Toddler Play

October 16, 2012

As much as it pains me to say this, Georgia is a toddler.  Yes, she is still a baby and yes, she will ALWAYS be my baby but in addition to being a baby she is a toddler (BLAH!)

I try to give her a lot of independent play (such a mom/teacher thing to say).  She is very good at entertaining herself but I also like to be very intentional with her as well.  She is a SPONGE and soaks up everything so I know I need to take advantage of that.

Here are some of the things I do with Georgia.

We do all different types of Sensory Play.  And, I might add I loath the term "sensory play" but at this point I don't know what else to call it.  It just sounds so dorky and technical.  : /  I equally dislike "sensory bin" but again, what else do I call them?  Pretty much everything can be a learning experience when your child is this age.  I have pictures of most of them but not all.

Splat mat cool whip


Ice cube play
{Strap them into their high chair with a few ice cubes.  G LOVES ice.  Crazy about it!}

Sprinkle Fun

Nature Discovery Bin

Warm Fuzzy Sorting / "Cooking"
-switched to organic fruit loops when she started eating the warm fuzzies-

Kitchen Helper

Discovery Bottles / Noise makers
{Like, all the ones on Pinterest.  We used rice and macaroni mainly in old water bottles.}

Water Play

Window Painting

Finger Painting

Paint brush / Squirt bottle Painting

Dobber Painting

Magnet Letters


Fabric Wipes

Dress Up
(I dress her up all the time and she loves playing in my clothes!)

Color Sorting

Nature Art


Nature Walk

Cereal Drop

I think I'll be doing a post soon too on our favorite places to go.  We have a few favorites.


Pamela said...

Ohhh, this is just precious!! You are such a wonderful mother! The framed finger paint art is adorable!!

Paige said...

Very cute. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Megan C said...

Love all of these, never would have thought of all this stuff but I guess that will come when I am a mother haha! She is such a lucky baby!

Rachel and John said...

Wow! You do a ton of structured play! That's my plan for once the baby is born. Nursing time will be structured play time so everyone is happy!

Love that she climbed into her water table!

Melanie said...

LOVE the idea on window paint!!!

Lyndsey said...

I love the cereal drop idea! And G + mommy's boots = perfection!

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I'm always looking for new ones for my 2.5 year old. We love structured play too!

Tami said...

Thanks so much for sharing some ideas! Emerson is so bored with all of her toys so I'm willing to try anything and everything to keep her entertained for more than 3 seconds! :)

Callie Nicole said...

Lots of good ideas for toddlers! Thanks for sharing, Emily!


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