Have a Family Meal

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If you’re in step with me on this baby game journey, then your baby is three-months old and still confined to milk alone – whether breast or bottle. So it’s hard to imagine that solid meals are but a few more months away! To introduce Veronika to the idea of family meals, we’re making a point of including her at mealtimes, even though she can’t partake of the food yet.

I will confess, we’re not the model family when it comes to “family dinner.” Travis eats early, and his dad and me eat after he’s asleep. But i always make sure I sit with him at his mealtime, and we read a magazine or do an activity workbook together. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to have this be their special sibling mealtime together!

So here comes Veronika. Sit your baby right at the table so he or she is part of the meal, whether on a lap or baby chair.

Veronika gets to practice holding her own spoon!

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Babies will benefit just from sitting here, taking in the sounds of conversation and the visual cues of eating.

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You can also talk about the tastes or textures of what big members of the family are enjoying.

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In sum, I love perching Veronika on my knee for mealtime now. She’s part of the family, and we want her to know it!

Exercise Cube

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Stuck inside on a winter day and need to get moving? Look no further than this game to get those kiddos some exercise, no playground required!

I gave Travis an empty tissue box, and told him we needed to think up an activity for each side of the cube. This was a nice quick math lesson, since we counted to see how many sides our cube had: 6!

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Travis was really into brainstorming the activities, and actually came up with some I wouldn’t have thought of, including… yoga! Great idea. By the end, our list included:

Yoga

Jump up and down

Run in a zig-zag

Touch your toes

Roll onto your back

and Spin in a Circle

Older kids can have fun drawing a picture to go with each caption. Travis liked my little drawings; no points for artistry here, I stick to stick figures, but these got a giggle.

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We used a glue stick to attach one activity per side of the box. It dried in no time, and then it was time to play.

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Travis loved it! We took turns tossing the big dice, and got quite silly, especially when mommy had to spin multiple times in a row, or when he got to run in a zig-zag (his fast favorite).

Here he is spinning:

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And rolling over:

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Uh oh, toe touching was tricky for mama…

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…but a cinch for Travis.

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The only note of caution here: He wanted to keep playing long after I was winded! Needless to say, we got in our exercise on this gray cold day.

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