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Ale Julek miaΕ‚ Ε›wietny pomysΕ‚ 😊🀭 bo LEGO to nie tylko klocki✌️ wczoraj ugotowaΕ‚ mi nawet zupΔ™ LEGO-wΔ…πŸ˜… pyszna byΕ‚a🀭 #legoszalonemarzenia #lego #legoduplo #sensoryplay #sensory #montessoriathome #legohacks #playtime #playtimeideas #zabawa #pomyslynazabawy

Fun in the sun, a few weeks ago we had a play outside trying out Jacks paddling pool he got for his birthday πŸ’§πŸŒž #paddlingpool #babytoddler #playtime #playideas #playtimeideas #sensoryplay #sensoryideas #sensoryplayideas #outsideplay #sunnydays #waterplay

Tego jeszcze nie byΕ‚o🀭 wiecie, ΕΌe w naszym domu klocki LEGO nie sΕ‚uΕΌΔ… tylko do ukΕ‚adaniaπŸ™ˆ DziΕ› na blogu jest wpis z 10 kreatywnymi propozycjami, ktΓ³re zapewniΔ… Waszym dzieciom mega zabawΔ™, a Wam chwilkΔ™ na kawΔ™πŸ™Œ jest nauka czytania, ukΕ‚adanki lewopΓ³Ε‚kulowe i nawet uΕ‚amki 😊 To kto jutro prΓ³buje? #LEGO #LEGOduplo #LEGOszalonarzenia #zabawyzLEGO #playtimeideas #sensoryplay #sensoryactivity #sensorytoys #sensorybin #zabawa #zabawazdzieckiem #zabawainauka #finemotorskills #malamotoryka #finemotoractivities #KAPOW

Four Fun Friday #14 is finally up! We did an experiment on melting candy canes, built a gingerbread house, made a thankful pumpkin, and practiced cutting hair (with paperπŸ˜‰)! Go check it out at the link in my bio. . . If any of you ever give some of these a try, tag me! Axel and I would love to see how they went for you! . . Have a good week everyone πŸ’™

The face of a kid whose mom is constantly snapping pictures of him. Hey, I’d rather have a huge cheesy smile than no smile! . . Axels been a little sick, so we’ve been working on some #fourfunfriday activities to share with you all tomorrow! Spoiler alert: they’re holiday themed πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŽ„β€οΈ #axelknightseastrand

πŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈB E A D S S E N S O R Y P L A YπŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈ . . Heres the clip of todays sensory play. πŸ– The water beads are so cute and the colors are attractive making this invitation to play a current favorite.😍 . . As Im writing this post, my husband is busy picking up the beads from the floor because Summer ran to show them to him and accidentally dropped the container and spilled all of them! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Okay, that shouldnt be funny and I should seriously be helping him.πŸ™ˆ . . I hope everyone is having a great start to the long weekend in the UAE.❀ . . . . #invitationtoplay #playideas #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #playmatters #everydayplayhacks #sensoryplay #openendedplay #finemotorskills #finemotor #kidsactivity #waterbeads #playathome #dubai #uae #dubaimom #uaemom #dubaimoms #uaemoms #momstagram #mamarazzi #momlife #kidstagram #kidsofinstagram #momsofinstagram #mydubai #dubailife #dubaikids #uaekids #playtimeideas

β­•W A T E R B E A D Sβ­• . . This was how Summer played with the ocean small world I prepared for her today. Definitely enjoyed scooping and squeezing the pearly beads.😊 . Notice the scoop shes using - its from her formula. I probably have a dozen of them that I just refuse to throw out in the hopes of finding another use for it.πŸ€” Im open to suggestions.πŸ’‘ . . . . . . #waterplay #sensorytoy #sensoryplay #sensoryplayideas #waterplayideas #smallworldplay #smallworld #smallworldideas #oceansmallworld #openendedplay #openendedtoys #pretendplay #pretendplayideas #playideas #invitationtoplay #playtimeideas #toddlerplay #kidsplay #letthemplay #playmatters #dubai #uae #dubaimom #uaemom #kidstagram #momstagram #mamarazzi #momsofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #votd

