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Make a Color Matching Wheel with Paint Samples

I recently did an activity prep for my little lady. I wanted to focus on colors so I searched for some fun things we could try while I was home with her over the Forth of July week. One of the activities was color matching using free paint samples.

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How to make a Children’s Art Display with String and Clothes Pins

Art is very important. To me, at least. It is a way for me to be creative and use the side of my brain that I don’t get to use at work. Art helps me focus and relieve stress. Doing something on paper, instead of a computer, helps give my eyes a much needed break. Above all, I simply enjoy doing various forms of art.

Since I enjoy it so much and it helps me, art is something I incorporate in my weekends. That means Baby Love gets to do art, too!

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How to Make a Rainstick

When I was a kid, we had these toys that made the coolest sound. A sound that I always found comforting. They were so simple. We had a few of them and they each made slightly different sounds. I remember watching a show (I don’t remember what sho) that actually made music with these things.

I loved them, and still do. They are so cool! Now, I know they’re called a rain stick. I’m pretty sure there was a learning activity to go with playing with the stick but I don’t remeber it now.

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How to make a Hula Hoop Chandelier a Disaster

The other weekend I made a hula hoop light for our play room. It’s not meant to give off a lot of light, just a nice soft glow. A glow that will give that feel of enchantment and whimsy.

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Making Foaming Dough

So I wanted to get this posted on Saturday. Clearly that didn’t happen. Better late than never!

Earlier this week, I was home with my baby. Our sitter’s child was ill and she recommended that we not bring our little lady over until our sitter was able to get her child to a doctor. That means momma gets to work from home.

After nap time, my sweet girl had tons of energy so I figured I’d clock out of work and give her my undivided attention. So we played, ran around the house, and did an activity out of our book. I made her some foaming dough. Oh my goodness! This stuff kept her entertained for probably 20 minutes! It was so fun watching her play in this stuff. We both needed a bath at the end and I had to clean up the ENTIRE kitchen, but it was well worth it!

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This was another super easy recipe. Again, I already had everything in my cabinents for this dough.

Since it’s not my recipe, here’s the link to her post: Fun at Home with Kids – Foaming Dough Snowman.

Basic Ingredients:
Baking Soda
Dish Soap (I used Dawn)
Salt
Vinegar
Additional Supplies:
Food Coloring
Waterproof Tray
Spoon
Squart Bottle or Condiment Bottle
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Strait from my cabinet.

She recommends liquid food coloring but all I have is gel. It worked fine. I will say that when I added the gel to the baking soda and salt mixture, it didn’t look like it colored the mixture. The gel formed little beads that I “cut” into the mixture. Similar to cutting butter into flour for biscuits.

In the book she mentions that the mixture shouldn’t be too wet. It should actually be more dry to the touch. I think I got ours too wet. It looked a lot like lime sherbert. Made me want to eat it! Yum! It still worked and we were able to get lots of foaming bubbles.

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Here’s what our foaming dough looked like.

My little lady was so cute playing. She was absolutely facinated with reaction of the vinegar and baking soda. I was very impressed by her hand motor control too. I thought for sure she’d squirt vinegar all over the floor! Alas, she proved me wrong and only squirted it into the little container. After she got all the reactions she could out of squirting, I gave her a spoon and let her dig in it. She took it a step further after a while and started splashing.

Our play started out pretty clean. Of course, with a baby, things don’t stay clean. After about 20 minutes, squirting a bottle, playing with a spoon and splashing, she was absolutely covered! My hands were so dried out after mixing it and cleaning up the counter than I was concerned for her hands, and feet, and face, and legs, and arms, and anywhere else she may have gotten the stuff so I called it a day. I think she would have played for a while more though. She got mad at me when I put it on the counter!

After I got us both all cleaned up, I used the left over mixture to clean my counters, stove, and floor. Baking soda and vinegar are fantastic cleaning agents so it was the next logical step. I had a sparkling kitchen by the end of the day and lots of fun with my little lady.

