Tag: littlekids

The Most Beautiful and Best of Times

This is super random, but my gosh. To state the bleedin’ obvious, I love my kids so much. It’s so stupid that I get to worrying about whatIreallywanttodoforwork and howIwillspendmytimein10years and whatcareersshouldItryonforsize and stuff, when, really, I am in the Best of Times. The most beautiful and best of times.

I spent my twenties being 99% sure that a) I’d never find an amazing loved+loving partner and b) I’d never have children. I didn’t want children! I wasn’t interested at all. As time went on and I saw vague acquaintances share photos of their kids on the socials, I couldn’t relate at all. I found those photos and updates sooooo boring. It was like seeing cat photo after cat photo. “Oh, you think your kid did a funny thing! No. Every single person who has a kid thinks that kinda thing is cute or funny. It ain’t!”

Then, of course, I find someone and make the babies and share all the photos and the updates and think they’re oh so wonderful. Yup. Now I’m annoying the heck out of someone else.

Kit’s (almost 3) favourite things at the moment are EVERYTHING and sleeping, cuddles, hanging out with my brother, playing LEGO/marble run/dominoes/play-doh/Hungry Hippos, going to the local park and shops and playground and cafe for a banana milkshake, running and jumping, moving furniture around like it’s a jungle gym, reading books, singing, watching Olobob Top, conversing, eating. // We call his sister “Skybaby” and so Kit’s taken to calling himself “Kitlittleboy.” // He stopped daytime-napping for one pure month (this kid who loves sleep so much?! I couldn’t believe it!) and then, a week ago, outta nowhere, started naps again. “Mama, I’m going to have a little rest now, and I’ll have a big rest later,” he says, and asks me to leave his room. “I’m already tucked in.” // He was talking to my mum the other day about “what the neighbour-doors do” and after a while, she figured out that he was trying to say “the neighbours next door”. He’s full on, full of love, very frustrating sometimes, needs a lotta love, and he’s adorable.

Sky’s (1.5) favourite things at the moment are EVERYTHING and playing with every toy, going anywhere, any music/singing/dancing, most foods, terrorising the dog, stealing my phone and running off with glee, playing with LEGO, clapping when she’s happy, shaking her head for “No,” yelling “AH AH AH” for “Yes,” and saying “dog,” “bath,” and “car.” She’s full on, full of love, hasn’t reached the frustrating stage yet, needs a lotta love, and she’s adorable.

Lotsa love.

 

 

  

 
(Marble run!)

Little Kids’ Music & Apps

Good Music for Babies/Toddlers 

  1. Medeski, Martin & Wood (try Let’s Go Everywhere)
  2. Caspar Babypants (try Sing Along!)
  3. Justine Clarke (try Pyjama Jam)
  4. “Kids & Family” playlists on Apple Music e.g. R&B, Soul, etc! (Search for “kids family” to find all the playlists)

Good Apps for Babies/Toddlers 

I have a huge bunch of apps for my wee kid (who’s now 2, but I started showing him apps before he was 1). Initially, I just had “baby” ones, but then I realised that even if an app is too old for him, he still plays/experiments with it in ways that are fun for him.

For example, he likes playing the “Endless Wordplay” app, even though he doesn’t know how to spell anything. He likes looking at the letters and asking about them, and he likes tickling the robot who drops the letters.

 

PAGE 1

  1. Baby Karaoke – 10 songs with animations, made by the fantastic Raising Children crew.
  2. Fisher Price Animal Sounds – animal sounds.
  3. Toca Band – get characters to play in a cool band together.
  4. ABC Kids iview – videos.
  5. Fiete – little games/puzzles.
  6. LEGO Trains – train ride story with little games/puzzles.
  7. Fiete Choice – little games/puzzles.
  8. Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book
  9. Sago Mini Babies Dress Up – dress ups.
  10. Tachin Tachan – little musical animations/games.
  11. Fisher Price Storybook 1 – 2 nursery rhymes.
  12. Fisher Price Let’s Count Animals – simple animations.
  13. Sandra Boynton’s Moo, Baa, La La La! – book.
  14. Toca Fairy Tales – dress ups.
  15. Toca Kitchen Monsters – feed monsters.

 

 

PAGE 2

  1. Fiete Sports – little games/puzzles.
  2. MarcoPolo Weather – play with the weather.
  3. Sago Mini Friends – animals visit each others’ houses – includes little games/puzzles.
  4. LEGO Food – make burgers, sandwiches or ice cream in a little story-game.
  5. Avokiddo ABC Ride – little games.
  6. Fisher Price Learning Letters Monkey – 4 learning games.
  7. Endless Wordplay – learn to spell.
  8. Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus – book.
  9. Go Go Thomas! – racing trains game.
  10. Peekaboo Fridge – learn names of food items.
  11. Bugs and Buttons – multiple games/puzzles.
  12. Fisher Price Storybook 3 – 2 nursery rhymes.
  13. Toca Dance – create a dance, then watch it.
  14. Sago Mini Holiday Trucks & Diggers – shovel & transport snow.
  15. Toca Doctor Lite – help the doctor fix a patient.

 

 

PAGE 3

  1. Fisher Price Giggle Gang – little animations.
  2. Fiete Farm – little games/puzzles.
  3. Crayola Colorful Creatures – little games.
  4. LEGO Ice Cream – my kid’s favourite. Go on a search for ice cream! Story with games.
  5. Fisher Price Shapes & Colors – little animations.
  6. LEGO Circus – put on a circus, feed the animals.
  7. Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance – book.
  8. Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat – book.
  9. Fiete Match – little games.
  10. LEGO Animals – story with games.
  11. Fisher Price Peek ‘n’ Play – little animations.
  12. Kinderling Kids Radio
  13. Avokiddo Beck and Bo – little games.
  14. Toca Hair Salon – cut and style hair.
  15. Toca School – play being at school.

 

 

P.S. While writing this, I have also downloaded Fiete Christmas, Fiete KinderZoo, Toca Hair Salon Christmas, MarcoPolo Ocean, MarcoPolo Arctic, MarcoPolo Recall, Endless Reader, Endless Numbers, Mr Potato Head, Endless Learning, the Hey Duggee Christmas Bumper Bundle, and the full version of Toca Doctor. I might hide these in a folder and gradually release them over the next year.

P.P.S. Avokiddo Emotions is fabulous, but James has that one on his phone.