15 fun Toddler Activities to do this weekend

As an educator I enjoy easy activities that not only keep kids busy but allow them to learn through play.

Here are 15 fun easy activities to keep your toddler ( and you) busy this weekend.

1.Cut up pipe cleaners – collect a variety of coloured pipe cleaners and let your child practice their cutting skills by cutting the pipe cleaners into smaller pieces.

2.Balloon badminton – make 2 bats by taping a carton tube to a paper plate. Alternatively You can cut a pool noodles and each use a piece or use fly swatter. Take turns using a balloon as the ball to hit.

3.Bubbles wrap runway – this is very cute and perfect for little toddlers. Place a long strip of bubble wrap on the ground. Have your child stand like an aeroplane , arms outstretched and run down the runway to take off and fly.

4.Golf tees into Styrofoam – for this you need a few golf tees and some Styrofoam. Give your child a wooden hammer and let him hammer each tee into the Styrofoam.

5.Highways – make roads from tape on the ground and let your toddler ride their cars on the roads.

6.Treasure hunt – hide a few items in a room or outside. Draw the items into a piece of paper and help your child to find each one. I like a nature hunt where each child has to find a few items to collect outside.

7.Cereal necklaces – using a cereal that looks like hoops make a necklace by stringing tgem onto a piece of string or ribbon.

8.Thread cereal onto a spaghetti stick – place a piece of raw spaghetti into a piece of playdough. Thread cereal with hoops onto the spaghetti.

9.Newspaper balls – roll newspaper up into a ball and throw, kick and roll the balls with your toddler.

10.Roll down a hill- I’m sure you all remember the fun of rolling downhill and in the grass. Teach your toddler to roll downhill.

11.Balance beam- a balance beam can be made from a piece of plank or a few bricks placed together . Allow your child to hold your hand until they are confident enough to balance by themselves.

12.Block stack – use blocks or plastic containers to stack into tall towers and let your toddlers knock it over.

13.Lacinging cards – cut some easy shapes from card boxes. Old cereal boxes work best. Punch all around and let your child use a shoe lace to thread around.

14.Cook with mud- who didn’t love cooking with mud as a child? Give them some old kitchen utensils and make a small mud patch outside. This is great for creativity.

15.Peg play-allow your child to peg the clothing pegs on and off a paper plate, shoebox or string tied between two chair legs.

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Little Bears Toddler  bucket list for January 2018

It’s January again , I mean how fast are the days flying by? It seems just yesterday we celebrated little bears first New Years eve and here we are again.

As one does in the beginning of a new year, I’ve started organising and scheduling our year. Sorting our posting schedules and looking at various challenges for the year.

One of the things i’ve started is a bucket list of things I want to achieve this year, some are easy , others require a bit bigger dreaming 😉

So, I thought why not include a bucket list for little bear

I know , I hear you groaning … as moms we can bearly keep up with the kids milestone books and extra murals so how will we fit in a bucket list

Easy …

Instead of writing a long list i’m going to post 5 bucket list items a month and work throughout that month to complete them 😊

I hope you’ll join us and share your experiences with us.

To make it easier for us to share your experiences with you ,tag us on your social media with #littlebearsbucketlist or #funmammasa

January bucket list

  1. Join a library
  2. Picnic in a park
  3. Go for a ride on my bike 
  4. Build a sandcastle
  5. Bake with mom 



1. Join a library

We love to read and have a wide collection of toddler books. Even so i find little bear sometimes wants a new book to read or I want to read a specific book to him and don’t want to spend a fortune on a book we may only read once or twice.  That is where the public library comes in handy.

The toddler book range is extensive, you can try out new authors and books at no cost, theres no need to worry about space for new books as you return your books every two weeks (or sooner), your child learns to love and respect books, it’s a fun outing and you can chose specific books to match your child’s interests and abilities never to stress about replacing the books your toddler has outgrown. Your library also loan out dvds, talking books, puzzles and magazines.

