Nature Turtle Sticky Wall: Outdoor Activity

Nature Turtle sticky wall is a fun and easy outdoor art activity for kids to do this summer. Create a turtle using nature! The post Nature Turtle Sticky Wall: Outdoor Activity appeared first on HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME.

Nature Turtle Sticky Wall: Outdoor Activity

INSIDE: Nature Turtle sticky wall is a fun and easy outdoor art activity for kids to do this summer. Create a turtle using nature!

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Putting Up Your Sticky Wall

Note: the picture from this tutorial are done inside but for this activity I took it outside and place the sticky wall on our wooden fence. I used brown packing tape to secure the contact paper to the wall using the same method explained below.

Before putting up your sticky wall, draw the outline of a turtle on the contact paper using a black sharpie.

Contact paper has one side that is very very sticky, so unrolling it and taping it to a wall can be a little tricky. Here’s how I do it:

Step 1

Stick the sticky wall up on the wall using small rolled up pieces of tape in the four corners. Make sure the paper backing side is facing out.

Step 2

Peel the paper backing off to expose one small corner of the sticky paper. Continue peeling the paper backing off until one side is exposed. Tape that side down fully using Painter’s tape. This will ensure that it doesn’t fall down as your child is playing.

Step 3

Slowing peel back the remaining paper backing and tape down the other side.

Step 4 (optional)

Remove the small rolled up pieces of tape from underneath the sticky wall. These rolled up pieces were just there to help you get the sticky wall set up and can be removed once your sticky wall fully up. But if you don’t mind them there you don’t have to remove them.

Decorating The Turtle

Let your little one gather up different items from nature such as fallen leaves, grass, weeds, sticks or even pebbles to decorate the turtle.

Total Hit

This was a total hit! I love sticky walls and I love doing them outside!

Supplies

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  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Brown Packing Tape
  • Items from Nature

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3, 3, and 6 year old.

Looking for more summer and outdoor activity ideas? Check out of these other round-ups for more ways to keep your toddler or preschooler busy this summer:

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  • 60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
  • 45+ Awesome Water Sensory Bins for Toddlers & Preschoolers
  • 40+ Water Table Activities for Toddlers
  • 21+ Spray Bottle Activities for Toddler
  • 20 Amazing Backyard Obstacle Courses
  • 21+ Amazing Summer Sensory Bins
  • 25+ Adorable Summer Crafts for Toddlers
  • 40+ Ice Sensory Play
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How to choose the right soother and care for it

NextSucking is a natural, comforting reflex for newborns, so it’s no wonder that many of them (and their parents) love a soother, dummy, pacifier, or whatever you like to call it. If you’re thinking that introducing a soother will help to calm your baby during unsettled periods or even assist them to sleep slightly longer […] The post How to choose the right soother and care for it appeared first on Newborn Baby.

How to choose the right soother and care for it

Sucking is a natural, comforting reflex for newborns, so it’s no wonder that many of them (and their parents) love a soother, dummy, pacifier, or whatever you like to call it. If you’re thinking that introducing a soother will help to calm your baby during unsettled periods or even assist them to sleep slightly longer stretches at night (who wouldn’t want that!), then you’ll need to choose the right one for your bub.

You wouldn’t be alone in assuming that all soothers are basically made the same, but look a little closer at their designs and features, and there are definitely better suited ones that are uniquely created with newborns in mind.

Here you’ll find everything you need to look for in choosing the right newborn soother for your special little one. Then, continue reading for some simple tips to take good care of them to ensure they’re kept safe and hygienic.

How to choose the right newborn soother

When looking at a soother for your newborn, ensure that it ticks all of these boxes:

  • Developmental stage: If you would like to offer your bub a dummy early on, you’ll want one that’s designed for babies under 2 months (and can be used from birth). Many on the market are designed for babies aged 0-3 months, and as you’d imagine a 3 week-old’s mouth is very different to a 3 month-old’s.
  • Teat: Look for an extra small teat to fit a smaller baby’s oral cavity, and one that is made from soft and flexible silicone to enable your baby to squeeze it easily as their tongue muscle is in its early stage of development. The right sized teat provides better support to the natural suckling movements that ultimately calm your baby.
  • Weight: The soother should be extra lightweight, as a heavy one could put stress on your baby’s developing orofacial muscles. These muscles are used in chewing, swallowing, and speech.
  • Airflow: Ensure it features small holes for airflow between your baby’s skin and the shield of the soother. These air holes also mean there is no danger of choking if the baby manages to get the entire soother in their mouth (it does happen occasionally).
  • Ergonomic: The entire design should be extra small, so as not to block any part of your baby’s nose – you want your baby to be able to still smell your comforting scent. Look for an angel-wing shape rather than a round-shaped shield, so that it fits the contours of your baby’s face to prevent any pressure points. This will minimise the risk of redness and irritation in your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Materials: If you’re looking at plastic soothers, it’s essential that it is made without BPA and BPS, to minimise any associated health risks (there are concerns that these chemicals can leach out of products and disrupt hormones in infants).
  • Safety: The soother should be designed to meet the safety regulation EN 1400, which states how large the shield must be to prevent babies from swallowing their soother.
  • Orthodontic: The symmetrical teat (meaning it has the same shape on the upper and lower parts) ideally should have a thin neck to minimise the space between the upper and lower jaw. The teat also needs to be flat so that it takes up less space in the mouth, allowing for better natural tongue movement.

How to care for your newborn’s soother

As you can see, it’s not just a matter of grabbing any soother off the supermarket shelves. Since your baby is tiny, their mouth is small, and they’re developing important muscles that they’ll need for eating solids and speaking, it’s a purchase that requires careful selection.

So, now that you know what to look for in a soother, what’s the best way to care for it? They will come with manufacturer’s instructions, but generally, the steps are as follows:

  1. Before the first time you use it, boil the soother for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool thoroughly before giving it to your baby, and also ensure that any residual water in the teat is squeezed out first.
  2. Before giving it to your baby each time, it’s a good idea to wash it with warm water.
  3. You might choose to sterilise the soother regularly in the early months since your baby’s immune system is immature. Some soothers even come with their own sterilisation box that allows you to sterilise them in the microwave in just a few minutes.
  4. If your baby uses a soother every day, it’s recommended that they’re replaced every 1-2 months to maintain their safe and hygienic condition.
  5. Before each use, pull firmly on the teat and inspect it for tears and holes. Always replace immediately if you notice any signs of damage or wear.
  6. Replace soothers also after your baby has had an infection, such as a cold or stomach bug.

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