Category Archives: Adventures with Boys

Entertaining the little ones as best as a momma can

‘What I Love’ Wednesday-April 13th, 2016

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Mommy dates ūüôā

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-RFM

 

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WILW-When Trash Became A Tea Party

It’s cleanup week in our town. Everyone has their trash and unwanted junk out by the side of the road for the town workers to do their circuit and cart it away to the dump. As my boys and I were out for a walk down our street on this crisp Autumn afternoon, Little Man noticed a box set by the side of the road filled with Christmas mugs, plates and other various dishware. He decided he wanted to take the whole box home choose two pieces to take home for a tea party; a small Christmas mug and an ugly a quaint, floral creamer jug. He was distraught at the fact that these perfectly good (good condition, just dated patterns) ceramic dishes were to be tossed in a garbage truck, crushed and carried away. He was concern for the dishes’ welfare. He wanted to give them a home. He suggested a tea party with a mug for all his friends, but alas, did not get the rest of the dishes before the truck made it’s way down the street. Good thing though I guess; I don’t have the space for them all. But we did enjoy our snack and “tea” party, even if it was just us. IMG_5373.JPG

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Lego Time #everythingisawesome

It’s actually quiet and peaceful right now as I watch the boys play. That definitely makes me think “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie).

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Who Said You Can’t Prank Your Kids on April Fools?

I love April Fool’s Day! In university, while living with 4 other girls, I was the one to tie all the shoes together, to put raw spaghetti noodles in the homemade pancakes I so graciously offered to make for everyone at breakfast time, and stack the empty cans next to the door which would fall with a loud, glorious crash to the surprise of the friend who opened it.

So, alas, today is April Fool’s Day and my husband now knows me too well for me to get away with anything. The frozen toothbrush and the sewn together underwear have kept him on his guard this time of year. But now I have two little innocent kiddies who know nothing about this wonderful occasion lasting only until dinner time. Do I dare? Oh yes I do! Well, obviously Bambino is just too little, but 3 year old Little Man is just the perfect target.

This is how the morning went:

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Streamers over his door to burst through when he wakes up. His reaction wasn’t as we expected; he opened the door, pouted, and shut the door again. He was a good sport about it afterwards and had fun tearing the streamers down.

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Some animals having a snack and an April Fools meeting.

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“Hey! There’s something in my cup!”

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 Just a little ladybug.

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Blue Cheerios?

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He got quite the surprise when his milk and cereal started changing blue!

 

What a fun morning! I love passing on silly traditions, even if it is as silly as playing harmless tricks on April 1st. Do any of you have any good April Fool’s Day pranks or jokes to play on your kids? Let me know, maybe I’ll use them next year ūüôā

 

Cheers!

Kathryn

Relaxercise!

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So this is last night’s invention by Little Man – Relaxercise!

Me: Um, what are you doing sweetie?
LM: I’m just, uh, I’m relaxercising.
Me: Oh. Looks fun. Is that like relaxing and exercising at the same time.
LM: (big sigh) yeah. You just gotta do this. (proceeds to stretch out).
Me: Nice! Does it work.
LM: Umm yup!
Me: Awesome!

So wish it were true. Sign me up!

Autumn Excursions

It’s Fall and it’s¬†my favourite season of the year and what Little Man and I love most are our autumn excursions in the wooded trails behind our house. It’s a great way to get out and smell the autumn air, get some exercise and to secretly¬†disguise a perfect learning experience.

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Stomping on mushrooms
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Stomp! Stomp!
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
Having a swing
Having a swing
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A sunny day at the playground
Momma and Bambino (7 months old)
Momma and Bambino (7 months old)
Little Man
Little Man
Having a stroll
Having a stroll
Fun on his tricycle
Fun on his tricycle
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Please can I get just ONE picture of BOTH of you looking?
Inspecting the grass
Inspecting the grass
Sweet Face!
Sweet Face!

Loving the Autumn weather and having fun with my most priceless treasures! Take time to appreciate the season and all its beauty. Get out and have an Autumn excursion with your kids. Have fun and explore!

-Cheers,
Red Freckled Momster

10 Entertaining (and Quiet) Activities for Your Toddler When You Have a Headache

So today I have a headache. It’s been one of those days where I wish there were two of me or my husband could just call into work and say he was staying home for the day. I want to lie out on the couch, cover my head in blankets and take a nap. But wait, I’m a mom to a toddler and a 3.5 month old needing attention and entertainment. Well, the baby isn’t any trouble, at least he’s immobile and usually sleeps most of the day anyway, but the toddler is a different story.

So you need a few moments of peace and quiet? A rarity and luxury indeed. However, I have compiled a list of 10 activities bound to entertain those young, budding minds and (hopefully) keep them quiet long enough for momma or daddy to get some peace.

1. ¬†Water Play: Little Man loves this! All I do is set out a towel on the floor and get out my large bread bowl (the biggest bowl I have used to make bread). I fill it with warm soapy water and tell him to get his dinkies and toys that need a wash. Give him a cloth, brush, spray bottle, cups, or whatever he needs and he can be there for hours scrubbing, splashing and “cleaning.” Kill two birds with one stone and give him the silverware to polish. waterplay02

2. Outside Pool Fun: Yesterday Little Man invited a friend over to play in his kiddie pool. We filled it with warm water and even put his small slide in and used the water hose to create a water slide. Albeit a little noisy, the two boys stayed in the pool for hours playing with toys, boats and bubbles. ¬†Maybe with just one toddler it won’t be as loud.

