Entertain My Toddler

Play, Learn & Motherhood

  • Kari McManamon


Do your kids love magnets? Do your kids love legos? Well, I've found the perfect toy for you!! These amazing lego magnet tiles are from Magbrix They will connect with other brands of magnetic tiles so you can use them with what you already have! We have been able to play with our duplo sets and lego sets with these Magbrix




I built this rainbow on a wobble board to show how strong the magnet tiles connect together and how well they connect to the legos.




Here is a tower we built from our magnet tiles and Magbrix set!!




Our Duplo characters need a brick to stand on to connect with the tiles. This was fun because we were able to turn in into a counting game for my toddler. I placed each character on a different amount of blocks and together we counted how tall they were. The possibilities with Magbrix are truly endless!!



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  • Kari McManamon


The target dollar section strikes again! These little gingerbread houses were so much fun to make. The kids having been playing with them now for weeks. I had originally wanted to fizz them with baking soda and vinegar, but I couldn't bring myself to ruin them.

In this post I'll walk you through how I made them and how my kids have been playing with them.

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How I made them

I started off by painting them with my favorite acrylic paint. Once they were dry I used a chalk marker to outline the roof and door. I hot glued on some pom poms I had lying around and voila! Easy peasy gingerbread houses. For how much the kids have played with them I'm impressed as to how well the pom poms have stayed on.


Supplies

Wooden houses

Paint

Chalk markers

Hot glue gun

Pom poms




If my kids ask, I didn't actually make these houses, Yellow the Elf did. I (he) worked on them while the kids were sleeping so they had no idea. I'm all about simple elf on the shelf ideas so after the gingerbread houses were finished I sat Yellow next to them for the kids to find! Max was so excited to find these houses in the morning. Evelyn doesn't really understand what's going on with elf yet. Maybe next year.

So lets get to talking about how we played with them!



Small world play

My mom had just given us this sweet red Christmas house so the gingerbread houses made the perfect addition. There was stuff scattered all over the table! Max had so much fun playing with this Christmas set up. I don't have any photos of it but some superheroes showed up to the party too! I love watching their imaginations soar with small world set ups. It's so cute listening to the storyline they make up.











Light the house

This was a fun fine motor activity that was played over and over again. I had found these little Christmas lights from a craft store and they fit perfectly inside the houses. I gave Evelyn a bowl of them and told her to light the house up! She had fun picking out different colors and placing them in the windows.











These houses were super fun to make and I hope I can find more in the dollar section at Target. Let me know in the comments the fun finds you've found at Target this holiday season.

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  • Kari McManamon

Play dough is one of our favorite plays. It's something I enjoy as much as the kids. We have had a lot of fun making some Christmas themed play dough plays. Check them out below!



Play Dough Cookies

Christmas always brings out the cookie baking! We've found more use for these cookies cutters than just edible cookies. They make the perfect play dough stamps! Max probably sat here for an hour "making" cookies. If you follow us on instagram he made a cute video on stories talking about how he made these for his Grammas and Papas for the holidays. He was having a blast! This activity is easy to set up and has been set up over and over again.




Jingle Bell Balance

This is another super easy activity to set up and is great for fine motor skills. Stick some golf tees in play dough and have your child try and balance a jingle bell on top. We did this over the summer with pom poms and it was fun to make a festive version. My kids are 4 & 2 and are both able to do this (just keep a close eye as jingle bells can be a choking hazard if your child likes to put things in their mouth) The look of concentration in these photos is priceless! I love watching their little minds work.



Play Dough Presents


This activity was super fun and Evelyn played for dayssss! I wrapped little wooden toys in play dough and put a pipe cleaner bow on top to look like a present. She opened them over and over again. If you check out my instagram you can see how we turned it into a learning game!



Decorate

The possibilities for this activity are endless! Since it's Christmas time I chose 3 ways to decorate in a festive way. Ornaments, ugly sweater and a Christmas tree.

For the ornaments I mixed in some Christmas mini erasers. My kids love shoving mini erasers in play dough. These wooden ornaments are a nice little base to play on. We did this at Halloween with wooden pumpkins The ugly sweater I cut out with a knife and paired it with little plastic Christmas pieces. If you use a kitchen towel you can press down on the play dough to give it a sweater look. Kind of hard to tell in this photo. A knife was also used to shape the tree. I gave the kids lights and jingle bells to decorate. We have used these little lights in a lot of activities lately. Activities like these help spark imagination and are great for fine motor skills.



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