8 Things To Do With Lots of Links

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8 Things To Do With Lots Of Links

Lots of Links or “link rings” or “linkies”…whatever you call them…are useful as all get out!  If you’re anything like me, I was thrilled to receive package after package of them when my little one was on the way.

I wanted to get Lots of Links, Stacking Cups, Stacking Rings, and Blocks…all of the essentials I had as a kid.  All the great toys that you can use your imagination with as opposed to the electronic junk that is dominating the toy market now.

I’ve noticed that a lot of parents let them disappear into toy boxes once they’re not using them on play gyms anymore, but they can be played with in a million new ways and they are incredibly useful!

  • Attach toys

Magical Mama Blog 8 Things to do with Lots of Links attach and hang toys in the car or crib

When baby is little, this really comes in handy.  Before baby is running around, picking up toys, you can hang toys from play gyms, pack and plays, and cribs for baby to swat at and reach for.

When baby is older, this comes in handy in the car!  You can make a chain of links from the head rest and attach toys, or attach them directly to the car seat.

My little girl is practically a toddler and I use them to attach toys in the car still because if she throws them, I can easily pick them up!

  • Make pull game

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Attach all the links into one long chain and place them in a bin of some kind.  Give baby one end and let them pull it out like one of those never ending scarf chains that magicians used to have.

Their faces light up as they grab and pull and their muscles and coordination get a good work out.

  • Make an instrument

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Grab a big Tupperware container from your kitchen, throw a handful of links in, and seal up.

Let baby shake to their heart’s content!

  • Make a stacking game on a paper towel holder

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If you have a freestanding paper towel holder in your kitchen, pull the paper towels off and show baby how to stack the links onto the rung.

If baby doesn’t quite have the coordination to stack yet, put the links on for them and let them pull them off.  Makes them just as happy!

  • Set in Jello for a dig

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Magical Mama Blog 8 things to do with lots of links linkies link chains jello dig

Prepare for a mess.  Make a batch of Jello in a big dish and throw some links in and around so some are poking out and some are floating inside.  Put in the fridge to set.

(I used a bit of washi tape in order to have some of the links stick out.  They will float flat on the top if you don’t, which is fine, I just wanted to give her a challenge to dig in there!)

Either set out a dollar store plastic table cloth or put them in the tub and have bath time right after.

Let baby tear through the jello to get to the links.  There will be a mess, but they will be immensely proud of themselves and you don’t have to worry about them eating their sensory play!

  • Make link drop bucket

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This is one of my daughter’s favorite toys.  She pulls it out at least 3 or 4 times a day.

I simply took a coffee canister once it was empty,

gave it a soak and a wash,

traced a big rectangle into the lid,

cut it out with an Xacto knife,

sanded it to make sure it was safe for little fingers

and we’ve played with it multiple times per day since then!

We call it the “putting away” game…I’m trying to pass on my love of cleaning to her at an early age!

She carries it around by the slot on top like it’s a purse!

  • Baby Proofing

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If you have handles on your cabinets, you can throw a link or two onto them and BAM!  They’re baby proofed!

  • Do a color sort

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When baby starts recognizing the different colors, you can place a colored piece of paper on the floor or get out some Tupperware out.  Show baby some samples of color matching and let them give it a try.

Once they’re good at it, it can be a busy activity to keep them amused while you do something else!

 

If baby gets sick, you’ll want to sanitize these links, check out my post on Toy Disinfectant Spray and Wash.

 

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How To: Make Edible Yogurt Play Doh

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How To: Make Edible Yogurt Play Doh

You’re trying to get something done and your toddler is running after you, screaming for your attention… Sound familiar?

No worries!  Take 5 minutes to mix together 2 ingredients that are already in your kitchen!

My child is a hungry hungry hippo, so she will put anything within arm’s reach straight into her mouth.  When I want to give her something to amuse her for a few minutes, I need to make sure it’s taste-safe.

Luckily, all you need for this recipe is yogurt and cornstarch!  Both, taste-safe ingredients make for a fun, attention grabbing activity that your child can do in their high chair while you get things done.

I’m not going to write a few hundred words that you’ll simply scroll through in order to get to the recipe!  Here it is!

What you’ll need:

2 containers of baby yogurt (a little less than 1 cup)

1 heaping cup of Corn Starch

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Throw both ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.

If your dough is crumbly, add yogurt.

If your dough is sticky, add corn starch.

It’s just that simple and it makes a ton!

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You could easily cut the recipe in half if you want to save ingredients or you have the feeling it will end up on the floor.

It keeps well for a few days in a ziplock bag in the fridge.

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It has a great smooth and rubbery texture that is great for sensory play!

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magical mama blog how to make edible yogurt play doh dough silly putty toddler baby activity

Give it a try and see how your kiddos like it!

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Celebrate the Olympics with your Family

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Celebrate the Olympics with your Family

The time is quickly approaching for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait the two years from the Summer games to the Winter games!

My husband and I plan out our watching schedule and root on our teams in our favorite sports.

The games will take place February 9th through February 25th.  While you’re rooting on your favorite athletes, why not get your kids up and moving? Nothing excites kids more for sports and competition than the Olympics.

