Ever since starting LoWs, our weeks go by in a whirlwind. We don’t even do THAT many activities that take longer than five minutes, but seriously, where does our time go? How did I not get any laundry folded or dishes washed today? Any way, here our “H” LoW wrap up!
We found this awesome hula hoop that is a perfect toddler size at Dollar Tree. Em loves to try to roll it around the yard, hop in and out of it, and try to get Tori to stay in the hoop. I figured this would probably keep Em entertained for maybe five minutes, but she ended up wanting to play with it almost every evening during our outdoor time in the back yard. She even passed up time in the toddler pool to play with the hula hoop. Definitely, going to add it to the outdoor activities rotation.
Hoods & Hats
Em fully embraces anything that is included in the dress up category. We played with a lot of different types of hats and after an especially exciting swim session in the pool, we had an extra long play session with a hooded towel. We found a cute foam visor at Michael’s for a dollar that Em needed to wear as a hat, I kept that packed away for her to decorate with stickers for her next restaurant melt down.
Hopping & Hopscotch
This girl loves to hop. We couldn’t get her to stop all week. She didn’t really understand the concept of hopscotch, but she sure loved to hop all over the patio. A few minutes after these photos, she ended up laying down on the concrete and trying to convince us that she wasn’t tired. Bedtime went quicker than usual on this night.
Hands, Hugs, & High Fives
We took a little time each day to talk about our hands, hugs, and high fives. Because I worked with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors in college, I really aim to give Em information about her body and let her make choices about what she feels is alright when it comes to various touches. At 18 months old, she doesn’t have a high understanding of what is considered “O.K.” touches, but she does have a strong opinion about if she wants to be touched or not. We make a big point of saying things like “Do you want to give Memaw a hug?” or “Can Mama have a kiss?” This week, we made an effort to find times when Em wasn’t feeling like she wanted to do hugs or be touched with family members or friends and told her that she didn’t have to do hugs, but presented high fives as another option. Real talk, she is more into “knucks” aka fist bumps, but hey we found a way to tie in “H” with life skills, so whateves. We also tried to make sure that she knew she could say “no thank you” to hugs and high fives if she didn’t feel like it.
To help with this discussion, we also watched the movie Trolls ( for the one millionth time) and paused it during specific scenes where characters either embraced the idea of “hug time” or didn’t feel like it. One of our awesome friends made some of the kids in our play group “hug time” watches out of felt and paper. The kids loved them and Em now will bring hers to me and ask for a hug. *insert Mama’s heart melting*
As a very active and curious toddler, Em often has trouble keeping her hands to herself. She wants to touch someone else’s hair, clothes or toys, but doesn’t really understand why they get upset. Throughout the week we tried to remind her that hands are for gentle touches, but only if the other person agrees. This was a little advanced for her to understand, but we will keep working on it.
H Coloring Pages
This week our coloring pages were fairly basic. I found a hippo paper bag puppet printable here, that I plan on having Em work on tonight. I had found this coloring page a couple weeks ago and made sure to save it for “H” week. Em thought it was so silly that after we colored the paper, it turned into a little book. She had so much fun with it, that I may print out a few more of the little books for future LoWs. Em really enjoyed this horse coloring page, especially since we have a rocking horse in the living room. She made sure to show the rocking horse her completed master piece and we had to hang it on the wall before bed time.
I found this adorable wooden helicopter at our local Walmart for under $1!! They had little rocket ships and cars that I had to talk myself out of getting, but they may make an appearance in future posts. Any time that we can get paint out, Em has a blast. This week her papa was able to be here to help her and she couldn’t have been happier. We were able to see a couple helicopters flying during the week, but of course it was usually while we were driving, so no pictures of the real ones.
A normal event in our house is pulling out one of our babywearing wraps and stringing it up under our kitchen table. (Make sure to do a double knot for safety!) Sometimes Em will walk over to our shelves, pull a carrier out and walk over the table to try to put it up herself. “H” week was a perfect time to pull out this family favorite. Like always, it was a hit. Even Tori wanted to join in on the hammock action, but Em wasn’t having it.
We finished out the week with some exciting painting of a cute little birdhouse I found at Michael’s for a dollar. It has a heart shaped door, so it said “H” week all over it. We talked about how this would be a home for a (pretend) bird just like our house is our home. This was a great end of the day project because we had already danced our hearts out to this song with some friends and Em was extra mellow.
Well, that was an extra long recap, but hopefully everyone enjoyed it!
Do you have any ideas for us to do for “I” week? Events you think we should check out? Fantastic youtube videos you want to share? Have you tried out any of our fun projects? Let us know!