They are bright little creatures, love to play, messy, yet a lot of fun! And you know what? I have 2 of them at home ... and I love them to bits!
So if you are a bit of a clean-freak mom, these are my top 5 hands-on activities for your little darlings, that are a little or mess-free:
1. Ice age - frozen toy
This is a free, fun activity great for summer season! This was what I did with my boys today. I put little dinosaurs in an ice cube tray filled with water and froze it. I told them "Look boys, it's dinosaur's eggs!"
One of my boys tried to listen to the "egg", to see if it's alive .. it's so funny to see.
3. A Shakey Jar
Fill a jar with water and glitter. I don't have glitter so I simply use foil which I rip to small pieces. I'm actually calling it a shakey jar, because when I do this with my tots, we would sing along and I would go "stop or statue" and we all would stop shaking the jar. It just adds to the fun! :)
But some people call this a calming jar. This is great as well if your little darling is having a tantrum. So you ask him / her to shake the jar and watch it until the glitter completely settles. The time it takes is enough time for your little one to settle their emotions. How clever!
4. Threading pipe cleaners into an upside down colander
5. Mess-free finger painting
Put some paints in a zip-lock bag, put a white piece of paper under it and tape the whole thing with a masking tape.
It's amazing to see how how simple these activities are, yet these will keep our precious tots entertained and help them learn through play.