Sensory Rice Play
If you are on instagram ( hope you follow me! ) and follow any of the #sensoryplay ideas then you have seen rainbow rice ( or any rice play ) This is an activity that you and your kids should definitely try! While playing with rice your kids are really learning A LOT . How cool is that? They will be developing their fine motor skills, learning colors, learning how to dump, pour, fill and scoop. I love play that is child led, and rice play is a perfect example of child led playing.
Sensory play is awesome for our kids. It allows them to use all their senses while playing. This type of play is not structured play so it allows them to be creative & use their imagination . Its awesome for self esteem , there really is no right or wrong . One last thing about sensory play is it helps with language development, next time your kids play just listen to the words they are using.
Rainbow rice or any colored rice is super simple to make. I bought my white rice & food coloring from the dollar store . Most people use paint , my first batch was made with food coloring but I will be making it with paint next time to compare. Any white rice works.
How to make:
Add uncooked white rice to a zip lock bag, next add your color. Seal the bag and shake! Let the rice dry & then you are ready to PLAY!
How to play:
We use rice a lot in our ikea sensory table I like to add cups, scoops, spoons , funnels, trucks.. I also like to remind Brody that the rice needs to stay in the table, he does a very good job at not making a mess. If your kids are messy def try rice play outside! If you dont have a sensory table please dont worry. All you need is some bins or tupaware . Try using some smaller bins inside of bigger ones to help with the mess. Just add your rice cups and scoops to a bin and watch your kids play.
We just dump our rice into a plastic bag or mason jar when we are done playing. If your rice stays dry it will last a very long time.
Are you going to try rice play?? Id love to hear how it goes! comment below or head over to my insta and comment on my latest post!
Sweaty Tabata Workout
Looking for a quick home workout? You have to try this sweaty tabata circuit ! No equipment needed for this , its perfect for a quick morning workout , if you’re traveling or if you’re trying to sneak a workout in while the kids nap.
Before you start, promise me you are going to go ALL OUT!! To make this workout worth it I want you to give it your all, no resting, go full speed and push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you want to see change you need to push yourself . This workout should take you 30 min or less, so push hard during that 20 second work period. Also , make sure you follow me on insta for more workouts & recipes!
Sweaty Tabata Workout:
set your timer for 8 rounds : 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest. Rest no more then one minute between tabatas. Alternate between the two moves.
- catcher ( burped but dont standup/jump, stay low in a 2 sec squat pause then jump back to plank position )
- high knees
- jump lunges
- plank jax + should taps
- frog hops
- push ups
- bike abs
- mt climbers
- burpee star jump
- in out squat hops
Open Ended Toys For Toddlers
We are new to the open ended toy scene , but we love it! If you are not sure what open ended toys are, they are toys that can be played with in many different ways. Open ended toys can be anything your kids dream up! How cool is that? Endless possibilities that grow with your child. This type of play is critical for their development and creativity.
There are plenty of benefits to open ended play including helping kids create and problem solve, helps build cognitive development , can help with social skills and in the long run are more cost efficient for you! Open ended play will become more complex and creative as your kids grow.
Open Ended Toys:
- cardboard boxes
- balance rock blocks
- play silks
Some examples of the open ended toys we have are our building blocks. These blocks become something new each time they get picked up. Brody loves to pretend they are instruments , cake, a cell phone, a car jack… the list goes on! He is almost three years old and he just started to use the blocks to build . He makes roads, garages, barns you name it! I love sitting back and watching him play and use his imagination. Figure out the best place to store them is a must as well. If you keep them thrown in a box not out in the open they won’t get played with & your out a lot of money! We keep ours on a book shelf and they are organized by shape & size. This way they get seen everyday and they are easy to grab when its time to play.
To learn more about how important block play is and how to get your kids to start playing with them go check out this blog post, Lizzie is my new favorite blog to follow! Make sure follow me on instagram , I share all about our toys and how we play everyday .
22 Sensory Play Ideas for Toddlers
If you follow me on instagram then you know we love sensory play! Below are 22 awesome sensory play ideas that are pretty easy to do. I get a lot of our stuff at the dollar store , there’s no need to spend tons of money! All you need for a sensory bin is some type of bin to put your activities in, then add your choice of toys. Comment below if you have any questions and don’t forget to let me know what your fav sensory play is! Shop our toys here !
22 Sensory Play Ideas
Sandbox Wild Animal Kingdom
Mud Pit Farm
Paint on miror
Flower water table
Water Table with Color
Water Play with water despensor
Digger Sand & water play
Shredded Paper with Trucks
Animal & shredded paper
Paint with Chalk
Paint without brushes
Digger Kinetic Sand
Indoor Cunstruction Site
Dinos & Diggers
Muddy Farm Bin
Bonus for littler ones:
10 Minute Abs
Did you know that abs are my least favorite muscle group to train?! Any one else feel the same? I don’t find training abs to be fun at all . But with summer coming I know everyone has abs one their mind ( including me ) . When I do train them I make the workout quick & effective. This 10 minute ab workout can be done on its own or added to your routine . You can also do more rounds then two to make this a longer workout. Two rounds is enough for me!
