Favorites Lately: Toddler Edition


It’s a been a while since I’ve updated you on Jada’s very favorite things.¬†Today, we’ll explore her favorite outdoor activities, most of them being free.

Favorite Outdoor Play Time

1. Flower Parks

Idea Garden

There is a garden/park on campus that she absolutely loves. Her senses are probably going crazy with all the colors, textures, and smells. She never gets bored, especially when there is an area designed specifically for children.

Idea Garden_6

2. Construction Sites & Machines

Construction Toddler

She is obsessed with all construction vehicles. Diggers, dump trucks, tractors, bull dozers, you name it, she loves it! Accordingly, I put a call out on Instagram and Facebook for book suggestions.

Here are the winners & still going strong, like we read them multiple times a day!

Goodnight, goodnight construction site

  1. Trucks: Lift-the-Flap Tab
  2. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
  3. Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?

 

3. Backyard Pool

Baby Pool

Jada does full blown cannonballs in her little pool. No better way to cool off after a morning of play and ensure a quality afternoon nap!
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4. Crafty Things

Toddler Painting

With warm weather, we take art outside. She was in a coloring book kick for quite a while, but I think she digs the freedom of paint. Play doh is a current favorite too!

Play doh

5. Walks with Cooper

Puppy and kid Idea Garden

She loves to help me fill his collapsible Fabric travel bowl during our walks to the nearby park. She is an animal lover and wants to pet all the dogs she sees. Hmmm, wonder where she gets that?

6. Natural Playscapes

Natural Playscape_Homer Lake

Playgrounds are easy and usually around every corner. But, how about a completely natural playground?

We just discovered this natural playscape, and Jada loved playing in the water, climbing the rocks, and simply exploring the new textures.

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7. Splash Parks

Splash Park

We are looking forward to finding some of these in Chicago the area!

 

I’m a huge believer in experiences over materials, and would love to hear some of YOUR little one’s favorites!

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Second trimester core & glutes workout

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Golden retriever

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second trimester POWER workout

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24 week pregnanct belly

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How to Build a Home Gym_1

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CrossFit Ladder WOD_1

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7 year anniversary

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Pink or Blue

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21 weeks pregnant belly

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