Category Archives: Toddlers

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Sweetbottoms!

Having trouble thinking of stocking stuffers this Christmas?  We’re here to help!  Check out this list of fun gift ideas for your little one.  With the fast, free shipping from Sweetbottoms, your stocking stuffers will arrive with plenty of time!!!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Sweetbottoms

1. Piggy Paint – Piggy Paint is a non-toxic, low odor, kid-friendly nail polish. It’s safe for all ages and a great alternative to solvent-based nail polishes.

2. Rumparooz Doll Diapers – Children love to watch and learn from their parents and changing their dolls diapers is one of those priceless moments you can share with them. Teach them the value of cloth diapers and reducing waste.  These are made from the left over scraps from cloth diapers!

3. Chewbeads Mulberry Teether – This silicone teething ring is soft on babies gums and emerging teeth!  It has a flexible design with multiple textures.

4. Baby Paper – Baby Paper is a soft square of fabric that makes the crinkly sound babies love!

5. Mariposah Teething Bunny – No woods, no worrying plastics-Bamboo cotton make Teething Bunny the gentle, safe and responsible solution for teething pain. Great as babies first tooth brush too!

6. Dandelion Handcrafted Roly Poly Ball Rattle – Hand crocheted by women working from home in Shanghai, China. Unique rattles feature lovable characters with soft, huggable bodies perfect for your little ones tiny hands!

7. BeginAgain Toys Earthworm Racers – Wiggly worms with wheels! Made from eco-friendly hardwoods with non-toxic, child safe stains, these unique toys are bendable, stretchable, twistable and just plain old fun. Perfect for push around play, each Earthworm Racer is seven inches long and has chunky wheels rimmed with natural rubber to provide traction and protect floors.

Tula Baby Carrier | Product Review

Tula Baby Carrier | Toddler Tula | Product Review for Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby

I was introduced into the world of babywearing about a year after the birth of my first son. I had a moby wrap with my 1st but rarely used it due to its rather difficult instructions (especially for a beginner). It’s a good thing I didn’t wear him much because looking back at photos – I know now I wore him all wrong! When it came time for baby #2 I knew I wanted to wear him not only so that I could be hands free but to allow juggling of two kids to be a bit more seamless.

I chose a ring sling and ergo as my main carriers before my 2nd was born. I was very happy with my choices and my child loved being worn in both of them. Then he grew… and kept getting heavier. And wearing him in the Ergo on my back become and uncomfortable chore. I found myself reaching for the stroller more and more. And the days he needed a nap – I was less inclined to strap him into a carrier with a fear of how long he would nap. The Ergo was a great buckle carrier but I just found it more uncomfortable as my child grew.

The word ‘Tula’ found its way into my vocabulary at first when I was introduced to some amazing and colorful prints. I was tagged in a post for their new print – Aperture (a camera print). I fell in love – but even more so when I learned that they had a toddler size! I have spent the month wearing my kids in the Toddler Tula.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Additional chest clip

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Wide belt and pocket

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Wide belt and pocket

The biggest thing I have noticed has been the comfortable factor for me! The Tula has dual-adjustment straps allowing for a perfect fit. The extra padding in the shoulders and the wide contoured hip belt help disburse the weight of the child to allow for a very comfortable carry. The belt is equipped with a velcro pocket – allowing you to carry a few items and keep even more hands free. I use this pocket when we go to the park so I can just put my keys and phone in the pocket for safe keeping.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby comfortable seat for babies and kids

Notice the wide seat for the kids and their legs and bottom create a comfortable ‘M’ shape. There is extra padding along the edges to allow for a more comfortable wear for the children. I wore my 25 pound toddler in the store for an hour (in a front carry) and not once did I feel the need to take him out and place him in the cart. He was happy. I was happy. The trip was a success.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Additional Strap Adjuster for Broad shoulders and breasfeeding Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Additional Strap Adjuster for Broad shoulders and breasfeeding

I should also add, nursing in the carrier is a breeze. The shoulder straps have an adjuster right in the front. I loosened the side I wanted to nurse on, and it allowed for a little extra room to nurse my son. Once finished, I tightened it back up to the comfortable fit. This adjuster is perfect for anyone with more broad shoulders (like my husband). This allows for a seamless transition between carriers, we both find this to be a very comfortable carrier.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby DIfferent Frames Broad Shoulders

The Tula comes with a hood that clips onto the straps. It is a great way to remove some of the elements to help your child fall asleep and keep their head from moving around too much once they are asleep. When I wear my child to try and get him to take a nap, I usually don’t put the hood up until he falls asleep. Though there have been times putting it on has helped his wandering eyes.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby hood

Notice the same babywearer below with two different kids – the versatility on this carrier is so spectacular.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby DIfferent size child

This carrier is designed for front and back carries.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Front and Back Carry

There are two soft structured Tula Carriers; Standard and Toddler.