3. Play Doh: Children love shaping and molding with Play Doh or clay. Just set out a place at the table, give them a few cookie cutters, rollers, plastic cutlery even stamps and sit back while they put their creative little minds to work. It keeps my Little Man seated for long extended periods which can miraculous some days.

4. Painting: Last week Little Man was given all of his Sunday School pages and worksheets to bring home as it was the last session before summer break. These pages clearly showed how enthusiastic he is about coloring as seen here:

Crayons, crayons, crayons PAINT!
Crayons, crayons, crayons PAINT!

Alas, Little Man did not turn out like his mother who spent hours and hours in coloring books. In fact, he has accrued many coloring books over his less than 3 year stint on this earth that remain colorless. But, give him a paintbrush and some paint and you barely know he’s in the room! It’s funny to watch his face in intense concentration.

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The little art easel was $2 from Dollarama and the wooden car was given to him from a relative but can probably be found at most craft stores.

4. Lego/Blocks: Not much to discuss here. Lego has been keeping parents sane for decades and its continuing popularity just goes to show how much the kids like it as well. Building towers, cars, space stations, spectacular castles, intergalactic robots and so forth is timeless and will keep just about any overactive toddler captivated for hours.

5. Discovery Bucket: Inside or outside, this activity is intriguing and fun. Give your child a bucket and tell them to hunt for new discoveries and see what they find. I love it when Little man comes back with “special” rocks and twigs.¬†Just make sure your child is safely in your sight¬†or safely inside the protection of your backyard fence. One day, as a¬†variation to the bucket,¬†Little Man¬†decided to go “shopping” and picked up several smart finds in his shopping bag. This gave me just enough time to finish a coffee and have a rest before he wanted to show me all of his wonderful “purchases.”

6. Puzzles: Do your toddler love jigsaw puzzles? Set out a variety of scenes for them to play with depending on their level of difficulty and their personal ability. The key to this quiet pastime is their concentration on the task promoting strategy and problem solving skills.

7. Empty Tub Art: A safe and fun way to keep your child entertained and to give them the thrill of getting messy. No need for clothes for this one, put your child in an empty tub and hand over the washable markers, tub crayons or colored soap and give them time to create their masterpiece. Once you’ve relaxed a little or your child decides they are finished, simply turn on the shower or run the bath and wash child and tub at the same time.

8. Buttons and Beads: As a little girl I remember going to my grandmother’s and spending the majority of my stay going through her button box and stringing them into “fancy jewellery.”¬†A large plastic darning needle and some thread or yarn were my tools to craft my beautiful, unique creations which¬†I would wear with pride¬†until I would¬†dismantle them to use for my next visit.¬†Some buttons can be small and dangerous for toddlers but any larger buttons and beads that you deem safe can be put to use. Instead of a needle, tape one end of the string or yarn to make it rigid enough to string on the beads. This is not only fun for your child but¬†it is¬†tactile, visual, teaches young minds about patterns and¬†colors and develops¬†fine motor skills.

9. I Spy: This classic game keeps you involved in your child’s play and its ability to tune down an otherwise noisy household should not be taken lightly. Oh the power of a little thinking mind.

10. Paper and Glue Crafts: Kids love to use their hands and get messy. If you don’t mind cleaning up a little mess while you relax your weary head, set your child up with different sizes and colors of paper and¬†a glue stick. I usually put down plastic place mats and¬†tape my unread flyers over them to protect my table and for easy cleanup. Throw in some different pieces of yarn, stickers, whatever they can¬†stick with¬†glue¬†and see what inspires them. You may even want to provide an art canvas or¬†piece of cardboard or cardstock to frame when they are finish.

Hopefully some of these activities will help you entertain your toddler while you nurse that headache or get a few peaceful, quiet moments to yourself. You may feel like Supermom on some days but even¬†Superman isn’t indestructible; we need time to rest and recover.¬†Good luck, and have fun.

-Kathryn

For The Birds

Today the Little Man and I made a few things for the birds that we have been seeing flying about for the past few days in our back yard. We both love feeding the birds and we want to keep them coming back. Our activity was both fun and crafty and great quality time together.

First I cut holes in the side of the empty juice carton and a small hole for the wooden dowel which would act as a perch. You can buy dowels in many sizes at the dollar store.

Here’s Little Man making his bird feeder:

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He used stickers to decorate and then spooned the bird seed into the container.

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You can see in this picture that I only partially cut a square opening near the top and folded the flap inside to make a two tier feeder. I rounded the flap a bit to create a bowl-like space so the seed wouldn’t fall out¬†and taped it to the sides.

We also made a Nest Helper.

This is an easy craft for toddlers and helpful to the birds making their nests. First I¬†stole a large rattan ball from my coffee table centrepiece, you know, the decorative kind that usually come in boxes of assorted sizes. You can use a variety of things as a substitute: popcorn ball, reuse a plastic bottle, etc. Just make sure it’s bird friendly.

Then I cut small pieces of various colors and strengths of yarn and string.

Then Little Man and I stuffed the ball with these pieces of yarn and sting and used a larger piece of cotton yarn as a hanger. Now all that the birds have to do is poke their little beaks to select the piece of their choice (as Little Man so generously demonstrates below) and weave it into the nest they are building.

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Here’s our finished Nest Helper:

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And now we hang it in a tree!

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Literally, within minutes we had visitors! Little Man was so excited but sadly we couldn’t capture the first visitor, a blue jay,¬†on camera. We look forward to many more!

Cheers!

Kathryn