Baby Obstacle Course

Baby Obstacle Course - tips for setting up an obstacle course for your baby or toddler

Baby Obstacle Course - tips for setting up an obstacle course for your baby or toddlerRemember that pic of Rocky falling from the tower of cushions? What WAS he up to anyway? Well, this is what he was up to – a baby obstacle course! We were kicking around at home on a day when Pebble was at kindy and I thought it would be fun to set one up just for him. It was kinda hilarious to see him giving it a go, he had a lot of giggles and a few tumbles. It made our afternoon fly by much faster. Here’s how I made the obstacle course. You might like to make one at home for your kids too.

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Baby Obstacle Course

You will need 

Objects that suit your babies ability, eg. rolling, climbing, reaching, grabbing, crawling.

We used:

  • a small pop up tent
  • sofa cushions
  • a tunnel
  • dining chairs
  • muslin wraps
  • sticky paper
  • shiny paper

Other ideas:

  • small or large balls
  • soft and fluffy rugs
  • large boxes to crawl through
  • baskets or tubs for climbing into and out of
  • a box of rattles or shakers
  • baby safe mirrors
  • bubble wrap

How to create an obstacle course

Set up the objects around your home or in your garden and encourage your baby to explore them. There’s really no right or wrong way!

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The sticky paper was an interesting experience for Rocky. I stuck it with the sticky side up, so that as Rocky crawled across it his hands touched the sticky surface. He has played with it before but not for a month or two and not like this. He reached out to crawl as usual, then pulled back quickly and scrunched up his face as he felt the sticky paper on his hands. He sat and stared at the sticky floor for a few seconds, then reached out and quickly pulled back again. He repeated this exploration again and again, until he was comfortable enough to cross the sticky paper.

Baby Obstacle Course - tips for setting up an obstacle course for your baby or toddlerDo your children seek new sensory experiences? Or do the struggle with new sensations?

 

Do you encourage your children to take risks?

Teaching children to be risk takers {via Octavia and Vicky}

Encouraging children to be risktakers and learn about determination, success, failure and resilience through play {via Octavia and Vicky}

Oh my GOODNESS our boy is a dare devil! Unlike our quiet, focussed, careful and tidy first born (who happens to be a girl) Rocky is like a little tornado. He bulldozes through obstacles in his path as he walks across a room – sometimes he trips, sometimes he falls flat on his face – but he gets right back up again and keeps on going. He likes his swings to be pushed high and fast, he likes to be tipped upside down and whizzed around. He smashes toys together and yells in delight. Rocky is an adventurer. He’s curious, determined and a risk taker.

I’m a big believer in encouraging children to be risk takers, both physically and emotionally. This has been tricky with Pebble. She’s four now, and much more likely to have a go, try something new and get out of her comfort zone. But she often needs just a little bit of hand holding, a little nudge to help her along. Don’t we all, sometimes?

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Risk taking is an important part of childhood – it’s the ability to let go of dad’s hand and take those first independent steps, it’s walking up to a new kid in a playground and saying ‘hi’, it’ s trying that weird dinner that mum and dad have served up tonight and it’s creating artwork without fear of doing it ‘wrong’.

I must be honest. Hubby and I are not natural risk takers. We both like to stay in the safe zone throughout life, stable jobs, stable home, stable family. It’s taken us a while to settle into our role as parents and be more comfortable with encouraging our kids to have a go when they’re out of their comfort zone, with choosing the right time to let them fall and pick themselves up.

Do you encourage your children to be risk takers? 

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20 Awesome Baby Play Ideas {and Bumper Baby Toy Giveaway!!!!}

20 Awesome Baby Play Activities {via Octavia and Vicky}

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20 Awesome Baby Play Activities {via Octavia and Vicky}

You guys! Our baby boy is growing up so fast! Rocky is already 11 months old, almost a toddler. In fact, in reality, he IS a toddler. He’s staggering all over the place, he’s got a mouth full of teeth and he’s becoming much more cuddly and much more cheeky with each passing day.

To make the most of the last of Rocky’s baby stage I want to share some awesome baby play ideas with you all. This time goes so fast, I hope these ideas will help you to enjoy this precious time with your little ones too.

Looking for more baby play ideas?
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20 Awesome Baby Play Ideas

Gel sensory baby (Paging Fun Mums)
Discovery box play (Just for Daisy)
Rice bubble sensory tub (Paint on the Ceiling)
Water tub play (Teach Preschool)
Sticky paper sensory play (Octavia and Vicky)

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Playing with mirrors (The Imagination Tree)
Texture sensory wall (Hands On as We Grow)
Ball and tube play (Octavia and Vicky)
Shaving foam sensory bag (Octavia and Vicky)
Rolling ramp fun (Learn with Play at Home)

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Active baby play ideas (Childhood 101)
Ice painting (Laughing Kids Learn)
Sensory bottles for baby (Dirt and Boogers)
The magical cardboard box (Mamasmiles)
Baby sensory tray (Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails)

20 Awesome Baby Play Activities {via Octavia and Vicky}

Montessori baby resources (Living Montessori Now)
Baby play 3 – 6 months (Lessons Learnt Journal)
Crazy baby songs and finger plays (Picklebums)
Tummy time ideas (Nurturestore)
Finger paint (Rainy Day Mum)

Fisher Price Bumper Baby Gear Giveaway!