So, how do you join the library

If you aren’t a member already you will need to open a card for you aswell.  For that you need your ID and  proof of residence.  To open your child’s card you will need their birth certificate. 

Remember to ask your library for a list of times, services offered and about their story hours and holiday programs to keep your todders busy.

2. Picnic in the park

When last did you pack a picnic basket of all your favourite nibbles and head to your nearest park to enjoy some quality family time? 

I love to picnic, and the last picnic we enjoyed was bears teddy bear birthday picnic.

I’m a bit weary of being alone in a park so chose an open park with lots of houses around or take a group with you. 

3. Go for a ride on my bike

We very lucky to live both next to the pretty #mycity walkways and close enough to the beach promanade so little bear can enjoy both.

We lazy though and don’t  always take him for a ride on his bike.

 One of my own goals is to be outside and moving more this year so this bucket list challenge is the perfect way for me to start my daily walks with little bear.

4. Build a sandcastle

Is there anything nicer than the soft cool feel of sand between your toes? Little Bear loves the sand and has now started to copy what we do so building a sand castle together could be alot of fun. 

As a little girl I spent hours decorating my sand castles with shells and driftwood imagining they were homes to mermaids and sea creatures. When I was done i’d built an entire town on the beach.

If you don’t live near the beach, let your toddler build a sand castle in the sandpit or garden. Kinetic sand is also great if you cant get outside.

5. Bake with mom

Little bear loves to be in thd kitchen with me. He also wants to do everything we do, so baking is a great activity to bond and build that independance.

He even has his own little apron to help bake in. 

I’ll be posting some no bake recipes for you all to try with your children Or you can email me for a copy of the sugar biscuit recipe we’ve been using for the last 26 years, since Tammi first baked with me.

I can’t wait to get little bear and I started on this bucket list .

Enjoy the activities and building memories with your bears manma💖

How to put on your child’s swimming cap

Swimming essentials by Spurt SA

Most swimming caps are made from durable, stretchy silicone. They are designed for a snug, comfortable fit and are intended to grip the head and stay in place.

Because of this, swimming caps may tend to pull at a child’s hair as you place the cap on, making it difficult to get your child to wear a swimming cap.

Here are a few tried and tested ways to get your child’s swimming cap on without tears.

Wet the hair
Wet your child’s hair either in a pre-shower or at the pool before putting the cap on.

Tame the tangle

If your child is like my Kiki her hair tangles with the slightest hint of nature’s elements. You can run some conditioner through the wet hair first to stop the tangle.

Ditch the band

Long hair can be tricky to keep in a swimming cap as it tends to bunch up. Most of us quickly grab a hair band and tie it up. Unfortunately hair bands cause tension to the scalp and become uncomfortable. Rather leave the hair loose and tuck it into the swimming cap.

Always stretch

Lace your fingers together loosely and put your hand into the cap. Align the seam over your knuckles and gently stretch the cap outwards.

Brace yourself 

Have your child stand in front of you , with their back to you. With your hands still in the stretched cap gently lower it over your child’s head, until your fingers feel the eyebrows. This will be low enough. Now slowly slide your hand down until the cap is on their head.

Dont forget to tuck

Simply lift the edges of the swimming cap and tuck in any stray pieces of hair. Adjust the cap in order for your child to be comfortable.

What goes on must come off

To remove, hook your fingers underneath the front seam and lift away from the hair.

Monkey proudly showing his new swimming gear from Spurt SA

Photos : Fun Mamma S.A.

Model: Monkey

Products : 

  • Swimming cap sponsored by Spurt 
  • Goggles sponsored by Spurt
  • Nose plug sponsored by Spurt

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Win a spurt swimming apparel hamper

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Just in time for our warm Cape Town summer days, Spurt have sponsored a swimmingly sensational giveaway.

 Spurt is the leading suppliers of swimming apparel in South Africa. The brand is loved for its innovative patterns, colours and comfortable fit.  With an extensive range of accessories and swimming aids for beginners and athletes.  

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Goggles 

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