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No-Prep Toddler Zipper & Button Practice

This activity really couldn’t be much easier.

All you need to do is find an assortment of jackets and/or bags around your home that have large buttons or zippers. Even better if you can include items with unique buttons or different types of clasps.

I took mine and put them in a pile for T to explore. I spent a few minutes showing him how they each worked, and after that he wanted to take charge and practice his new skills.

Happy busy toddler; happy parent 🙂

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DIY Dinosaur Movement Game

Dinosaur Game

I sometimes struggle with trying to find good, engaging, active, and fun indoor activities for my kids that I know will burn off a lot of their built up energy.

Basically, I wanted to find a quick, easy, go-to activity that I know my kids will love each time I pull it out. So I began brainstorming. I know that if the topic is about something they love, then the battle will already be half won. Enter dinosaurs.
What I love about this activity?

  1. It is free
  2. It is engaging
  3. It teaches a little bit about dinosaurs
  4. It only requires a little bit of space
  5. And it burns off a TON of energy

Materials needed: 

  • Paper plate
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Paperclip
  • Brad
  • Dinosaur stickers (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Use the ruler to help yourself draw lines to section off the parts of the plate. Decide how many sections you want. My sample has 8 sections.
  2. Write a movement in each section.
  3. If you have stickers, match them to the movement; this way your little one can use it on their own without needing to be able to read yet.
  4. Put the brad through the paperclip and through the center of the plate.
  5. Game time!

List of dinosaur movements: 

  1. Chomp like a T-Rex
  2. Stomp like a stegosaurus
  3. Twist like a tricerotops
  4. Fly like a pteredactl
  5. Spin like a spinosaurus
  6. Shake your tail like an albertasaurus
  7. Stretch like an apatosaurus
  8. Show your claws like a therizinosauraus
  9. Run like a velocoraptor
  10. Swim like an elasomasaurus

Do any of you have any dinosaur movement suggestions? Comment below!