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A Crafty LIVing β€’ Olivia  Arts, Crafts & Activities for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers β˜‚ Nanny to 1yo, 2yo, 3yo, 4yo πŸ’Œ olivia@acraftyliving.com πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Tag #craftylivingkids


Sticky Tree! βœ‹πŸΌ Here's a simple, versatile idea for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers.
Miss2 loves collecting flowers & leaves when we're walking through the park. This is an activity we shared last year - I wrapped a tree in Sticky Contact (book contact) for Miss2 to collect her finds.
Babies will love exploring the sticky, either on the floor or wall, pulling off items such as big straws, blocks, etc & re-placing them back on, whilst Toddlers & Preschoolers can collect items & place them on the sticky to create their own form of art. 🌈
Goes without saying to remove the sticky-contact & bin appropriately πŸ˜‰ #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Practicing Scissor Skills doesn't have to be restricted to indoors & paper... try heading out into the garden to snip grass & leaves! Mr3 has been so busy the past 2 days snipping the front & back lawn with our safety scissors - so busy & engaged that he doesn't even realize he's learning & practicing important skills! Also a great opportunity to discuss & establish safe practices when walking with scissors.
Sometimes it's the most simple activities, with absolutely no prep that are the biggest hits. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ β€’
Developing: Scissor Skills, Hand Eye Coordination, Language Development, Fine Motor Skills, Bilateral Coordination, Imaginative Play, Emotional & Cognitive Development, Open Ended Creativity.
Scissors: @micador βœ‚οΈ #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

On a mission to save our frozen Lego friends! ❄️ Sydney has frozen over today with a chilly Winters morning, so what better way to play than with... ice.... πŸ™„
Mr4 LOVED this excavation activity. He experimented with a bunch of different ways to free his Lego. He tried hammering them free with a toy hammer, melting the ice with warm water & salt, and of course sucking/biting the ice (πŸ€”), etc.
Just pop your Lego people in an ice tray with some water & put them in the freezer! #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Mirror Block Play! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ Mr12months was so fascinated when he realized he could see his reflection in these awesome mirror blocks!
We're big fans of Block Play & the opportunities they provide to Learn through Play for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers. 🚧

Mirror Blocks: @thecreativetoyshop #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Space saving way to organize toys with ALL the pieces 😐 ditch the boxes! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I've been getting lots of storage & organization questions as of late, so I thought I'd re share my little hack for what works for us, in storing toys & resources with lots of pieces!
I've ditched their original boxes & put them all into draw string bags.
Being a Nanny, I travel to & from work every day with my Mary Poppins car of supplies & toys so this hack is space saving & perfect for travel!
Cute & totally practical, as it protects them too! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ You can read more about how I store all of my Art & Craft, Toys & Resources, just search "storage" at www.acraftyliving.com πŸ“¦ Link in profile.
Draw String Bags: @ebayau
Wooden Play Food: @ilovehape
Marbotics: @keldindustries
H Blocks: @wildandwhimsicalthings
Tegu Blocks: @educationalexperience
Coko Bricks: @educationalexperience
Grimm's Rainbow Friends: @thecreativetoyshop #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Which part of the world do you live? I would LOVE to know where you're following from! 🌎🌍🌏 β€’
Long overdue for a (re)introduction - I'm Liv, a 23yo from Sydney, Australia! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί I'm a Nanny to a 4yo boy, 3yo boy, 2yo girl & a 12 month old boy. Soon I'll be caring for my 6 month old Nephew 1 day per week too! πŸ’•

10 facts about me:
1. Babies & puppies are my absolute favourite.
2. I love the smell of coffee but am yet to acquire the taste.
3. I suffer greatly with anxiety on a daily basis.
4. I'm a perfectionist - borderline OCD.
5. My family do Foster Care - indescribably hard, yet incredibly rewarding.
6. I am one of 4, with 3 brothers.
7. I am rather shy.
8. I am TERRIBLE at math.
9. I am terrified of crickets, grasshoppers & confined spaces.
10. I've never been interested in traveling, however I would LOVE to go on safari in Africa, before adopting ALL the African babies in the orphanages. πŸ‘ΆπŸΎπŸ‘ΆπŸΎπŸ‘ΆπŸΎ β€’
Care to share something about you?
Thanks for following along 😘 Tag a friend below with Babies, Toddlers or Preschoolers! πŸ’• #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

