Friends, it looks like SPRING has finally arrived in Chicago! The weather is finally pleasant enough to play at a playground and/or enjoy the gorgeous greenery and flowers blooming everywhere! Hence, this is a magical time to explore!
Below is my Spring Bucket List:
1. Gardening with my parents
2. Nature walks
3. Zoo visits
4. Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden (and participate in some of their toddler events)
5. Family Picnic
6. Family walks
7. Messy crafts
8. Muddy playtime
9. Visit a farm
10. Ride my tricycle
It’s not only great for parents to meet with other parents, and have their kids play together, but it’s also good for us! We learn how to interact with other kids; learn how to share and how to get along in general.
Jenn Berman, author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids, says, “It’s never too early for a playdate for a child, even an infant. Babies are fascinated by other babies, and any new stimulation is really good for brain development. Even looking at another child, touching hands, and just being curious is really good.”
I, on the other hand, do not care of the age(s) of my friend(s). I love to play, even if our ages don’t match!
Our weather hasn’t changed, unfortunately. We are still facing artic colds and TONS of snow! To survive these boring days at home, my family and I decided to get a membership at our local Public Library.
AND the library is a lot fun! Their early learning center has fun and informative activities, such as counting games to back to school crafts, and a preschool sing along.
I did lots of coloring the day we visited, and guess what?
They even had a Mini Cooper on display (Bubbe, you’ll love this!)! I wasn’t able to ride it per se, but it was fun nonetheless, because I was pretending that I was driving the Mini Cooper all through the library!
Family truly is a gift. Often times we take them for granted, but no matter how bad things get, no matter how wrong things go, family will always be there for you. So, treasure family always, and don’t take them for granted, but instead praise God for this gift! Because it really is a gift from our heavenly father.
First of , the game “Memory” consists 24 cards (with images that appear twice).
Shuffle the cards and place them face down on the table. Then have each player (preferably two players) uncover two cards. If it isn’t a match put one card face down again. Play accordingly – if you have a match (you memorized where the match was!) then you must take them off the table, and so forth.
The winner is the one who has the most pairs at the end!
FUN! FUN! FUN!
However, if your toddler is still too young to play this game let him or her discover the animals instead.
You have no idea how cold it has been in Chicagoland!
My outdoor fun has rather been limited due to Polar Vortex (I’m not fond of you one bit – so stop it already!). Just when I thought it was safe to venture outside again, another wide swath of bitter cold air began to sweep us with thrusting temperatures to near zero degrees, ouch!
I miss those days were my family and I were able to go on a nice stroll together (i.e. to a forest preserve) where a hot chocolate from Starbucks would keep us warm while enjoying the brisk (NOT FREEZING!) air.