And just like that it’s Christmas time in our house! We’ve updated our water table with some of last years bows, β€œsnowballs”, dollar spot ornaments, and lots of jingle bells for some Christmasy sensory fun! We also added some mini stockings for them to load up and dump out. Hoping this will stop them from messing with the tree & decorations when we put them up next week!?! . . . #christmastime #toddleractivities #holidayswithkids #holidaytime #sensoryplay #dollarspot #jinglebells #sensorybin #christmasfun #toddlerplay #watertable #watertablefun #toddlerlife #playtime #momhacks #babychristmas #toddlerchristmas #christmasbaby #playtimeideas #step2 #sensorybin #toddlersensory @thestep2company #toddleractivity #sensorytable #hohoho #toddleractivityidea #readyforsanta #babyplay #readyforchristmas #christmas2018 #christmascheer

Messy play is definitely a great way for children to explore and widen there scope for imagination.. Stay tuned for a video of exactly how i made this edible playdough πŸ˜±πŸ‘‰ . . . #simpleplayeveryday #edibleplaydough #playtime #toddlerplay #toddlerentertainment #toddlerfun #playtimeideas #howtoplaywithatoddler #diyplay #affordablelifestyle #simplelife

Kada tata pronadze igru po njihovoj mjeri, mama je neopisivo sretna ❀ Sretna jer moze na miru zavrsiti subotnji rucak πŸ˜‹πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘ΆπŸ‘Ά . . . . . . . . . . #lovemyboys #daddyandson #babyplaytime #otacisin #vikendprednama #playtimeideas #dailyparenting #mommyblogger

Whether pushing or pulling, or even riding inside, theres tremendous fun to be had with our NEW Ooh Noo toy chest on wheels! . Now available from our online boutique! Follow our link in bio xx . πŸ“· @oohnoo_official #oohnootoychest #toychest #toychestonwheels #pulltoys #pushtoys #toddlertoys #toddlerdevelopment #toddler #toddlerfun #playroomideas #playtimeideas #activetoys #imaginativetoys #kidswagon #alongfortheride #sharing #letsplay #childhoodunplugged #candidchildhood #oohnoopurelove #woodentoys #oohnootoys #learningthroughplay #madebynatureme #onlineboutique

🌊O C E A N S M A L L W O R L D🌊 . . When Summer saw this ocean small world, she immediately looked for what was missing - her boat and deep sea divers (the inspiration for her Halloween costume).πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ Water play is generally popular with S. Throw in some sea animals and shell be at it for hours. . Notice how she sets up the shark to attack the boat and the diver coming to fight him off. πŸ˜‚ . . Enjoying the last few hours of this weekend before starting to prepare for a busy work week ahead. . . . . #invitationtoplay #oceansmallworld #smallworldplay #smallworld #seaanimals #pretendplay #imaginativeplay #sensoryplay #sensorytray #smallworldtray #playideas #toddlerplay #playtimeideas #playidea #letthemplay #playathome #kidsplay #openendedplay #dubai #dubaikids #uae #uaekids #uaemom #dubaimom #mydubai #indoorplayideas #mydubailife #momsofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #dubailife

🐾D I N O S M A L L W O R L D🐾 . . If history repeats itself, Im getting a dinosaur. . . I can imagine Summer saying this! 😁 One of the cutest things about her is her obsession with these beautiful creatures! ❀ We took her to the dino display in Dubai Mall and since then the brachiosaurus has become her favorite dinosaur, even overtaking the T-Rex.πŸ˜‚ In todays small world though I am not including them to give the other dinosaurs a chance at her full attention. . . I hope we all have or find something we are or can be passionate about.❀ Wishing everyone a great day ahead! Its almost the weekend yay!😁 . . . . . #smallworldplay #dinosaurlover #dinoobsessed #jurassicpark #dinosmallworld #smallworld #openendedplay #imaginativeplay #sensoryplay #sensorybin #sensorytray #dinosaurplay #dinosaurs #invitationtoplay #letthemplay #playathome #playtimeideas #playideas #favoritethings #learningthroughplay #dubai #dubaidino #dubaimum #dubaimom #dubaimoms #uae #uaemum #uaekids #dubaikids #mydubai

πŸ„F A R M S M A L L W O R L DπŸ„ . . Waking up to a beatiful day in Summers farmyard where all her animals are happy and content.🌞 . . Well be doing more small world trays this week because S loves them.πŸ’› Lets see what we can come up with given this mamas schedule.πŸ€” . . May we all find our happy place today in the midst of all the work!😊 . . . #farmyard #barnyardanimals #smallworldplay #smallworld #farmsmallworld #sensorytray #sensorybin #pretendplay #openendedplay #invitationtoplay #everydayplayhacks #farmanimals #barnyard #imaginativeplay #letthemplay #toddleractivity #toddlerplay #playideas #playtime #playtimeideas #sensoryplay #dubai #uae #dubaimom #dubaimum #dubaikids #uaemom #uaekids #momsofinstagram #potd

