One of the types of crafting things I was excited to work on when I was pregnant with Milo was ‘toddler busy activities.’ I spent hours and hours on Pinterest, oogling all of the fun busy activities that I anticipated would not only be fun for my toddler and I to play with, but that would also be fun for me to create.
Now that Milo is a full-blown toddler, he is entering the stage where he can begin to appreciate these types of activities and I recently spent a few of his naptimes having a wonderful time being crafty.
I made a variety of busy activities using felt as the main material.
This first one is a maze. There is a small bell inside the folded felt material, with a maze handstitched in so that curious toddler hands can practice their fine motor skills by making the bell move around the maze. I opted to use a bell rather than a marble or whatever, because I suspected the jingle noise of the bell would create added interest for my curious little guy.
Then, I created re-usable chains, with felt and velcro. As a kid, I loved making chains with construction paper and glue, but Milo is nowhere near being able to use scissors to cut paper or glue without making a ginormous mess, so I made a toddler-safe variation of this activity that is also re-usable.
Finally, I made a matching game. Also as a child, I loved memory matching games. This version features bright colors and bold shapes on soft felt. At Milo’s developmental level, I’ve been scattering the pieces around face-up and having him find the matches. As he gets older, we can play the variation where the pieces are turned upside down and you have to test your memory to find the matches.
One of my assumptions with these busy activities is that I can store them in ziploc bags so that they would be easily transportable to places like restaurants and friends’ houses.
In other crafting news, despite my lack of finished projects showcased on this blog, I have been knitting a decent amount these past months and months.
In December, I finished knitting Josh and Milo semi-matching holiday stockings. They are pretty silly and ridiculously huge, but I’m happy with them. I did manage to put the i-cord loop on the wrong side of Josh’s stocking, which I plan to fix by Christmas next year. And I’m also knitting one for myself, so that we all have semi-matching stockings.
I’ve also been knitting a lot on this ginormous doubleknit blanket that I started when I was pregnant. Each row takes me no less than 30 minutes and I’m getting near to the end of my yarn stash (this project is a stashbusting effort), so I might finish it by the end of the year (you know, in the next 11 months).
To be honest though, I’ve pretty much lost my interest in knitting this past month. I taught myself how to knit in 2002 and have literally been OBSESSED with knitting ever since. Right now, I have basically no desire to knit at all. It’s really weird (considering how much knitting has consumed my life for the past 15 years), but I’m honestly more interested in reading, spending quality time with Milo, and trying stay healthy. Also, in the past few months, my day job has completely transformed into an experience that I absolutely LOVE and I am highly motivated to work on some professional development. I am currently studying for a professional certification that I am extremely excited about.