I am combining Week 6 and 7 in this post because I am a little behind! We were in Chicago for part of this time so some of the activities were hotel friendly as well.
Day 36 – My mom brought over some Valentine’s window decals for Annaliese. We stuck them all over the playroom windows. These are really cheap and can be easily used over and over again.
Day 37 – Today I let Annaliese play with some of my jewelry. She is starting to really enjoy dressing up so I let her use some of my necklaces and bracelets. Here she is deciding what she wants to try on next.
Day 38 – Annaliese has been very interested in babies and pretending lately. I let her lead the way today and she decided instead of taking care of her babies today she wanted to pretend to be one. She liked trying to fit into her doll’s stroller and cradle, putting the blankets on herself, and even crying. Her imitating a baby crying is pretty hysterical.
Day 39 – Today I went through some of my crafting supplies and found some big chunky beads. I let Annaliese thread them onto yarn and we made some little bracelets. This was sometimes hard for her but the beads were big enough that she could mostly do it with a little assistance from me.
Day 40 – Today we did a Window Tour. Annaliese takes after her dad and likes to look out the window, so we decided to look out of every window in the house. This was pretty fun and took up a lot of time. We went from room to room looking out the windows and talking about what we saw. She liked trying to look for birds and deer but we didn’t see too much wildlife.
Day 41 – Lately we’ve been working on labeling colors. Annaliese pretty much guesses first that everything is blue, and her second guess is always yellow. We’re working on it…. To sharpen her skills a little we went on a color scavenger hunt around the house. We tried to find blue things first since it seems to be the color she understands the best. Then we tried yellow, red, and green. This was fun and active!
Day 42 – This awesome suggestion came from my wonderful, creative friend Taylor. She suggested that we collect empty boxes (cereal, crackers, etc) and use them as building blocks. We had a blast with this one. Annaliese’s favorite part was stacking them up and knocking them down. Typical.
Day 43 – Aunt Hannah requested some refrigerator artwork from Annaliese. We got out our sticker collection and Annaliese made two excellent pictures to send. She is always captivated by stickers so today was fun.
Day 44 – Today we did a Sound Search. We live on a pretty busy street so we were able to go to the front of the house to listen for cars and trucks. We also heard geese, the fish tank filter, the heater, and a dog barking.
Day 45 – Because Annaliese is getting good with her colors we did a Sock Matching game today. I took out pairs of her socks, Mommy’s socks, and Daddy’s socks. I scrambled them up and let her find the matching pairs. She liked this one!
Day 46 – Today was the day before we left for Chicago so Annaliese got to play in the suitcase. Honestly if I had let her she probably would have played in there for hours. She liked just sitting in it, buckling and unbuckling the clip, eating a snack in there… I guess its kind of like playing a big box. She was very sad when I actually wanted to pack things in the suitcase.
Day 47 – Today we had to get creative with some downtime in our Chicago hotel room. With some inspiration from Aunt Lauragrace’s younger years, I created a pillow path for Annaliese. I laid all of our pillows out on the floor and let her run along the path. This could easily be done at home too.
Day 48 – We were also in the hotel today so we had some fun with the wheely (not a word) desk chair. It was pretty much like riding a roller coaster for a toddler. This could be done at home too if you have a fun chair.
That’s it! I’ll be better about posting instead of waiting for 2 weeks to build up!