🍦I C E C R E A M🍦 . . I scream for ice cream!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜‹ . . Today Summer is an ice cream shop owner offering 3 flavors and lots of topping choices.🍦 It doesnt get any better than that on a Monday! πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œ . . I already made 3 prototypes for her to follow. I enjoyed making them so Im sure S will go nuts with making hers as well.😁 Homemade playdough is a winner!πŸ‘Œ . . . . #playdough #playdoughcrafts #playdoughicecream #playdoughideas #pretendplay #pretendplayideas #sensoryactivity #playtime #letthemplay #openendedplay #openendedtoys #invitationtoplay #everydayplayhacks #playideas #icecreamplay #homemadeplaydough #diyplaydough #kidsplay #playtimeideas #playactivities #dubai #dubaimom #uae #uaemom #momsofinstagram #dubaikids #uaekids #mydubailife #mydubai #diy

πŸ–‡P A P E R C L I P SπŸ–‡ . . I dont think a set up can get any simpler than this.πŸ˜… The straw threading activity yesterday was such a hit with Summer that Im encouraged to stick with the easy and available. 😊 She saw me cutting pieces of paper last night and already got excited. I dont think Ive introduced paper clips to her yet so at least this will spark a bit of curiosity.πŸ’‘ . . This is a great fine motor activity. βœπŸ‘Œ Im not so focused on the color matching thats why Im using only 3 colors at a time (just like yesterdays activity), but Im sure S will sort and match them anyway since she is so used to it. βœ”βœ– . . I hope you all have a wonderful day ahead! 😍 . . . #invitationtoplay #everydayplayhacks #finemotorskills #skillsdevelopment #playbasedlearning #learningthroughplay #playtimeideas #finemotoractivities #finemotor #colorsorting #colormatching #letthemplay #toddleractivities #simpleactivities #playideas #easyplayideas #dubai #mydubai #dubaimom #uaemom #uae #uaekids #dubaikids #mydubailife #woodentrays #paperclipactivity #paperclipplay #paperclipideas

βšƒβš…L E G O P A T T E R N Sβš…βšƒ . . I printed these Lego patterns about a month ago but it didnt quite get the attention from Summer that I hoped it would.😏 So today Im taking this out again, use a baseplate this time and see if shell be a bit more curious about it now.🀞 . . On weekdays it becomes incredibly difficult to be as hands on and present as Id like to be. It gets even harder during closing week when my deadlines are very tight. πŸ˜“ This is when I rely on Legos, kitchen toys and puzzles to use to spend quality time with my daughter despite the hectic schedule.πŸ’œ I really believe that if we cant find time, we have to make time.⏰ . . . . . . . #lego #duplo #legoideas #duploideas #invitationtoplay #legopattern #legoseriousplay #legoplay #legoduploplay #toddleractivities #kidsactivities #playideas #playtime #playtimeideas #toddleractivity #kidsactivity #letthemplay #playmatters #dubaimom #uaemom #dubai #uae #dubaibaby #uaebaby #dubaikids #uaekids #busymom #toddlerplay #kidsplay

πŸ₯•P R E T E N D P L A YπŸ₯• . . It was a pretty laid-back Friday for us. 😴 My mom is coming to Dubai tomorrow so everyones cleaning and preparing for her arrival. 😍 Summer and I, however, were busy cooking a feast for a couple of guests, our stuffed friends Patrick Star and Tigger. 🍝🍳 . . We really enjoy getting busy in her play kitchen. Its her favorite part of our playspace and its so interesting to see her so engaged whenever we do this together. 😍❀ . . . . . . #playkitchen #kitchenplay #woodentoysdubai #woodentoys #ikea #ikeaduktig #woodentoysph #openendedplay #openendedtoys #pretendplay #pretendplaytoys #roleplay #ikeakitchen #ikeaatmyplace #ikeatoys #invitationtoplay #letthemplay #playmatters #woodtoys #duktig #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaitoys #uaemoms #uaekids #playideas #playtimeideas #playtime #dubai #uae

