* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.
21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun
Day 10: Puzzles
This activity can be done either indoors or out, but we do need our brains for this one. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Fun, we’re enhancing our baby’s knowledge with some cognitive activities.
Any and All Puzzles
Today’s fun is brought to you by problem solving and motor development.
That’s the fun activity of puzzles. Puzzles are a great educational tool as well as a great way to improve hand and eye coordination. Head to the dollar store or Target and grab a bunch of those cute cardboard puzzles and let your toddler loose. Sip a glass of wine and watch your baby’s brain pop with excitement.
Don’t have puzzles at home or can’t fit them into your budget? Stash some Baileys Irish Cream into that coffee cup and head on over to your friendly public library, (Proceed at your own risk. Remember, there may be other children around and they can read right through you. They’ll be the first one’s to tell Betty the librarian that you’re a sloshed sloth.) The kids section will be stacked with all kinds of puzzles that will have your little one going wild.
Wait, there’s more…
Want more excitement. Pick up a puzzle that sings at you and tells you cool things like “Yellow ducky, cute and fluffy,” with a musical puzzle or talking puzzle. Google it! They exist! They’ll yell out the alphabet every time the totters puts the correct piece into place. Apparently its supper exciting. *sips wine.
What To Expect
Let’s be honest, unless your one year old is a titter totter genius, they’re probably not one-hundred (place stupid emoji here) with their hand and eye skills just yet. Chances are, they’re tossing the puzzle pieces across the room, at the dog, at the cat, at you. That’s fine. It’s fine. We’re all fine!
They’ll be so occupied moving the puzzle pieces from one chair to the other, they wont even notice you pouring another cup of coffee (*cough, wine). Have at it, mama. You deserve it! So, you’re kid isn’t Einstein yet? You’re probably not going to brag about this on Facebook, but it’ll make a great story on Twitter. That’s where all your real people are. No, you’re not enrolling your baby in to Harvard, but the puzzle pieces are fun to play with.
Put down the drink and plop your ass on the floor with them. Name the pieces they pick up, (right before they chuck it across the room) and ask where it fits. You might get a sideways glance and a raised eyebrow, but you may also be surprised when they slap that monkey it it’s rightful place. *celebratory sip. Who say’s your baby’s not a genius?? He might be!
After you’ve picked up all the scattered pieces, tuck that baby (the puzzle, not your child – could also be your broken dignity, you decide) away somewhere in the darkest closet. If you leave it out, the pieces will go missing. I repeat: THE PIECES WILL GO MISSING!!!! Besides, do you really need that mess again? Of course not! What were you thinking? *self-righteous sip.
I would love to hear how your Puzzles went. Drop your funny but realistic stories below in the comments.
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