DIY Mermaid Tails 🐬🐳 Flashing it back to these 2 synchronized floor squirmers! πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘§πŸΌ β€’

We used painted doilies as scales on our cardboard tails - a big stretchy sock helped to hold their feet together & then I loosely tied the tail to their ankles! 🎨 #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

DIY Sensory Board for Babies! βœ‹πŸΌ Speaking of being unwell... (see previous post), Mr12m has had a rough patch of illness over the past few weeks! However is now on the mend & is starting to become more & more interested in the activities I set up for him!
Here's a Sensory Board I made with an old frame using scraps of Synthetic Grass, Silk, Bubble Wrap, Gutter Guard, Corrugated Board, Sandpaper, Foam, Faux Fur, etc - each with a different touch & sound.
I attached all to the board backing of the frame with a hot glue gun.
Age: 6 + months. #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Sorry about our hiatus this past week - I've been moving house with a nasty chest infection... πŸ™„πŸ€•πŸ€’ New week, new house & somewhat on the mend, today we worked on our Self Help Skills with some Felt Button Chains! A practical self-care task turned Busy Bag for independent Toddlers & Preschoolers! πŸ‘¦πŸ½πŸ‘§πŸΌ Search 'Felt Button Chain' at www.acraftyliving.com for how-to > link in profile.
Developing: Fine Motor Skills, Independence, Colour Recognition, Problem Solve, Language, Cognitive Development & Hand-Eye Coordination.
Felt, Buttons & Thread: @spotlightstores

Age: 2 + years. #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Hands on Learning with a simple Math game for Preschoolers using a Cardboard Box & numbered jumbo paddle pop sticks! πŸ”’ #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

SPLASH! πŸ’¦ Flashing it back to the day I got drenched! A simple Water Play activity for Miss10m! 🌈
Let your Baby safely explore water with their feet by placing them in a low swing (, jumpyroo or similar) above a bucket of water (or spaghetti, dry rice, beans etc)! I also added soap to the water so the more Miss10m kicked about, the more bubbles were formed (for Miss3 to play with!) ((double win)) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ She also used the top of the bucket to swing herself around to follow Miss3 as she played with the bubbles on the porch. πŸ‘­

Developing: Sensory Exploration, Gross Motor Skills.
Swing: @swingznthingz
Bucket: @ikea_australia
Tray: @thecreativetoyshop
Age: 6 + months. #craftyliving #craftylivingkids #thecreativetoyshop

LOVE seeing our Art's, Crafts & Activity ideas recreated around the world! We've had lots of people inspired by this activity we shared last week! Don't forget to tag us in your photos if you try one of the activities inspired by something we shared! πŸ’• β€’

Drawing on Play Dough πŸ– a fun way for your Toddlers & Preschoolers to colour Play Dough themselves (without the staining of food colouring) whilst working those little muscles in their hands! 🎨

Now obviously not near as vibrant as food colouring once you mix it up, but far more fun & creative as you can re-draw on it after you've mixed it all up! (You can always mix in food colouring later if you like πŸ˜‰) β€’
BEST PLAY DOUGH RECIPE πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Find our favourite taste safe Play Dough recipe on our site by searching "Play Dough" at www.acraftyliving.com ⭐️ link in profile!
Developing: Fine Motor Skills - strengthening muscles in the fingers & hands, Creativity, Sensory Exploration, Language Development, Exploring Colour Mixing, Open-Ended-Learning through Play, Fostering Cooperative Play, Cognitive Development & more!
Washable Markers: @crayola 🌈 #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

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