Category Archives: toddler activities

Rainy Day Play {2 Terrific Toddler Activities}

It’s really wet in Sydney today, which is a very good thing for dousing those awful bushfires but not so good for keeping small people happy. Spouse took the car and I have tonnes to do round here, so it’s an inside day for sure.

I set up two little activities for the Smush today. She’s tired from a busy weekend and was happy to get involved with some quiet and easy play. These two activities are super easy to set up and you can source the materials from around the home!

   Sensory Rice Play

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You’ll need:

*Rice

*A bunch of bowls, scoops, spoons etc

* A mat.

Pour the rice in the bowls and let your little one go to town. It’s messy but easy to clean up, and if you do it on vacuuming day, it’s a non issue! Smushy spent ages transferring the rice between bowls and generally having a great time. Next time I might colour the rice first, as I know she’d love that.

Pegs in the Milk Bottle

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You’ll need:

*Pegs

*Milk Bottle or Carton

Smush is obsessed with pegs. Utterly and completely obsessed. So I figured she’d love this and she did! She stuck them all in, one by one and then tipped them out. And then did it all again; over and over. It’s a great fine motor activity. Make sure the milk bottle is washed out first!

Enjoy!

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Zucchini Slice Muffins & Toddler Meal Planning Printables.

A bit of a double whammy post today; as I have morphed into full blow crazy lady organising mode. I got a taste for it last week and I have now gone headlong into the zone. My meal planners were crazily well received last week so I thought I’d tie in some planning for the small people in your life. (Big Brother wrapping up for the year is possibly partly responsible for this. Suddenly my evenings are free as we are no longer glued to our TV set watching the antics of a bunch of 20 something crazies. What can I say? It sucks you in. Without it, I have way more time to potter around and get stuff done. Funny that.)

Also, more time to worry; especially about Smushy. She has become super picky with foods again and will only consume brown bread with honey or Vegemite, and grapes dunked in yoghurt. I’ve been giving into this as I’ve really been disorganised of an evening especially and now I feel I’m responsible for her getting all uber fussy. I decided to create some meal plans for her dinner times too. Mostly they encompass what we eat, but there are a bunch of kid type recipes that I make especially for her too, so it’s good to have it all written down in front of me. I have a monthly or weekly printable for your use. And because I’m super nice, there’s one worded for kids also. 

Meal Plan Toddler

 Toddler Meal Plan Printable

Toddler Weekly Meal Plan

Toddler Meal Plan Weekly Printable

Kids' Meal Planner

Kids’ Meal Planner

 The one thing Smush will happily eat besides brown bread at the moment is my Mum’s zucchini slice which I have adapted into muffins. They are so incredibly delish and we have been eating this in slice form for as long as I can remember. It’s such a common recipe and so easy, but it’s yummy and filling to boot. The muffins are easy for little hands to grasp and the hidden veggies are a bonus. The cooking time is less than for a slice, so watch them.

 My Mum’s best ever zucchini slice muffins.

*2 medium zucchinis, grated.

*1 large onion, finely chopped.

*3 rashers of bacon, finely chopped.

*1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese.

*1 cup self raising flour, sifted.

*1/4 cup vegetable oil. (Or Olive if you prefer.)

*5 eggs, lightly beaten.

*Salt/Pepper

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grate zucchini coarsely; finely chop onions and bacon.
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Combine zucchini, onion, bacon and sifted flour.zs3

Add lightly beaten eggs.

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Spoon into a well greased muffin tin. (I used canola spray and they slid out perfectly.) I had enough for 12 muffin cups. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 20-25 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean.zs6

 Eat and enjoy! I froze a whole bunch for later. An easy meal for toddlers and kids; and you too!

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Halloween Potato Paint & Stamp {Terrific Toddler Activities}

This is a cute little painting activity that you can tweak to suit your child. (I totally typed twerk the first time.) Smushy is a bit more interested in smearing the paint and getting messy than actually ‘stamping’ so we didn’t bother cutting a pumpkin face into the potato, but I think older kids would love that, so give it a go! The potato is a perfect size for little hands to grasp and maneuver and doesn’t require washing afterward, yay!

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I decided to let Smushy go to town with the painting and then use her artwork to create a little Halloween keepsake. I simply sliced a potato in two, making sure it had 30 or so minutes to dry before use. (The paint doesn’t bind well with a wet potato.) I taped paper down and mixed up some of the Crayola My First Paints and then let Smush go wild. She had a great time and got suitably messy as I couldn’t find her paint shirt! 

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Afterwards I simply did my own interpretation of a Jack O Lantern and voila! a cute little keepsake for this year. Next Halloween we’ll definitely be having a go at Jack O Lantern stamping!

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This activity doesn’t just have to be a Halloween one, we’ll be doing it again just for fun. I was even thinking of maybe doing our Christmas wrapping paper this way.

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