As a busy mom of three very energetic kids, I often have a gigantic headache by the late afternoon and my creativity is completely zapped. That is usually right around the time when all of the kids need some attention (especially my 1 and 3-year-old) and we need to come up with something fun to do to help us make it through until dinner time.
When you register for Knoala and create your profile, you select the ages and types of activities you want to receive. You then get access to activities, crafts, videos, and story startes specific to the ages of your kids. I was most interested in checking out activities for my little baby, since I am not always very creative when it comes to baby play. I also love finding new toddler play ideas since toddlers have such short attention spans!
When I was exploring the app I discovered two simple and fun baby play ideas that I want to share with you. Both required little to no prep ahead of time and were simple enough that my older kids could help me set them up.
He had so much fun and loved all the attention! While he roamed around I talked about the different textures that he was climbing or sitting on. I talked about the words soft, bumpy, smooth, hard, slick/slippery, scratchy, etc.
I put the textured items in one long path for him to crawl over and then later I moved them around the room so that he had to crawl from item to item. My 3-year-old enjoyed getting in on the fun too!
Heavy & Light
We talked about how one container was heavy (and full of spoons) and one was light (and had very few spoons in it). My little one loved to dump the spoons out again and again. My 3-year-old would then fill up the buckets again and make one light and one heavy.
After doing the activity with spoons, we did it with cars and my 3-year-old and I talked about the concept of full and empty. She liked transferring all of the cars from one container to another container... and then back to the other container... again and again.
In addition to trying out activities using Knoala, you can also do activities at your house with your kids and then submit your own activities and photos to Knoala so that other parents can try them too! Knoala is a great online social sharing network helping parents to raise happier kids!
We did two simple baby play activities at our house recently that I am submitting to Knoala. You can download the FREE Knoala app here on iTunes. Once you sign up, come and follow me! My username is Toddler Approved.
My friend Jamie from Hands On: As We Grow and Alissa from Creative with Kids are on Knoala sharing ideas too!
If you want to check out the two new activities I am sharing... head on over and sign up. You'll find the instructions for both of these activities over on the Knoala App.
Pumpkin Pull Down(for activity instructions log in to the Knoala app)
Chair Toy Hunt
(for activity instructions log in to the Knoala app)
You can also find more of our Toddler Approved baby play ideas if you click on the links below.
Autumn Sensory Tub
Water Bottle Fountain