DIY activity for toddlers (2-3 years)

DIY activities are the ones that can be made at home. Which means we can utilise all the resource easily available at home to make an activity interesting. Being a mother we are always in need of different activities for toddlers. I believe DIY activities should be easy, hassle free and interesting for both kids to do and moms who make at the same time making the concept and the explanation behind the activity easily delivered to the child.

My Little Rockstar has turned 2 a while back and his questions about everything have also doubled. Recently he has joined playschool, but according to him he is already a business associate hence he happens to decide his clothes daily. The one thing that was becoming difficult for me to explain it to him is the types of cloth and how do we fasten them. I made the following activity which involves 4 types of fastens and different pictures to represent and recognise them. It has helped me to a great level. It is very simple to make all you would need is-

• 1 cardboard.

• 3 coloured paper sheets.

• cut-outs of different form of fastens in our clothes.

•pens, scissors, pencils.

• Fevicol or any sticking material.

• 1 envelope.

– stick 1 coloured sheet on both the sides of cardboard.

– cut 4 squares from the extra coloured sheet. Take each square and apply Fevicol on the their back. Apply Fevicol only on the 3 boundaries so that when we stick on the cardboard it works like a pocket. ( refer pictures )

– stick all the squares.

– draw a zip on one square. Draw buttons on one square. Draw shoe laces on one square. Draw drawstrings on one square.

– stick the envelope on the back of the cardboard.

– and you’re done.

Give the cut outs to your child and guide them through the activity.

– put the clothes having zips in the zip pocket.

-Put the clothes having buttons in the buttons pocket.

-put the shoes having laces in the lace pocket.

-put the clothes having drawstrings in the drawstrings pocket.

– you can safely keep the cards on the back side of the envelope, which saves them from losing.

Alternatively, you can name the clothes and ask your child to put it accordingly .

This helps-

•recognising different clothes & their names.

•recognising different types of fastens.

•Now that my Little Rockstar knows the names, I use this sheet in helping him understand when and where are certain types of clothes worn. E.g. shoes when we go outdoors & slippers when we are indoors. jeans when we go outdoors & pyjamas when we are indoors.

This blog is a part of The DIY blog train hosted by Oneupbaby, @momzdiary , Mama musings, Lovethatyoucanbuy . Here we Moms have united to share different DIYs that you can easily do to keep your little one’s engaged. So hop on this train and save lots of fun ideas for your infants and toddlers.

I would like to thank Samidha Mathur for introducing me and I would further introduce Deevyanka & Priyanka [Priyanka is a mom of a 15 month baby girl. She is a babywearing and a cloth diapering enthusiast. She love creating activities to her daughter. Follow her on Instagram @thehappymumma19 to look for activities, food, and Babywearing inspiration] to share their activities.

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2 Super healthy and yummy baby/toddler food recipes

Food is one of the important points when it comes to child’s immunity & health. So naturally, every mother makes sure to provide all the possible nutrients to the child. While it may sound easy, which obviously is not to feed the child all the nutrients. Children have a lot of fuss when it comes food. So we mothers have to take our creative chef caps on and make them eat the same nutrients with a better and an attractive presentation.

My Little Rockstar was a born fussy for water & food and that continues till date. So I used to make sure I’m making food that’s tasty as well as very nutritious. So today I’m going to share 2 recipes, one that I used to make a lot while he just started solids, and one that he enjoys now as a toddler.

Whole wheat Mix. Veg Samosa.

Ingredients ( Makes 4-5 small samosas)

For dough-

Whole wheat flour – 5 tbsp

Oil – 2 tsp

Salt – as per taste

Carrom seeds (ajwain) – just a pinch.

Water for kneading.

For stuffing-

Boiled potatoes – 1 medium

Boiled & mashed vegetables of your choice ( I used green peas, pigeon peas)

Finely chopped onion – 1 small

Coriander leaves – as per your need.

