I currently have a toddler that loves to jump from activity to activity because the world is her oyster! At least for this age it definitely seems that way! Her senses are growing and integrating constantly, so exposure to different textures, smells, sounds, etc. are not only fun they are IMPORTANT!
Not to mention that teaching new vocabulary related to events we experience during seasons can be a great way to generalize new words across all sorts of environments! With that being said I respect that parents are busier than ever before. These bins are not only super simple to make, but they can be sealed up and stacked on top of each other almost like puzzles! Your child can play with them for days or weeks for expanding learning!
I was recently introduced to Julia Cameron’s Morning Pagesexercise, as well as her call to get creative daily. Research shows that exercising creativity has a positive impact on self-care, self-image, and positive mindset. As a mom I look for self-care practices that I can easily incorporate throughout my day (5-10-minute increments or less). Instilling a sense of radical self-care has become a personal goal of mine after realizing that I need to feel good to be a present parent. To quote an amazing interview on The Soul Feed Podcast (one of my favorites!) “There’s so much power and momentum in loving yourself in little moments! It’s not about a spa day every six months. It’s about radical self-care every day. Morning pages have become a really valuable tool for me personally, so I wanted to take the time to share. Since my other passion is also encouraging positive self-talk and flexible mindset in children, I also wanted to share some ways to connect with children to help them practice gratitude and continuous self-care practices as well. I think especially now the next generation can be taught subtly and directly that being kind to yourself and treating yourself like a friend, enables you to be kind to others and causes a ripple effect of a culture of kindness.