Bellydance with toddler

After 21 months of break and thinking I will never get back I danced again and I loved it. The first second I played my bellydance music I felt in love with it again and then every other minute again and again πŸ™‚

Yes, I was professional bellydancer performing in Europe and India, I established ONA Women Centre and taught lot of ladies and girls to bellydance. But today I was dancing with my son and he loved it. Little bit ‘heavy’ start up but good to keep myself in good shape πŸ˜€

Click on photo to see some short piece of video.

Easter Eggs Montessori activity for toddlers

Easter is coming and I was thinking how to make it special for my little one who does not yet fully gets the meaning of Easter. And I got it! EGGS of course! So creative isn’t it? πŸ˜€

My son is just in that phase of life when we have to have scrambled eggs every day, well I have to have as he just loves to break and cook, eating is not that exciting.

So we bought 12 eggs from the street (yeah, here in India, you get eggs on the street)really cheap and rushed home. That happiness in his eyes when after breaking first 6 got another 6 eggs… πŸ™‚ Once all broken he enjoyed making scrambled eggs which we gave to street dogs in the evening. Win – win situation for everyone. Mom has few minutes off, child learning experience and dogs food. Will surely repeat it in coming days.

IN THE KITCHEN WITH 17 MONTHS OLD TODDLER

We love to cook…Actually the truth is I don’t like to cook so much but as my little one is big fan of kitchen, all the utensils and specially gas stove we really spend majority of our time there. What one loving mother doesn’t do for her child πŸ˜€

Whenever my son is sleeping and I have some time I always think what to do. Is this the activity my little one would love to do or it’s still too difficult for him? Most of the time I answer to myself…”This he would love to do. This you can do with help of child. This is his favorite. This he would love to learn for sure.” So I end up writing blog and leaving all the work to my toddler at home. Child labor? What to do, he just loves all that adults hate, so as the best mother, I allow him to learn. πŸ˜›

There are lot of practical life activities we do at home and I would like to sum up all we did in the kitchen in his 17th month (yesterday he turned 18) πŸ™‚

He loves to put things in pots and stir and stir and stir.

Pouring the rice from small jar.

First he breaks eggs and then adds pre-cooked homemade pasta.

Adding some food color to our homemade non-toxic play dough. You can read about it in the post Make super easy non-toxic play dough in 10 mins.

Dry spooning.

Officially this activity started as spices smelling activity but little one decided to make his own spices mix which we now use in kitchen.

Peeling the onion is awesome activity to develop fine motor skills.

Play dough cooking. How? See in older post.

Every morning preparing tea for dad…

…and coffee for mum πŸ™‚

Another great activity for fine motor skills development.

 

Dry roses fine motor activities for toddlers.

It was a Women’s Day and I got the flowers,yaaaay πŸ™‚Β Once they dried out they became great material for sensory play, development of pincer grip, hand-eye coordination, strength in wrist and indirectly writing skills.

What to do with dry roses if your child is only 17 months (or less)?

Separate them into petals to develop pincer grip.
Grind them to develop strength in wrist and arm
‘Cook’ with them to develop circular movements of hand and arm.

GEMSTONES ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLER SERIES – Part 1.

We love stones of all sizes, colors and shapes as I already have mentioned in my Gemstones activity for child post. πŸ˜›

I put together few more easy activities. Adding stones into any play will just offer different way of perception and lot of fun.

I am pretty sure this is just the first part of our gemstone series πŸ™‚


Have fun πŸ™‚

How to survive with your toddler in the grocery shop

Day by day is shopping becoming one of little one’s favorite activities. Now his eyes shines whenever we come near park, near coconuts, near our restaurant and near our regular grocery store πŸ˜€

Shopping with toddler is not easy thing. He usually gets very much overwhelmed by all the cool stuff around and picks up everything and keeps it in basket. I have observed when we shop in small local shops he can focus on his task, he can pick up tomatoes only, he doesn’t jump from tomato to mango to pastryΒ to chicken…

I just need to keep his small hands and brain busy doing something needful so he is happy and shopping becomes fun for everyone.

From now on our 17 months old boy is pushing the basket by himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping is really great opportunity for great motor development (mainly balancing), eye-hand coordination and language. Children at this age love to carry heavy stuff, heavier the better. So why not to help ourselves and develop little ones at the same time? πŸ™‚

What to do in the shop with a toddler? Give him a task.

  1. Ask him to push the basket
  2. Ask him to bring the apples (one by one)
  3. Ask him to put things in the basket for you (keep it a bit away from you so he enjoys walking or running)
  4. Let him pay for the stuff you bought (if you use credit card, let him type the password or at least press the ‘green button’)
  5. Ask him to keep the basket at it’s place
  6. Ask him to help you with a bag (if the bag is very heavy ask for extra one and keep light things inside).

Happy shopping πŸ™‚

GEMSTONES ACTIVITY FOR TODDLER

I just love stones…Stones of any shape, color, size. I collect them everywhere I go because there is never enough stones at woman’s home πŸ˜› I was using them to make jewelry but now they got completely different value! They are our most played material since Agastya was born. He got his first big piece of tumbled ametrin from his great grand mom when he was 2 months because he just starred at it without a movement πŸ˜€

So today we have around 100 semi-precious stones in our collection and we love them. I will post more about how we use our crystals in my next post.

This activity is great to develop:

  • hand-eye coordination
  • concentration
  • patience
  • pincer grip
  • strength in writing fingers
  • writing skills
  • language

TIPΒ (colors)

Following activity is prepared for 16 months old toddler who doesn’t show any interest in colors yet. But if you have color maniac toddler at home you can improve the activity and add on color sorting. Just keep different colored bowls to sort the stones in or just simply keep sheets of color papers on the table. If you are just introducing colors don’t forget to start with 2 opposite one (e.g. red & blue) and after your toddler becomes master add on another color. Only after introducing all the colors you can proceed ahead with shades.

TIP (language)

When telling your child names of the stones, make sure you know all before you sit with him, otherwise he will become bored while you search for the exact name. Use only proper names and if you don’t know, don’t try to come up with something, just say “sorry I really don’t know but I’ll search it for you after we are done.” This part is essential for even smallest kids, if they don’t speak, doesn’t mean they don’t learn and don’t understand.

TIP (educational set)

I will slowly start presenting Chakra educational set (click to see) which I made that includes cards, stones, different activities. It’s not yet for 16 months old child but there are unlimited ways how to present it to little ones also.

Agastya loves books. Every time and everywhere πŸ™‚
Practicing pincer grip and eye-hand coordination.
To make activity exciting even for longer time I offered another way of presentation.