The first time I heard the term loose parts was last fall; and trust me, you and your kids have played with loose parts. You just maybe haven’t used that term.
Loose parts play is just providing random loose parts for kids to do whatever they want with. They might make them play food or make patterns out of them. They might see how high they can stack them or sort them by color. The idea is that it is entirely up to your kid and their imagination!
I am soo ready for winter to be over and to spend more time outside and make use of all our new outside toys we got from Easter! I’m hopeful that the time is quickly approaching!
This week’s toy rotation actually had me a little stumped. I try and have a rounded selection of toys. From construction to imagination to fine motor to logic, and so on. She’s really not ready for anything literacy or number based, so we haven’t really gotten into that.
We own more books than anything else I would say. Instilling a love of books and reading is so so important for little brains. I won’t get into the science behind it, I’m not nearly educated enough to do so! lol
To this day I love to read (having the time to do so is another story…) and I hope that Sidney grows up to love reading as much as her daddy and I do.
This was the first time in a long time that I actually
forgot about toy rotation…
We had family in town in and out of the house for most of
last week so Bitty just didn’t spend as much time at home and what time she did
spend here she was thoroughly entertained with her grandparents.
So this morning I had to make a decision. Do I rotate before
she may be ready or do I rotate before things get stale?
An Easter egg sensory bin was a no-brainer this week! Kids LOVE Easter eggs, and Bitty is no different. I don’t know if it’s the surprise of what’s inside or the satisfaction of breaking them open or if it’s some magic smell they give off…lol
Another toy rotation in the books! I rotate every two weeks
normally; though this was technically a three-week rotation because we were
gone for a whole week in the middle for a little “spring break”. This was the
first time that I considered leaving the toys for a little longer. As I was
watching her play over the weekend she was still interacting well with a few of
the items! In the end I did decide to change most of it out but we did have out
first repeat toy this time so we’ll see how that goes!
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I have been in the process of narrowing down Bitty’s Easter basket for a while now. There were some things that I knew I wanted to get her and then there were some things that I have been wanting to pick up so Easter was the perfect excuse. Add in a couple of impulse purchases and there we go one toddler Easter basket sans candy!