Day 4 Hands on Play Challenge: Pretend Islands

Sad to say, I failed the challenge today 😦 The irony of this failure is in the fact that the activity involves Baby Bear‘s interest which is walking, walking, walking.

Day 4 Challenge: Pretend Islands

We got a lot pillows in the bedroom and just threw them on the floor. We were supposed to walk on the pillows only as these are the pretend islands and the floor is water. Baby Bear loves to walk… loves to hop — but no, this was the time she chose to just sit and watch. I did a demonstration of the activity but she didn’t follow suit. She just sat there amazed, watching and giggling. I even got her favorite pet, Bozo the Bulldog to perform the activity (To see a pic of Bozo, click here). Again, she just sat there watching and smiling. I prodded her to join in on the fun and even offered a hand so that I can guide her — to no avail!

This is how fun the activity should have turned out had Baby Bear been a more willing participant — Day 4 Challenge: Pretend Islands. It’s okay though, I think Baby Bear didn’t want to join in probably because this is a new activity. I think she is just silently observing and trying to get how the game works. As I blogged about before here, we probably need to repeat the activity a couple more times… but it’s okay because this is how Baby Bear rolls. We understand that most of the time, she will observe a new situation first before doing anything. She needs to get a hang of it before trying things. Some might call it being overly cautious but at least she is careful, right? 😉 It’s okay to fail a challenge… at least we get to do it again… more bonding time for The Bear Family 🙂

Day 3 Hands on Play Challenge: Building With Blocks

Today’s challenge is fun, fun, fun… especially for Papa Bear. Day 3 Challenge brought to you by The Imagination Tree is Building with Blocks and Duplo! Who doesn’t love Lego, Duplo or blocks, right? 😉

Like all challenges, the first requirement is to always go for 15 minutes of pure, uninterrupted play time with Baby (that means no twitter for me and no iPad for Papa Bear) 😉

Here are some of the challenges that you could do together:

1.) Gather your stash of Legos, Duplos and all sorts of blocks for building.

2.) Build the tallest tower possible. — The highest you can go or as soon as you run out of blocks (whichever happens first)

3.) Count how many blocks you have, count blocks by color, blocks by shape, etc. — This is great for toddlers who are in the process of learning about shapes, colors and numbers… also a great time suck if you want to keep your kids preoccupied 😉

4.) How many blocks can you balance Jenga-like before they all come crashing down?

5.) Building blocks with your eyes closed, one-handed, or with your teeth/mouth? 😛

6.) Make a collection of only green, blue, red or yellow blocks?

7.) Build a city, an airport, a mansion, a doll house — the possibilities are endless!

These are the challenges listed above and here’s what happened:

1.) Gather all the blocks you have – Check!  We dumped all our Mega Bloks to the play mat.

2.) Attempt to build the tallest building – Fail! As I mentioned during our Day 1 Challenge here, Baby Bears’ current interest is walking, walking, walking.

baby bearzilla — the aftermath

3.) How many blocks can you balance Jenga-like before they all come crashing down? — 1-2 layers before baby bearzilla wreaks king kong havoc

4.) Building blocks with your eyes closed, one-handed, or with your teeth/mouth? 😛 — see #3

5.) Make a collection of only green, blue, red or yellow blocks? Count how many blocks you have, count blocks by color, blocks by shape, etc. — see #3

6.) Build a city, an airport, a mansion, a doll house — the possibilities are endless! — check…

papa bear builds a “T” tower

NOT!!! 🙂 Our little Bearzilla simply refused to cooperate. She instantly crumbles the minute we start building or just drags us to walk around. We still wanted to achieve some sort of objective, so here’s what happened.

We got out her Mega Bloks Fill and Dump Wagon out and she pushed this around the room. Hey, we still used “bloks”, right? 😉

You might say we weren’t able to carry out any of the building challenges, but I don’t think we completely failed. The whole point of the Hands on Play Challenge was to spend at least 15 minutes of pure, uninterrupted play with your baby — and yes, we did — played and had FUN! 🙂 

Til the next challenge! Happy Weekend y’all! 😀