Now that we are planning to get away for a small portion of the summer (amen and hallelujah — my children need that space!), I have been researching possible backyard and beach activities and gear for my toddler. Below, a roundup of my favorite finds:
MELISSA & DOUG TOSS AND GRIP (THE CATCHERS ARE REALLY “STICKY,” MAKING THE BALL EASY TO CATCH!)
HARD TO OVERSTATE HOW MUCH MINI LOVES HER T-BALL SET — WE BRING IT TO CENTRAL PARK DAILY
SMASHMALLOWS (AND OF COURSE THE REAL THING — S’MORES WITH PLAIN HERSHEY BARS YESSSS)
MY FAVORITE TOWELS TO KEEP ON HAND IN THE STROLLER/DIAPER BAG (SUPER THIN BUT ABSORBENT)
*Mini will lose her mind over these. We have been “using” a pair of “noculars” we made out of toilet paper rolls — she’s obsessed with the idea of spying on things with them. And once, Mr. Magpie let her borrow his flash light when we were building a fort out of boxes and she kept flashing it in our eyes so we had to take them away — she was absolutely distraught and did not stop talking about the flash light for a good 24 hours. She will go wild with these possessions.
For swim/beach/backyard fun wear, mini’s closet is stocked with these exact items:
And for the parents supervising (or, ideally, sit-er-vising, ala bath time)…
THIS WATERPROOF PORTABLE SPEAKER (TOP OF THE LINE BRAND)
PRO KADIMA SET (MR. MAGPIE AND MY BROTHER IN LAW LOVE THIS)
FEEL LIKE MR. MAGPIE WOULD DIE OVER A SUPER SOAKER
Finally, while on the subject of children’s gear, I have been looking for ways to diversify both our library and toy chest. The Conscious Kid has great suggestions on literature. A few toys I have discovered:
FISHER PRICE LITTLE PEOPLE (BTW – THESE LITTLE PEOPLE TOYS CONTINUE TO BE THE BIGGEST HIT FOR BOTH HILL AND EMORY)
P.P.S. Indoor activities for rainy days.