Fine Motor Skills Tools for Toddlers – A must buy for new moms

Keeping a toddler or a preschooler occupied at home is a herculean task. When I began homeschooling Kenisha at the age of 14 months I realized that apart from the basics DIY at home there were some very good educational puzzles, toys and must have tools that really helped her progress in all areas of life skills , especially fine motor skills.

Suggested Read – MONTESSORI CLASSROOM AT HOME FOR TODDLERS -THE EASY SETUP GUIDE

I often get asked a lot about the materials I get for her, so I decided to compile a list of must have tools to build fine motor skills for toddlers 2-3 years old. You can click on the images to directly buy the product.

GO-SCIENCE Learning Resources Hands Helping Fine Motor Tool Set

On top of my list is this perfect kit! This was bought almost a year ago and was reintroduced to Kenisha several times till she got a hang of it. It has 4 Tools to promote different muscle movements and are a great way to get fingers to work together and improve fine motor skills. Set Includes Gator Grabber Tweezers, Handy Scoopers, Twisty Droppers And Squeezy Tweezers.

 

Multi Functional Wooden Writing Board For Kids 

Writing on vertical surfaces helps to promote gross and fine motor development. This upright position engages the core muscles and also works to help improve dexterity and control. Click here to read the benefits of working on vertical surfaces. This is a double sided easel with a magnetic whiteboard and a chalkboard on either side. Kids will love to stick magnets on this or enjoy coloring and drawing almost like pre writing skills.

Mungyo Finger Paint – Set Of 6 Colors

This set was gifted to us and am glad to have it! This is a  non toxin, smooth to touch and yes washable paint! Perfect for tiny babies for their first master piece. Its very smooth and has bright brilliant colours. We love to use this for all our finger paintings and great way to enjoy fine motor skills as well!

Fisher Price Doodle Pro Slim

This was one of the best investments we made! Highly recommend this for scribblers. Touch-wood our walls and furniture survived. This is a great tool to encourage pre writing skills as it has a pen stylus plus few shapes to encourage creativity. Give a kid the doodle pro and let their imagination run wild. I have to say I and Kenisha’s dad enjoy it more than her sometimes!

Magic Sand Activity Play set with Inflatable Sandbox & Molds

I believe in messy play,but its not always possible to find clean sand pits or even just sand pits in the neighborhood. I truly recommend this kit with sand, some molds and definitely inflatable sandbox to keep it clean, well almost! It looks like wet sand yet is completely dry, leave it out for hours, days, weeks it will never change consistency! It only sticks to itself meaning that there is no stickiness, no sand grains in everything, and its EASY to clean up! fine tuning their fine motor development, as Kinetic Sand is a hands-on material it encourages children to squeeze, squish, smash, cut, poke, pinch, roll, and flatten it. They can also scoop it up with utensils and build castles, and mold shapes and so much more!

Did you find this list helpful? Please do share a comment and let me know

Homeschooling is easy and alot of fun. Do read my blog on how HOMESCHOOLING HELPS TO MAKE TRANSITION TO PRESCHOOL EASY

 

Why I chose extended breastfeeding?

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration held every year from 1 – 7 August in more than 120 countries. It celebrates and spreads the awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and reaching the 6 months mark.

When K turned 2 it was like a little celebration for me to have reached the mark of breastfeeding her for 2 years. Today, I conclude the world breastfeeding day by sharing my experience of breastfeeding my 2 year plus.

Breastfeeding is a debatable topic. I have seen moms who breastfeed and talk how important it is. And then there are passionate moms feeding formula who quickly defend about “fed is best”! I personally feel, its not about what’s best for the baby but rather what’s best for YOUR baby

In fact I had to  formula feed K for initial 10 days when my supply was low. I have also carried all the bottles, formula, hot water around during those days! It was really a task. Hence, I have a huge respect for moms who managed formula feeding. I feel it equally tough to wake up every few hours or minutes to make that perfect formula milk for your baby during infancy! Pulling a boob out and feed felt easier!

I am sharing my extended breastfeeding story only to help someone who might be thinking whats it like and curious about the journey you may expect. No, I am not preaching. And I trust every mom who takes a decision about what to feed her baby is the best for them.

On another note, if you are an expecting mother or a new mom and plan to breastfeed your baby please join the Facebook group– Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers. It has been my go to place for advice and sanity during my initial breastfeeding struggle days.

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Why I chose extended breastfeeding

My child isn’t ready to wean – When Baby K was born, my goal was to breastfeed her for at least six months. When she turned 6 months I decided to carry on until she was 1. Around a time when she was 18 months I thought maybe she would wean and I wouldn’t lie, I even had an urge to try and wean her. One lame attempt and I realized I just couldn’t do it. Kenisha loves her milk and I know by now weaning her is going to be tough. So I will let her wean in her due course of time.

Personal preference to continue breastfeeding – One thing is sure – its easier to breastfeed a toddler than an infant. Once K turned a year old we were in a set routine of 3-4 feeds a day. One feed the moment she would wake up, followed by 2 naps and then one before bedtime. Around 18 months she dropped one nap and we came down to 3 feeds. Now at 2 its only for naps. Sometimes over weekends she may ask for more just coz mommy is available. And she can get her way. I oblige. It actually felt quite easy over the last one year.

Bonding time  – I absolutely love that I can help K sleep quickly by breastfeeding her. It is my magic power! It’s our special bonding time, our quite time when we stare at each other endlessly And I chuckle every time K chit chats during a feeding session. It’s funny nursing a talking toddler now! She tells me how tasty the milk is and often switches from one breast to the other saying I like “this one” more. Mothers milk is  a great way to support a child’s emotional needs. It’s now Kenisha’s source of warmth, cuddles and security more than just sustenance.

Convenience and comfort – During my recent super long vacation to France and Russia, I immediately agreed that breastfeeding saved us a zillion times. Being out and about sightseeing for 12-14 hours with a toddler isn’t a piece of cake. A cranky baby can be immediately calmed by a quick nursing session. Whether its the airport, in the flight, on a sightseeing bus tour, on a boat tour, at famous monuments we visited, the list goes on. I have no clue how else I would have survived it!

Health benefits – Of course we are all aware about the antibodies that are passed to our babies via the breast milk. It also helps to build a strong immunity. The constitution of mother milk also changes at each development stage of a child to help provide the balance source of nutrients.

If you need some more inspiration on Toddler Breastfeeding, you must visit my Friend Nayantara’s blog . And here is another interesting read on a mothers breastfeeding journey by Priyadarshani.

My advice to all mothers is this: DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT. Breastfeed until it no longer works for you and your baby. Wean if you feel right or continue as long as you are determined to. Never let anyone else dictate the rules of your motherhood experience.

I do get tired on some days but I have no clue where our journey will take us. So when am asked I just say My breast, my Baby J

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