I have recently discovered the lovely blog carnival Frugal Fridays over at Life as Mom, and for my first entry I’d like to share a fun, cheap activity to play with your toddler. Who needs another big, expensive, plastic, made-in-China toy when you could do something original for less and have a great time doing it? Hope you enjoy. :)
Our little Bird is at an age (she’ll be two next week!) where playing with her can sometimes be a challenge. She loves to run around and do things on her own, read books, get into mischief, and she LOVES when you sit and read with her, but I have been trying to think of more things that we can do together, that will hold her interest, that will give us face-to-face time.
My husband discovered play dough last month and my daughter is nearly obsessed. She says “aaaydough” all during dinner because she knows after the meal is over its play dough time with daddy. I wanted to have something just as fun that she could love forward to doing with me, and I was reading a little book about games and activities for toddlers when I came upon the suggestion of “sandboxes” with alternative materials. things like feathers, wood shavings, leaves, etc, for a fun time digging and exploring textures.
One of the grocery stores in our area (FreshCo for you Ontario folks) has recently had 8 lbs bags of red lentils on sale for 3 dollars Yes, you read that right: EIGHT lbs. That’s a lot or red lentils! I bought a bag last week as I like red lentils for curries, soups, etc. But then after I read this idea about alternative sandboxes, I thought it might be fun to buy a couple extra bags of these red lentils and make a “sandbox” out of them.
Do you moms have any good activities you like to play with your toddlers? Do share!