I have been doing a ton of craft/art/quiet while the baby naps time with Clara lately. I’m starting to run out of ideas. I don’t think I can take a whole lot more pretending to eat playdough cookies and then having to take the playdough away because Clara has stopped pretending and is really eating the “cookies.” But, that is not really the point here. I found an awesome activity at one of my favorite blogs, No Time for Flashcards for a Fruit Loops necklace. This is a piece of brilliance! Not only does it teach sorting and patterning, but it combines a yummy snack into it. Clara loves her “snacky snackies” so it was sure to be a hit. After checking to make sure that Fruit Loops have no high fructose corn syrup (which they don’t!), I bought a little travel snack pack of them, got out an ice-cube tray and some yarn and off we went.
Next, she chose two colors to put on her necklace. We’re still new to patterning and two was definitely enough to keep track of. She strung those onto a piece of yarn with tape on the ends in a yellow, orange, yellow, orange pattern. Meanwhile, she snacked on all of the other colors.