πŸš‘πŸš“T R A F F I C T O Y SπŸš•πŸš’ . . I dont think I give my husband enough credit for all the DIY work he does for me. πŸ’™ I wanted him to print me road tracks that I can use for a traffic play I wanted to set up for Summer. He said he can make me a board (from the same leftover material he used to make me our small world trays) and draw it himself! 😍 And look how it turned out! πŸ’™ . . I purchased this from @miniso_uae for less than 20 dirhams. This was originally a threading activity set but the different types of vehicles are just too cute not to use for imaginative play.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸš“πŸš•πŸš’πŸš‘ Summer can now identify them and gets so excited whenever we see these vehicles on the road! 😁 . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #pretendplay #imaginativeplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #kidsactivities #kidsplay #opendendedplay #openendedtoys #woodentoys #woodentoysph #woodentoysuae #playideas #miniso #minisouae #toddleractivities #playtimeactivities #playtimeideas #playathome #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #dubaimums #everydayplayhacks #toycars #toyvehicles #trafficplay #woodencars

🐾M U D S E N S O R Y P L A Y🐾 . . So this invitation to play got a reaction I didnt quite expect. 😏 Instead of getting excited to make a bit of mess, Summer didnt want to touch the gooey mud! πŸ˜‘ Just look at how she holds the animals with her fingers! πŸ˜‚ I tried to ecourage her by getting my hands dirty but she wouldnt follow suit.πŸ™ˆ I even tried to give her a scoop so she didnt have to touch the mud. She used it a couple of times then just gave up altogether! 😣 . . Im thinking to use dinosaurs next time to see if shell get a little more excited.πŸ€” Any other suggestion? . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #sensorybins #sensoryactivities #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #kidsactivities #everydayplayhacks #mudbin #mudsensorybin #farmanimals #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #indoorplay #playathome

🐾M U D S E N S O R Y P L A Y🐾 . . I found some pancake mix and chocolate protein powder in the kitchen that are almost expiring so I thought I should try and experiment if mixing both with some water can make a mud looking mixture.πŸ’‘ The protein shake was for an attempt to get into shape that I sadly wasnt very successful in.πŸ™ˆ . . This was super easy to prepare. I just added 1/2 cup of the chocolate powder, sprinkled some pancake mix and added water gradually until I got the color and texture I wanted. And boy did this smell so yummy!πŸ˜‹ Put in the farm animals and were all set for our muddy play. πŸ–πŸ„πŸ . I was thinking to use Peppa and her family since they love muddy puddles but then we just played with them yesterday. 🐷 . . Im now getting ready for the clean up after Summer gets her hands on this bin. Sharing a clip of how it went in my next post.😁❀ . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #sensorybins #sensoryactivities #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #mudsensory #mudbin #mudsensorybin #muddyplay #farmanimals #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas

πŸ€½β€β™‚οΈW A T E R P L A YπŸ€½β€β™‚οΈ . . Heres the clip of Summers playtime with Peppa and friends in the pool.πŸ’™ Just threw in a few other items and she kinda took it from there. Absolutely love this! 😍 . . . . . #invitationtoplay #peppapig #pigfamily #peppapigideas #playideas #toddlerplayideas #toddlerplay #playtimeideas #playtime #waterplay #sensoryplay #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #uaemoms #dubaikids #dubaibooks #dubaibabies #uaekids #uae #uaebabies #mydubai #momsofinstagram #letthemplay #playmatters #waterplayideas #momsph #openendedplaytime #openendedplay #openendedtoys

🐷P E P P A P I G🐷 . . Today we recreated the Pig familys swimming adventure.πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ With a drop of blue food coloring we had an instant swimming pool where we spent a long time playing with Peppa and her friends and family. πŸ€½β€β™‚οΈπŸ– . . I added a scoop, a couple of pompoms and a foam letter O to use as George Pigs floater (because he obviously needs one as hes the smallest of the group). 😊 Summer went crazy over this water play. Sharing a video of our play on my next post.😁 . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #bookishplay #peppapig #pigfamily #peppapigideas #playideas #bookideas #toddlerbooks #toddlerplayideas #toddlerplay #playtimeideas #playtime #waterplay #sensoryplay #peppabooks #peppapigbooks #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #uaemoms #dubaikids #dubaibooks #dubaibabies #uaekids #uae #uaebabies #mydubai #momsofinstagram #letthemplay