The image below highlights the main differences between the two.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Difference between standard and toddler tula

It is important to keep these differences in mind when choosing the right size for you and your baby. If you desire to us the Tula with smaller children you can use the infant insert from birth.

Tula Carriers have an excellent resale value. When taken great care of, a Tula will be easily sold or traded for close to the retail value paid. So if you purchase a standard Tula for your small child; selling it to fund the purchase of a new one should be rather simple.

Take a look at the wide variety of vibrant prints of the Standard Tula and Toddler Tula carriers that Sweetbottoms has in stock – and they offer Free Shipping on all orders shipping to the US!

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby

Featured Natural Product: BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!}

Vivid colored leaves fall to the ground, and the cool air comforts you at night. Fall weather is wonderful, but the cold air tends to cause dry, cracked skin! Luckily for us, we have BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!}, an ALL ORGANIC multipurpose balm, which can also be used to treat just about any skin issue!

BALM! Baby Diaper Balm

BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!} is created using a mixture of healing herbs and oils. Not only is it cloth diaper safe, it is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, vegan and cruelty free!

Balm Open

BALM! Baby is a family business, owned and operated by Malena & Dominic Taylor. They use the best natural, organic products available, and all of their storage containers are also health safe and toxin-free. Sweetbottoms carries quite a few other products by BALM! Baby, including: natural tinctures (Be Well, Stay Well, Baby and Bye-Bye Teething, Hello SLEEP!), Shue Bug Spray, and Teething RUB! All of their products are 100% natural, and stored in eco-friendly containers.

BALM Products

You can receive your FREE sample of BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!} with a purchase of $25 or more. Just add the product to your cart and use code: FEATURED (or ask at the register, if shopping in the store).


Keep in mind that this balm isn’t only for little ones in diapers! How will you use your FREE Balm?

Moving Tips for Families with Children

moving tips with children

I’m sure there are more stressful things in life, but packing up and moving to a new state has been a HUGE event in our lives this year. At first, it really doesn’t seem all that difficult. I’ve moved to several states and even stayed in a different country for a semester. I felt like I knew how to pack, how to move and learn a new place. The only difference? This time I have two children in tow.

All moves are different. Down the street is easier than a different town or state or country. Another consideration is the change in square footage. Moving to a larger place isn’t as stressful as downsizing. And having plenty of time to prepare is, of course, an advantage over unexpected moves.

For our move, we were going only about 300 miles from Durham, NC to the Baltimore area. We knew we’d be using a truck so we weren’t very limited on how much we could bring. The limits for us came in the smaller home size. We left our 2-story 1100 sq ft town home in North Carolina for a 870 sq ft apartment in Maryland.


Our experience– compared to what it could have been– wasn’t terribly harrowing, but it was much more difficult and stressful than I had anticipated. Part of it came from me getting sick three times in the last month before we moved. Although we still aren’t completely settled, I did unpack the last box and with that came a great sense of relief: We’re finally home.

Here are a few things we did (and should have done) that might help you moving (especially) with children.

1.  Start early. I cannot stress enough how much longer everything takes than you’d expect. You can begin packing things like out-of-season clothes, keepsakes, knickknacks, decorations and books. I actually packed away all our books (kids’ too) and relied on library books for the last 6 weeks. About 2 weeks before the move, I packed up almost the entire kitchen. We used disposable goods and ate more to-go dinners than normal in the last few days before we left. Plan for all those little things like taking down curtain rods and wall hangings. Like everything else, they take longer than expected.


2. Don’t pack what you don’t need. If you’re into sports metaphors: The best defense is a good offense. Even though I thought I had already purged before packing, I still ended up dropping off several loads at Goodwill on our first week in Maryland. Downsizing means that we have less than half the storage space we had before so there is simply not room for extra boxes of baby clothes for “just in case” or toys that my kid plays with for only 30 seconds. It’s best to get rid of as much as possible before the move because– obviously– that means less packing and unpacking work, but it’s also a good idea because you’re more familiar with consignment shops and donation spots in your current city.

