Learn to Blow

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Blowing is such a gentle and fun sensation for babies, both to feel it from you and to learn! Today, Veronika and I had some fun with this idea in a few ways.

First, I simply took a deep breath in and then blew gently on her cheeks and forehead (you’ll probably want to avoid the eyes). Veronika giggled and thought this was a delight.

You can see she tried to imitate me with her tongue out, so making more of a raspberry sound. But I love that she instantly tried to copy me!

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Try blowing on palms or fingers, too.

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Then I pulled out our pinwheel for more demonstration. She loved watching it go around in the “wind”.

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I hoped she would try blowing on it, too, but her hands proved too tempting to make it spin.

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Then of course we needed the perfect story for learning to blow: we huffed and puffed to the Three Little Pigs!

I set up a Three Little Pigs toyset that’s been around since big brother Travis was a baby, and hung up tissue paper over the houses.

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As I narrated the story, I huffed and puffed on the tissue each time we came to that part of the tale. She loved watching the tissue paper sway back and forth!

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Do you have a fairy tale that you like to narrate in a hands-on way? Please share in the comments!

Whirling Toy Windmill

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When Veronika was quite tiny, I took her outside to marvel at a pinwheel. A mere few months later, she’s so much more aware and alert. We played this indoor version today, and I loved seeing her fascination with and exuberance for a pinwheel!

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First, I simply sat her down and blew on the pinwheel to show her the motion. Her eyes went wide immediately!

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There are two ways you can keep the fun going. First, I let her hold the handle, while I blew and we watched the colors spin.

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But she was way more interested in the second method: I held the handle, and she used her little hands to flick the pinwheel around and around.

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It was quite quickly her favorite toy of the day, occupying her solo play for long stretches. What a simple and yet perfect toy.

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Pinwheel Watch

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Today’s activity with Veronika was simple but beautiful – just the right level of activity in a busy household preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday!

But we stole a quiet moment while the morning sunshine was particularly strong on our back patio, bundled up and headed outside to watch… the pinwheel.

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Pinwheels are a great option for newborn eyes: bright, contrasting colors, plus movement that will catch their vision.

Simply sit and look if it’s windy enough for the pinwheel to spin on its own. Older siblings can give a helpful spin to get things started, otherwise!

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Either way, Veronika was transfixed.

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