Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Household Items that Double as Toys for Toddlers

Aki is now in the stage where he directs our playtime. He likes to go thru my activity and craft books and tells me which activity he wants to play.

Here are some ordinary household items that double as toys. Most activities are from my Gymboree Toddler Play book.


Aki likes to line them up and walk thru the line. The goal is to get to the end without knocking off a bottle. It looks easy on the picture but it gets more difficult when he is wearing his more loose shorts. Aki also practices his coordination by picking up each bottle one by one and then dumping them all in a basket. He is so cute when he is trying so hard not to drop any of the six bottles in his arms. Lately, Aki has been into bowling so these bottles also double as bowling pins.

A Pillowcase and Assorted Small Items


We call this game “Pillowcase Time”. This is so simple. Just gather different small items, preferably items that have different textures and shapes, put them inside a pillowcase and ask your toddler to touch and guess what the items are.During our first runs, I showed Aki the items first before putting them inside. I try to guide Aki’s hands while they are inside the pillowcase because when he tries to take out an item that he has already guessed, he accidentally gets to see the rest of the mystery toys.

Celebrating after he correctly identified his slingshot

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Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

It is snowing in Paranaque!

I wish our office shredder shreds this finely so I can bring home enough shredded  paper to fill a family size inflatable pool
Aki does not look happy in this pic but i justh ave to post. So pogi, right?

Or better yet, why not buy my own shredder so I can make confetti anytime. We will throw confetti everytime there is something to celebrate like when Aki lets me brush his teeth or  when Franco successfully changes his son’s diaper without using up all the wipes.  Or maybe we will throw confetti  as soon as a birthday girl or a birthday boy wakes up? Yeah, having our own shredder will definitely make our home a happier one. Whatchathink, be?

So far, we played with shredded paper by

– putting the confetti on a batya and hiding small items like crayons and toy cars.  Aki’s goal was to find the hidden treasures.

– using a small container to scoop and transfer  shredded paper from a big basin into a smaller one. Continue reading “It is snowing in Paranaque!”