Monday, July 21st, 2008
Baby Link Roundup #5,984
1. Uberstix â€” Thinga-reader Anjii pointed out the Uberstix building toy to me, but I didn’t “get it.” Too complex, I thought. Then Jennifer at Eco Child’s Play found the Uberstix ‘scavenger series’ that makes toys utilizing used items such as straws and cups. It holds promise for the Lego years.
2. Parent Hack: decorate Band-Aids with stickers â€” I gave my 3-year-old daughter some Hello Kitty Band-Aids. A year later she still remembers them every time we walk past Band-Aids in the grocery store. Recently, she suggested I draw pictures on her Band-Aids with a pen. Stickers sound more doable. Should stickers be part of our car’s first aid kit?
3. Vegan Lunchbox Hack: dip those vegetables
â€” We’ve used this hack for a couple years for carrots and broccoli.
Find a dip that your toddler likes and suddenly yucky foods are palatable.
4. The Crafty Crow blog â€” Make-it-yourself ideas, and for once, you don’t always need a sewing machine. I have to make some rainbow Jell-O. Uhh, it’s not vegan or even vegetarian in case you’re wondering. Seriously, you don’t want to know where gelatin comes from.
6. Toddler activity bags â€” Homemade for long airplane flights via the Chasing Cheerios blog.
8. I am a DODO.com â€” It’s an organization for Dads of Daughters Only. But that name was too restrictive, so now it means Only, Occasionally, Often, Originally or Optimally. I’m not kidding. dodo, indeed.
9. Unplug your Kids blog â€” A
mom with no TV, video games or loud toys proposes a vague theme activity every week. How vague? “Stone” or “Garden” are themes. You then devise an activity and share the results. I find the
blog slow to navigate (cluttered), but your mental mileage may vary.
11. Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service blog â€” It’s a sad blog of submissions from parents looking to replace lost blankies and other “lovies.” Perhaps odder is the number of people still posting comments on Thingamababy’s 3-year-old Security Blanket Blues post about adults who are still emotionally attached to their baby blankets. Support group anyone?
12. Camping with extended family â€” Okay, these are just routine vacation photos, but they were taken by Thinga-reader Carlin in my neck of the woods. It’s been 5 years since we visited most of these locales, and they are just 10 to 40 minutes from us. Hey, just a reminder to explore your own backyard.