3. Make a master ist of places to call or contact. You’ll need one list of old to disconnect and one list of new to sign up for services.

Here’s our list to get you started:

Electric/Gas, Water, Internet/Cable, Renters/Homeowners Insurance, Auto Insurance, Health Insurance, Doctors/Dentists (*Let them know you are moving and get any routine checkups you might need. Ask if they can refer you to a physician in your new area and find out about how to get your records transferred.)

4. Explain what’s happening to your children. Even if you are moving just around the corner, kids are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They pick up on the slightest changes and can sense if you’re stressed out. Don’t be surprised if there are changes in eating, sleeping and behavior. Try to maintain as much normalcy as possible. Talk to your children about the move explain what’s going to happen in simple terms. I kept telling my three year-old son that we would be getting a new house but that all of our old things like the couch, bed, and toys would come to our new house. We also checked out books about moving and looked at maps of where we were going.

involve the kids

5. Let your kids help. Sure, you can do it 10x faster. But if you can assign your little ones a small task (like ‘transfer the contents of this bin into this box’) while you focus on a bigger task, you might actually get some work done. Even if you have to re-pack what they did later, it will help them feel a part of the process and buy you a little time.

6. Pack like you want to unpack. Don’t just think of packing room-by-room. We had 6 main categories: study (books and school supplies), clothes/accessories, kitchen, decor, toys and bathroom. Make sure you have a few vital boxes and suitcases that you want to unpack first. Those boxes should have everyday use and high-need items. I recommend packing a couple of suitcases as if you were going on a trip for a week: include clothes, toiletries and favorite toys. (And don’t forget about urgent items like a thermometer and medicines–just in case!)

7. Consider what your child will do on moving day. It worked out that I was in Houston visiting my parents while my husband did the actual move to Maryland. Although it was lonely for him (he did have friends helping), we were so glad we planned it that way. Moving can be stressful and even hazardous for little ones. Make sure you arrange for them to be supervised and safely occupied while things are coming in and out of the house.

8. Don’t unpack until you know where it goes. Once you’ve moved in, the temptation is to quickly unpack and get out from all those stacks of boxes. And while heavy boxes can be safety hazards for little ones, it will make your life easier if you can unpack little-by-little. Keep things packed until you are really ready to put away everything in the box. All those breakable knickknacks and teeny accessories are taped up and out of your little one’s hands. Unpacking in a methodical and organized way will help your home run much more smoothly in the long run. (And save you from tripping over piles of random items in the short run.)

9. Introduce your children to their new home. Make sure they know their way around the new place. Little ones can be easily turned around and might get scared– especially at night. Go around to each room and talk about what is going to be in there. Explain how this is your new home and listen to any concerns your child might have. Be prepared again for changes in typical behaviors until things get settled. It’s only natural that they may feel unsettled. One of the first things I set up was a play space for my kids. Even though my kitchen is still a little disorganized, I’d rather have their space settled so they can relax and enjoy it.

get out and explore

10. Have fun with it! In the first few days everything is crazy–boxes everywhere, you don’t know where your left sock is–much less the grocery store. But take a break from the overwhelming task of creating a new home and make a few memories. Get out of the house and go on an adventure. Google Maps now has turn-by-turn directions on their App so you can explore your new city with confidence. Even if you don’t want to leave, just take a break from work and play with the kids: use boxes as drawing boards or play hide-and-seek. Be patient (I know it’s hard) but your home will all come together soon!

Have you made a big move with the kids? What’s your best advice?

Young Living Thieves Oil and Green Air Diffuser


We recently started carrying Young Living Essential Oils and Green Air AromaMister Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffusers, and couldn’t be happier about it. Essential Oils have many wonderful uses, and are especially easy to use with a quality diffuser!

Young Living Essential OilsI interviewed CARE instructor Christina Hagan, of Healthy Steps NC, to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and their uses.

You can also read more about Essential Oils in this post.

How long have you been using essential oils, and why have you chosen to use Young Living exclusively?

I was introduced to essential oils in 2003 when I was stressed and sick – the oils worked which made me want to learn more.  While in massage school I ended up with a collection of different brands of essential oils because everyone said they had the best!  I tested them on myself when I had an allergic reaction to medication.  From the meds, I started getting itchy bumps – the bumps started on my neck and continued to cover my body.

