Book Swap

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Reading is now a nightly part of Veronika’s routine; here at two months old, she finally has a real “bedtime”! But the same few baby books can become old hat rather quickly, even after only a few weeks. We’ve had a heavy rotation of black & white-themed books for Veronika for a while, so it was time to swap in some new ones.

No need to head to the store and spend all your money for this activity. Make your library your best friend, and check out some of the classics. Some old favorites from when Travis was little include: Little Blue Truck; Peek-a-Who; the That’s Not My… series from Usborne Books, and Eric Carle’s My Very First Book of Colors.

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What’s good for your baby in their developmental stage right now? Bold colors, bright contrasts, and simple story lines.

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Many libraries also have suggested reading lists for babies. These can be a great way to search among the board books, if you don’t know where to start.

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Veronika seemed to feel special when I sat her down in my lap for storytime with the new books.

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And big siblings can be big helpers reading books, especially ones with flaps to open or lift.

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What’s on your infant’s reading list? Please share in the comments, and happy reading!

Plastic Egg Fireflies

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Travis is into making things glow lately, and beyond glow-in-the-dark paint, we brainstormed other ways to play with light. I pulled out an old tea light and a few plastic eggs leftover from Easter, and we were able to cobble together this little firefly. It made us nostalgic for summer nights!

To make our bug, first we selected patterned paper for the wings. Travis had fun flipping through a booklet of paper and picking the one he liked best. Alternatively, you could have your child scribble on white paper and cut out wing shapes.

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Next I snipped a pipe cleaner into small sections – 6 for the legs, and two slightly longer for the antennae.

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Grown-up step: Use a piercing tool to poke holes for the legs and antennae. The oblong part of the egg will be the back of the firefly’s body, and the more rounded part will be its head.

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Slip in the pipe cleaners, bending slightly so they stay put. Curl the tops of the antennae over.

Next we glued on the wings and eyes. Whoops, because of where I’d pierced the antennae holes, our eyes were above them instead of below them. Oh well!

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Once the glue dried, we could make our little creature glow. Travis was absolutely delighted, and had so much fun taking the tea light out and putting back in again.

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Pretty soon the bug was flying all over the house. A nice reminder of summer evenings to come, here in the middle of winter!