Toddler Developments and Pictures of Life with Kids
Yesterday was a rough day. Smarty Pants took a tumble off of his bike and hurt his lip and hand. Nothing serious, but he was pretty shaken up about it. That was really the first time that he got so shaken up about hurting himself, and it was pretty saddening to see. Even when we tried to comfort him, he didn’t always want it. He fell asleep pretty early, so hopefully he will get a good night’s rest and feel better in the morning. I guess this is all part of growing up. Of course, as parents, we feel our kids’ pain, at that can be tough.
Speaking of growing up, and on a brighter note, we have seen very strong developments in Smarty Pants lately in terms of what kind of play he engages in and how well he communicates. It is amazing to see him grow and develop this way.
He is 2 yrs and 7 months old now, and loves to build towers and structures. He also likes to organize toys and everyday items in rows and in different designs. He also likes to put puzzles together a lot more now, and can put them together by himself. If you have a toddler of this age, I highly recommend getting any kind of building blocks or Duplo for him or her. Get lots of them, because they love to build things really really high and wide.
From the pictures below, you can see what kind of fun can be had with something as simple as a handful of acorns. In my series on Money and How to Reduce the Cost of Kids, I will be sharing more ideas on how to use natural, inexpensive, everyday objects to engage your child in enriched and mind-stimulating play.
The below photos are also my second entry in Building Camelot’s “Pictures of Life with Kids – Parenting Behind the Scenes” challenge. My first entry, and the rules for the challenge, can be found here. If you are a parent and blogger, I encourage you to take part. The main stipulation is that the pictures cannot show human faces.
These are all pictures of structures that Smarty Pants built using acorns, some stones, and building blocks from a wooden train toy. You can see the parts of the train (sans blocks) in the last two pictures.
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