Walk Like a Wheelbarrow

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If you’re from a certain generation, chances are you remember wheelbarrow races in the backyard as a kid! It’s a classic that never grows old, even with little babies.

Back when she was learning to crawl, I propped Veronika up slightly with a towel for a sort of modified wheelbarrow. Now, she can fully support herself on her arms, and I turned it into a silly game to reach her stuffed animals.

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Those stuffed animals had her motivated! It took her a moment of hesitation, but once I had her palms on the ground and her ankles in my hands, she began walking her little hands forward. What a great strength-training exercise!

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And she had three soft friends waiting to play at the end of the race.

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Here’s a crafty spin on tic-tac-toe, with quite a few twists! The game was just the thing to keep us busy on a cold morning inside.

To make the playing board, cover the non-magnet side of magnetic paper (available at craft stores) with colored tape; cut the paper into strips, making 4 pieces total.

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To make the “doughnuts”, cut 10 circles from brown craft form and cut out the centers. Decorate with puffy paint as frosting!

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This was definitely Travis’s favorite part, getting into the idea that he was an icer at a bakery. We got creative and decorated all 10 differently, but for more accuracy, you might want to decorate 5 with one pattern and 5 with another. We just had to remember whose playing piece was whose!

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Let the puffy paint dry completely (this might take a while, if your kids were enthusiastic with their blobs of paint!). Attach a strip of the magnetic paper to the back of each doughnut.

To play the game, attach the colored magnet strips to a baking sheet as the board.

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Start tossing doughnuts onto the sheet.

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The first player with 3 in a row wins! Hmm, there might have been a little cheating and reorienting going on, but Travis loved the challenge.

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Prefer your tic-tac-toe a little more traditional? Check out a few versions we’ve made in the past!

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Shades of Nature

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Here’s a fun twist for your next nature walk, as the last few days of vibrant fall colors leave us behind. Bring along some paint chips (these are free at any local hardware store) and hunt for fall colors!

Travis and I stopped to pick up paint chips in the morning, making sure we selected lots of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. Next stop: a local trail!

Travis noticed lots of browns right away, spanning from dark brown leaves…

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…to light brown grasses.

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Our local area is past peak leaves, but we managed to spot some deep reds left in the bushes..

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…as well as fallen yellow leaves.

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Our favorite was these orange beauties!

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In sum, this was a nice way to add purpose to a weekend family stroll, and Travis enjoyed playing color detective!

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