Adult/Baby/Toddler/Kid Activities

I am a Grandma
and get to
♥♥ spend regular time with my granddaughter.♥♥

Here are things we do at different ages.
I want to keep track of them!

Newborns


This is us.
I am happy happy happy!!
Being a ‘nearby Grandma’
is THE BEST!!

Talk to them! Be silly!
Here's a video clip of silliness!

Cuddle! Hug! Laugh!
Make a ‘color-wave blanket’
from scraps.

A mobile is great over the crib.
My daughter made this!


SING!!
PLAY PIANO!!


Very young:
baby on floor
by piano
Later:
in my lap

We play music!
She ‘plays’ keys!
We sing!
She LOVES it!

Grandma
singing songs

Write the day's plans on an easel.
(I bought an infant carrier, but never used it.
I just carry her—great exercise!)

Make a stuff organizer

‘Snap’ the legs of a stuffed animal
into clothes to keep it nearby.



Read read read
You can't get too much of this at any age!
We often write in the front of our books:
‘Read by Grandma and Alex, (date)’
So much fun to look back at, years later!

Wagon rides
(or stroller/carriage rides)

Make a memory quilt.
(This photo is with Alex at about 17 months... and 25 blocks done!)

Before sitting,
I would carefully prop her up
(constantly supervised)
to watch birds in our ‘critter area’.



Carry her around
to get the ‘lay of the land’.

Play peek-a-boo!
(34 seconds)

Lots of rocking
(We have a double rocker inside
and a glider outside.)


Sitting and Beginning to Creep/Crawl


Starting to sit
opens up lots of new play!
Stacking blocks are a good toy.

Oh boy!
Beef kale meatball
and strawberries.
Messy eating opportunities!

At Grandma's house,
we use the ‘Sassy Seat’ for eating/more.
She loves these homemade memory cards.
I put velcro on them—she loves to pull them apart!

More musical opportunities!
(59 seconds)



Velcro fruits are perfect
for a love of pulling things apart
(and a love of fruits).

Regular trips to the park and zoo
(these are musical bars)

Watch ducks
(and turtles and frogs)
at a nearby pond

Use ‘big kid’ stuff
(with proper supervision)



A big exercise mat is fantastic
as kids start to creep/crawl.
(34 seconds)

Kitchen bowls/utensils are a fantastic toy!

Practice with a spoon!

Loves the toddler swing!



Really enjoys stuffed animals

The big bag of (mostly) McDonald Happy Meal toys
(accumulated long ago) provides hours of fun
(always supervised, since everything still goes into the mouth)

Who knew diapers
could be so much fun!?

Selfies are fun at all ages!



She loves loves loves her books!
(pushing buttons on Usborne books)
(17 seconds)

Push toys work well
for developing standing/walking skills
(13 seconds)

Fun at the piano with Grandpa

Getting pushed around the house
in a laundry basket
(with a book—life doesn't get much better!)



Playing with dirt
and bird seed

The first time Alex tried this tent swing,
she wasn't quite sure what to make of it.
Shortly after, it turned into her favorite swing!!
(I put a round doggie-bed inside to make it more comfy.)
She likes to spin around, and around, and around!


Walking


Puzzles

Big tubes

Beach time!

I can dress myself
and be sooooo fashionable!



In the hammock with a snack

Working hard in the kitchen

Pretend play
(26 seconds)

Little slide
(1 minute 7 seconds)



Getting really good with a spoon
(47 seconds)

Books with flaps

A special chair for reading

Chunky chalk drawing outside
(lots of adult help here)



Flannel board and felt
(Practice with letters, colors, shapes ... lots more!)
FLANNEL BOARD ACTIVITIES:

flannelboardfun.com is an amazing resource!
Here's her full playlist.

Little rollercoaster car
As of 17 months, Alex needs help getting in,
and she can't push it up the track herself yet.
But she loves loves loves riding it down!



Letters (about 17 months)
(‘M’ is actually one of her best and favorite letters!)
(love how she stacks the letters so neatly)
(1 minute 21 seconds)

Water play
(Look carefully to see the sprinkler.)

Go for a ride in the mining cart
(She's signing ‘more’!)

Wander around and explore



Tricycle/stroller
(it has different configurations for different ages/abilities)
It's compact enough to fit through our desert paths!

Play Doh
(we have Milk and Cookies and
Shape and Learn Make and Measure)
At this age, she uses a booster seat together with 3" chair risers.

Colorforms
(we have Picture Play Set—Pets)



Dress up!
Play piano (without any help)!

Tiny Tears (from Carol's youth)

Sit & Spin
Grandpa Ray taught Alex (18 months)
how to spin this all by herself
(35 seconds)



Melissa & Doug magnetic dress-up doll