Games for Babies

Playtime brings out the child inside all of us. Get inspired by these creative games to play with Baby. Let your imagination run wild!

The Challenges of Raising a Bilingual Child

When I was growing up my parents tried their best to raise me (and my sister) bilingual. But when I started school I was so used to speaking English all the time that I had little interest in speaking Spanish. It didn’t help that family members would snicker at me when I mispronounced a word or my accent was off. I felt embarrassed. So I just never spoke Spanish. My parents, bless them, tried to enforce a Spanish-only rule in our house. I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “I won’t talk then.” Yup, I was a stubborn child. 

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10 Ways to Distract a Grumpy Toddler

Sometimes little ones get grumpy. Over time, you learn what their cries mean, and even further down the road, they start to talk and can actually tell you what’s wrong, but other times… Well, other times, you just feel like you’re at a loss. Even when they get a little bigger and have words to use, it can still be difficult for them to express more complicated emotions like boredom or frustration. My daughter has a pretty robust vocabulary and we have been working on naming emotions lately, but sometimes she’s just plain ‘ol grumpy. At times like these it’s helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve to distract and redirect from a grumpy mood and stop it in its tracks, so I thought I’d share a few of my tried and true grumpy toddler distractions.

10 Ways To Distract a Grumpy Toddler

Fun With Little Ones: A Day at the Flower Farm

When you have little ones, it’s always fun to go out and explore and enjoy new activities together. There are a ton of great ideas on Pinterest and blogs, but sometimes the simplest things are the most fun and memorable. Such was the case when I took my daughter to our local flower farm. She LOVES to smell flowers and has a pretty extensive botanical vernacular – she can recognize and name dandelions, daffodils, tulips and camellias – so I knew she would love this outing. Within a 45 minute drive from Portland there is an annual tulip festival at a flower farm that runs through an entire month of spring, but somehow we managed to choose the day that ended up being rainy and muddy. Despite the weather we still had a lot of fun and I would highly recommend a trip with your little one to your local flower farm – or even just a garden center. She has a blast and there were plenty of great learning opportunities along the way! Here are a few photos from our day at the flower farm…

Fun With Little Ones: A Day at the Flower Farm

20 Easter Crafts for Toddlers

April has finally arrived, which means Easter will soon be here. To celebrate the season with your little guy or gal, have some fun working on an Easter craft project or two! My girls and I love to get creative and make things, especially when there’s a fun holiday to celebrate at the same time. I’ve rounded up 20 of the most adorable Easter crafts and activities for little ones. From bunnies and chicks to carrots and eggs, you’ll have a blast making these cute Easter crafts!

I Spy... GREEN!

St. Patrick’s Day is here! Think your little leprechaun is too young to celebrate this fun holiday? Think again! You and your littles can have a blast playing this fun I Spy game to find all things GREEN! Plus, it’s a fun way to teach your baby about colors and new things! I know my girls and I are going to have a blast with this fun scavenger hunt!

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