Last night, we read the book Oopsie-do written by Tim Kubart and illustrated by Lori Richmond. The following review contains affiliate links. We may get a small commission at no additional cost to you from any link shared. We are not being paid for our review of the book nor were we asked to give the review!
Oopsie-Do! is an adorable children’s book that teaches children that it is ok to make mistakes and that sometimes messes happen.
Kubart’s text is really simple and fun to read. It takes us through a day with a little girl who makes many messes and mistakes but does not let it ruin her day. She simply says “Oopsie-do” and cleans up the mess! This is a great book for bedtime because it ends with the little girl going to bed as well. We highly recommend this as part of your home library if you have little ones.
We have been working on color recognition with our toddler recently. Earlier this week, I did a Color Sorting Activity with magazine clippings and the activity we did today also requires very few materials. All you need for this one is construction paper and toys!
After picking three colors of construction paper, we gathered toys of those colors. I took an extra step and laminated the construction paper, but that is completely optional. Mr. Not so Crafty and I went over each color with our daughter again and encouraged her to match the toys with the same color construction paper.
Toddlers learn through play, so quick activities like this might not look overly educational to adults, but they are very helpful when teaching early skills.
This color sorting activity uses materials most people have on hand to encourage color recognition, language skills, and cognitive skills. We did this activity with our almost 20 month daughter, but she needed a lot of assistance, so we recommend this one for little ones between the ages of two and five.
Magazine clippings of items that represent colors
A piece of white printer paper
A colored pencil
This activity has a little more prep work than most of the things we post, but it is a great way to help your little ones with color. After I gathered several magazine clippings representing each color we wanted to work on, I wrote the colors on the top of the white paper and drew lines to separate it.
Once the prep work was done, I sat down the little one and we started going over the colors. I held each item up and said the color name. She was only able to repeat “red” but did work hard to mimic the sounds of the other colors as well. I helped her find where each color should go. The closer your child is to reading, the less help they will need.
To expand the activity, you can go over the colors again after its done. If you have access to a laminator, you can laminate it and save it for later. When Mr. Not So Crafty got home from work, we sat down as a family and used the laminated version to go over colors again.
We are a bilingual English/Spanish household. If you had told us that five years ago, we likely would have laughed. Both adults in our house failed our high school Spanish classes. However, when we became a family via adoption, we knew we wanted our tiny human to speak Spanish in addition to English. Today we want to share a few tips we have picked up over the past almost 20 months.
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It is never too early, or too late, to start introducing a new language! A child will learn better if they are exposed to two languages from a young age, but if you make the decision to raise a bilingual child later on in their lives, that is okay as well!
Do not compare your bilingual child to children who speak only one language. This one is so hard as a parent! Our daughter speaks the required eight to ten words for her age, but not much beyond that. She does have a wonderful understanding of the words she uses. We can ask her to say hello to someone and instead we get an “hola”. It doesn’t matter if we say “come here” or “ven aqui”, she will come running. Well, if she is in the mood that is! If you have any concerns about your child’s speech patterns, please consult a physician just in case!
Your second language skills do not have to be perfect to raise bilingual children. Every person in our house is learning together. We do a lot of YouTube learning during nap time. We also try to do half of our limited media time in Spanish. We are far from fluent, but can now have a basic conversation. As our daughter gets older, our skills get better.
Use bilingual children’s books as a tool! Our daughter loves to be read to in Spanish. Sometimes its a bit painful on momma’s part, but the books we use also have English text, which helps us all learn! Here are some suggestions.
It might not be easy, but it will be worth it. There have been times in this journey where we considered giving it up. People in our lives have expressed concern about us possibly confusing our child. None of that mattered the first time our daughter said a word in Spanish. Her first Spanish word was “Aqui”. We were so proud, but more importantly, she was very proud of her little self.
There are many great bilingual momma’s with blogs out there! Check out a few of them below!
Yesterday, we felt like we wanted to do something different while enjoying some outdoor time. This “magic” water pour can be done with items you have laying around and only takes a few minutes!
What You Need
A plastic cup
We put water in the cup and a few drops of food coloring in the bowl.
