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Daily pick-me-up: mama + baby style

This postfrom the blog Cedars and TinyFlowers got us thinking about how we spend our days as at-home moms. Whenyou’re waiting for a load of laundry to dry or dinner to finish in the oven andbaby isn’t sitting still for story time, what do you do? Here are some of ourfavorite silly moments we like to employ during such occasions – share yoursbelow!


1. Dance Party USA!

Crank “Superstition”by Stevie Wonder and (gently) bounce baby in your arms, “Someone Like You” byAdele and slow dance with your favorite partner, or if you’re feelingparticularly energetic, put baby in her bouncer or on the floor and you dancelike a crazy woman to “UptownFunk” by Bruno Mars. You are guaranteed to get a giggle from your littleone and you’ll get a little workout in the process!

2. Ultimate Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo with hands only is like amateur hour. Kick theclassic game up a notch by hiding behind doorways or walls, underneath baby’shigh chair, or under a big blanket. Exercise his hide-and-seek skills byletting him watch you walk around a corner and having him find you.

3. Share a sweet treat

Indulge yourself and your partner-in-crime in a small sweettreat, like split a cookie or spoonful of Nutella (substitute for nutallergies, of course). There’s no harm in treating yourself every so often, andthere’s nothing like a little sugar to perk up a slow moment.

4. Roll a ball

We don’t know why rolling a ball or toy car down a longhallway is so much fun, but it just is. If you don’t have a long hallway, justpick the longest length of floor in your home. Bonus points for bouncing it offof objects (babies find this particularly hilarious). Double points for havingit bounce right back to you so you don’t have to chase after it.

5. Tickle monster!

If your baby is into it, nothing makes time fly like a goodgame of tickle monster. Switch tickle spots, making baby giggle in anticipationfor where the monster will strike next. Start under his neck! And then pause.Then the soles of his feet! And then pause. Next his tummy! And so on.

What are your favorite silly moments at home?

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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