Busy Bubbers: milk jug maraca

Today I was racking my brain trying to think of something I could do with James without having to jeopardize my bed rest.  I feel some guilt that I can’t play with him the way I usually do, and even though I know bed rest is so important right now, I feel like I’m just a big bump on a log.  So I really wanted to think of an activity to do with him that made me feel like a good mom again.  At least for a few minutes.  And I did!

 
I finished up a carton of milk on my cereal this morning and thought of this fun little activity that involves virtually zero prep and extra cost.  I was able to be lying down the entire time we did this activity, and it was a major hit with the Dudeski!  Total win win.
 
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“Jameser, show me your ‘surprised’ face!”
 
What you need:
An empty plastic milk carton, any size
Stickers, preferably any you already have lying around the house
1/4 cup rice or dry beans
Sharpie marker
 
Make sure your milk carton is cleaned out and dry inside.  With a funnel, pour your rice or beans into the carton and twist on the cap nice and tight.  Then get decorating!  I wrote James’ name on it with a sharpie and then let him decorate it with stickers, as much as he liked.  I let him lead on this.
 
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And then we got dancing!  He absolutely loved it!  And that is literally it.  So easy, so fun, and so satisfying as a mom to feel that you dedicated some designated time just to your kiddo,with no distractions.
 
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It was so rewarding to be able to do something more proactive with my little son today.  I try to do something like this each day but with bed rest it can be a challenge.  This particular activity was perfect for both of our needs and turned out to be so fun and cute.