While they’re up and excited, why not make some fun family activities? Here are some fun ways to bring the Olympic games into your home!

Opening Ceremony Party

Have each member of your family create a flag out of card stock to represent them.  Assign each member of the family a color and use that to represent them through your games.  Grab some card stock and dowels.

Parade around the living room or backyard to fun music. Have the kids work together to come up with an opening ceremony performance.

Get out the craft supplies and have the kiddos construct an “Olympic Torch” that can be passed around and displayed while the games are in session.

Turn it into a research project.  Ask them, what games were in the first Olympics? When did they divide it into Summer & Winter games?  What are the world records for medals?  When did the Olympics take place in your country?

Medals

Grab some medals to hand out at each event.  Be sure to pick out events where each kiddo can succeed.  Grab some or make some out of salt dough or chocolate coins.

Winter Olympic Games to Play

Figure Skating

Head to your local ice rink and rent some skates for a few hours.  Show off your moves to one another. Grab some score cards, let each family member perform, and work out a fair scoring system.

Speed Skating

Dust off your roller blades and take the kids out for a spin.  Many bike shops or even toy sections of stores will have a beginner set for your little ones to learn.

Make sure they have on safety gear and use some cones to mark out your rink and race away!

Ice Hockey

Grab some brooms and a ball and go out into a field, mark off goals with your cones and let the kids go wild.

Biathalon

Take the kids to the backyard or a local park.  Set up cones for them to sprint, then have a nerf gun or water gun (depending on weather) and targets at the end of their foot race.

Skeleton/Luge

Grab some big chunks of cardboard from the garage and find a local park with a big, grassy (and safe) hill.  Set up a finish line and let the kids run and slide feet first or head first (whichever makes you feel safer).  You may consider the safety gear above for the less coordinated kiddos.

Curling

Human curling! Grab this fabulous slip n slide and set it up in your backyard.  Set up cones on either side and see which kiddo can get the closest to the target.

Skiing / Snowboarding

If you’re near mountains that have some fun resorts that you can visit, go snowboarding or skiing. If your kids are experts on skateboards, have them teach you how and try out a race.

Closing Ceremony Celebration

Adorn yourself with your earned medals, throw out some Olympic themed snacks and decorate with some flags and quiz the kids on what country belongs to which flag.

Throughout the games, encourage the kids to do some research on the countries they don’t have much knowledge about.

During the viewing of the closing ceremonies, ask them what continent each country is in or one interesting fact about it.


Summer Olympic Games to Play

Gymnastics

Create a balance beam by balancing one long wooden board on some smaller boards on each side.  Have the kids show off some skills and create a fair scoring system.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Grab some spools of ribbon and cut and tie some onto the dowels you grabbed for your flags.  Turn on some music and have the kids choreograph a dance.

My sister and I had ribbon dancers when we were little and would put on performances and teach ourselves fun tricks all the time. Try it with hula hoops or a small ball as well!

Synchronized Swimming

Head to your local swimming hole, community pool, or your own pool if you have it.  Grab a waterproof speaker and turn on some music while your family tries out their graceful water dance moves.

Swimming

Have some lap races in the pool and work on the different strokes your kiddos can do. Set up a kiddie pool or a large container with water and have each family member pick a rubber ducky.  Use water guns to push your rubber ducky past the finish line!

Diving

Head to the local swimming hole (or your back yard if you have a pool).  Let the kids try out the diving boards, slides, or just have them jump from the edge of the pool and (safely) make up some tricks to show off. Bring those score cards along with you!

Fencing

Grab some pool noodles and have the kids duel it out while you have no worries about anyone poking their eye out!

Archery/Shooting

Let the kids try out their target skills with some suction-tipped nerf gun fun!

Canoe Sprint

Take a drive to your local lake or marina.  Rent a canoe, get some exercise, then have a fun little race.

Road Cycling

Head out for a family bike ride.  For the younger kids, try out a park path or big flat parking lot.  For the older kids, try a more natural environment for some off-road biking.

Basketball

Head to the hoop in the back yard, your local park or YMCA to have a few hours of shooting hoops.  If your little ones aren’t ready for an actual game, try an inventive game of HORSE.

Volleyball

Find a local volleyball court and head out to play a few rounds of beach or indoor volleyball as a family.

Boxing

If your kids are ready for a little fight (without actually fighting), set up a ring and break out the sock ’em boppers!

Table Tennis

Grab a table tennis set on Amazon and turn any table into a sporting zone!

Tennis

Your local parks and recreation should have a public facility where you can go play a few rounds of competitive tennis as a family.  Get your kiddos decked out with sweatbands and let them run and grunt just like the pros!

Long Jump

Tape out a measuring system and give each member a few tries to jump the farthest without falling or stepping.

Javelin Toss

Grab a handful of straws and place out some bowls or painters tape along the ground and score on how far your little ones can throw. If they’re not up for straws, let them try paper airplanes.

 

Have a wonderful time with your family, cheer on your country’s athletes, and enjoy yet another  inspiring season of unity and friendly competition at the Olympic games.

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