🌈P O P S I C L E S T I C K S🌈 . . I may have enjoyed making this more than my daughter! πŸ˜‚ I left her to do one on her own which I think turned out to be pretty cute (the purple one)! 😍 . . We then made 3 more for papa, Mans (Summers older cousin) and Tita (Aunt) Beng who is leaving tonight. When we were done, Summer went to give her aunt the one we made for her even without my prompting. ❀ . . These googly eyes that we purchased last weekend for less than 5 dirhams are turning out to be a gem!😍 My brother got us some more in different sizes. πŸ‘€ Love them! πŸ’š . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #artsandcrafts #toddlercraft #popsiclecraft #popsicleideas #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #craftideas #craftytoddler #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox

🦁🐯S M A L L W O R L D🐯🦁 . . This is a wildlife reserve.πŸ…πŸ† It was very simple to set up because I already had the rocks and green rice from previous activities. As usual I left this on her table before I left for work this morning.😁 . . Summer LOOOVES wild animals, well all animals really, and even without a small world set up for her she can last hours pretending to feed, put to sleep and take care of them. πŸ’š . . Happy Monday!😍 . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #smallworld #smallworldplay #wildlifesmallworld #wildlifereserve #smallworldsafari #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox

🀠P R E T E N D P L A Y🀠 . . Today we are making French toast.πŸ˜‹πŸžπŸ³ . . Whenever Im tired or busy and cannot give much attention to Summer, Id ask her to prepare something for me in her kitchen. Her automatic response is to make tea or cook eggs! πŸ˜ƒ That will then keep her busy until she demands that I participate in her pretend play. πŸ˜… . . I left this on her kitchen counter this morning. Im sure shell be on it the moment she wakes up.😊 . . . #invitationtoplay #pretendplay #letthemplay #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #ikeaduktig #ikea #duktig #ikeakitchen #toddlerkitchen #woodentoys #woodentoysph #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox

🌈C O L O R S O R T I N G🌈 . . This activity is pretty simple for most kids over 2 years old if its only a sorting activity, πŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈ however, using tongs to pick up the rocks makes it much more challenging. πŸ›  But this helps develop their pincer grip which is a very important fine motor skill. πŸ‘Œ . . . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #colorsorting #colormatching #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox #finemotorskills #finemotoractivities #finemotor

🌈R O C K P A I N T I N G🌈 . . When Summer & my husband went for swimming yesterday afternoon, I painted some of the rocks from the other day to use for a color sorting activity.πŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈ . . This is the 2nd activity we are doing using these white rocks. I hope to come up with more.πŸ€” Any other ideas?πŸ’‘ . . . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #colorsorting #colormatching #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playideas #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox #mydubailife #dubailife #momlife

πŸ–S E N S O R Y B O T T L EπŸ– . . Focus and patience - 2 things I saw in Summer when we did this today.😍 She painstakingly filled the bottle with the items I asked her to without breaking focus and attention. She stopped only when she was done.πŸ€— Im quite sure these are qualities she didnt get from my side of the family! πŸ˜‚ . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #sensorybottles #sensoryactivities #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #sensoryplay #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox #mydubailife #mydubailifestyle #dubailife

πŸ‘‹S E N S O R Y B O T T L EπŸ‘‹ . . If you checked out my stories youll know that my husband brought home a bag of white rocks last night that got me really excited.😁 Rocks are versatile and the ways to use them in playtime activities are endless. Ive already come up with a couple of ideas just today and this was the first.πŸ’‘ . . Ive made 3 sensory bottles a few weeks ago however, they didnt seem very appealing to Summer.😏 She barely touched them after the night I gave them to her. πŸ€”Today I decided to let HER make one using the rocks and some more materials I already have in my craft kit.πŸ›  Ill share a clip of how it went in my next post (as usual).πŸŽ₯ . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #sensorybottle #simpleactivities #sensoryactivities #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox #sensory

πŸ’šC O L O R S E N S O R YπŸ’š . . Heres a clip of how Summer played with the sensory bin I prepared for her yesterday. 😊 I usually post videos after sharing a photo of an invitation to play set up just to show that children do get engaged in the activities we set up for them no matter how simple we think these activities are. Kids are naturally curious and creative and their imagination can go wild. πŸ’­ . . I love how Summer gets so excited whenever I ask her to go sit on her chair and wait for an activity. πŸ’š I noticed that she would also eagerly wait for instructions if I give her something new to play with. 😊 She would first follow what I say but when she gets so into what shes doing, shed come up with her own way to play.😍 . . I dont have the luxury of spending time with my daughter 24/7, but I know that through the daily effort I put into coming up with something we can do together (yes, we do them together though its always only her in the videosπŸ™ˆ) makes the time spent with her even more special.πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #sensorybins #sensoryactivities #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #momsofinstagram #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox #busymoms #ideasforbusymoms

