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A sign of the times

In my field I have worked with many children who have used some basic signs to help aid their communication when they are unable to do so with their voice. So, when Princess Peach was born I knew immediately that we would be signing with her. From birth The Hubster and I have been signing “milk” pretty consistently. When she was 5 months old we took an 8 week sign language class to expand our knowledge beyond “milk” to help facilitate her communication. This class enabled us to add “bath”, “more”, “play”, “all done”, “finished”, “I love you” to name a few to our sign vocabulary. Not surprisingly her first sign was “milk” because when crazy people look like they are milking an utter every time they pull out a bottle eventually you are going to copy it right? I say people too because we got everyone on board! My sister, my parents, in-laws, nieces to name a few. Too bad the dogs can’t sign because she would be all over that.

The first time she signed we couldn’t believe it. We were in quite shock. Princess Peach would stick her arm and hand out, milk the utter and wait for one of us to see it. It was the cutest thing ever.  But we would have to watch for the sign. She hadn’t yet used the sign by looking at us and signing at the same time as in “I’m hungry mom, please feed me already!” One day in music class it was as though the sky parted and the angels were singing. She turned to me, made eye contact (yes, I’m big on eye contact because I work with children with autism) signed milk, I echoed back “you want milk?” took out her bottle, and she crawled over to me and drank it. All the other moms looked over. I was shocked and amazed all at once.I could not believe what just happened. It was one of my proudest mommy moments. We fully just had our first conversation. I totally understood what she said. She told me what she wanted and I could give it to her. Amazing. How cool?!

Here is a great sign reference poster of commonly ( can’t write commonly because who uses “frog” or “horse”on a daily basis) used signs with baby.

                                                         photo credit www.signingtime.com

Have you used sign with your baby or child? Was it successful for you?

xoxo

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Wordless Wednesday

So important! No matter what age people are everyone needs praise and here are 101 ways to do it! Technically this post is not wordless but I’m sharing it anyways 🙂

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Z if for………..

There is nothing more fun than teaching a child his/her letters! The alphabet is so much fun to teach because letters are all around us from the “S” in a stop sign to finding letters on a Cheerios box the options are endless.  With alphabet books you can teach your children to identify their letters both receptively and expressively, you can teach them the sounds the letters make and words that start with that letter. There are tons of alphabet books on the market and some that focus on a specific interest such as hockey or animals.

Here are some fun ones!!!

Z Is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet Illustrated by Melanie Rose

What is your favourite alphabet book?

xoxo

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Colour your world

We’ve all been there. You are colouring a picture and you hear a crack. Your amazing coloured burnt sienna crayon has broken in half. So you pick outrageous orange from the box and continue colouring in the picture. But what do you do with that poor broken crayon that is sitting on the table? Well, I have the answer for you! Here is one fantastically fun way to reuse broken crayons!!!

Make New Fun Shaped Crayons

Make sure to remove the wrapper from the crayons. Take your broken pieces and cut them into small bits. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Using a non-stick muffin tin, or silicone mold,  fill the tin/mold with an inch thick of the broken pieces. The wax will leave a residue in both the tin and mold so if you aren’t ok with that use a liner in the muffin tin. Bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until all the wax is melted. Wait until the mold is cooled to pop out the pieces and colour away!!!!

Fun Alternatives:

1. Add glitter to the crayons for some sparkle!

2. Arrange specific colours together in a mold for a fun themed crayon like: red, orange and yellow for fall or red, pink and white for Valentine’s day.

3. There are amazing silicone molds these days so be creative!!! From hearts, to stars and to the alphabet the options are endless!

P.S. These make an awesome inexpensive loot bag! Fill a clear cellophane bag with 4-5 crayons and attach either a little notebook or colouring book 🙂

Would love to know how you are colouring your world!

xoxo

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My latest purchases

A friend suggested that I post what I bought yesterday at the Mastermind Toy Warehouse Sale. So here are some of the items purchased and why I bought them!

Little Kids The Original No-Spill Bubble Tumbler is a must for the summer! You can turn it upside down and the bubbles won’t fall out! This bubble tumbler keeps your bubbles safe and hands, clothes and ground mess free!

Leap Frog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal set keeps the kiddies entertained while in the kitchen! Put the pieces into the barn and press to hear the animal sounds and songs!

Edushape Sensory Balls are soft yet provide your little one with a sensorial experience while playing with them! For added fun roll the balls on your child’s hands, feet or back!

Radio Flyer Sport Coupe has an adjustable handle for when the kids are little and need an adult to push them. The sport coupe also has a belt, moveable steering wheel and buttons and a fun gas pump opening.

Earlyears Baby Farm Friends Bowling includes six plush animal bowling pins and a soft ball to knock them down! The pins are each numbered and each one makes a different rattling sound. Great for indoor or outdoor play!

Melissa and Doug Chunky Puzzles do not require your little one to have perfect pincer grip in order to complete. The pieces are big enough that your kiddies can use their whole hand to place the pieces into the correct spot. Lots of bright colours and different themes to each puzzle are sure to keep your little ones entertained!

Clementoni Soft Blocks Set is a perfect introduction for little ones to blocks and building things! Not only do the blocks come in a great storage container but they are super soft and smell great too! Let the building (and crashing) begin!

I hope you have enjoyed some of my toy suggestions! What toys did you buy at the sale? Find any amazing deals?

xoxo

 

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My Childhood Library

There are many things when having a baby that lets you relive parts of your childhood. For me one part of reliving my childhood is through books. I have very fond memories of going with my mom and sister to buy books, and reading those books over and over again. There is something very comforting and nostalgic about reading your favourite childhood books to your child.

Here are 10 of my favourite childhood reads (in no particular order):

Hopefully you will grab one of the books above, snuggle under the covers with your babe and read away. I know I will be!

What are you favourite childhood books?

xoxo

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