For some reason I decided to do an oil test right there and then.  I applied a spot of YL oil on the inside of my arm and another brand on the other arm and went to bed.  When I woke up – the only place on my body that did not have itchy bumps was where I put the YL oil.  That helped me to see that there is a difference in EOs.  I started to do more research and that is how I and ended up taking a CARE Intensive and becoming a CARE Instructor.

Young Living Thieves

What are the benefits of essential oils, and how do you implement them in your everyday life?

We use the oils in our massage practice regularly.  The oils help to relax muscles, so we use the oils practically in every massage.  I also use the oils when I’m doing manual lymph drainage, as the oils support lymph movement.  I use the oils in Raindrop Technique and AromaShapes.  EOs are easy self care tools for clients, so I share with clients simple ways they can use the oils to relax muscles, support sleep, reduce swelling, reduce colds and the flu and reduce appearance of cellulite. We use essential oils instead of over the counter meds and to clean our house.  We have successfully replaced common toxic products (over the counter meds, air fresheners, cleaning products and self care products) with essential oils!

We are giving away Young Living Thieves Essential Oil this month. What is Thieves used for, and how is it used?

Thieves is excellent to reduce the number of colds your family gets and to shorten the length of a cold.   Best ways to use as a preventative is to: apply 1-2 drops on each of the soles of your feet daily (for those under 18 months, dilute it 50/50); diffuse the essential oil when you and your family are in the room together.  What ever time that works for you…

Young Living Thieves EO and Diffuser

We are also giving away a Green Air AromaMister diffuser. How does a diffuser work, and where can it be used? 

There are many different types of diffusers – but the goal of all of them is to get that essential oil in the air in tiny droplets so you are breathing the oil and the oil is landing on everything in the room.  It helps you because you are breathing the oils, which then goes to your lungs and blood stream to help fight off those nasty bugs.  It also helps to fight off nasty germ bugs floating in the air and those that you carried into the house on your shoes, purses, books, etc…

September Young Living Giveaway
If you’d like to try Young Living Thieves Essential Oil and a Green Air AromaMister Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, enter to win our September Giveaway. You can enter once daily for two weeks!

Featured Natural Product: Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush

Although my first baby was a breastfeeding champ, he was riddled with constant diaper rashes. Rough, painfully irritated yeast rashes that just wouldn’t go away. We tried what seemed like every cream and ointment on the market to no avail, passing the yeast back and forth. Itchy and in pain, we reached for Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve. Ahhhh, relief at last.

Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush

If you’ve ever had a little one with a diaper rash, you know how irritating it can be. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be giving away FREE samples of the amazing Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve by Motherlove this month!

Created to heal all inflamed diaper rashes, including those caused by yeast, this all-natural ointment helps soothe and protect tender skin from further damage. The best part about this salve is that it can also be used by breastfeeding mothers! Simply apply Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve on clean, dry nipples and diaper areas, and let this salve by Motherlove do it’s magic!

Motherlove Samples

Unlike most other diaper ointments, Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve does not need to be wiped off of mom’s nipples before breastfeeding, and is cloth diaper safe!

With a purchase of $25 or more, you can receive your FREE featured product to your cart, by using the coupon code, FEATURED. Your cart will be adjusted accordingly so that your Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve is free. Just make sure you have a total of $25 in your cart after the discount is applied. If you’re local and shopping in-store, simply ask at checkout.

We carry many other great products by Motherlove, intended to help baby and mom during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and more. Motherlove is a family business, founded by Kathryn Higgins. Kathryn saw the health and medical benefits of plants and herbs, but was unable to find any of these products on the market during her pregnancy. She began creating her own blends, and the Motherlove brand was soon to follow!

Motherlove Products

Don’t forget to add your Featured Freebie to your next purchase! Limit one free product per address. This free item will be available for the month of September until they have all been given away. Supplies are limited, so shop fast!

Tula Baby Carriers

Tula Baby Carrier

I thought I had it all figured out. My first born was sleeping through the night, I was making him healthy meals (which he enjoys!), I had just converted to cloth diapers, and I was starting to have time to clean the house again. Then I had another baby. Holding an infant while chasing a toddler seemed like an impossible task, until I rediscovered baby wearing.

Wearing her conveniently allows me to snuggle her, while keeping up with my active toddler. We recently tried a Tula Baby Carrier, and really enjoyed it. Here’s why:

  • Tula Baby Carriers are crafted out of 100% cotton and the highest quality Duraflex buckles, making them sturdy and durable.

