Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Sensory Activities and Shopping Lists (printable plan)





I have had lots of questions from my various instagram post about all the fun sensory activities we are doing this summer. For those that don't know sister is on a " Sensory Diet" and these activities are good for her development ( google it). Fenn also struggled with SPD as a toddler so he still loves all these activities and ideas, plus... it's just something different. They know that generally during the week days we will try one new " activity" or " experiment" and they really look forward to it. The surprise of what it will be is probably half of the fun. 
Don't go getting any wild ideas about how its just super fun and awesome over here though because some days might be fun and interesting and other days I might work 16 hours and they spend too much time on TV and iPads.. Just a reminder to keep it all in perspective when it comes to social media. That is a mere GLIMPSE not a whole picture... 


Because it took me hours and weeks to get a good plan together I wrote it all up in Evernote so that anyone else who wants to try it could just print and go. :) 

First off is this amazing little DIY table some mom put on pinterest. ( she has full instructions and materials list on her blog) . Bubs whipped this out for us and I spray painted it gold because, well everything looks better gold, and I had some left over gold spray paint on hand. 
These plastic bins are really helpful for keeping sensory messy projects contained. I also use an old vintage sheet ala Goodwill underneath the table to make mess less stressful. Sister can NOT stay inside the box to save her life.



Currently Sister is into Peppa Pig and Fenn is into Pokemon and Shopkins so I use small plastic figures for those for several of these little activities.



And also.. both of my kids LOVE watching you tube channels where they play with and review toys. If you have not reached this stage of parenting yet, you will. Most kids I know are really into this. Fenn asked me if he could make a video like that so I have been filming him talking about his toys and not only is it hilarious, but it is good for him to pretend and play and I like that he was inspired and wanted to do it himself. You can "Subscrive" as he says it to his you tube channel HERE. The actual videos are pretty loooonngg and boring but the last few seconds are hilarious. 


Next up: The Plan.....

1.
Puzzles & Beans ( Mix puzzle pieces in the bean box and let kids search for them. 
1 Wooden Puzzle ( preferably with many pieces like ABC’s) , Several bags of dried kidney beans, Plastic box with Lid.  
2.
Pouring Station
1 Long shallow Plastic box, multiple cups, measuring cups, funnel, dropper , food coloring or bath tabs. 
3.
Orbeez & Toys
Bag of Orbeez, Plastic box with lid, spoons and scoops, small plastic toys of some sort. 
4.
Frozen Block of Toys
Plastic Container or bowl, small plastic toys, salt, small blunt hammer
5.
Salt Painting
paper, elmers glue, salt, paintbrushes, colored water
6. 
Ice Box
Ice Cubs, big plastic shallow Box, helping hands tools, colored water
7.
Baking Soda Fizz
Pyrex or Plastic shallow dish, baking soda ( 2 boxes) Vinegar, food coloring , droppers
8.
DIY Moon Sand
Flour, Baby Oil
9.
Ivory Soap Clouds
Bar of Ivory soap, Food Coloring, Dropper
10.
Sock Bubbles
water Bottle, food coloring, dish soap, sock, duct tape or rubber band 
11.
Chains and Cups
Lengths of chain ( from hardware store), cups
12.
PlayDough
Play Dough and cookie cutters/Tools
13. 
Sandbox
Sandbox and tools
14.
Car Wash
Bucket, sponge, water hose, Scrubber, soap and riding toys
15.
Box Playhouse
Big Cardboard box from appliance or furniture, markers/paint ,Scissors or exact knife.
16.
Bake a Cake
Cake Mix, Pan, Icing, 
17.
Paper Mache Head
Balloons, Newspaper, paint, glue, water, (decorations for face/hair optional)
18.
Rainbow Spaghetti 
Spaghetti ( 5 boxes) , Gel Food Coloring, Big plastic box
19.
Balloon Tennis
Balloons, Fly Swatters, 
20.
Make a Water Blob
Painters Plastic, Iron, Duct Tape, Parchment Paper
21.
Play Silks 
Play Silks, Empty Wipe Box
22.
Make a Bird Feeder
Empty Tissue Roll, Peanut Butter , Bird Seed, String



Supplies List Via Amazon


Clear Boxes with Lids:



Bath Tabs ( I like these b.c they don’t stain and last about a year):

Helping Hands Sensory Tools:

Big Shallow Plastic Box:

Twisty Droppers:

Painter’s Plastic

Play Silks












Links to Explain Activities:

Ice Box Activity
Salt Painting
Baking Soda Fiz
Ice Block
Moon Sand Recipe
Soap Clouds
Sock Bubbles
Rainbow spaghetti
Balloon Tennis
Water Blob
Toddler Car Wash
Puzzles & Bean Box
DIY Bird Feeder
Foam Sand
http://onelittleproject.com/foam-sand/








Sunday, June 12, 2016

25 Weeks with Baby #3





I think I have ZERO posts about this pregnancy :( which is so sad but I have been too busy with the other 2 who are outside the womb! 
 I am almost 26 weeks and almost to the 3rd trimester PTL!  It was going by really fast till I hit about 22 weeks and started getting bigger and more uncomfortable. and I am gaining weight like WOAH!  up 6 lbs in the last 2 weeks. 
I cut out lots of my usual beauty products on this pregnancy(due to the chemical content ) after reading some studies of the chemicals found in those and how they effect fertility and pregnancy. 

Other Notable Pregnancy Symptoms:

  • Pregnancy Cold ( swollen sinuses etc)
  • MAJOR Braxton hicks contractions that feel like mu stomach filling up with concrete.Lots of heavy pressure.
  • I can't keep my iron up. I have been taking supplements but am still anemic on last blood draw
  • Baby is up to 2 lbs now and measuring big which is no surprise. I predict him to be as big as Fenn with a gigantic head and some hair like sister :)
  • Pretty tired and pretty irritable 24-7 ( yikes) 
  • Eating ice cream daily which is weird for me because it normally makes me sick and I never buy it. I hope it ( craving) goes away once i have this baby !


I don't think I have mentioned on here but we are having a BOY and we were all very excited about that!  Fenn especially wanted a brother. Due date is Sept. 23rd. 

Still have not settled on a name yet but right now we are leaning toward 
Radnor Michael Graham (and calling him "Baby Rad") . 

 He has no nursery as of yet and not even an idea of what that will look like yet ( yikes!)


I think my favorite thing about this pregnancy has been the fact that Fenn is old enough to understand and talk about it all. He has been so excited and so cute about it all. He wants to kiss my belly all the time. He fills my prenatal vitamin box every Sunday and each night will bring my pills to me with water to take. He also told me this week several times " Momma anything you want me to do , I will do it because you are Preg-a-NANT" ( **melt**) 
I just love hearing him talk about it all and am glad that I am getting to experience what it is like for a sibling to understand the whole birth process. This morning on the way to church he told me " When we move to our 4th house, we can have our 4th kid" HA and I reminded him how long it takes to get a kid here and that maybe 3 was enough for our family. Not sure he absorbed it HA





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