How to set up a Toddler Play Space:

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How to set up a toddler play space:

Two important pieces of my toddler play space are the Ikea Shelves and the Ikea play kitchen. Both have proven to be very sturdy so far with my rowdy 2 year old boy.

Toddler self serve snack fridge:

Two year olds are all about learning how to do things by themselves and if we can find ways to encourage their independence they will thrive! I found this mini fridge on Amazon and keep a couple of snacks inside so that my toddler can help himself to snacks whenever he wants. The idea is to set them up for success-so I do not put a ton of snacks in there that I would be mad about if he left the door open. In the photo I have tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, and peppers. I also plan to add some cheese sticks.

Toddler Toys: wood or plastic?

I like to follow a Montessori method and they typically encourage wood over plastic toys because they are more natural and do not contain toxins etc. I prefer wood toys because I like to pick toys that are like home decor, because let me tell you YOUR CHILDREN’S TOYS DO BECOME YOUR HOME DECOR! We got some plastic construction toys for my toddlers birthday as gifts so they are out on our shelves right now but I would prefer to swap them with some beautiful wooden versions. My toddler likes these toys just fine though.

Toy Variety:

So it is best to have a variety of categories of toys: books, puzzles, creative, and then a variety of toys that with a variety of concepts….as you can see here we most have construction/transportation going on here. For Christmas I plan on updating the toys on these shelves but for now this is what we have going on.

Following your childs interests:

Right now my child is all about FIRE TRUCKS, POLICE CARS, TOOLS, CONSTRUCTION, DIGGERS, ETC. It is good to follow your child’s interests and encourage them to explore things that fascinate them.

Including natural elements:

I love the plants that are on the toy shelves. My little guy gets to help water them and he loves this. Incorporating nature is good for mental health and we are digging the plants 🙂 I like to incorporate seasonal natural items as well- this month my little guy can explore the pumpkin: color, shape, weight, texture etc.

Aromatherapy:

In the middle of the plants on the top of the shelf is this aromatherapy diffuser. I like to use essential oils in our play area.

Shop the items in my play area by clicking the links below:

Melissa and Doug Farm Puzzle

Similar Construction Vehicles: Dump Truck

Melissa and Doug Wooden Vehicles

Montessori Tray with Tengu Blocks and Magnetic Tiles

Name Puzzle by Howard and Sons Designs (totally recommend shop this small business) but similar version by Fat Brain Toys Name Puzzle

Kids Dyson Vacuum

Aromatherapy Diffuser with Essential Oils: Lavender , Orange

Wooden Etched Blocks are from Crate and Barrel but I have these Grimms Blocks on Peters Christmas List

Similar Play Mat (I think ours is made by Skip Hop but I couldn’t find it on Amazon

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Christmas sensory bottles your little one will love!

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These sensory bottles are a great way for your little one to explore and discover christmas ornaments and christmas trees without actually touching the tree! Toddlers have a natural inclination to explore everything and this will help fulfill their need!

Click on the image below to purchase the bottles I used to make these sensory bottles! What I like about these bottles is the whole at the top is large enough to put fairly good sized items like these mini christmas ornaments.

I used mini christmas ornaments like these to fill the bottles

You could also use Christmas bells!

I used Christmas trees like these to fill one of the bottles:

You can also add rice to any of the bottles for a little extra noise!

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How to host the most perfect Gingerbread decorating party!

A Gentle Approach to Sleep Training: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/sleeptraining/

The Ultimate Calming Bedtime Routine: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/the-ultimate-calming-bedtime-routine/

#1 Tip for Calming a Fussy Baby: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/1-tip-calming-fussy-baby/

Check out this DIY kid sleep hack :https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/diykidsleephack/

Why Bubble Gum Can Help Your Child’s Sensory Needs: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/bubblegum/

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The easiest way to host the most perfect Gingerbread House decorating party!

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There is nothing more festive than an awesome Gingerbread house decorating party! There is nothing more annoying than having a Gingerbread house that won’t stay together and candy that falls off. Luckily, you can learn from my mistakes because I finally found THE MOST PREFECT GINGERBREAD HOUSE KITS that won’t fall apart and the icing that is provided actually works and the candy sticks! NO MORE EMBARRASSING  GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING PARTY BUSTS!

Click on the image below to purchase these super easy Gingerbread House Kits

The kit comes with everything you need, the icing, the candy, & the house is already put together so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart. If you want to be extra spiffy you can get extra candy to decorate:

For kids I suggest having a bowl of candy at each of their seats so they don’t fight over the candy. I used plastic bowls like these so each child had their own bowl of candy (and every child had the same candy..) this makes for happy little decorators 🙂

I used green plastic chargers but if you are wanting to protect your table, covering your table with paper like the one below would be super cute!

Santa hats or headbands put everyone in a festive mood 🙂

Don’t forget an apron for the host!

Don’t forget cups, plates, & napkins!

If it is a party for all kids, don’t forget to serve some healthy snacks! They will eat candy but they will eat less if you also serve healthy snacks!

Check out some of my other posts:

A Gentle Approach to Sleep Training: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/sleeptraining/

The Ultimate Calming Bedtime Routine: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/the-ultimate-calming-bedtime-routine/

#1 Tip for Calming a Fussy Baby: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/1-tip-calming-fussy-baby/

Check out this DIY kid sleep hack :https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/diykidsleephack/

Why Bubble Gum Can Help Your Child’s Sensory Needs: https://thewholekidandkaboodle.com/bubblegum/

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