Tinselman’s First Play Date

My little Tinselman is growing up so fast! We actually had his first real play date just a couple of weeks ago.

During the course of my pregnancy (and my crazy tendency to Google anything and everything) I stumbled upon an online pregnancy forum. Throughout those 9 months surrounded by hundreds of other women who were all due in September, I began to form real, valuable friendships. We eventually paired down from over 800 women to a solid core group of about 80.

Being that we were all from different parts of the world, it was pure coincidence that two other moms were actually local to us! So, we decided to get these three cuties together and the adorableness that ensued was almost too much to handle!

Here are some pics from the day!

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They all wanted to touch each other! Finally, someone else that looks like them!

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Little Mark was very curious haha!

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Have you ever tried wrangling 3 infants? AND take photos? AND handle the overwhelming cuteness overload??!?!

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Us moms had a blast too. I very much enjoyed getting to them and their little ones. I am patiently counting down to our next play date!

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Mmm…Sweet Potato!

Have you been craving a little helping of cuteness? Well, worry not! For I am here to satisfy that hunger!

Tinselman is not a fan of grown up foods yet. He is still mostly just playing with them and squishing everything into obliteration. However, he was a fan of avocados, so we decided to try sweet potatoes last week.

Let me tell you, he definitely enjoyed them. I used a fresh sweet potato and steamed it in the microwave for 5 or so minutes. Then I mashed it up with a little formula to get a nice consistency for him. Finally, we indulged 🙂

We haven’t done much this week unfortunately. My poor little bug is teething and by the time we get home he is a little cranky butt and then he goes to bed. But fear not! We will still be providing you with giant doses of baby awesomeness.

Enjoy!

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Activity – Rain Sticks / Sound Sticks

Yay! It is time for a new activity.

This is one we also did on our Snow Day 2015! You can see the others here and here.

Today, I will show you how to make your own rain stick (or sound stick)!

This activity was slightly more time consuming to make (about 20 minutes total), so I squeezed this one in while little Mark napped on the couch with big Mark 😉

First, all you need is an empty tube, short nails, tape, beads, rice, or dry beans, and colorful paper. I used a toilet paper tube and a paper towel tube, but you can use any cardboard tube, the thicker the better!

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Poke the nails through the tubes. You need to use quite a few nails to get the desired sound effect. This was the most time consuming part. You can also use toothpicks, just cut them to size.

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This is what it will look like once you have all the nails in. I did them in two spirals and then straight down the sides.

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Next, tape one end off of the tube, so that you can add your noise makers.

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I also taped over the nails to make sure none popped out!

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Then, add in a handful of your noise makers. I used glass seed beads for the small tube and pearl beads for the big tube. I tested each one out by flipping it over onto my hand to make sure I added enough to get my desired sound effect.

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Once your beads, rice, or beans are added, tape of the open end.

I then covered both tubes in some left over colorful craft paper I had. You can use any colorful paper!

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Ta-da! Finished product. I would recommend putting a layer of clear tape or laminating paper over the craft paper, as these will, without a doubt, end up in your little ones mouths.momtogwithablog_0189

And now for little Mark’s review!

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Straight into the mouth.

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I then gave him the big one. I showed him how it makes noise a bunch of times.

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But, it went straight into his mouth. So, I tried my demonstration again…

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This did motivate him to inspect the rain stick more closely…

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Alas, it ended up right back in his mouth.

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He seemed to enjoy watching me play with it, and he definitely liked the bright colors! I will be laminating it for future use, so he doesn’t gnaw off the craft paper.

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Sensory Activity – Feel the Fabrics

Activity #2 of our Snow Day adventure was a touch and feel activity. I am fairly certain these are his favorite activities. He definitely love to feel things in his hands and he loves petting the dog and feeling his fur. I figured this activity would be fun, easy, and keep him entertained for a while (and it was!)

#1. Gather up several different fabrics. I happened to have a bunch that I use for photography props like a white hairy pillow, blue microfiber fabric, white silky fabric, blue tulle, and a soft fluffy blanket where the ones I went with. Feel free to use anything you have around your house. A clean bath mat, a clean welcome mat, a shower curtain, silky bed sheets, a soft blouse or shirt, a towel, felt, a velvet skirt, corduroy pants, seriously anything with different textures will work! *Bonus points for throwback photos featuring velvet skirts or corduroy pants 😉

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#2. Next, place the different fabrics on babies lap one at a time and let them explore. Use as many descriptive words as you can and have lots of fun! (I love easy peasy activities). We did the hairy pillow first.

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This. This is new.

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Next, we tried the super soft microfiber fabric.

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He wasn’t really into this one as much, so we moved on to the silky white sheet.

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As you can see, that one spent most of the time in his mouth. We then tried the fluffy white blanket.

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This didn’t quite go over well in the mouth haha!

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Finally, we had the blue tulle. This was hands down his favorite and he spent most of the time playing with this fabric.

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Feel the Fabrics was a huge hit in our household! This easily kept him entertained for about 45 minutes. Serious. Whenever he started getting fussy, we changed to a different “feel” and it basically started the process all over again!

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DIY Discovery Bottle Activity

As you know, we were snowed in yesterday, so we got in a bunch of activities to keep little man occupied. The first activity of the day was a Do-It-Yourself Discovery Bottle. It was quick and easy and I am 99.99% sure you have everything you need to make this already in your house! Little Mark’s review follows below 😉

#1. Find an empty water bottle. It can be any clear, plastic bottle with a cap. Rinse it out and shake out all the water if necessary.

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#2. Using a funnel (I made one out of a scrap of paper), fill up your water bottle half way with rice. If you don’t have rice don’t worry! You can use dried beans, lentils, coffee beans, etc. Get creative!

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#3. Find small, colorful objects to put in your bottle. I had some red buttons left over from a Christmas craft, a box full of different beads, and ribbon, but you could really use anything. Different dried foods like beans and lentils, little foam letters, legos, barbie shoes, loose change. Really anything that they can look at and you can describe to them!

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#4. After you put your objects in screw the cap on super duper tight. If you want, I have seen people glue the caps on with super glue or a hot glue gun, just use extra caution and make sure the glue is completely dried before giving it to baby.diy discovery bottle activity

#5. Finally, hand it over and let them discover!

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What? What’s this?

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Okay, now what lady?

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I bet I can…yep…yep, I can definitely fit this in my mouth!

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Nom, nom, nom!

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Tinselman definitely enjoyed playing with his discovery bottle. He actually sat here next to me and played with it for a while after we were all done. I loved that it was so easy and I didn’t have to run out and get any supplies (which I couldn’t have done anyway thanks to the snow!)

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