Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paints

Crayola Color Wonder products... Hate or Love?
YES these are the super cool things that moms talk about!! Haha! Some moms love them and some not so much! I don't care so much for the markers but I am in love with the Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paint!! Yules was lucky to get them from a friend and I love them!

What happens when you give a kid a bunch of different paint colors to explore with? You usually end up with a mess and different shades of brown!! That's probably the main reason I love these paints so much. I can give Yules a brush (she's not too into using her fingers) and she is able to use it in all the colors and they don't get too mucked up! You also only need a little bit. I actually just put a little bit of paint on each lid and give that to her. 
A couple things that I don't like is that it takes about a second for the color to appear on the paper. And one second may not seem long, but it is totally long enough for a toddler not to make that connection or to get uninterested! Also the paints are all clear, so again difficult for them to make those color connections! Oh and you also need to buy the special paper. But I think the vibrant colors and minimal mess still make this product a winner in my eyes! Great beginner paint for the little ones!



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

YAY for Papas!! Happy Father's day to all the Papas out there!

In keeping with tradition... Husband gets to have uninterrupted, quality, bonding-time with the children ALL day long for Father's Day!! What more can a Dad ask for? Haha I wish! I also tried to take pics of Kalbs and Yules for their Papa. Kalbs sat nice and obediently (after making me chase him all over the house of course) and he got a treat and I got a nice pic!

The other monster however kept making faces and smudging the chalkboard! It took many many attempts to get a decent pic of her! AIYAH human children can be so difficult!! Haha
 


 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Ride-On!

I know I often talk about fine motor skills and all the things we do to work those tiny muscles... but I also care about gross motor activities just as much! It's just not as exciting to write about walking or running or going up and down stairs or throwing a ball. But today I thought I would share with you a new ride-on toy I bought for Yulli to focus on gross motor.
We've had quite a "ride" with ride-ons and it's been really hard to find the right one for her! We've been very fortunate to have great friends and family who have bought us or lent us all sorts of toys. Some ride-ons were too small, too big, difficult to move, too tall, too colorful, ran over her toes, too heavy etc. etc. It's seriously like a case of Goldilocks and the ride-on toys!! Haha!

Then one day I came across the Whirlee! BEST toy ever!! Okay maybe not best toy ever but it's a pretty darn good ride-on toy. This thing is perfectly simple in design... no bells and whistles! It's really small and super light. It is nice and low, so the monster can easily get on and off herself. It's also stackable in case you have more than one. All the wheels rotate 360 degrees, so it makes it uber simple for the little monsters to maneuver and whirl around!! And the best part is that it's not that expensive... about 20 bucks I think! We've had it for about a month and Yules still goes on it every day, so it has lasted the test of time!! Haha! My only complaint is that it doesn't come in the color gray! Haha! So if you are considering a ride-on toy for a 1-2year old, I would definitely recommend the Whirlee!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Real Water Beads

Out of sheer luck and too much time spent on FB, I was able to snag myself a whole stash of water beads! Haha perfect timing since I was just talking about it!

Yules and I had a great time watching them grow today! Simply dump them in water and watch them plump up. I think it takes a few hours for them to fully grow... Yules and I didn't stick around long enough to watch the entire process! Haha! By the time we came back a few hours later they were full grown!

Like I said before, these things last forever!! Once you're done playing with them, give them a quick rinse in a strainer to get rid of some of the gross kiddie germs! You can store them in a big ziplock or Tupperware container. If they dry out, just simply add water to rehydrate them.

They come in a tiny little pouch the size of a tea bag!

 
This is what they looked like right after we dumped them in the water:



After 30mins:
 

 
Full Grown (about a couple hours):


So crazy how they grew from that teeny tiny bag! And so much fun for the monster to watch them grow and of course play with afterwards!

What does the duck say?? Apparently "NO"!

New favourite look: DUCK face
New favourite word: NO
This new combo drives me NUTS... but gets her whatever she wants from Husband!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sensory Play...

Here's a little glimpse at what's been going on in our sensory table lately!

1. SAND + Natural things! We added some rocks, seashells, branches and any random things that Yulli collects during our walks!


2. BEANS! Kinda the same type of play like sand... scooping, pouring, transferring etc. But the bigger units changes it up and it also makes a different sound. I find the hearing sense is often neglected during sensory play! Bonus: it is uber cheap!

3. WATER + Spray toy! Oh man this thing is fun on warm days when we can play outside and not worry about making a mess! This is actually a toy that Yules plays with in the bath! It sprays water everywhere and has different interchangeable pieces that can stack to create different spray patterns! It was a very WET activity, therefore no pics... but here is what the toy looks like in case you want to purchase it!

4. SAND ALIVE/KINETIC SAND! These are new products that I can only describe as wet sand-play-doh-living organisms!! Haha sounds gross and kinda cool at the same time! I think the big kids (aka adults) had more fun playing with this stuff! The two products are similar but a bit different... Sand Alive is a little more play dough like and Kinetic Sand is a little more "alive"!! Here's a video that shows you just how cool this stuff is! Yulli is playing with the Sand Alive!

5. WATER + Tapioca Pearls! This is supposed to mimic water beads. Yules still has the occasional tendency to sample things, and I wasn't all too sure what type of chemicals are in water beads... so just in case she puts one in her mouth, I decided to use tapioca pearls. But then I found out that they do sell non-toxic water beads that are safe for kids... Oh well next time!! The advantage to using real water beads is that they last FOREVER!! If they get kinda gross and germy, you just rinse them and if the dry out you just rehydrate them! Tapioca pearls only last a few days... Bubble tea anyone? Haha!



 
This is what the pearls looked like a couple days later... much more plump and the vibrant colors faded... but still fun!!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Self Portrait!!

Let me first start off by saying how much joy it brings me when I get messages informing me that you guys stole paper from Costco!! Haha! Read this post if you have no idea why I am encouraging stealing paper from Costco!!

Anyways, one day Yules was laying on one of her Costco sheets of paper, so I decided to trace her body! She thought that was pretty fun! We then proceeded to add in all the body parts and details. It was a great way for her to identify all the names of the body parts! I asked her where the eyes should go and she would show me and I would draw them in. Afterwards I would ask her to color the eyes... so again she had to identify them.
We tried to trace Kalbs beside her, but he was not having any part in this activity!! Haha! So I just drew him beside her!! Excuse my poor artistic skills Haha!