Monday, January 18, 2010

Continuing from last weeks theme...

Tip #22

Bath toys for kids are the easiest things in the world to find if you just look around your house. Kids are happy in the tub with just about anything that can go in water.

Here are some things my son has used in the bath when I no longer wanted them in the kitchen:

- measuring cup (this also helped him to learn simple fractions at the age of 3.5)
- funnels of different sizes
- a whisk
- plastic bowls

If all your items are still in very good shape and you're not ready to part with them yet you can always purchase items such as those or mixing spoons or plastic containers for pocket change at yard sales.

Monday, January 11, 2010

From now on I do believe I will post on Mondays. My deadline to get all my work submitted for my job always lands on Sunday and it's rather chaotic.

So, Mondays it is!

Tip #21

This goes along with the *reusing* part of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Let your children play with things before you dispose or recycle them. (Things that are safe, of course).

For example, I hemmed up some curtains the other day. Instead of throwing the leftovers out I let my boy have them. He invented several games to play with the fabric. It kept him entertained for as long as most of his Christmas presents did. And tonight we did stretches before bed and we incorporated the fabric into it.

Today he used an empty pasta box with a clear "window" in the middle. It became a garage for his toy cars.

Kids + imagination + junk = free toys!

Ahh, free.

See you next Monday.