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The weather is warming up with beautiful flowers and time for the outdoors but sometimes those ugly rainy days get in the way of outdoor play. When those days pop up, I like to have a backup plan of activities to keep my girlies entertained. I recently put a few of my back up plans in action, all using our newest fun accessory: the EZPZ Flower Play Mat. Check out these 3 fun hands on activities for toddlers!
I have to eyeing this mat for quite some time now. I had heard it was great for both feeding and crafting so I knew it’d be great for Hailey’s messy eating habits and Brielle’s love of painting. An opportunity arose to work with The Baby Cubby, a retail and online shop that cultivates what they believe to be the best products for you the mom and your kids. They carry different versions of these EZPZ mats and I was SO excited to grab two flower designs for my girls for some hands on activities.
Up until now our painting sessions all featured a paper plate full of paints but it was often flipped over by Hailey mid way through painting. Not this time around! I put a little of each color in these petals with a q-tip and let them go to town.
I tried to introduce the concept of each q-tip assigned to each color so there was no mixing. Brielle understood but, of course, Hailey did not. And that’s ok! She still had fun peeking into each petal cup and seeing what was inside.
I look forward to using these same mats with water in the center to practice the whole “washing off your brush” concept that we have yet to try.
A few days later we tried using the mat for a color sorting activity followed by a fine motor skill one. Before you freak out about mixing art materials with food surfaces, know that these mats are dishwasher safe. They were completely cleaned in a dishwasher cycle between these activities!
A pile of Fruit Loops in the center bowl were quickly separated out into colors in each petal (by Brielle). Fruit Loops are not normally a cereal in our cabinet but I was too scared to give Hailey beads since she’s still little!
A piece of kids crafting shoe lace cord was then used for some threading action.
They both threaded for a while until they realized they were edible and in their mouth the supplies went! (Can you say twinsies?)
The latest activity we tried involved lunchtime and an invitation to play with our EZPZ mat and our beloved personalized Dylbug plates.
On the plate I put a ham and cheese wrap and in each petal cup I put a few fruits, veggies, chips and yes, even some M&Ms. I’ve made them their fair share of cute food designs on these plates but now they got to make their own creations thanks to this multi mat.
Brielle was a SUPER fan of these hands on activities, especially with this food plate, so I know she’ll be asking to do this one again.
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