Olivia is still in that phase where she puts everything in her mouth so it’s hard to do fun crafts and activities with her, BUT that doesn’t stop me from trying. I just make sure my expectations are low!
I saw this idea on the blog Better As Us and loved the idea to cover the high chair in foil. Genius! This controls the mess and you can fit it to any high chair tray.
When I sat her down the first thing she tried to do was pull it up, but I quickly discouraged her and redirected her attention to the paint brushes. I squirted a few dollops of paint on a paper plate and showed her how to dip the brush in. Then, I held her hand and helped her put the paint on the pumpkin. Her favorite part was dipping the brush in the paint. I had to keep reminding her to put it on the pumpkin.
Overall, the activity lasted less than 10 minutes before she started painting her hands, face, and body. Still, we ended up with an adorable pumpkin to decorate the house.
Tips for Painting Pumpkins with your toddler
-Make sure everything is ready before you begin. Get out your paint, brushes, and some wipes for clean up.
-Make sure your little one is wearing a bib or onesie that you don’t care about getting dirty.
-Rotate the pumpkin for them so they are not paiting the same spot over and over.
Photo Tips for capturing fun activities with your kids
-Set your activity up in an area with lots of natural light.
-Make sure your little one is facing the light, especially if you’re using a smartphone to take pictures.
-Move around and capture a few different angles. Take a wide angle view and then get in close. Move in even closer for details of the brush, the pumpkin and their little hands.
-Don’t forget a photo of the finished product (like I did!)
I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers sharing their favorite things for the month so I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon. There’s no rhyme or reason for the items I’m going to share, just things I’ve found helpful or inspirational this month.
Your Summer Story Photo Challenge
I had to lead with my summer photo challenge, of course! We’re just getting started so it’s not too late to join. Just click this link and sign up! In our next lesson we’re going to talk about how you can take photos that tell a story so that you can capture your summer in a way that is memorable.
Hand Lettering Practice for Kids
I stumbled on this fun activity from Prairie Letter Shop while browsing Instagram and bought it for the girls and I to do together. It’s a super simple thing to do when you’re looking for a way to get the kids off their devices. It’s a downloadable packet with 18 pages that include simple handwriting, shading, cursive and doodling. I’m going to print the pages and probably use tracing paper over them to start. You can also stick them in a sheet protector and use a dry erase marker as well. Here’s a screen shot from a sample page.
DIY Sidewalk Chalk
Another Instagram find! @poppyspreschool has a great recipe for DIY sidewalk chalk that I can’t wait to test out. In fact, she’s got a ton of great ideas for play. Check out the highlight called DIY Kids on her account and you’ll find recipes for homemade play dough, finger paint, bubbles, and more.
Free Design Ebook from Sarah Joy
Now that the addition on our house is nearing it’s completion, I’ve been soaking up all the design inspiration I can get. I love following Sarah Joy for all things home decor and was so excited when she put out a free e-book with her top 5 design tips. She’s got paint recommendations in there, tips for buying faux greenery (which I have a ton of because I can’t keep a plant alive to save my own life!), and more. Follow this link to snag your copy!
If you end up loving any of these things like I have, leave a comment and let me know. Can you believe we’re headed in to July already?!
I’m always looking for fun things to do with Olivia when we’re stuck indoors. Something that will hold her attention and isn’t too messy. She’s up at the crack of dawn so the days can feel pretty long.
Paint bags are a super simple activity and can help develop sensory skills too. The fun part is picking out all the pretty colors or just raiding the stash you may already have.
4 or 5 paint colors
a ziploc bag. the size is up to you. just make sure you can seal it tight.
how to make a paint bag
First of all, I made sure that everything was set up before I put Olivia in her high chair because she can get restless if she’s in there too long. I added a small amount of each paint color to the resealable bag and then used the duct tape to secure it to her high chair. Make sure you get out any air bubbles so there’s no chance the bag can pop and splatter paint everywhere.
That’s really all you need to do. She was very curious when I sat her down and started poking at the bag. I added a paintbrush and showed her how to ‘paint’. She seemed to like that too.
After a little while she was more interested in trying to get the tape up than she was in painting, but it gave me enough time to empty the dishwasher.
For a fun holiday themed variation, we tried this with wooden eggs for Easter and it worked great. Use the same steps, but less paint and you’ll need to cut open the bag when you’re done so that you can get the egg out without getting paint all over your hands. Actually you don’t even need the duct tape because you’ll want your toddler to hold the bag in their hands to let the paint swirl over the egg. We found our eggs at the Target Dollar Spot. I also added some silver glitter to make them sparkle!