This winter, I have been ” Pinteresting” my way through every reasonable toddler activity. It’s March. And there is still about a foot of snow on the ground here in Northeast Iowa. I am feeling hopeful though, because there has to be and end to this soon. I am feeling very optimistic when I notice the sun still shining close to 5:30 PM.
I have been stuck in the house with my boys. My 28 month old Boy and my 2 month old boy. I have done my best to ” Make the Best of Everything”. And actually, I can say I have not gone insane
The other week, my two-year old begged me to go outside to he could play on his swing-set and go cherry picking. Last summer, we went cherry picking while on vacation in Wisconsin.
I keep telling him, ” We can go outside and play when the snow melts”. But he doesn’t quite understand this yet. One day, I decided to make some quick felt cherries so he could go Cherry Picking. In our Kitchen.
I had some felt heart Valentines Day Garland leftover from a toddler Valentines Day party we hosted at our house. I took it apart and made the hearts into cherries. This took just a few minutes. You could also make Cherries freehand out of felt. They don’t need to be perfect either. Kids can use their imaginations.
I drew a cherry tree on our Chalkboard wall. DON’T worry, you do NOT need a chalkboard wall to pull this off! You can make a felt tree ( this will work best, the fruit will stick). You can draw a tree on a cardboard box. You can draw a tree on shipping paper and tape it to the wall. YOU DON’T really need a tree at all. You can PRETEND there is a tree. Kids like to play PRETEND. I should know, my 28 month old PRETENDS that he is fighting dragons in his room when he supposed to be taking a nap.
I taped the cherries on the wall. I didn’t want to go through the effort of making a felt tree unless I knew he would like this activity. He did. ( one day, when I leave the house, I will have to make a felt tree.)
Since our cherry picking day, We have also picked Limes and Lemons off this tree. We have also picked felt blueberries off a bush and picked grapes off a vine. ( not pictured). We have also turned ALL the felt fruit into a fruit salad.
Felt makes great pretend food. This is also a great way to encourage healthy eating. My kid had a blast picking fruit indoors. Maybe we can pick the REAL thing soon.