Monday, December 28, 2009

Snow Day

The Snow in the suburbs is still around on Christmas Day...and Layla finally has snow boots! So she put them on, along with her "baby suit" (her word for snowsuit) and stepped out into the fresh, untouched snow. Uncle Jonathan was a trooper and ventured into the serenity of the backyard to pull Layla on her first sleigh ride, push her in the snowy swing, and make snowballs. She loved it until she face-planted into the cold. She didn't want to wear her mittens - she is such a little snow bunny!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Spectacle

On one of the whitest, snowiest days the Philly has ever seen, we ventured out into the "city." Yes, we took our stroller - flipped the handle bar around so that the "big wheels" were in front - and trudged through the December snow to see the Christmas spectacles. Layla loved the cold: wearing her "hat" and "gloves" and taking the "choo choo train" (subway train) into the "city." We watched the traditional light show at Macys. We walked through Dicken's Village. We watched the fabulous 3-D Comcast LCD wall. Layla loved wearing the 3-D glasses and listening to the sounds of the season. It was an immersive Christmas experience. It was a beautiful day as a family and we were all humming carols on our way home.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

We were putting up our Christmas Tree lights and Layla was pointing to the bulbs, trying to name the colors. Then she touched them.

"Hot. Hot."

the blowing sound

"I cool down."

more sounds.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hungry Puppy

When I walked in the living room this evening here is what I found:

I suppose the puppy was hungry and Layla shared some food with him...

We vacuumed them up so when she wakes up in the morning she will probably think the dog actually ate them - oh to be young again.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


I guess she's trying to tell me she would like some pancakes for breakfast today...

-she got the pancake "mix" out (I usually make pancakes from scratch...)

-she got the syrup out (which she only gets on rare occasions...we usually experiment with dips)

and brought them out to me in the living room.

I know many of you are wondering...

We sure did have Pancakes that morning :) And they were "Yummy in tummy" Layla said.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Painting

Layla has been cooped up in the house for the past two weeks because she has been sick. Yuck! Recently I had the feeling she just needed something new to do. Something novel. Something we don't do very often. It was all ready night time but I just knew it had to be done. I dragged out the paints - red and green for Christmas. I unrolled the easel paper on the floor and taped them down. We all put on "painting clothes" - in Layla's case: a diaper. And she Experimented with paint. She had SO much fun. A couple times she wanted to get "cleaned off" but then she went right back to painting again. She had a good scrub in the tub that night....

but when she woke the next morning "I paint. I paint?" said she.
So I knew it was a success.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Yayyyy....I love making new things for Layla - and as a result I always come up with new ideas for my shop. In fact, I have a long list of ideas that never seems to end. When I finally get around to making one, I add another (and another...) to the bottom. But this is one that actually came to fruition. She LOVES it and I thought other little ones would too. So, I introduce to you:

My Little Nurture Box

So simple a concept, but so many ways to pretend, play, and foster fine motor coordination. I made a Little Nurture Box for my little one (22 months old) and she loves it so much I thought I should share it. A little bit like a puzzle, a little bit like threading – a great step into pretending. There are seven different sized holes in the “flower box” to create a dexterity challenge: “How to put these flowers in?” Some are easy, some are a little tricky, but all are definitely great fun for your little Florist. Arrange, and rearrange ‘til your heart’s content. Flowers come in a rainbow so you can teach early color concepts; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, and Red/Violet. There are seven in all (provides a great counting tool as well!).

This Little Nurture Box also comes with a heavy-duty-glass vase so the flowers can be sorted, arranged, or classified separately. Simply put, it adds a creative canvas for your little one. This simple glass container allows you to teach and reinforce handling things with CARE.

Allow your child to use pretend water in a watering can or cut one from paper and laminate. Let your little one tend to his or her own little garden box or set up “shop” at a pretend flower stand. This toy truly is a step into a whole pretend world of open-ended play possibilities.

This little box will Nurture your little ones Fine Motor Skills, Cognitive Development, Communication / Verbal Skills, Build Vocabulary, Encourage Empathy, and Develop an Early Appreciation for Nature.

This Little Nurture Box is sent as a well-tended package
and shipped in a Priority Flat Rate box.

*Although I have taken great caution to make My Little Nurture Box safe (as I have created and use it with my own child), little ones should ALWAYS be supervised while at play.*

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fruit Looping

A great little project to encourage fine motor coordination - Fruit Loop "Garland". I chose Fruit Loops because they have larger holes than Cheerios. It proved to be a good choice, because of the varied color choice. It made a great conversation piece for color investigation as we threaded our bright loops onto string. There are so many ways this simple activity is good for your little one. It provides endless conversation pieces - teachable concepts.


I covered the end of the ribbon with tape to give it some stability
- guidance for young fingers.
I also tied an O to the end of the string
in order to keep them from slipping off the end.

If your little one has difficulty, hold the thread and let him or her place the Fruit Loops onto the ribbon. Guide his or her fingers to bring the O down to the end of the string.


Monday, December 7, 2009

In a Box

I came upstairs the other day because Layla was calling "MaaMaa" from the top where she had been playing in her room.
Here's what I found:Yep, that's a screwdriver
and a ball.
McGuiver moves, maybe?
I don't know if she called me up to show me...
or because she wanted my help.
Either way, it made me smile - and ultimately,
she got out of the box herself.
All those toys, and she finds the empty box in the hallway...

Friday, December 4, 2009


A so simple experiment with Fluffies (aka pom poms). Great for color sorting, counting, fine motor skills (picking them up here with a spoon, a cup, a pair of tongs) and bringing them over there. This little divider tray came as disposable packaging for some thanksgiving ingredient but I re-purposed it as a divider for the Fluffies - you can categorize them, sort them, make a pattern and then try to duplicate it with size or color...a great many ways to play with these little Fluffy critters. Just a big bag of Pom Poms and let the good times unfold...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


When we were at Grandma and Grandpa's house last week, Layla got a new puzzle. She put the pieces in lickety-split as if she had played with the puzzle for ages. She was so happy with herself. She would clap and say "Bravo! Bravo!" Really, where does she pick this stuff up? It's not like I walk around the house yelling "Bravo! Bravo!" - although, maybe I should start...