The sun is shining in Portland today, but not for long. February in the Pacific Northwest means it’s been gray and rainy for a good three months. It can bring even a toddler down. Here are some guaranteed joy makers to give your toddler (and yourself) a mood lift:
Walking by a classroom full of toddlers yesterday, I saw two teachers blowing bubbles onto the heads of their charges. There was a broad smile on every pudgy little face and every sticky little hand was in the air, trying to touch the ephemeral sphere.
On your next trip to the grocery store, pick up a little jar of multi-colored sprinkles. Just four or five poured into a little hand and you get delight without a sugar rush.
Stickers and Temporary Tattos
Dollar stores are great places to stock up on stickers and tattoos. I have a hypothesis that letting kids indulge in temporary tattoos at a tender age can prevent rebellious ink addicts later on. Perhaps just wishful thinking?
Strip your baby naked and let him draw all over himself. Sensory delight!
Set up a soft space and give your tot a crash course in tumbling.
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve building forts from a card table and sheets. If you’re lucky, your kid will invite you in for a nap.
Have any mood lifters of your own to share?