Monday, November 21, 2016

Tot School Activity of the Month: Fall Sensory Bin

I wanted to hop on and share a quick little activity that Howard has been LOVING this Fall - a sensory bin.  There are a variety of these all over Pinterest, but I thought that I would share our version with you all as well.  You can pretty much buy everything that you need from the Dollar Tree, or you might be able to use what you already have on hand.  
First off, you need a container that seals.  I used an old Tupperware-style container; you want it to be wide and shallow so it will be easier to work with.  You also need popcorn kernels.  I used some old red ones that I had on hand that were too dry to pop.  I know they sell these in bags at the Dollar Tree as well.  Lastly, you need things to go 'searching' for.  Some have used leaves, I used mini ornaments, but any small item will work.  I hid the ornaments amongst the kernels, and then let Howard 'find' them, and he LOVED it!  So much so that he would want me to re-hide the ornaments so he could 'find' them again.  He played happily for probably 30 minutes the first day, and he still loves it.  

*A note though, PLEASE SUPERVISE your child when they are doing this activity.*  
Howard is only 2 1/2, but I explained that they are not to eat, and that we had to be careful not to spill the kernels out.  He was like 'okay mom, I get it, now let me find my ornaments.'

As you can see, he had a blast!

What fun activites are you doing with your toddler this Fall?

Menu Plan Monday 11/20-26/2016: Thanksgiving Edition

It's going to be a V-E-R-Y busy week around here -- I have baking orders being picked up on Tuesday, Wednesday I need to prep for our family Thanksgiving dinner and tidy up the house, Thursday we will host lunch for about 13 people, Friday we will be gone all day shopping the deals, and Saturday we'll be decorating our home for Christmas.  You can bet your bottom dollar that come Sunday I will be relaxing in a bubble bath come Howard's nap time.  😉  Since we have such a large meal planned for Thursday, and the inevitable leftovers for Friday and Saturday, I kept things simple for the beginning of the week.  Here's what's cookin' at the Rogers' house...
  • Breakfasts - Pop-Tarts, Mini Muffins, Fruit and Grain Bars, Fruit, and/or Bagels + Cinnamon Rolls on Thanksgiving
  • Lunches - Leftovers, Misc. Frozen Meals, Sandwiches, Salad, and/or Canned Soup
  • Dinners
    • Sunday - Snacky dinner (no one was really hungry after our big lunch at Texas Road House)
    • Monday - Taco Salads
    • Tuesday - Taco Salad Leftovers or Pizza
    • Wednesday - Crock-pot Pork Loin, and Baked Potatoes
    • Thursday - Thanksgiving Meal: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Gravy, Corn Pudding, Green Beans, Sauerkraut, Rolls, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Pudding Pie, and of course some Cool Whip for on top of dessert.  
    • Friday - Thanksgiving Leftovers
    • Saturday - Thanksgiving Leftovers
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What's on your menu this week?