Salt- as per taste

Roasted cumin powder – as per taste or a pinch.

Oil for frying.

Method-

Dough-

Mix the flour, salt, oil and carrom seeds with fingers properly. Add water and knead to a dough that is not too soft and not too hard. Make a ball, grease with slight oil and let it rest till you make the stuffing.

Stuffing.

Mash all the vegetables. Add onion, salt and jeera powder. Mix it and keep it in the fridge to cool until you make the samosa strips.

Final-

Roll the dough into a very thin chapati. Take a knife and cut it into long strips. Fold & make a simple triangle pocket, add the stuffing to the pocket and fold the remaining strip as per convenience trying to make the final result look like a triangle. Rub a little water on the end of the strip and fold to finally pack. Freeze the samosas for 10 minutes. Fry them on medium heat continuously pressing them so that the dough till inside gets properly cooked. And dhan-ta-na yummy & healthy samosas are ready.

Spinach, Cluster beans & bottle gourd soup.

Ingredients.

Spinach leaves – 4 to 5

Cluster beans – 5 to 6

Bottle gourd – 7-8 cubes

Tomato – 1

Ginger – 1/4th inch

Garlic – 1 piece

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder (Optional) – pinch

Water – 1 cup

Homemade butter while final presentation.

Method-

Wash all the vegetables properly. Sterilise the cooker and the utensils to be used. In a cooker add water and all the vegetables, add garlic & ginger, salt & turmeric powder and let them cook till 4-5 whistles. Once cooled, blend it and serve hot with a spoon full of homemade butter on the top.

Both these recipes are and were fondly enjoyed by my super fussy eater so I hope these help you guys with your kids.

This blog post is a part of #Baby/ToddlerFood blog train hosted by Anisha from momzdiary , Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy and Deepali from myteenytot.We 40 Mom Bloggers are here with some amazing Baby & Toddler Food Ideas just for you.This is a month-long blog train. Stay tuned for some very healthy and yummy recipes every day. I would like to thank Sobha from ( euphoriamemykid) for inviting me and I would like to invite Papri from ( throughmypinkwindow) who is a, makeup enthusiast, a lipstick addict, a passionate blogger and a lover of all things pretty who blogs at www.throughmypinkwindow.com. You can find her playing with colors and shades. Follow her blog for makeup tutorials, product reviews and a bit of wellness. I would like Papri to take the train forward.

Am I doing the best as a mommy?

Once you become a mother, with responsibilities comes overdoing everything. Mothers start to overdo everything that is in their hands, like caring for the family, ignoring her own body, worrying about the family and the list might go on. The reason for this is that in the joy and power of motherhood, a mother wants to do everything that is more than possible and everything that is better than the best for her child. I am never going to judge or not favour them because this is motherhood. The saying “God can’t be everywhere so he made mothers” is not wrong. The definition of mothers may be described by various dictionaries but none does justice to what it actually means to be a mom. A mother however and in whichever condition she is, the unconditional love for her child never seems to take a backseat.

The only thing about motherhood that feels really inadequate is the mother underestimating her efforts. Self doubt and underestimation make their way to her mind like every other important thing.

” maybe the child isn’t happy with what I am doing for him”

“maybe I am not doing it properly”,

“I’m not giving him my 100%”,

“I shouldn’t be resting because he’s dependent on me”,

“he is not wrong maybe I didn’t teach him properly”,

“no results maybe my fault”,

“am I feeding appropriate?”,

“am I cooking right?”,

“am I teaching good values?”,

“am I doing everything that the other lady is doing?”,

“maybe no”,

“I am not a good mother because I just shouted, becausei just made him cry”

” my child is not interested in me”

An infinite amount of time will be less and words will be scarce if I write down the different type of dishes a mommy’s mind cooks.

This Mother’s day out of every other greetings and gratitude I truly wanted to take this most common question that every mother regardless of her motherhood age keeps doubting herself with.