🐒C O L O R S E N S O R Y B I N🐒 . . Summer was so engaged in her insect activity the last couple of days that I didnt want to introduce a new one yesterday. Last night I think she started to get bored so I decided its time for a new bin. 😁 . . Since we already had the green colored rice, I thought to just throw in objects of the same shade. πŸ’πŸ’šπŸ›πŸŒ³ I noticed we used green in most of our activities this week - the caterpillar, the playdough monster and the insect bin, so why not end the week with a green sensory activity? πŸ˜‰ This was probably the quickest set up Ive done the whole week.😍 . . I hope you all have a great weekend ahead! πŸ’š . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #sensorybins #sensoryactivities #openendedplay #openendedtoys #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #everydayplayhacks #greensensory #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #uaebabies #mydubai #playideas #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox

🐝 B U G B I N 🐝 . . So this activity was such a hit with Summer! πŸ‘ She said WOOOW when I showed her the tray (but I already know shes very appreciative). 😍❀ . She especially loved the magnifierπŸ”I think she was fascinated by what it can do.πŸ˜‰ She also did her best to use the tongs and was a bit successful in several occasions. More practice but Im loving the progress.πŸ€— . . . . . . . . #insectsensorybins #bugbins #bugsensorybins #playtimeactivities #toddlerplay #toddleractivities #sensoryplay #sensoryactivities #openendedplaytime #openendedplay #finemotorideas #playtolearn #learningthroughplay #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #dubaikids #dubaimoms #dubaitoddlers #uaekids #uaemoms #uaetoddlers #dubai #uae #kidsofinstagram #momlife #toddlerlife #dubailife

πŸ•·I N S E C T S E N S O R Y B I NπŸ•· . . Im trying to introduce more types of insects to Summers vocabulary. πŸπŸ› Im excited for her to see this set up I prepared this morning before leaving. 😊 This will also be a great opportunity to teach her how to use a magnifier πŸ” and a good way for her to practice using the kitchen tongs. πŸ‘Œ . . . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #sensorybins #sensoryactivities #insectsensorybins #bugbins #playtrays #bugsensorybins #openendedplay #openendedtoys #toddlersensory #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #momsofinstagram #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #playtimeideas #learningthroughplay #wherelearningmeetsplay #kidactivities

😱M O N S T E R S😱 . . Summer really enjoyed making these monsters. πŸ’š At first she just followed my instructions but by her 2nd monster, she didnt need or WANT my help. πŸ˜… This is such a great activity to encourage imagination and creativity.πŸ’‘ . . I went home from work after lunch because I felt sick.πŸ€’ Im now resting while finishing off a bit of work. The little one is still making monsters! 😁 . . . . . . . . #kidscrafts #toddlercrafts #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #craftytoddler #artsandcrafts #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #momsofinstagram #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #playtimeideas #playdoughmonsters #halloweencrafts #playdoughideas #diycrafts #openendedplay

☻D O U G H M O N S T E R S☻ . . I made a new batch of play dough last night to leave for Summers activity today. I set it up this morning before I left for work, but she woke up early and found me preparing.😴 Whenever she sees me putting things together she knows its for an activity and gets really excited. 😍 She didnt want to go back to bed so I decided to go ahead and let her play. πŸ˜“ . . Check out story highlight to see how easy it is to make play dough.⬆️ . . . . . . #kidscrafts #toddlercrafts #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #craftytoddler #artsandcrafts #halloweencrafts #playdough #playdoughcrafts #diyplaydough #everydayplayhacks #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #momsofinstagram #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #playtimeideas #playdoughideas #playathome #openendedplay

πŸ₯›G H O S T C U P SπŸ₯› . . Stacking cups isnt as easy as it looks, especially if the cups are in different sizes. This is a great fine motor and hand-eye coordination activity for Summer. I left this on her play table this morning and Im quite sure this was the first thing that caught her attention when she woke up. 😁 Will find out when I get home. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ . . Thank you @wonder_of_play for the idea. 😘 . . . . . . . . #toddlercrafts #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #craftytoddler #artsandcrafts #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #momsofinstagram #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #playtimeideas #halloweencrafts #mydubai #toddleractivities #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #everydayplayhacks #diytoys

