Playtime with Multiples: Frugal and Fun

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Posted by vera | Posted in Books, Parenting, School | Posted on 30-12-2014

Parenting twins, triplets or more can be an expensive adventure.  If you think double (or triple) diapers and onesies are breaking the bank, just wait until two or more babies become twin or triplet toddlers:  All the companies that tried to convince you that you needed two (or three) Baby Bjorns, two bouncy chairs and two baby bathtubs will now be vying for your hard-earned dollars in exchange for all the latest baby toys.

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Alex and Simon

But there are ways around this, and they can be quite creative!

Lindsay, a teacher and mother of two, blogs here about making a family board book for her little one.  

Alex and Simon loved looking and pointing at books and photos when they were little, and I wish I had thought to repurpose old board books from yard sales in this fashion!

Dec 2014 colour matchy

Reblogged from FunkyLindsay.com

Another idea from Funky Lindsay is the colour matching game.  She paints the inside of a compartmentalised box with certain colours, and puts little toys and trinkets of matching colours in each compartment. 

Little ones love to sort and match items, and this is a great way to foster colour recognition and encourage clean up for toddler twins or triplets.  Miniature versions of the toy could be made with only two or three colours, and each twin gets a different set of colours.

Parenting multiples can be a blur, especially when they’re young.  Making toys and games with and for your toddler twins is an excellent way not only to save money, but also to keep materialism in check while bonding with your babies and beginning to foster a healthy family relationship with the environment by practising environmentally friendly playtime.

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