Adventure Walks with a Toddler

Bunny LOVES to be outside. LOVES it! She would spend all day outside if I let her. Unfortunately she has VERY fair skin and can’t spend all day outside! Every day we go for a walk, what I like to call an adventure walk.
Our adventure walk has no time line and no route. I let Bunny lead the way. We often backtrack a million times. Bunny really enjoys waving at the cars on the street. If she hasn’t seen a car for a while, she will backtrack to the last spot she saw a car.

The texture and size of the tree were captivating. 

I don’t tell Bunny where to go or what to do on our adventure walks. I make sure she doesn’t go into the street or get into anything dangerous or unsafe. Other than that, I let her dictate the walk. I make sure I have at least 30 mins to spend with her on a walk. I try to really see and experience what she is seeing and experiencing. I may see these surroundings multiple times a day, but to Bunny, everything is new. The other day, Bunny spent five or so minutes chasing a leaf that was blowing in the wind. To me, that is a simple experience, but to Bunny it is new and exciting and something to learn about and from.




I love watching her explore the world. I can almost see her brain working, trying to figure out the new things she is experiencing.


I love her little shadow!

Dirt!

Even grass is something to be explored! 


Adventure walks end when Bunny get fussy, hungry, or needs a diaper change. I try not to push my timeline or directions on her. This time is special for her, it is all about her and what she would like to do. I follow Bunny and make sure she is safe and allow her to explore. I find great joy in the little things she shows me. I learn how to be happy and see the world anew when I go on adventure walks with Bunny. If you have a little one, I challenge you to go on an adventure walk! Leave a comment to let me know how it goes! You might be surprised what your little one teaches you!

Home Made (Edible) No Cook Playdough Recipe

Bunny is getting to the age where playdough would be fun. Except she would try to taste it. Playdough you buy in the store is NOT something I want my 1 year old eating. So I decided to make my own playdough. I looked at the ingredients of playdough and decided to try to make my own recipe. This is what I came up with.

Ingredients: 

3 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tbsp oil
1 1/4 cup water
your choice of food coloring

Combine flour, salt, oil and water together in a bowl. It starts off mixing really well together, but then it gets hard to mix with the spoon and is a little bit crumbly. That is when you take it out of the bowl and play with it! Knead it together for 4-5 minutes. After 4-5 minutes it should be at a nice consistency, no lumps, no crumbly pieces. Separate the playdough into as many pieces as you need for your food coloring. I decided to make red, yellow, and blue so I separated my playdough into three pieces. 

Add your food coloring and knead again for 4-5 minutes. I did not use gloves and the food coloring stained my hands. I washed my hands 2-3 times before the food coloring came out. Not a big deal to me, but if you don’t want colorful hands, use some gloves. Repeat this process for each color. When you are done, store the playdough in an air tight container. I reused crystal light containers. 

The best part about this recipe is it is fool proof! If your playdough is too sticky, add a bit more flour until it is the right consistency. If it is too dry, add a touch more water until it is nice and malleable. This recipe makes a decent amount, if you are only using 1 color I would suggest cutting the recipe in half. 



I gave the playdough to Bunny to play with, and sure enough, first thing she did was taste it! It did not taste very good so she spit it out. I have heard about flavored playdough, but I am not sure how I feel about that. Eventually Bunny will play with store bought playdough (at a friends house, school, church, somewhere) and I don’t want her to think it is okay to eat it! I might try to make the playdough smell good, so stayed tuned!