Afternoon Toddler Activity Guide | Week 4
Today is Chickadee’s 5th birthday. Yall, how can that even be?? I feel like just made me a mama yesterday…while at the same time surviving those first three months feels like a lifetime ago. We are celebrating with a pancakes, princesses & pajamas party with some of her favorite 4 and 5 year old little girls. I can’t wait! She LOVES celebrating folks and is beyond excited that it is her turn!
This will be the last FULL week of October, so we are going to live up all things pumpkin (although let’s be honest, we are going to ride the pumpkin train through November too!) If you would like a copy of the daily afternoon survival activities you can check it out here! See below for this week’s afternoon toddler activities.
While we were on Whole 30 we cheated a little by eating the most AMAZING Almond Banana Muffins. It’s cheating because they say muffins are a bad habit and while all the ingredients are Whole 30 compliant, you are more likely to go back to eating “bad for you muffins” if you didn’t really kick the habit while on Whole 30. Anyways…they were amazing and yes we are eating muffins, but they are whole and clean and I don’t fell one iota bad for eating them! I found the recipe on Hustle and Heart Fitness, and it’s perfection. The kids agree. And the only thing that made these muffins even better….PUMPKIN SPICE Almond Butter. Yes, you read that right. I love having muffins around to go with breakfast or for the kids to eat for a snack. My one almond butter tip…leave it in the fridge upside down. The oil settles to the top, so if upside, it settles to the bottom! Win. And make sure it’s been in the fridge before you make this recipe. The muffins come out fluffier!
Sometimes on Teach It Tuesday we all do the same thing, sometimes the kids to different things, and other times it’s the same activity but working on a different skill. That is what we have going on here & it’s great because you can adjust it to create the perfect activity for your toddler. Essentially you creating a matching game. I use this craft paper that goes with our easel and post its. Sprout is working on his letters, so he matched a stack of lower case letters (on the sticky notes) with the upper case letters on the craft paper. Chickadee practiced adding by solving the problem on the sticky note and matching it to the answer on the craft paper. Some other ideas would be subtraction, matching a picture on a post it with the word on the craft paper, number words to digits, 8 dots to the number 8…I’d love to hear any other ideas you have! My kids LOVED this and actually asked to do it again after round one and then again the next day!
If you aren’t taking your kids to the library, you are missing out on some free, tax payer dollar FUN! My kids LOVE looking through books on the shelves, playing with the puzzles in the kid’s area, and we really like toddler time. Our library’s toddler time is on Wednesday (which works out!). I am sure your library has a toddler time as well. The library is right across the street from the duck pond, so on nice days we almost always walk around there before or after the library!
I saw on Instastories this great idea from Elisabeth Hasselbeck for encouraging and sharing some love with your friends. The premise is simple: buy pumkins, write a note on the pumpkin (or draw a picture), then leave it for your friend/neighbor/grandmama/cousin to find! The kids loved decorating the pumpkins and then participating in a stealth delivery! Who could your kids encourage and share the love with today?
Is there anymore more classic than The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown? We had to introduce our kiddos, and of course we ate pizza!
I hope you are able to implement some of these activities with your little one next week! I’d love to see pictures of your kiddos enjoying and you surviving your afternoons. Tag @astepinthejourney or use the hashtag #astepinthejourney if you share on instagram or Facebook!
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