So, every mother no matter anything, is the best mother for her child. There can be no better replacement and no better substitute to a mother. No one can know the child as much as his own mother. Whether the child approves and acknowledges or not, but a mother is the most important person and aspect of his life. And the world has not come across any mother in its lifetime who doesn’t do the best for the child, so please believe the soul inside you that has unconditional love and unconditional strength for your child. Stressing too much about the development of the child and putting yourself in the culprit position not only decreases the confidence but also decreases the impact of your efforts on the child. Before anything we are humans, so it is okay to make mistakes and moreover it is okay to not be able to do everything desirable for the child. Relax your body and your mind, give them enough time to rejuvenate and regenerate the best of you. Keep repeating to yourself “I am the best mother to my child”.

Believe in you, the soul in you, the mother in you because you are commendable and worth it and that’s the reason God made you the mother.

Zest of life.

How would you call a good day, a good day, Until you realise the bad on a bad day? There are days when things are challenging, Then there are days when things are happening. Some days bring joy, And some people love. But on some days, only despair makes its way.

Of all the life that I’ve lived, and from what I’ve learnt, I happen to conclude that ups and downs are the real zest of life. One can never recognise the good until he has seen worse. And anything in regularity and particularity happens to become boring and eventually least interesting.

It is always good to live a life full of enthusiasm, enjoying every moment (good or bad) with all the gratitude. This makes the hard times smoother and good times the best. Today I want to write about how I became a person full of acceptance and gratitude. I want to write about how my husband and I try to inculcate this habit in our Little Rockstar. There are only 2 things that helped a complete introvert, confused and ungrateful person like me to be a confident, happy and full of gratitude mother and a wife.

1. Trust.

Trusting the cycle of the universe and believing that it is always good at the end of bad. And trusting, ensuring yourself that you are strong enough to smile and face the situation. Believing the struggle as a part of life and it soon shall pass helps in relieving the stress of the moment, situation and circumstances. Trusting and ensuring myself multiple times that I shall pass this, keeps me high in spirits throughout that phase. It motivates my inner self to fight and come out stronger & better. And how is a dish without some spice and salt? Boring. So will be life without ups and downs.

2. Gratitude.

Practice finding good in every bad situation, it will help in becoming grateful for all that one has. Gratitude for everything that one is blessed with builds contentment. Gratitude has helped me in ways I can never explain. It has changed me as a person, made me emotional and full of love. It has helped me feel blessed at every moment of life which eventually has increased my strength to fight bad times.

Took this post as the ultimate post of my theme “The struggles of an Indian girl, house-maker and a hands-on mummy”, because I wanted to deliver a message of compassion, truthfulness and a spirit to fight after discussing the struggles.

Ending on a positive note,

Never forget that you deserve the best, and never forget to fight for it.

And that a little up and a little down always adds zing to the life.

Lots and lots of love,

Mannat

(MommySaysThis)

“You are our soul” A mother’s letter to her child.

Do you know what is our greatest blessing?

Do you know what is our greatest pride?

No one else than you.

Do you know what makes us happiest?

You.

When I sit down to write this,

I have a universe full of feelings and emotions,

But no words to describe them.

When I sit down to talk about you to my heart,

I have numerous things to talk of,

But all of them conclude the same thing,

That you’re papa’s and mumma’s soul,

That you’re naughty and moody but you’re loving and kind,

That your heart is so pure,

That you are a honest child,

That you care and worry about us,

That that that that that and it will never end.

Today you’re a small toddler,

We give you everything more than you deserve, more than you desire,

Not because we can but we do it with all our heart,

Not because we should because we want to.

We want to give you everything that we can if that makes you a healthy, happy, honest and an independent person.

We promise you to give you everything we can and everything that you ever ask for. We promise to give you the best of ourselves and the most of ourselves. We promise to put in every possible effort to bring out the best in you at your comfort.

