15 {Precious} Homemade Gifts for a 1 Year Old

15 homemade gifts you can make for one year old babies. Great ideas for older kids to make for their younger sibling too

Homemade gifts mean a lot, they mean you spent your time and your energies on the person you are creating the gift for.  And for young children you can often get the same thrill with a simple mom-made gift as you can with elaborate and often expensive toys.  For even more ideas check out our […]

12 Amazing Activities for a 1 Year Old

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These creative activities for 1 year old come from some of our favorite moms.  Some days it is easier to figure out what to do to entertain a toddler than others which is why I love this list of activities for 1 year old! I consider myself well-versed in the world of babies and development […]

Games for Baby: Muffin Tin Fun

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I love making toys out of  random things we have around the house.  I also love repurposing the toys we do have, mixing up parts etc. Often some of the actual toys become much more fun when mixed with some of the non-toy items. The other day it occurred to me that those little plastic […]

Valentine’s Day Bean Bag Hunt

I made some Valentine’s Day bean bags for the kids so we could have a special hide and seek game this morning. This craft is super easy. You don’t even have to sew! Plus, you could use this idea in so many different ways and for different holidays. Check it out. I used some red […]

Marker Painting: Perfect Clean Art Project

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This could alternately be titled: “Baby learns to paint”. Even with our no-spill shaving cream paint recipe painting is a messy activity. Coloring with markers, while the kids color plenty on themselves and even the table, it easily wipes off and is less destructive. So markers are an early “art” activity over here. But painting […]

Edible Paint: Fun Snack Activity with Honey Mustard, Ketchup & Ranch

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Painting with toddlers can be a challenge.  Our youngest wants desperately to participate with her older siblings during craft times, and yet, she still has a tendency to put things in her mouth. Time for edible paints! French’s sent us some honey mustard (yummy!) and Quirky kid A has had fun playing with “paint” while […]

DIY Clipping Toy: Road Trip Sanity with a Toddler

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This buckle, clipping toy kept my toddler (17m) entertained for hours! I was inspired to make this one morning at the park, when all the other kids were playing with the slides and the swings and the two toddlers at the park were hunched in deep concentration over a stroller, buckling and unbuckling the straps.  […]

DIY Shaking Bottle: Great Toddler Entertainment

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I first found out about Shakey Bottles from a stay-at-home Dad/friend, he made them for his son to enjoy and also gave them out as gifts.   I loved the concept and have had my eyes peeled for a number of weeks, looking for the perfect bottles!  I finally found some at during a trip to […]

Gospel Fuzzies: Preschool Sunday School Activity

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My daughter came home after Easter Sunday thrilled with the lesson she had learned!  She made a Gospel Fuzzies glove.  I need to preface this post by saying it is not original!  Her Sunday School teachers didn’t remember where they first found out about this activity, so if you are the creator, let me know […]

Identifying and Mimicing Facial Expressions with Emotion Charades

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Do your children ever find it hard to read faces?  I know that some kids, especially those in the Autism spectrum, struggle with identifying emotions that they see in others.  This is a fun activity that might help your kids learn about how their emotions are visible to others and maybe will help them practice […]

Make Your Own Granola: Perfect Toddler Cooking Activity

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I got this idea from chatting with Kellie, from Chicks With Kidz, she had a great idea/suggestion to include my kiddos in making our own variations of trail mix.  We eat granola regularly for breakfast, but I have always been the one mixing it up!  With her encouragement my one year old now has a […]