Today I finally got around to making S's new felt board. The cardboard triangular one didn't hold up too well under toddler usage. I used a cheap frame from Ikea and put a sheet of white felt inside over the plexiglass. I have it propped up against the wall of our play room, but you could hang it low as well.
I also cut out three varying-sized hearts to work on the concept of size (big, medium, small). We're not quite ready for sequencing them, but this is a start. S also likes to count the three hearts.
You can get 3 free 5x7 folded Valentine's Day photo cards from Shutterfly using the promo code 3FREECARDS. You will have to pay $0.99 to ship them to yourself and another $0.08 for tax. My total was $1.07 which is a lot cheaper than buying three greeting cards at the store. You will have to enter the code into your account. Freebies for Mom has good directions on how to do it. These will be perfect for grandparents!
I understand if you are not interested in introducing your tot to the computer yet, but S caught me in a weak moment the other day and now there's no going back. Babygamer.com has a collection of links to a variety of free baby/toddler internet "games." They basically all work the same way - there is some type of response when any key on the keyboard is pushed. I have convinced myself that they are good lessons in cause and effect, but there are some that are more educational (i.e when a key is pushed the next letter of the alphabet comes up).
Also, we do not own an iPhone, but I have read/heard a lot of people talking about free and inexpensive applications for toddlers. One of my favorite blogs 1+1+1=1 has a list of a few.
If you know of any others, please feel free to comment.
My sister told me about http://www.thecolor.com/, an online coloring book. The pages are broken down by theme and they have lots of themes to choose from. You can "color" online, but you can also print out blank pages which is what I have done with S. You could also print out a whole theme and staple them together to make a coloring book. Here are my favorites:
You can print a $10 off $30 Purchase coupon to Borders. The coupon expires 1/18. You need to be a Border's Rewards member to use it, but it's free to sign up if you aren't already. Border's doesn't only have a great selection of children's books, but also educational toys (Melissa and Doug, Larui, Alex, etc.).
This month we are learning about pets and since S has done such a great job with matching, I thought I would try sorting with him. I found these foam stickers in the dollar bin at Target and placed one of each animal on a cup. Then he can sort them by animal into the correct cup. I used all blue stickers on the cup so that he wouldn't think it was color sorting and I only began with two cups when I introduced the activity (the fish and dog since they look very different). I am keeping the activity on one of my new Oriental Trading Company trays so that S has access to the activity. (Note: These trays are so great for art/crafting, food, learning, playdough, setting up activities...)
I plan to follow the below progression with S to support early math concepts, but I came up with this on my own, so if anyone has a different suggestion or addition, please feel free to comment:
The stickers were also great for fine motor practice (peeling and sticking).
I spent $15.93 today at Babies R Us and saved $32.20 (a 66% savings)! Here's the trip:
Earth's Best Diapers (Jumbo packs) x3
- 6.99 (on sale discount; limit 3)
- 2.00 (BRU printable; Note: you only need to print one and it will apply to all three packs)
- 1.50 (Earth's Best printable; Note: I was only able to print one and I think Earth's Best has now pulled the coupon) = $1.50 for one pack and $3 each for the other 2
Gerber Graduates Utensils x2
$10.98 for both sets ($5.49 each)
- 2.44 (BOGO 50% off)
- 1.09 (20% off one item BRU mailer)
= $7.45 for both
Pampers Wipes travel pack
- 1.39 (Free with any baby purchase coupon in BRU mailer)
Early Motherhood is the stage of life I am currently in. The phrase comes from my new interest in early childhood development and from being a new mother and all there is to learn from it. As my son's primary educator, I will be sharing my experiences and ideas. I will also share money saving, home organization, parenting, craft ideas - all things I am learning in my Early Motherhood.