When you’re a young adult and when you’re reading this, we want to convey all the possible love through words because there is no language, no words and nothing at all that can even give you an idea.

But with this, we also want to convey, that all we ask of you, for us, is a promise of always being faithful towards the family, always being an honest, humble & a disciplined person. We want you to become a man of words. We want you to become a whole – hearted person. We want to ask you to always be brave, courageous and a positive person.

We wish & pray the best of everything for you. But always remember “Nothing of value comes without great efforts”. We are always here for you in the form of support & love. But everyone fights their battles alone. So always learn to be very courageous and with no doubts, success will be yours.

We also want you to remember, at every step and every day of your life, that we love you unconditionally.

And that you’re our soul.

A little letter that I’ve penned for my son. It is the best gift a parent can gift their children. Is there anything that you’ve made for the future version of your little bundle of joy? I would love to read them, share in the comment box.

XX or XY. How does it matter?

Never understood what is the difference between a XX & XY,

But they always said there is.

Never understood the difference,

But they always discriminated.

Never understood the difference,

But they always made us live with it.

Never understood the difference,

Because we are equivalent .

Never understood the difference,

Because we are the root of generations.

Never understood the difference,

Because we deserve equality at its best.

Never understood the difference,

Because we are the backbones of our families.

Never understood the difference,

Because we are the women.

Never understood the difference,

Because only we bring life to the world.

Never understood the difference,

Because we are strongest.

Never understood the difference,

Because what is an XX without XY?

Never understood the difference,

Because we don’t want to.

Never understood the difference,

Because it’s malign.

Never understood the difference,

Because it’s not right.

Never understood the difference,

Because they never proved us less.

Never understood the difference,

Because we should not.

Never understood the difference,

Never will!

Never understood the difference,

But now let’s not let them differentiate.

Never understood the difference,

But let’s stand for our daughters.

Never understood the difference,

But now let’s teach value to our sons.

Never understood the difference,

But let’s impart the best to our future.

Never understood the difference,

But let’s make the world worth living.

Never understood the difference,

Never will, never should!

Who are they to judge us?

We conceived, we nourished,

Who are they to judge us?

We took the labour, we took the stitches,

Who are they to judge us?

We slept nothing, nor did we care,

So who are they to judge us?

We give our days, we give our nights,

So who are they to judge us?

We give our love, we give our lives,

So who are they to judge us?

We are strong and we won’t care,

But they will still judge us.

We are daughters , we are girls,

We are women, we are mothers,

So they will surely judge us.

But we are willful and courageous,

Hence, they will surely judge us.

Give your best and believe the best,

Let them judge us.

Together let’s support the women,

Together let’s support the mothers,

Because no matter what,

We are the finest creation,

Hence, they will judge us.

Whether they believe or not,

But we are a blessing to them,

But still, they will judge us,

But still let them judge us.

But together let’s ignore them,

Because we are discerning,

So never let them bother you,

FOR THEY ARE NO ONE TO JUDGE US.

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“You’re not a very good mother” so they say.

I am a woman, I am a wife.

But most of all, I am a mother,

But not a very good one,so they say

Because I don’t know what it is to be a good mother.

I am awake and I sleep a little,

I rest for a few, but that is once in a while,

I eat a little, but I cook a lot,

I feed appropriately,but not to myself,

I run a lot, but I’m still not thin,

I try to impart a lot, but not always get the best results,

I play with my Rockstar and he enjoys it too,

I stay home with him, but I know one day he will grow up and move out,

I love with all my heart, but I don’t know what is all of it,

I give my all to my family, but I don’t know what is all of it.

I stand by all for my family, but I don’t know what is all of it.

I speak a lot, but I don’t know who’s listening,

I write a lot, but I don’t know who’s reading,

My kid loves me, more than I desired, more than I imagined,

But somehow, it still never seems enough.

I am so dizzy because the world and it’s words has so much to say,

You’re not a very good mother”

Is what they say to every mother?

