Afternoon Toddler Activity Guide | Week FIVE
All of the Halloween festivities are in FULL swing over here! So far Chickadee has gone in costume to ballet class, we all ventured out to Trunk or Treat at church & we just got back from a HUGE Halloween event put on by III’s company. And there is still almost a week until Halloween! So much fun has been had. Have your kids decided what they want to be for Halloween?? I’ll be sharing our pictures next week!
Next week we will keep up some of the fall/Halloween fun with our daily activities!
If you would like a copy of the daily afternoon survival activities you can check it out here!
On Monday we are going to either paint or carve pumpkins! I haven’t decided which one yet, but we’ve had pumpkins sitting on the front porch since the beginning of October just begging us to add our personal touch. I’ve carved pumpkins with the littles before and it is important to remember, safety first! They LOVE the sensory activity of scooping out all of the seeds. They use both their hands and plastic spoons. I then have them use a sharpie to “sketch” their pumpkin face before I cut it out.
Teach It Tuesday this week is a Hallo-read-a-thon! Pull out ALL of those Halloween books or swing by the library and then read, read, read. The kids love both being read to and reading on their own. It takes time to build up reading stamina. If your little one isn’t the biggest fan of “reading” or looking at books independently yet, I suggest using a timer and starting with a small amount of time, 3-5 minutes. Have them look at the pictures and/or words and read until the timer goes off. Build this time up over time. We worked on building stamina for a while and no my kids could look at books for hours!
Happy Halloween!! Our neighborhood has a HUGE Halloween party with bounce houses, face painting, costume contests, pizza and a toddler corn table. It is so much fun for the kids. And then trick or treating…oh, the trick or treating!! We gave away between 400-500 pieces of candy last year. And I think the kids like passing out the candy more than actually going trick or treating. We are making the sweetest memories! So our Wander there Wednesday is going trick or treating! However, if you need a little something earlier in the day, check out this Halloween scavenger hunt! We are going to walk around the neighborhood to look at decorations (again!) and see what all we can find!
Make dinner for a friend! We were sooo blessed after each of our babies by friends who brought dinner those first few months. So whenever we have a friend with a new baby we always sign up to take them a meal! And the kids are a part of it. I want to instill loving your neighbor in the heart of my children and this is one tangible way in which I can do this. Sometimes it’s not a new baby, but a family who has a little extra on their plate. We are part of a foster care family support group and this Thursday we are making dinner for a foster mom so that she has one less thing to worry about when everyone gets home for dinner! So whether it’s dinner or whipping up some cookies and passing them out to friends, get in the kitchen and brighten someone’s day with a culinary gift.
I am heading out of town this weekend for a GIRL’S weekend. Wahoo! So as of 3:00 Mama is off duty until Sunday afternoon (if you can ever really be off duty as a parent???). III will be wrangling all three solo for pizza and a movie night, and I have no doubt they will have a blast. He’s a rock star dad!
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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