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We’ve had an awesome week! The little guy is officially 20-months-old. Where does the time go? It seriously feels like just yesterday that I was holding a newborn and now I’ve got myself a full-fledged toddler. I can’t believe it!
A lot has changed for us this week. You know, because the little guy is growing and changing every single day. We’ve explored new art supplies and experimented with new sensory materials. I absolutely love seeing his reactions to things.
We did some of our usual. We played with his Bright Starts Barnyard Fun Shape Sorter* and I can’t believe how much he loves this thing. He got this for his first Christmas and it’s entirely too easy for him, but he keeps bringing it to me, so… We also did a few puzzles. I actually just ordered him a few new puzzles because he’s already got the ones we have figured out. The little guy has amazing problem-solving skills, so I’m constantly looking for things that challenge him.
There was also a fun popcorn sensory bin this week. I bought some popcorn a while back and I thought this would be as good of a time as any to try it out. I gave him a colander, a wooden spoon, a spatula, and a plastic cup so he could practicing scooping things up and dumping them out.
I’m obviously not surprised, but he loved this. He played with the popcorn for quite a while this morning. Usually, we do sensory activities on Saturday mornings because of course we’re off and we can keep coming back to them all weekend.
Keep in mind, the little guy doesn’t generally put things in his mouth, but even so, everything we do is 100% supervised. Please remember that popcorn is small and therefore a choking hazard. If you have a toddler who still puts things in his/her mouth, you might want to consider using something larger in your sensory bin.
This was also the week that we started working with our Bright Baby First 100 Words Book* and DK My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: First Words*. These were a huge hit. He absolutely loves the touch & feel cards. He keeps going over to his bookshelf and getting them. He brings them over to the rug and sit and plays with them by himself.
We’ve spent a lot of time working with these together as well. I’ve been asking him to identify certain pictures by pointing and of course trying to get him to say the words for each of the pictures too.
I also got the little guy a Play-Doh Starter Set* and he’s spent quite a bit of time playing with it this week. Remember, Play-Doh is recommended for ages 3+. We keep it out of his reach unless we’re sitting right beside him.
This was the first week of February, which meant it was time to change things up with his activity baskets. I swapped half for new activities. You can read more about them here.
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This post was linked up with Tot School Gathering Place Week 161.