🎨E G G C A R T O N C R A F T🎨 . . Summer loved making her caterpillar. πŸ’š She was very focused on painting the egg carton to look like the caterpillar on the book cover. πŸ˜„ . . Notice how she keeps wiping off the paint on the table. πŸ€” I never had a problem with writings on walls and tables. She doesnt like to paint or write on anything other than the materials I ask her to use.πŸ– . . . . . #toddlerbooks #childrensbooks #theveryhungrycaterpillar #ericcarle #kidsbooks #kidscrafts #toddlercrafts #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #craftytoddler #artsandcrafts #eggtraycrafts #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #momsofinstagram #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #playtimeideas #eggcartoncrafts

πŸ“šS T O R Y B A S K E TπŸ“š . . THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR - an addition to our list of favorite books. πŸ’š Summer picks the books we read for bedtime stories and this is what shes been choosing every night since last weekend when we got this for her. This inspired todays craft activity - caterpillar out of egg cartons. 😁 . . We made a couple of caterpillars and Summer made one herself, too. Spot which one is hers! πŸ˜‚ Obviously the cutest one in the middle with pink googly eyes! 😍 . . Swipe left to see the materials we used. πŸ›  Ill share a video of Summer making her caterpillar in my next post. 😊 . . . . #readingtime #toddlerbooks #childrensbooks #theveryhungrycaterpillar #ericcarle #storytime #bedtimestories #kidsbooks #storybasket #kidscrafts #toddlercrafts #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #craftytoddler #artsandcrafts #eggtraycrafts #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #momsofinstagram #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #playtimeideas

This week, our #fourfunfriday activities included spooky Spiders and Skeletons, lots of bubbles, and a letter treasure map! You can check it all out at the link in my bio. 😊 . Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I know we’re just happy it’s finally cooling off a bit here in Vegas! Lots of walks and park days are in our near future πŸ˜‰

🌈R A I N B O W R I C E🌈 . . Sharing the video of Summers time scooping and filling in the bottles with rainbow rice. She spent a good half an hour uninterrupted on it. 😁 She had some snacks and is now back playing (still with the rainbow rice).πŸ‘ Now back to work for me. 😭 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #everydayplayhacks #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #learningthroughplay #letthemplay #rainbowrice #sensoryplay #finemotorskills #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #sensoryactivities #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uae #uaemoms #uaebabies #uaekids #mydubai

🌈R A I N B O W R I C E🌈 . . Still a busy weekend for me as I take home some more work πŸ’» so just had to rummage through the kitchen to find stuff to set up todays play time.πŸ” My husband kept some of the rainbow rice from a few weeks ago so this took less than 5 minutes to prepare.πŸ‘ Summer hasnt done this activity with funnels yet and it was a good opportunity to introduce one. She absolutely loved it! 😍 I also made use of some more water bottles I collected from the office to recycle. πŸ’™ . . . . . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #rainbowrice #playbasedlearning #everydayplayhacks #sensoryplay #sensoryactivity #playtimeideas #playtimeactivities #toddleractivities #letthemplay #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer #dubai #uae #dubaimoms #workingmoms #uaemoms #dubaikids #dubaibabies #uaekids #uaebabies #momsofinstagram #mydubai

πŸ–F I N E M O T O RπŸ– . . I said I wont do much activities for Summer this week as I have a ton of deadlines to meet in the office for quarter close. πŸ˜“ As I was cooking pasta for her dinner, I saw this empty salt container ready to be thrown into the trash. I pondered ways to recycle it and this was the best I could come up with.πŸ’‘ . This is a very simple fine motor activity but it took off some of the guilt I felt about not spending enough time with my daughter this last couple of days. πŸ˜” . . Swipe left to see how focused she was on the task! 😊 . . . . . . #finemotoractivities #finemotor #everydayplayhacks #invitationtoplay #learningthroughplay #toddleractivities #finemotorskills #playbasedlearning #letthemplay #workingmoms #dubai #dubaimoms #uae #uaemoms #dubaikids #uaekids #mydubai #raisingSummer #playtimeinthesandbox #playtime #playtimeideas #finemotorideas

