Last year or so we did quite a bit with our daughter's bedroom. It's been tons of fun to do projects in there - big ones & small ones. A quick rundown of projects - built out the closet, painted, new trim, created a memo board, and other stuff. It's not done either (nothing ever is LOL), but it's time to shift our focus a bit.
Poor Chris. He's suffering as the second child (not really). His bedroom used to be Sarah's room, so when she moved out into her big-girl bedroom, the walls were princess purple. And they have remained princess purple ever since. Painting it wasn't the highest priority because of a few things, not the least of which was that Chris was an extraordinarily destructive toddler. I didn't want to scrub, patch and paint walls only to have them dinged, scratched, and scribbled on immediately.
Well, the time has come! The room has been adequate but a bit sparse in furnishings (but safe for his whirlwind lifestyle). He's grown up a lot though in the last year and a half and now that he's approaching his fourth b-day, I think we can safely bring a few things back for him!
The first thing we need to do is take a look at what we're working with - BEFORE PHOTOS!! Jason already started patching up the holes & imperfections in the walls so that's what all the white stuff is :)
The room is long and somewhat narrow. Plenty of space for everything we need - bed & dresser (we are keeping what we have for now), toy storage, book shelf, and plenty of space to play!
I'm not one of those bloggers who spends their days coming up with unique/cheap/sensory games for their kids. My kids play video games. They play with legos. They play with my phone. Every once in a while though, I come up with something a little different. Today it was an inspirational bag of mixed beans from the grocery store!
I hate beans, so when I saw this bag of beans, it looked more like arts & crafts materials than food, but it can be a sensory toy too.
It's a pretty simple idea - dump some mixed beans onto a tray or bin (or onto a table if you're brave) and have your preschooler sort them by type, size, color, shape... it's up to him & you.
We sorted into an ice cube tray because I had one handy, but you cold sort into an egg carton, a muffin tin, little bowls, or even just piles. The idea is to work on concepts like big/small, same/different, colors, shapes. And it's fun for kids to play with them. They have a nice tactile feel, too.
With the stormy, snowy, icy, cruddy weather we've had, this was a fun and easy indoor activity for a bit.