Tula Buckle

  • They are comfortable! When I wear my nearly 40 pound toddler in the Tula, I have less stress on my shoulders because some of his weight is distributed to my hips. I like the way the three section hip belt hugs my hips, and offers a storage pocket for my keys or phone. The extra squishy padding in the shoulder straps and child’s leg area is an added bonus!

Tula Leg Padding

  • The straps are quite possibly my favorite feature of the Tula. They can be extended from the top or bottom, which allows for my husband and I to use the same carrier for our toddler or baby. I can adjust the straps quickly when I wear the carrier on my front, which makes breastfeeding in the Tula a breeze.

Tula Strap

  • They are machine washable, easy to use, and can be put on and taken off quickly. This is especially convenient, now that my oldest wants to go, go, go, and I need to strap the little one on at a moments notice.
  • The detachable hood supports my baby’s head while she nurses or sleeps, and it is easy to tuck in to the carrier or take off completely.

Tula Hood

  • Tula Baby Carriers come in standard and toddler sizes. The standard Tula Baby Carrier fits babies from birth (about 7.5+ pounds) to 40 pounds, if used with the infant insert. The Tula Toddler Carrier is designed for children that are about 25 to 50 pounds. Both sizes can be worn on your front or back, and provide a wide seat to support your child in a natural position. Tula also offers “Free to Grow” extensions, which can be attached to your standard Tula to help maintain an ergonomic position on bigger children (up to 40 pounds). If you’re local and want to see how they fit, stop by our store and try one on!

Tula Baby Carrier in Rockets

Tula is a family business, founded by husband and wife team, Mike and Ula. Although they wore their first baby, they became more interested in buckle carriers after their second baby was born. After searching for the perfect carrier with no luck, they created their own. They began sharing their carriers with friends and family, and their business quickly grew! Tula now offers woven wraps and wrap conversions as well.

Tula Rockets

Would you like to have a Tula of your very own? Enter Our August Giveaway, for your chance to win a Tula Baby Carrier in “Rockets!”

DIY Calendar {for Kids}

Using a daily calendar with your child opens so many educational possibilities. It’s such a simple and natural way to introduce concepts like yesterday/today/tomorrow, days of the week, months of the year, and numbers. I’ll get into more ideas about using a calendar, but first I want to share how I made my own DIY calendar for way cheaper than buying a pre made one!

DIY Teaching Calendar


  • Large foam board (20×30″) Alternatively you could use a poster board, magnetic dry erase board or repurpose some old cardboard or wood, if you happen to have some lying around. I chose to use a black foam board so the black magnets wouldn’t show up as much.
  • Scissors and tape/glue.
  • Adhesive magnetic sheets. You could also just glue on ordinary flat magnets. Another option would be Velcro. 
  • Free printables for your months, days and numbers (see below)

diy calendar - filling up the month

Since I don’t have a printer at home, I had them printed at Office Max. Just upload the .pdf and send it to your local store. (Other office stores have similar printing systems, too.) I went with a heavier paper stock and glossy finish. You might also want to think about laminating them. They will get handled a lot so this cut down on wear and tear.

The adhesive magnetic sheets need to be cut into small strips. Attach one magnet to the back of each cutout number, day and month piece. (I also mounted my months to some spare paper I had. It adds a touch of color and makes the piece more sturdy.)

Then attach the other magnetic pieces to your board. One longer piece goes at the top for your month. Just below it, make a row with 7 columns for your days of the week. I sort-of measured about 1.5″ between each one.

For the numbers, you’ll want to make 6 more rows. The first row needs only two magnets (in the Friday and Saturday columns.) The sixth row needs only two magnets (in the Sunday and Monday columns.) This will allow you to adjust your board for whatever day the month begins.

Then you’re ready to start teaching!

Putting together this DIY calendar took maybe an hour. I did not let my kids help but my 3.5 year-old son did watch for a bit and I explained what I was doing. If you have any little ones around, be very careful of the magnets! Magnets can be very dangerous if swallowed, so make sure the materials are out of reach.

We hung it on the wall near where we usually eat breakfast in the kitchen. My son can reach it if he’s standing on something but my one-year-old cannot.

Once you’d completed your DIY calendar, what’s next?

diy calendar- practicing numbers

There are so many things you can learn with a calendar! I used to teach elementary school, and most all teachers start the day with some version of a calendar. It can be as simple as reminding students the date or as complex as a 30-minute math lesson. For preschoolers, I’d start with the basics. Children are often taught numbers, days and months with rote memorization in a song or rhyme. There’s nothing wrong with that, but they also need to practice using them in a natural context. Doing a daily calendar helps to isolate these abstract concepts and make them more tangible.

  • Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow- Talk about what you did and what you’re going to do. These concepts can be tricky for little ones who don’t quite get delayed gratification yet. Doing a daily calendar will help them mark time and understand what a day means.
  • Days of the Week- Allow your child to remove and put back the days of the week in order. Talk about the days and things that regularly happen on each day.
  • Numbers- I like to put up the new number for each day instead of filling in the entire calendar at the beginning of the month. You can make the date your ‘number of the day’ and count out stickers, beans, counters or whatever for that number.

For older kids who already understand basic calendar concepts, you can add on more. You could include talking about the weather. It’s also a great way to start the practice of journaling. Write a sentence for each day. (If your child isn’t ready to write, you do the writing.) An example would be “Today is Monday, July 7 and we are going to the library.” It would be nice to keep this record and look back on it later!

My son really enjoys this daily activity and he usually reminds me if I get sidetracked. It’s a nice way to begin your ‘school’ day, which can be a sort-of haphazard feeling if you are homeschooling. I like that it’s a signal to him that we are “starting school.” After the calendar he is usually ready to sit and do another small learning activity so I like to have one ready to go.

But– don’t feel like this is just something for homeschool. This would be a great way to reinforce whatever you child might be learning about the calendar at school and make it more personal for your family.

Please click the .pdf files below to open and download.

calendar-printable months-printable

Thanks for reading and please leave me any questions or add your own experience in the comments below!

Ten on Ten June

Here’s my installment for Ten on Ten June (Read more about the project by Rebekah Gough on her blog.)

Summer is really and truly here, but the only real difference it’s making for me is that it’s hot and crowded! My kids don’t go to school, so I don’t really have that “summer break” vibe going on. For me, I’m actually trying to get my son involved in more activities as he approaches 3.5 years old later this summer.

We have a little weekly schedule and Tuesday is library day. Man, I loved the library growing up. The endless rows of books. The reverential hush. The taking home of books without paying a dime. We have several great libraries here in Durham County and I love the story time we go to. The librarian is fun and energetic!

After story time, we stayed home and all afternoon. My house was a bit of wreck after several days in a row of being busy so I attempted the impossible: cleaning with children at play. Is it like shoveling snow during a blizzard? Probably. I’ve never been in a blizzard, though. Yet. Maybe. (Yikes.)

In other news, my baby girl started walking. I tried in vain to capture her for my set, but she was too interested in grabbing the camera. She’s still just taking a few wobbly steps and then crashing. Where will those feet carry her, I wonder?

01 - Ten on Ten June - Morning Play

02 - Ten on Ten June - Blueberries

03 - Ten on Ten June - Watercolor

04 - Ten on Ten June - Storytime

05 - Ten on Ten June - Library

06 - Ten on Ten June - Straws

07 - Ten on Ten June - Give me that camera

08 - Ten on Ten June - Chocolate

09 - Ten on Ten June - Wreck

10 - Ten on Ten June - Mama Time

How are you spending your summer so far? 


Teaching Preschoolers about Weather

weather concepts

Teaching preschoolers about weather can be a simple yet effective way to integrate comparison, vocabulary and even simple math into your daily routine.

Part of our daily homeschool activities involves a quick look at a calendar (I’ll share that later) and a super-simple weather report. My son looks out the window and decides if it’s sunny, cloudy or rainy and puts the appropriate card in the sill.

It’s actually adorable because he repeats the ritual at various times during the day when he looks outside. I was impressed with how much he liked it and how much it got him to talk. Typically, he’s not much of a talker.

weather graph

We also have a little bar graph to keep track of our weather. Graphing is such an important skill. I want him to be exposed to graphs early and often (even if he doesn’t quite “get” it right now). After he’s decided on the weather, I talk him through the graph and show him which box to color in.

Here in North Carolina, Spring is a fantastic time to start teaching weather because there is a great diversity of weather conditions. I recommend beginning with no more than 3 types of weather and gradually adding more as you see your child understanding. Try to make illustrations as simple as possible. I just used scrap paper to cut out shapes and my son helped me put them together.

I haven’t really brought in temperature, though he does talk about it in other situations. Once we’ve been doing weather conditions for a few weeks, I’ll add in an outdoor thermometer so he can learn how to read it.

Weather is such an integral part of our lives. It shapes our decision about where we go and what we do. It’s a natural fit for learning at home.

How do you talk to your kids about weather?