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10 Minute Abs
set timer for 40 seconds on 20 seconds rest for 5 rounds.
- reverse crunch
- heel touches – knees bent , crunch up and reach for your heels
- knee to opposite elbow mt climbers
- c-sit jax – sit like you are going to mason twist- do max with your arms
- side plank toe touch- hold side plank swing bottom leg and arm out – touch toes ( 20 seconds a side )
Rest and repeat.
Barnyard Sensory Play
This Barnyard Sensory play bin was so much fun! I set this up while Brody was out , and when he got home he was so excited to start playing. We have been loving sensory play recently and who doesn’t love a barnyard theme?!
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Barnyard Sensory play how to:
what you need
- green colored rice
- mud – cornstarch, water, coco powder
- Tupperware or bowls for “grass” & “mud”
- farm animals
- a tractor
- wash bucket to clean the animals to extend play
To make the grass add some rice and green paint ( I use Brodys paint ) to a plastic bag. Shake/mix it all till the rice is covered then let it dry .
To make the mud add a cup of cornstarch and a few tsp of coco powder to a bowl , slowly add water and mix till you get the consistency of mud. This will get hardish but still wet and thick once you stop moving it.
Next add your grass, mud and farm animals/ tractors to your tray and let the fun begin!
To extend the play even longer add a bin of soapy water to wash the animals . Brody played for over and hour, he had a blast!
Baby Food Hack + Money Saver
If you are anything like me then you hate throwing away/ wasting food! This baby food hack is a no brainer. Remi rarely finishes her baby food jars and I hated throwing it out so I decided to freeze it and turn it into teethers for her. I mainly freeze her yogurt and fruit purees but I’m sure other purees would freeze great too.
You will need some baby food feeders ( mine came from amazon I can’t remember the brand ) and a pop mold. I have the Nuby mold, it was 8$ on amazon and I use it all the time!
All you have to do is freeze your left over yogurt & fruit in the molds . Once frozen break the frozen food off the mold and add it to the baby feeder. It’s that easy! Remi can use theses feeders by herself ( with me watching ) so they are the perfect thing to distract her while the rest of us eat. Just be warned baby will get messy!!!! I like to use the pop molds because sometimes Brody wants one too and he eats them just like a popsicle.
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Construction Sensory Bin
Brody is super into trucks, dirt and digging and I love a good DIY project, so this sensory bin was a must make! Are you not sure what a sensory bin is? They are little boxes/bins full of unique materials to help kids learn about the world around them. These boxes let kids explore all different things with their senses. Think wet, dirty, cotton, rocks, animals .. you name it! A sensory box could be a great idea for your wild child who has trouble focusing or sitting still. Try this one out if your little one loves sand and trucks!
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Construction Sensory Bin:
What you need:
- a box
- play sand
- toy trucks
- Tupperware for a pool
- animals * optional
Add your sand ( we used about 25 lbs ) rocks/beads and pool. Next grab some trucks and let your little one lead the way! After a while playing we added the dinosaurs which made him play even longer!
We also made a small bin for inside that is made from beans! I added some animals , a funnel, a spoon and a little scooper. I was so surprised at how much Brody loves this one! I like to take this bin out while I’m making meals.
I’ d love to hear what your little ones favorite sensory box is. Drop your fav below !
Easy Taco Pie
This easy taco pie recipe has become a favorite in our house! It’s very easy to make plus I love how you can tailor it to your likes. I make it with either ground chicken or ground turkey but you could also use any ground meat. You can spice this recipe up by adding a spicy salsa or some extra peppers and onions. I have been using a mild salsa because I don’t want it too spicy for Brody ( who loves this dish! )
Easy Taco Pie
Preheat over to 375
- ground meat
- frozen corn
- corn tortillas
- Mexican blend cheese
- peppers & onions *optional
Cook your meat in a sauce pan, feel free to add some spices. Once cooked add in your frozen corn and salsa ( add peppers and onions here if using ) Mix everything good.
Next add a half a cup of your mix in to a pie pan, spread it out evenly. Then add three corn tortillas so they cover meat mix, they will over lap a bit. Add a layer of cheese ( you can skip the cheese to save on fat and just add it to your top layer ) then add another half a cup of mix. Add three more tortillas covering your meat mix. Next add the rest of your mix. Top with cheese . Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve with avocado & salsa!
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Kiwi Co Box
This year my sister gave Brody a Kiwi Co Box subscription for Christmas and we love them! Every month a new box comes with age appropriate things for Brody to play with. Our favorite box so far has been the one all about the colors. When you join you pick the box that fits your kids age group and they send projects, online info for more learning, a magazine on how to help your kids learn & play and a book.
This last month our box was perfect because we have been working on the colors with Brody. The box came with a ton of different things . Brody loves the color making project , he has always loved to pour water from cup to cup and I love that he’s learning all about the colors while he’s doing it.
This box also came with flash cards that he loves and some colored shapes & dice. We like to set up the shapes, roll the die and jump from color to color.
Our previous boxes have been farmed themed, cooking & play dough, an alphabet learning and one with a wooden elephant and play mat .
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Here are a few more pictures from our other boxes.