
We all remember how fun it was to play with dough and when the playdough is homemade, it is even more special to play with. This is a perfect “toy” to make on a rainy or snowy day. Did you know that you don’t even have to cook the dough? Use your children’s favorite colors and try some of the recipes at 53 Easy Homemade Playdough Recipes for kids.
Let’s Write a Song.
Children love to sing, so of course they will love having their own song. This is where your creativity comes in. Pick a simple tune and let your little one help write the song. It can be silly so just go with it, because writing it will be the best part. Take turns adding words and write them down for later. Be sure to perform your song in front of others and watch all the smiles come out. Sing “their song” often and you will be surprised that this silly little song will be remembered for years to come.
Paint the alphabet.
What is better than playing? Learning while you play! This is an opportunity to learn letters and colors.Take a sheet of white paper and pre-draw a large letter of the alphabet on the paper with a white crayon. Let your child pick their paint color (use non-toxic water paint or food coloring in water) and let them paint with a large brush across the paper to reveal the magic letter. Talk about the sound the letter makes by using names of animals or other common items. Try some of these other 50 Simple And Fun Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers.
Fun with Felt.
Little fingers love to touch, so playing with felt is a simple fun toy that is easy to make. First use a sturdy cardboard sized appropriately for your child (12” x 12’ should work) and cut a piece of felt slightly larger. Use a low heat glue gun to adhere the felt to the cardboard. Fold felt over sides to the back and tape or glue to secure. Cut out simple colorful shapes and watch your child’s imagination grow as they place the felt pieces on the board. Tip-keep pieces large so they are easy to handle and do not cause a choking hazard.
When your children or grandchildren are young, you may find their little handprints literally everywhere, but as they grow, their little hands become a precious memory that you will keep and cherish. Try one of these fun crafts at 25 Precious Handprint Crafts for Toddlers to make something you will both be proud of. Remember, for littles, it is the experience as much as the finished product, so don’t forget to make this fun. And take it from us, once you have showcased their work of art, pack it up to keep. You will be glad you did!
These are only a few ideas to get your imagination going. We know you will enjoy trying them and coming up with some of your own ideas. Playtime does not have to be hard! It’s a joint effort of fun and quality time for you and your children. Speaking of simple, Potty Train with Pinky Bear is a simple system using an adorable little bear to make the difficult task of potty training your toddler easy! We believe in the positive approach and have developed a plan that will keep both parents and children happy.