It has been my great pleasure to represent Fisher Price, they are a brand that I have loved as a child and a mama. I’ve SO enjoyed sharing my parenting reflections, yummy kids recipes and GIVEAWAYS with you all. Now for one final giveaway as my time as a Fisher Price Play Ambassador comes to an end. And it’s a doozy!
Fisher Price Baby Toy Giveaway {via Octavia and Vicky}

The awesome people over at Fisher-Price are big advocates of baby and children’s play, and as their Play Ambassador they’ve given me the chance to giveaway $150 worth of baby toys to one Australian Octavia and Vicky readers:

  • Prize 1: Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Jumperoo –  There’s so much for baby to discover on this jumperoo – music, lights and exciting sounds reward baby with every jump! A rotating seat gives baby 360° access to toys and activities all around, including a light-up waterfall, spinners, bead bar, roller bar, teether and more!

  • Prize 2: Fisher -Price Rainforest Friends  Tote ‘n Glow –  the Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Tote ‘n Glow Soother is an adorable elephant character designed to help soothe baby to sleep with a rich variety of soothing lights, music and white noise effects.

  • Prize 3: Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends 4-in-1 Projection Soother – A sweet table top soother provides a variety of options to soothe baby to sleep. Modes let parents customise music and sounds (including white noise!), projection and glowing lights to baby’s preference.

To enter to win all three of these awesome prizes simply leave a comment answering this question:

What will you miss most when your baby isn’t a baby anymore?

Australian entrants only. Entries close 5.00pm AEDST on Wednesday, February 26 2014.

Want more baby play ideas?

Zero to two: The Book of Play is now on sale! It is packed full of fun activities for babies and toddlers. You can buy the e-book anywhere in the world, and it comes with freebie printable puppets and stroller cards. Get your copy here.

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Zero to Two - The Book of Play

I’m feeling so very excited to be able to share Zero to Two: the book of play with you all. I was thrilled when Cathy from NurtureStore asked me to be a part of this book, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. Rocky and I have been having a ball with all the ideas.

What will I find in ‘Zero to Two: the book of play’?

Take a sneak peek at what’s inside with this video:

How to I get a copy of ‘Zero to Two: the book of play’?

  • Zero to Two: the book of play is an ebook. You can download your copy on any device (computer, tablet, phone) from anywhere in the world RIGHT NOW! You can print it on your printer at home, or read it straight from your phone, computer or tablet.
  • get your copy for just $8.99 (USD). Don’t worry about working out the exchange rate, it’s all done for you when you get your copy. You’re welcome :)

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DIY Felt Christmas Tree

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

We decided to skip the real Christmas tree this year. Rocky is a little explorer and likes to pull, push, climb, bash and chew everything. Pine needles and Christmas ornaments probably aren’t very baby friendly! I had seen a few felt Christmas trees for sale around the place but thought we could whip up a simple version ourselves at home.

As I’ve said before, I’m really not a crafter. I like setting up crafty activities for kids, but adult craft is not my thing. So I kept the plans for this Christmas tree very, very simple. One green felt triangle, lots of round felt Christmas baubles in bright colours, a felt Christmas star – DONE! Here’s how we did it:

Looking for more baby play ideas?
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DIY Felt Christmas Tree

You will need:

  • 1 large piece of green felt (approx 1 x 1.5 metres (3’4″ x 4’9″) – or to the size of the space you’d like to fill
  • 5 sheets of felt in different colours (or more if you want more baubles)
  • 1 sheet white felt
  • 1 star template (I printed one from here)
  • 1 small drinking cup (or small circle to trace around)
  • 1 marker
  • scissors
  • 3- 5 damage free adhesive hooks or restickable tabs

Note: you can buy felt off the roll and individual sheets of felt at your local craft store. Adhesive hooks and restickable tabs are available from most supermarkets.

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

To make the felt Christmas tree:

DIY Felt Christmas Tree Instructions - 1.	Fold felt in half so that the long sides meet.  2. Draw a line from the top left corner of the folded felt to the bottom right corner.  3. Cut along the line to create a triangle tree shape.

To stick the tree to the wall:

  • snip one small hole, about the same size as the point of your hooks, in each corner of the triangle.
  • thread one hook through the top corner of the tree and stick the hook to the wall in your designated ‘tree spot’. Make sure you follow the directions on the packet for your hooks.
  • now that you have the top corner secured, pull each bottom corner so that the tree is flat against the wall and secure to the wall using the remaining hooks.
  • I used a couple of restickable tabs along the length of the tree to keep it snug against the wall. You could also use more hooks.

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To make the felt Christmas baubles:

  • Trace circle shapes onto the felt sheets and cut them out. Children who are capable with scissors can help with this part. Cut out lots of different colours to make your tree look gorgeous! You don’t need anything to stick the baubles to the tree – the genius of felt is that it sticks to itself!

To make the felt star:

  • Trace the star shape onto white felt and cut it out. Press the white star onto the top of the tree (felt sticks to itself). Optional: We also made a slightly larger red star to make the white star stand out on our white wall. You could also make an angel, if you prefer :)

I think we’ll all enjoy playing with this felt Christmas tree for many years to come.

DIY Felt Christmas Tree

Tell me about your tree this year – is it real? Fake? Alternative?

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