I hope you guys are having a lot better weather than we are here! It has been raining all week and doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon.
If your toddler is anything like my Hailey then trying to keep them busy is an ongoing process. I’m constantly trying to figure out new and exciting ideas to keep her happy and occupied.
Outside is always a favorite, but some days it’s just too rainy or even hot to venture out.
I’ve recently started to try to incorporate seasonal activities to give her some variety plus an education level as far as learning the seasons or holidays.
With all this being said our family is on a tight budget. Majority of the items for these projects I was able to find at the dollar store or I already had them at home.
The first activity was just some basic gel window clings from the dollar store. This was hands down her favorite out of everything.
I figured the sensory box would be a bigger hit but nope.
Ya’ll, I swear she played with the window clings for 20 straight minutes and then kept going back to them throughout the days.
I don’t know about you guys but 20 minutes of individual play time with one item is a lot for Hailey and very rarely happens so it was pretty glorious in my book.
The next item I put together was a fall theme sensory box.
Everything in the box I bought at the dollar store, or I had the items in my decorations already.
It was a range of leaves, pumpkins, an owl, small bale of hay and also I found this jingle bell door hanger too.
When planning a sensory activity I try to think of a good range of colors, textures, senses, motor skills and also little cleanup.
I see all these adorable sensory bin activities but they look so messy. I know, I know messy is good for development, but my sanity can only take so much extra mess. Just keeping it honest here guys.
The next activity was just some simple fall theme magnets. Also came from the dollar store.
Hailey loves magnets so to me this was a no-brainer activity for her.
I’ve been keeping the magnets on my refrigerator since we first brought them out and she still will go back to them from time to time.
Another super easy and simple activity was just some plain old paper and stickers.
Hailey loves stickers; like she asks for them daily type of love stickers.
With this project, I just bought some fall theme ones and she went to town.
I love how stickers are something cute and affordable but also a good motor skill activity.
Now last but not least our pumpkin gook. Yes. you read that right. Pumpkin gook.
So the original plan was to make pumpkin moon sand, but I totally botched the recipe.
I know total Pinterest fail here but I was talking on the phone while making the recipe and in such added the whole can of puree which is way more then the recipe calls for.
I tried to counteract it with more flour and vegetable oil, but just never could get the consistency right.
So needless to say it stayed kind of gooey. Hence, pumpkin gook.
Hailey still loved it and played with it and I’m debating actually trying to make the pumpkin moon sand again, but just make sure to not botch the recipe this time.
If you’re interested in making actual pumpkin moon sand the recipe I was using you can find it http://parentingchaos.com/taste-safe-pumpkin-play-dough/
If you’re wanting the pumpkin gook then add the whole can of puree and lots of flour until you like the consistency.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other fun ideas you’ve done with your toddler!