Activities for busy minds (toddler edition)

Activities for busy minds (toddler edition)

It is no question that our toddlers mind are always busy and needs continuous stimulation.


Learning doesn’t have to happen at a table. Our kids learn as they play and through everyday life experiences.  Below are a few activities to try with your toddler:


                                                                    SENSORY PLAY

Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. It also supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction

-a bowl of jelly with hidden objects in, let them take it out

-shaving foam/yogurt on a mirror, let them draw, scribble, go wild

-mud bath for farm animals, let them scrub the toys

-rainbow rice for scooping/ transferring. Find recipe here



Sorting objects into categories

Sorting helps build visual perception and thinking skills. Children can generally sort the colours before they can name them. Learning to categorise and classify helps memory skills.

-start out with 2 colours at a time and work your way up

-as you child gets familiar with more objects (e.g shapes) let them sort accordingly

-make it fun and include movement e.g they have to walk/ crawl to put the red block in the red basket



Inset puzzles are great to begin with

This is a great way to create a fun learning opportunity for kids. Simple inset/ jigsaw puzzles help children develop finger strength, perseverance and problem solving skills. … Picking up, moving and twisting the pieces of a puzzle helps children to develop finger strength and hand-eye coordination.

-inset puzzles are great to begin with

-jigsaw puzzles- this is a favourite at any age

-geometric puzzles- teaches them about shapes

-connect the dots-  here they learn about numbers

-mazes- helps with critical thinking and eye coordination



Teaching your toddler to count involves more than helping them learn the numbers one to ten. It involves helping them understand the meaning of numbers. E.g give me 2 bananas, and they then have to count them out and give it to you.

-start out with 1-5 and work your way up

-count anything throughout the day

-put flash cards up in the house and when they stop at the number let them jump or clap that amount of times

-do counting receptively (give me 3 balls) or expressively (them counting)


                                                            SCOOPING AND POURING

Scooping and pouring activities help develop fine motor skills in under 5s as well as using math concepts such as less and more. These tasks help children coordinate their hand movements with what they are seeing and feeling (it might be water pouring on their feet!)

-put water in a big container and let them scoop and pour with cups

-put objects in the water, let them scoop and transfer it to another container


                                                           PLAY DOUGH ACTIVITIES

Play dough activities has numerous benefits. It is calming, it helps with fine motor skills, encourages creativity, enhances eye-hand coordination, improves social skills, promote playtime and supports literacy and numeracy.

-rolling balls and strings (strengthens hand and arms muscles)

-poking holes (strengthens finger muscles)

-makes shapes, numbers, objects (creativity and learning)

-use cookie cutters and do make believe play


                                                         FINE MOTOR


Fine motor activities help children perform important tasks like feeding themselves, grasping toys, buttoning and zipping clothes, writing, drawing, and more. The ability to complete self-care and everyday tasks helps a child’s self-esteem and confidence to increase.

-beading/ threading



-block play


                                                            GROSS MOTOR

Running and jumping

Gross motor skills involve movements of the large muscles of the arms, legs and torso. Kids rely on gross motor skills for everyday activities at school, at home and in the community. Kids who struggle with gross motor skills have trouble doing whole-body movements like climbing and jumping jacks.



-obstacle courses


-yoga for kids


Let’s stimulate our little ones’ brains one activity at a time while they still have lots of fun!

Snack ideas for kids

Snack ideas for kids



As our kids grow, so does their brains.  It is also important to make sure that we nourish their brains with all the right nutrients.


I believe in healthy eating not only for myself but for my little one as well.


We try to steer away from gluten, dairy and refined sugars as much as possible. The reason for this is because his brain is going through its biggest development stage (first 1000 days) and needs the best nutrients. I still give him these occasionally as he still has a lifetime of parties ahead and I don’t want to make him immune to the above.

Benjamin turns 2 in October and his appetite is really big. He has consistent eating times and thrives on it. I however don’t give him any fruit after 16h00 to prevent the “sugar” high and restlessness.


🍉fruit salad (you can add plain yogurt if you want)

🍏apple chippies and nut butter

🍌nice cream (banana, add fruits of choice for flavour,blend and freeze dairyfree)

🍬 naturesdelicacies snacks (convenient and healthy)

🍪 healthy biscuits and tea (Benjamin takes rooibos with almond milk)

*Flapjacks with fruit and yogurt

Our kids love a sweet snack but we need to take care of that afternoon savoury snack. My friend Shayleigh took care of the yummy savoury snacks for us and you can find it here. We both love healthy eating and understand the importance of brain development.

My skin journey with PortiaM

My skin journey with PortiaM


My skin used to be at its worse post pregnancy. Acne ruled my life in every sense of the word.


I remember waking up and touching my face first thing before I even said my morning prayer.  Going outdoors and to gatherings was like a punishment. The loads of make-up I had to hide behind to cover up my “horrible” skin was so unpleasant.


There was a lot of trial and error with various products which only aggravated my skin and safe to say, I gave up on my skin. I didn’t buy anything for it anymore, until I did enough research on products.  It was then when I came across PortiaM products.


My lifestyle changes for the glow

Due to my acne I had to make a few lifestyle changes. I had to cut out dairy, refined sugars, processed foods and gluten.  It was really tough at the beginning but I did it for my skin. My system eventually adapted to the new normal and my tastebuds danced to the taste of black, no sugar rooibos tea.  This new lifestyle cost a lot of discipline I the beginning, but now I am used to it and it comes naturally for me to maintain it.


My journey with PortiaM

The journey started when a friend introduced me to these products. The price seemed too good to be true (price range from R41.49-R158.99) but the results and testimonials are what made me swipe my card at Clicks. It was a 3 for 2 special that day and I invested in the entire Marula range.  I am using it for 4 months now.


The different range:

The Marula Range is suitable for normal to dry skin, acne prone and blemishes.

The Pomegranate range is for sensitive skin. The face cream in this range will also help to reverse the signs of aging.

My skincare routine

I have become disciplined in my routine. No matter how tired I am I make sure to take care of my skin. I use the entire Marula range which consists of face wash, toner, serum and day/night cream. I also use it in this exact order (with day/ night cream at relevant times).


Another thing I do in my skincare routine is to dry my face with a paper towel instead of a normal towel, this ensures that no bacteria comes on my face after I washed it. I also do derma rolling twice a week to improve collagen and blood circulation.


The results…

In the first 3 days purging (developed fine pimples) occurred but the fourth day it was gone. My skin just needed time to adapt to the new product. But this is quite rare with most of the people that use it. Patience is key. My skin was glowing and looked healthy in a few days.


I am using the products for 4 months now and my blemishes are lighter and the acne has disappeared.


Maintaining my glowing skin:

To maintain my glowing skin I make sure to always have my skin products stocked u . Due to the lifestyle changes I had to make, I also plan my meals ahead to make sure I stay on track with my eating. I am in a routine with my skincare routine, I don’t go to the kitchen in the morning without washing my face (my dad drilled this into us from a very young age) and I wash my face every night at 19h00. It started with an alarm on my phone until my brain automatically registered the time and action.

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I will definitely continue using PortiaM and keep them part of my lifestyle.