Dear Diary,

I enjoy outdoor activities. I rarely break a sweat and soak up the sun. However my little girl is easily overheated. So when the temperatures soar, we seek shelter from the hot,  humid weather and take part in the air-conditioned activities.

Here are five fun online activities to keep your infants and toddlers out of the elements. 

1. Create a Pandora Station

Babies love music, and at such a young age, you don’t have to censor your selections. But if you wish to bop to the beats of something suitable for virgin ears, you can add Baby Einstein, Disney or Raffi stations to your playlist. Caitlynn and I dance and exercise all the time. I tell her to shake what yo’ mama gave ya, and she bounces up and down with her hand in the air.

2.  Row Row Row Your Boat

Super Simple Learning has super cute music videos, including this whimsical one where two animals row their way down the river. Besides listening and watching, I sit with my legs in a V, and Caitlynn and I rock back and forth to the beat, rowing our imaginary boat. The song’s short, but the memories last a lifetime.

3. Play B-I-N-G-O

Here’s another super cute song from Super Simple earning.  You can clap, jump and sing with your baby. I usually play the song twice. The first time I do the movements. On the encore, Caitlynn performs. She loves jumping to the beat of all the letters at the end.

4. Speakaboos

I stumbled upon on accident and decided to stay and look around story land. The subscription site is about five bucks a month, but you don’t have to sign up to join the fun. You can read stories, hear songs, play games and print out activities ten times for free.  Caitlynn and I watched an automated audio version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  She laughed the entire time! There’s a printable page with alphabet adventures, coloring pages, puzzles and quizzes.

Hey DFTM family–What fun and educational online activities do you use with your little ones? 

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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