Friday, September 25, 2015

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Fun with Babies and Toddlers

It's fall and that means its time for some fall fun! Not sure how to get your baby or toddler involved? 

Pumpkin Patch
Take a family trip to the local pumpkin patch. 

Leaf Collage
Get outside and pick some leaves and turn them into a collage. 

Autumn Sensory Box
Collect some gourds, apples, hay, acorns and put them in a box for little hands to explore the different textures. If you aren't afraid of a mess cut a pumpkin in half and let them dig in!

Fall Vegetable Stamps
Make stamps out of apples, potatoes, beets, squash and anything else you think would make a good stamp. 

Scavenger Hunt
For toddlers put pictures of common fall items on a paper and go outside for a scavenger hunt. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

The First Few Months: Playtime with Baby

Think baby is too small to really enjoy playing with toys? For the first few weeks of life baby will show little to no interest in toys, but that will quickly change after 4 weeks. Around 4-5 weeks baby will be more alert and aware of the world around her. This is where toys come in. In the first six months baby is starting to reach for and grasp objects and explores by putting objects in her mouth. So when picking out toys keep this in mind. Hoppi Box has experts curate the toys in the box so that they are developmentally appropriate. 

Once you have figured out which toys baby likes hold them in front of her so she can focus her eyes on it, Frans Plooij recommends slowly rocking baby while holding the toy. Saying that a child perceives the world better when they are slowly moved around. 

Have fun playing with baby at this stage of life because it all goes so quickly and by 6 months toys will take on a whole new meaning.