I recently decided to tackle the shoe disaster that was happening on my closet floor. At our old place, the space I had necessitated that the shoes be low and flat on the floor. In this closet, the available space is more vertical. SO I bought some clear shoe boxes (you'll find the link below) and was thrilled....EXCEPT finding the right shoes was a disaster. Even though the boxes were clear, it was so hard to see what was in them. I got out my camera and took photos of all the shoes and got them printed when Snapfish was running a 99 prints for 99 cents deal. Really, it was a lot less effort than it sounds!
Here's where the toddler part comes in. I placed all the photos out on the ground. One at a time I would open a shoe box and have Ethan find the corresponding photo. Once he did, he was responsible for placing the photo in the box, putting on the lid, and stacking the box in the closet. He LOVED it. Seriously, it was great.
I bet it would be fun to do a scavenger hunt using the same method. Take photos of simple items and match the photo to the corresponding item. Maybe the next time prints go on sale....?
I would have loved to have taken Ethan to the polls with me, but I was more interested in going at a time where I anticipated the lines were "short." Have to say, kinda wish we were one of those families who made the experience a full family event--seems so romantic--but we went out to dinner together instead (win!). I heard that stickers were hard to come by this year, but I spied a roll and determined they were meant to be "help yourself."
This photo is from a few months ago, but I love it. Just the one colorful tiny bubble right on his nose is in focus. Apparently Ethan had learned to blow bubbles at daycare...I had no idea.
I've been meaning to do something like this for awhile, but Saturday when we were at the grocery store, Ethan and I picked up two bags of dried pinto beans. Just to give you an idea, I paid just under $4 for two large bags. I told him that they were not for eating, but that we were going to do something special with them. Intrigued by the idea, he insisted on holding them for the remainder of the shopping trip, as well as in the car on the way home (Blast, I totally should have gotten a picture!)
That being said, I didn't have a whole lot of time to get things together when we got home (notice how he's still wearing his jacket!) I grabbed a serving spoon, some plastic measuring cups, a large bowl, a shallow tray, and an empty plastic sugar container. He really had a good time scooping and pouring the beans--an activity we duplicated the next day, at his request.