After that, we simply let our little one pour in the water and watch it change colors. She had a blast. This simple activity probably will not entertain older kids, but for kids under three, it will sure to be a favorite!
During a target run, one of our toddler’s grandmas saw Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz and we had to check it out. Once we saw it perfectly described our daughter, it had to come home with us. Her grandparents were nice enough to purchase the book for us and it will be a new favorite in our home.
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This is a well illustrated and really funny board book. Feminist Baby has an incredibly positive message for little girls (and boys too). The book takes on issues like gender stereotyping in silly way that children will enjoy.
The concept of introducing serious concepts to little ones in books like Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby is wonderful and offers little ones an introduction to vocabulary and concepts that they can build on as they grow.
Our toddler enjoys all things girl, but she also loves things that “go, go, go”. This shape truck is not only cute, but its a great way to work on shapes and colors. Never underestimate the educational value of art time!
Construction Paper of various colors
We started by cutting out a few shapes. If your child is small, that is all you will need. If your child is in preschool or elementary school, you may want to provide a larger selection of shapes for them to pick from. If you have a lot of time, you may also want to just draw the shapes for older children and let them do the cutting.
Next, we went over each shape and color. For toddlers, you can just say things like “This is a black circle.” or “Would you like the pink square or the brown square?”. For older children, have them pick the shapes then describe each one. After we went over the shapes and our little one decided which ones she wanted, we just helped her glue them on.
Activities like this help hands on learners really soak in the information they are presented with. What is your favorite way to teach young children shapes and colors?
Our toddler is really into dinosaurs right now. Yesterday, we decided to make a mess free dinosaur. It took some time to dry, but was fairly easy to put together and provided the fun of painting without the clean up time!
Two Paper Plates
Paint (We let our little one pick two colors from four options. The amount of colors you use is up to you)
Plastic Sandwich Bag
Start by putting the paper plate and paint of your child’s choice into a plastic sandwich bag. Our little one has been painting this way since about 6 months, so even the smallest artists can take part in this craft. Let your little one use the bag to spread the paint around.
Then just switch to the other plate and start painting again!
After the plates dry, its time to build your little ones dinosaur. One plate will the body. With the other plate, cut out two feet, a tail, and a head with a long neck.
After that, simply let your little one glue on the parts. If your child is under one, you will probably want to do it for them.
Once that dries a little, flip it over and help your child add a googly eye. If you do not have googly eyes, they can draw on a face, but we love googly eyes around here!
As we enter August, we will soon be welcoming cooler weather in Ohio. The end of August and the beginning of September are our favorite times to enjoy a campfire in our yard. Our toddler has not yet got to enjoy a campfire, but this should be her summer to get to do so. We thought this cute little campfire craft would be perfect for this time of year.
Brown construction paper
Paint brushes (Optional, if your little one can not hold a paint brush, just let them dive in with their hands)
Start by cutting the brown construction paper into little strips. If your child is over 3, try letting them do it themselves!
Next, let your little one glue the pieces of paper onto the white paper. We used liquid glue and put it all towards the bottom of the paper so it would form a pile, but the older your child is, the less guidance they will need.
After your “sticks” are glued down, its time to paint the “fire”. We did one color at a time with the paint brush but you can figure out what will work best for the child you are working with.
The end result was super cute and took under 20 minutes to complete from start to finish!
Last night before bed, we read Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo by Jennifer Hamburg and Ross Burach. The cover caught our toddlers eye at the library and it did not disappoint.
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There is just something about sticky and yucky things that young children love. Our toddler is no exception. She is a giant walking mess. In this adorable picture book, Billy Bloo has become stuck in a giant pile of green goo. Our toddler is too young to play with slime, but if you have a slime lover in your home, this book is sure to make them giggle. The book does not describe how little Billy Boo got into this situation, but it does follow his journey as various people come to help. Unfortunately, the good Samaritans also get stuck! In the end, Billy Bloo is the only one who is not in the goo. This interactive book has really cute rhymes and the illustrations are really fun. We highly recommend picking up a copy!