Toddler Tuesday: Mess Free Finger Painting & Reading Fun

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This is a make up post for yesterday’s Toddler Tuesday activities. We spent the evening finishing up my “to do list” so hopefully that will set my mind at ease and I can go into labor. One can hope.

The house looks great and is cleaner than EVER. Seriously, like before I had kids clean! Every closet has been redone and organized, laundry is done and put away, the house is dusted, swept, mopped YONAMEIT it is done! Come on baby Liam!

Anyway, so with me being so pregnant and tired, and Lucas having a broken arm, our activities are a bit more limited. I saw mess free finger painting on The Hippie Housewife and thought it would be perfect for us to try! Lucas HATES getting his fingers mess with anything anyway (he is a product of me and my OCD) so I especially liked the idea with his cast!

I taped it on his IKEA table which is already white so I didn’t need the paper underneath. He loved it. He was able to make shapes, and draw in it, and really enjoyed the squishyness. The best part is that I still have it in the bags for later use, so it was not wasted! Just some funky colors now:)

We also spent a good part of the morning reading The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury. This book is fantastic – it has all kinds of stories. Everything from Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, Guess How Much I Love You, and Lucas’ favorite Freight Train. We literally sat on the couch for over an hour just reading this one book. I loved it! Mommy got some great snuggle time and Lucas enjoyed exploring the book. It has become one of his favorite books!

Having a fun Toddler Tuesday (or any day) doesn’t have to be a big extravagant deal, it is making memories and doing things that appeal to a toddler and their world.

Books are a great way to connect, learn, cuddle and spend some quality time together. We have been reading to Lucas since day one and I honestly attribute that to his love of reading. Skippy Jon Jones is also a big hit – especially since one of our cats looks very much like him. Romeo has been renamed Skippy:)

What is your favorite book to read with your toddler?

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