Who’s That Baby?

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With babies, it’s sometimes fun to return an activity at one month intervals or so. So much change occurs in their brain and their development in that short time!

To wit, today it was back to mirror play for Veronika. Although we’ve played mirror games before, to point out her name or facial features or emotions, today was the first time she really seemed excited by the baby in the mirror.

She’s also sitting up now, which makes a big difference. To make things novel, I sat her in front of the bathroom mirror. Hello baby!

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She was really intrigued to see the “other” baby’s hand reach out when hers did.

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Then we used a child-safe mirror at tummy time to point out features again. The other baby had a mouth and eyes…

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…and a great big smile!

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Your child will love getting to play with “another” baby while you do this activity.

 

Hummingbird Puppets

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We’re welcoming the birds of spring with this little finger puppet craft from Travis’s Ranger Rick Jr.! The pom pom puppets probably come out close to a hummingbird’s true size, which is neat to think about.

First, Travis selected which color pom poms we should use for the bodies. His was dark blue and light blue, and mine was yellow and pink. Glue the two pom poms together.

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Next we snapped toothpicks in half for the long pointy beaks. Glue a half onto whichever pom pom will be the head. Cut triangles from foil cupcake liners, and use two for the wings and one for a tail.

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Googly eyes complete the little birds.

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To make them into puppets, cut a strip of felt and glue into a circle that will fit your child’s finger. Glue onto the bottom of the pom poms and let dry.

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Now flutter your hummingbirds! Ranger Rick even included a sweet little poem to recite as you fly them around.

Look in your garden

And you just might spy

A hummingbird flash

As it quickly flies by.

 

Watch the small bird

Putting on a great show – 

Moving this way and that,

Always on the go.

 

When it finds flowers

So bright and so fair, 

It sips sweet nectar

While still in the air.

Travis even had the birds drinking “nectar” from some other toys!

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