πŸ” L E T T E R B O A R DπŸ”  . . We use A LOT of water bottles in the office despite having water dispensers and glasses. ☹ I thought this was a great way to reuse them (or at least the part of the bottles). I asked our office assistant to help me collect the empty discarded bottles yesterday. He gave me a lot but I had to sort them by the size and color of the caps and decided to use this type for the alphabet board I was planning to build for Summer. πŸ’‘ She hasnt seen this yet but Im sure shell enjoy replacing the cap with the matching letter. 😁 Ill share a video when we get to do it tonight or tomorrow. For now, Im off to work to close the financial quarter. πŸ˜­πŸ• . . . And I obviously havent collected enough to finish the alphabet.πŸ™ˆ Trash collector duty again at the office today. πŸ˜… . . . #everydayplayhacks #playtimeideas #playbasedlearning #invitationtoplay #diytoys #diyactivities #kidsactivities #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #playtolearn #playtime #learningtime #dubai #dubaimoms #uae #uaemoms #dubaikids #uaekids #mydubai #playtimeinthesandbox #diymoms #raisingSummer #alphabetactivities #playmatters

Mummy has been letting me play with her costume jewllery and old sunglasses. She has even made me a little box with hats, sunglasses, jewellery and hair accessories that I can play with and explore (supervised of course) I enjoy tryinf on the sunglasses and looking at myself in the mirror. #roleplay #dressup #dressingup #toddlerlife #sunglasses #hat #family #playtime #jewllery #treasure #mumlife #playtimeideas #letsplay #toddler

When you dont want a mess and home, go out to feed the ducks πŸ˜πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦† Loads of fun and a great activity for a young child. . Age 1-2 #montessori #rudolfsteiner #waldorfactivity #kidsactivity #kids #forkids #ideaforkids #goout #ecoactivity #cheapactivity #funfunfun #child #ecoschool #playtime #playtimeideas #sensoryplay #earlylearning

🐷P I G F A M I L Y🐽 . . Heres a clip of Summers playtime using her Peppa Pig toys. Notice the seating arrangement! 😊 Kids are naturally intuitive and it manifests in the way they play. πŸ’› . . . . . . . . . #peppapig #pigfamily #openendedplaytime #openendedtoys #playtime #playtimeideas #legotrain #trains #playtrains #letthemplay #playbasedlearning #toddleractivities #playideas #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaibabies #dubaikids #uae #uaemoms #uaebabies #uaekids #mydubai #toddlertoys #toddlerplay #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer

πŸš‚C H O O C H O OπŸš‚ . . Combining 3 of Summers favorite things - bricks, trains and the Pig family. πŸ’œ Her fascination with trains started when we moved to a more central location this year and the Dubai metro train can now be seen from our bedroom window. 🚝 We want to get her an actual train set but I love that she can use her imagination in creating one out of these bricks instead. πŸ’‘ Right after this she wanted to make an airplane but thats a bit above my paygrade πŸ˜‚ so I had to call her papa to take over. πŸ™ˆ . . . . . . . . . . #peppapig #pigfamily #choochoo #trains #playtime #letthemplay #toddleractivities #legotrains #kidsactivities #pretendplay #openendedplay #openendedtoys #openendedplaytime #playtimetoys #playtimeideas #dubaimoms #dubai #dubaikids #dubaibabies #dubaitoddlers #uae #uaemoms #uaebabies #uaekids #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer

❄I C E S M A S H I N G❄ . . Here is the video of how we excavated and freed the dinosaurs! πŸ› β„πŸ˜‰ You should really try this! Even I enjoyed smashing the ice! πŸ˜‚ . . . . . . . . . #invitationtoplay #playbasedlearning #playtime #summeractivities #toddleractivities #kidsactivities #playtimeideas #playideas #letthemplay #learningthroughplay #iceactivities #waterplay #wateractivities #dubai #dubaimoms #dubaibabies #dubaikids #uae #uaemoms #uaekids #dubaikidsactivities #mydubai #dinosaurs #dinoactivities #dinosaurlover #playtimeinthesandbox #raisingSummer

Sensory bins for daaays! . For real though, I love these bins and so do the kids. They challange them in different ways and usually buy me a bit of time to check something off my list. . I first started creating these bins when Asher was about 10 months old. I started with baskets of random things he could explore. Weve also had sand, snow, water, ice, rocks, beans, rice... . Do you have a sensory bin that your kids love? #playtime #playtime #playing #play #childhood #adventure #learningthroughplay #children #sensoryplay #sensorybin #sensorytable #playtimeideas #motherhood #children #imaginativeplay #imagination #childhoodunplugged

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