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Thursday, August 13, 2009

More Toddler Activities

We've been really busy for the past two weeks and I'm searching high and low for ideas that my toddler can use. There are a lot of moms out there with really good ideas but the problem right now is time. I spend time taking care of the home, teaching, tending to the baby (and everyone else)and I'm trying to consistently workout (20 lbs gone, mashaALLAH), so when am I going to find time to implement these good ideas?

I've been a little busy here and there, doing things in spurts since there is no way that I could get a whole project completed. LOL, sometimes, I can't even complete a thought without interruption. There's always someone who needs something, subhanALLAH.

My children like puzzles a lot. They have quite a few but I know that they get bored doing the same ones over and over. My sister in law gave me a 500 piece puzzle a couple of weeks ago (imagine how horrible it would be to let my toddler open the box, lol). I can see it now; puzzle pieces in the sofa, under the dining table, and all over the floor. For now, I'm hanging onto it.

I found some pictures via Google Images then printed, laminated and cut them out so that we have some handmade puzzles.
From time to time, I read a blog called Chasing Cheerios and I think it was she who inspired me to do this.

Homemade Puzzles

She likes the vivid colors and the animals so I hope that she doesn't get bored soon. I might rotate them every so often and actually, it just occurred to me that I can make them with the Arabic alphabet or a du'a for my older kids, AlhamduLILLAH.

My oldest daughter used to be obsessed with tangrams when we started Saxon Math and so I have these various little shapes in our math supply box.

Saxon Phonics

I found some printable tangrams from abc teach and then I cut them out and laminated them. I also punched a hole in the corner and added a ring so that they would be easy to flip through.

Mini Tangrams

We haven't used them yet but I hope that she likes them, InshaALLAH.

I also made some lacing cards for her. A couple were printed from a website (I cannot remember where I got them) and then I decided to make some from a box that I had lying around.

Lacing Cards

Handmade Lacing Cards

Doesn't the tire look flat on the truck?

I'm also considering the purchase of Preschool Activities In A Bag, which sounds like a real asset to have according to a few folks that have recommended it. I can certainly see the value of having ready and assembled activities on hand for a busy, distracted child. If I get it, I'll let you know how it is, InshaALLAH.


Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

Masha Allah, I know all too well what you mean! The more children that I have, the less time I have in prep work. I have been toying around with the idea of toddler activity boxes for each day of the week, but honestly, I need something premade too!

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum as salaam Sis,
May ALLAH make things easy for you and may you have great baraka and the best Ramadan (AMEEN).

Yes, yes, yes! Time is rare around here, lol. My little one did really well with the activities that I planned which means homeschooling could be much smoother if I do this all the time, InshaALLAH.

Take care,
wa salaam,