We have no ideal mother,

Who they approve of.

We have no role model,

Who we can blindly follow.

But all they say is You’re not a very good mother”

Still confused, and full of guilt,

I wish to know what does it mean to be “A very good mother“?

For I give my all

But still, so they say, I am not a very good mother!

A small write up that has been in my hearts since I became a mommy. I hope all of you relate to it. Also, let me know how has the world tried to change you in the comment box below

Us for our child- a father & mother’s harmony.

Living in an era, where more than wealth and success, people need more of security, confidence, support and self-esteem, parenting the future generation has become rather difficult than what it was decades back. Parenting now is not confined to problems like children not eating and not going to school, but it has advanced to raise children who are secure, courageous, independent & sincere. Parenting also includes inculcating moral values and ethics.

Parenting decades back was not so modified and specific like it is today. When the need for these values have increased to a no-end level, it has become very necessary for every parent to impart such values and such traits in the child.

Parenting being so crucial and demanding, it always becomes apparent and efficient when both the parents come together to give the best to the child. I always believe that when both the parents take up a single responsibility of raising the best in a child, the job becomes easier and the rewards more pleasing.

The pressure and the struggle become less on a single parent when it’s shared. Plus there is always a source of help and a shoulder to lean on when the days are not as you expected. On days when I am just overloaded with emotions and stress both physical and mental, I always ask the daddy to take charge of my Little Rockstar. This definitely gives me space to deal with myself and come back all in high spirits.

I and the daddy have shared our set of duties and responsibilities. We know our personal duties towards Little Rockstar and we make sure we complete them. For example- daddy teaches sports( because daddy’s a cricket champ) Mumma teaches pre-writing skills. This has made our jobs easier and more rewarding.

Not only this, our family has come together in the strongest possible way. We together are strongest and the best. Because a mother and a father’s harmony is the best source of parenting.

I and daddy took an unsaid oath the day we got to know I’m pregnant and it goes like this ”together we will do all it needs to raise a happy, healthy and an independent child. Together we will battle all the struggles and together we will make a happy family for it’s only us for our child”

What were you and your partners unsaid promises when you became parents? Share them all in the comment box below.

Take ”TIME-OUTS” for yourself, you mommies!

A bunch of hours to oneself, without any hassle or work becomes a dream to every mommy. Overlooking personal needs and desires add to the list of daily sacrifices and tasks. Often, we as mothers, subconsciously feel selfish taking out time for ourselves and leaving the little one with someone else. But the fact and the truth of motherhood & parenting is a time out from all the daily chores and mothering the loves of our lives.

A time out that means to relax & rejuvenate your mind and your body. A dedicated ”me-time” timeout is very important to maintain the existence of a mother as a woman as well as a mother. Being a mother is a never-ending 24*7 job of being available to child’s calls, demands, needs. It is only possible to be doing the level best to a job, that’s so asking, is when a mother is happy. Only when a mother is internally happy, content, relaxed the family will be happy and its best. This makes a mother’s job rewarding, satisfying and delightful all at the same time.

Learn to relieve yourself.

Nothing in the entire world will change or get damaged not even child’s growth and development if a mother takes her timeout from her responsibilities for a while. In fact, it makes the mind more apparent and precise. Moreover, a human body and a human mind require mental peace and mental relaxation more than anything. So mommies, please listen to your body and your mind. Give it the rest it asks and never ignore the body instincts.

Happy mommy, happy family!

The source of strength and the source of happiness in the entire family is a mother for no one can love the family like her. If the mother is happy the entire family remains well and happy. If the mother is confused and frustrated the entire family will be less satisfied unstated and discontented. So power mummies, make sure you, your body, your heart and your mind are all happy. This will ensure that your family is at it’s happiest.

I’m sure all the mommies reading this want to know how to spend their me time and make their me time worth it, I’ve written a post completely given to this topic. Here’s the link