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Website Of The Day: Buzzfeed.com
Found this awesome website and simply had to share! Buzzfeed DIY shares ’20 DIY Projects That Will Bring Your Child’s Senses To Life’.
Click on the picture to read the entire article or click here.
Be sure to visit!!
Have a great weekend!
The magic world of trees.
The way I see the world is quite magical.
I’m in awe by the things I see around me and lately I’ve been really fascinated by trees. Nature itself is just beautiful – with cutting edge scientific researchers even stressing the importance of exposing your child to nature.
My parents read an article recently which stated that “exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child’s brain, vastly increasing the number of neuron branches”, i.e. the “magic trees of the mind” that help us to learn, think, and remember. -University of California at Berkeley, Marion Diamond.
So, what hinders you? Go out, and enjoy this magnificent season!
Quick tips for crafty activities.
Are you looking for fun activities to do with your toddlers? If you do, please visit (if you’re from the Chicago area) Millennium Park and its Family Fun Festival presented by Target. My parents and I went there over the weekend and it was a lot of fun! The huge tent provides arts and crafts activities for us little ones that guarantee hours of fun and learning! To boost my creativity I kept busy drawing and I even made my own little puppet made out of a sandwich bag!
Below are a few tips to encourage your toddler to get creative:
- Allow your toddler to explore and get messy!
- Don’t do an activity with an intentional plan but instead let us take the lead!
- Help us create (usually making art bigger works better for us!)!
- Use unconventional materials to make art or crafty things (I played with glitter, paint, glue, etc.)!
- Allow us to move around – we don’t like to sit still!
Now…let the fun begin! Happy Crafting!
Open Art Experience in Chicago.
My parents and my uncle took me to the city again to discover some art with me! My natural curiosity and enthusiasm are prefect when it comes to exploring creative art experiences designed just for us!
We went to Millennium Park to visit the Jun Kaneko Exhibition. This particular artist is known for his monumental ceramic sculptures, knowing how to play with scale and proportion! These sculptures looked like giant pigs to me and I simply adored the fact that they are covered in a variety of vibrant shapes and patterns, allowing us toddlers to examine our environment and focus on a sense of scale and place.
I certainly found a little gem…now, off to the next!
I’m an adventure tyke!
I’m a firm believer that you’re never too young to start exploring nature and more importantly enjoying it! Parents often doubt themselves thinking it’s impossible to take us on a hike or you might wonder how exactly you go on exploring nature with a toddler.
Below are my favorite ways to enjoy nature:
- Let us explore and touch nature. My parents always let me explore nature, i.e. they let me touch the trees, smell the flowers and so on.
- Let us play with dirt. I love playing with dirt! Don’t be afraid when we’re getting dirty and/or messy – it’s all good! Let us dig, toss and wet it, whatever – just don’t be afraid!
- Let us seek out sticks. Sticks invite us to imaginative play! I sometimes use it as a fishing pole and pretend daddy and I are going fishing! It’s so much fun!
- Let us hunt for rocks. Rocks are perfect for little hands like mine. They come in all different shapes and sizes! My favorite activity with rocks? I enjoy putting them in a bucket before taking them out again.
- Let us spend time around water. The beach is awesome! Water invites us to nature play and discovery!
- Let us plant a garden together. Mommy and daddy planted tomatoes and strawberries in our backyard and I was a big help when we planted them! ‘Til this day I still enjoy watering them and even more so, harvesting the goodies once they’re grown!