Monthly Archives: January 2020

HomeMade Books For Toddlers 🖍

With books becoming more and more expensive, there are times we do not always have the resources to supply or we simply do not know which books to start with!

Here is an idea I came up with during Zuri’s infant years. I absolutely loved reading to her and even though we had a pile of awesome books I wanted something special and tailored to her personally. So what better way then to create a book about her life and the loved ones in it! With the idea in mind that she will be able to relate, connect and recognize. So I printed off pictures of her over the months and her family. I simply went to my local CVS pharmacy and printed 20 pictures for $5. I was able to create this order online then picked them up when I was notified they were ready.

I was a preschool teacher for 4 years therefore I’ve always kept little crafty nic nacs around the house, one essential being construction paper. If you do not have construction paper, you may purchase a pack at your local dollar store, 20pages sometimes more for only $1. I purchased some glue sticks also $1 and got to work! Zuri was around 6 months when I created this book so I did choose to get it laminated for eating, slob and tearing purposes.

This book helped Zoe identify members of her family and most importantly herself! She is now 24 months of age and this is still one of her favorite books, only this time she is reading to me ☺️

Here’s a list of tools I used to create her book and where you may be able to find these items dependent upon state:

  • Construction paper- $1 for a pack of 20 or pages or more
  • Glue sticks- $1 for a pack of 2 or 4
  • Hole puncher- $1 for handheld
  • Key rings- $1 for a pack of 10 (if I remember correctly)

I did get this book laminated at Fed Ex shipping center for $15-20. The cost varies on the number of pages. These are the simple essentials you would need to create homemade books. Now, for toddler aged humans I recommend getting a bunch of random craft items from the dollar store, set them out then allow their creativity and imagination to run wild!

Now if your child is of age to comprehend basic communication I highly reccommend engaging them in the book making process. Discuss with them what they would like their book to be about, what items you may need to create it then take them to the store and allow them to shop for those items. Each activity with your child should be a bonding experience. You learn so much by just observing and engaging with your little one. It builds closeness, confidence and self assurance within your little one knowing they are loved and supported.

🧩Puzzle Time🧩

💫This is the first time I have seen this little human take time out to focus her concentration on this activity in particular. I was very proud to see her utilize problem solving skills, hand eye coordination and focused concentration. She intently looked at each piece then look onto the board for its match. And when she could not fit the piece perfectly into its spot, she continued to try without becoming frustrated (trial and error). Wow! It’s the small things you appreciate as a Parent💫

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How Often Do You Read To Your Little Human(s)?

Reading early on helps develop your little one’s brain stimulating great curiosity and imagination. It also assist in the development of language, comprehension, social and communication skills. Not to mention it is a great way to bond with your little one!

Bonding creates intimacy, intimacy encourages positive growth and development. We are here as a guide for our little ones, seize the opportunity to teach them all the things we did not know. And by teach, I mean lead. The best teachers are the ones who lead by example.

I once saw a movie called the The Ultimate Gift. In the movie it discusses 12 gifts that are vital to our success and well-being. The gifts are as followed:

  • The gift of work
  • The gift of money
  • The gift of friends
  • The gift of learning
  • The gift of problems
  • The gift of family
  • The gift of laughter
  • The gift of dreams
  • The gift of giving
  • The gift of gratitude
  • The gift of a day
  • The gift of love

Guiding your little one with this awareness will indoctrinate appreciation for the things we take for granted daily. No longer would we be creating a cycle of greed but one of love, understanding, kindness and gratitude. Attack the mind with positive principles while they are young. Plant the seed and that flower shall make you very proud! I’ve been reading to my little one since she was a seedling in the womb and by the age of 18 months she was starting to read on her own. I speak to her like a human of equal therefore her level of comprehension is beyond impressive. All these small seeds were planted while she was in the womb and I am astonished by the results. Break the cycle, you can do it!

Tonight’s Dinner, Today’s Video 🚨😋

Tonight’s dinner: Vegetable Ramen with a side of Kale Caesar Salad 🥗 Ms. Sticky fingers could not wait to chow down, ahhh what a great photo bomb ❤️

As of more news, don’t forget to check out our video we posted today! We were so happy to share Zuri’s 2nd birthday with you all! She had such an amazing time, everything was just perfect as it was simple. Video link below 👇🏽, enjoy!