Tomorrow is officially the first day of spring, and we couldn’t be more excited. In some ways this feels like our first spring together, even though Penelope was born in February of last year she was being consumed by that newborn bliss and I was too. I don’t remember much from last year, weather wise but I do remember sitting out on our back deck with our tiny Bub’s in her sling, soaking up as much vitamin D as possible.
Penelope has been asking to go for walks a lot lately, and by asking I mean demanding she be pushed around in her stroller until she decides otherwise or falls asleep, which ever comes first.
Because there is still so much snow right now, I have been trying to get creative and find new ways to entertain my toddler, who just won’t sit still for more than a few seconds lately. So these are just some of the activities we have been enjoying together, and as always I would love to know what your favourite activity is this month?
Bird Feeding has become a favourite of hers lately. I just bought some bird seed and made a bird feeder which Penelope painted, and we hung it in our backyard where can see from the windows. This attracts many different kinds of birds and we can honestly spend a long time just watching and listening to them. Lately Penelope has shown a lot more interest in birds and so bird watching has become one of our daily rituals.
Nature walks are something we try to do daily and even at around 12-13 months Penelope is getting very comfortable on her two feet, but with the uneven ground it can be a challenge. Which is why I made sure to find her rubber boots that are easy to walk in and I won’t have to worry about getting soakers. While our walks are usually just around our house, it can take a good long hour to do the full road and along the way I point out things in nature like trees or squirrels in hopes that being repetitive will teach her those words.
A scavenger hunt but one that is age appropriate, like in our case it would be picking up a rock and saying “rock” followed by letting her touch and hold it. Next, we would say “bird” as one is slowly flying by and repeating “bird” again. This is a fun way to add more words to her vocabulary, and using everyday objects that she won’t get bored of.
Reading books is another great way to get your toddler excited for spring. One of our favourite books is called “Moo”, and its all about farm animals and when I read it to her I point to each animal and make their sounds. She loves the interaction of this book and I find with Toddlers, they are more interested in books with noises or bright colours like “tales from the acorn woods: colour” book and I use the books to support learning.
Spring Cleaning is something I try to do around this time of the year, and since P does whatever I do I let her help. For her birthday this year she was given a cleaning set like this one from Melissa and Doug, and she literally uses it everyday! I also found her another cleaning kit with her own spray bottle that I put water in, and she follows me around cleaning. I love it and get a lot accomplished, while she feels like she can do anything she wants.
Thanks for visiting our new blog, I have lots planned but mostly I want this to be a space where you can find tales of my parenting journey, and how we learn as we go. I hope that you can find some of these stories relatable and perhaps even learn a little or two from my wins and loses.