Puppet Pop-Up and Theater

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Puppet play is always fun for a toddler, but here are two ways to specifically involve an older sibling in the action!

For the first game of the day, we made a proper puppet theater. Decorate the outside of a large box, big enough that an older sibling can crawl inside. After the kids were done coloring with markers, I cut a large “window” in one side.

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Veronika wanted to be the first one inside with our set of puppets! She loved that it was like a little house.

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It was fun to trot the puppets along the ‘roof’!

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It only got better once I hot-glued fabric along either side of the window as curtains. Now she could peak through with delight.

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Then it was big brother Travis’s turn to crawl in and put a puppet on his hand… for a real show! Veronika delighted in seeing the puppets perform.

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Plus she loved peeking inside the box to see what Travis was up to!

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For a simpler version, you can nix the big box and just play puppet pop-up at the highchair. Because kids can’t see over the rim of their highchair tray, it’s the perfect spot for a game like this.

Simply have a big sibling (or grown-up) hold a puppet just below the tray.

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Then pop up for a performance. Hello!

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This one is sure to elicit giggles every time.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

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A water-based drink was the perfect bonus recipe for Travis’s Edible Elementskit from Raddish Kids, and that’s exactly what agua fresca (“fresh water”) is; a refreshing blend of water and fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 mini watermelon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  1. Cut the watermelon into cubes and discard the rind.
  2. Add the watermelon to a blender. Cut the lime in half and juice; add to the blender.
  3. Add the sugar and water, then puree until smooth.
  4. Serve over ice!

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