What's Shakin' Valentine?
The phrase "mover and shaker" perfectly describes the phase of babyhood that Kade is in right now. If he's not crawling or climbing, he's sitting and shaking something. He shakes everything. Even if it doesn't make noise. Sometimes he does the shaking motion with his hand(s) even if he isn't holding anything. So in continuing with our Valentine-themed, indoor, too-cold-out, too-snowy-in-MN, sick-of-all-our-toys, baby-only-wants-to-play-with-power-cords activities, I made him some Valentine shakers.
I have made shakers for him in the past using those mini plastic water bottles (after tearing the label off) which has worked great. To switch it up, I found these little guys in the bottom of a tub with all of our extra bottle/breastmilk storage type stuff that we didn't use or got from the hospital. I'm pretty sure these were given to us for free from the hospital and Kyle was about to toss them. If you're a mom with littles or you've worked in early childhood, you are a hoarder of all things to others considered garbage: empty tissue boxes, empty water bottles, empty rolls of toilet paper and paper towels, boxes, bubble wrap, you name it. It's NOT garbage, people. These things are FREE TOYS.
In the first shaker, and Kade's favorite [because it's the loudest], are some red and pink heart shaped beads- maybe technically vase filler? Pretty sure I found these at the dollar store a few years back. They are great in a sensory tub and great for using with water play, too [this may or may not be foreshadowing for my next Valentine-themed post- stay tuned, those bad boys might make a comeback].
The second [middle] shaker has THE CUTEST mini Valentine erasers. There are hedgehogs, foxes, owls, and hearts. I'm going to guess these were one of those Target dollar section finds back in the day. They always have the best mini erasers. And the best everything. I am so good at coming up with a reason why I NEED every single thing from that dollar section. The erasers can be used for so many different things [when your child is old enough to not think they're food]. You can use them as game pieces, or for practice with patterning, sorting, and counting. You can even use them as... wait for it... erasers. Brilliant, right?
The last shaker has a combination of festive pom-pon balls (that you can get at a dollar store, Target, Walmart, or a craft store), and some translucent, red, bingo chips. The pom-pons are mostly just for visual stimulation and the chips, obviously, do all the noise making.
Clearly, he thought the erasers were pretty cute, too. ;)
We take our shaking very seriously here.
Stay tuned, my friends, next up: Valentine Water Play
Thanks for reading, happy shaking!