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Making Play Dough

When I had my beautiful baby girl, I wondered what to do with her all day long. I remember doing all kinds of searches on Pinterest and saving hundreds of posts to my DIY – Baby & Kids page.

So many of those ideas were for toddlers but I did come across a blogger that posted some good ideas for babies, for both babies that do not have good head control and babies that do have good head control. Her blog is called Fun at Home with Kids.

The really funny thing is, at Christmas, my mom got me this woman’s book! She didn’t even know I had found the blogger and was going to try some of her activities. When I opened the gift, I got really excited. My mom didn’t understand so she asked me why I was so excited. I told her, I’ve been following this lady’s blog and was going to do some of the activities! This is great!

Best gift EVER!

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Book by Fun at Home with Kids

We’ve done one activity out of this book so far. It was great! We did the recipe for Gluten Free Play Dough. It was a really good start since my sweet girl had just turned one. She wasn’t putting too much in her mouth at the time but she put enough in her mouth for me to be cautious.

One of the best things about this recipe, I had everything I needed right in my pantry!

  • Baby Rice Cereal
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Veggie Oil

 

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Playing with gluten free play dough.

How nice! I’d love to post the full recipe or a photo of the book but it’s not mine so follow the link I posted above to get to her recipe.

It was really easy and quick to make. I was able to keep it in the fridge for a few days. When I took it out of the fridge, it was pretty crumbly and took some woman-power to soften up. Once it softened up, we had some more fun with it.

I look forward to doing more. I’m hoping we can do an activity from her book/blog every weekend.

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Pom Poms & Pipe Cleaners Activity Board

A few months ago I made our second (of 3 so far) activity board. I had seen this video on Facebook by mamiblock. I really like these activity boards so I decided to try my hand at one.

Video is by mamiblock on YouTube.

I don’t have a lot of items I can use for activity boards so i just grabbed some things I had around the house. Pom Poms and Pie Cleaners, I have. Glue? I have that too. I had some extra fabric from another project so I grabbed a swatch of that for some texture play.

Items I used:

  • Poster Board – cut into forths
  • Cardboard
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pom Pom Balls
  • Christmas Bells
  • A few beads
  • Wire
  • Hot Glue
  • Hote Glue Gun
  • Box Knife
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Gluing  pipe cleaners on the back of the poster board.

My girl loves helping me make things so I let her play with the cardboard while I cut out a rectangle and a heard from the poster board. She stole a few pipe cleaners and pom poms to play with too.

Once I had the holes cut, I cut down some cardboard to fit behind them. One hole has pipe cleaners in the back with cardbaord covering them. The other hole has the cardboard directly against the hole.

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The final activity board.

Once the back was glued together, I flipped the board over. I glued a bunch of the larger pom poms to the heart shape. The size differences makes the texture fun so they were just placed randomly.

The pipe cleaners were already in place since I glued them down before I glued on the cardboard back but I didn’t like the unfinshed edge. To hid the edge, I lined the opening with a few pipe cleaners. I’m not sure I like it but the edge is at least hiden.

It looked pretty plain so I added the swatch of fabric to the top and grabbed a few bells from my studio. Glued both onto the board in different places. The bells hang and make a chiming sound since they’re loose.

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She had more fun with the bag of pom poms…

All done!

You can see the activity board in the background. She decided to grab the bag of pom poms off the coffee table and proceeded to dump them everywhere! We turned it into a game though. I put the pom poms back into the bag and she dumped them. We played the game a few times then she helped put them back into the bag.

This board wasn’t a huge hit. She plays with it some. She prefers to play witht he back of the pipe cleaners and the bells more than the front textures. This board would be great for a baby around 6 months. Little miss loved textures when she was that age. Now she prefers to figure out how things work, cause and effect.

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An Activity Board – Cardboard Tube Fun

I’ve been seeing these activity boards all over my Pinterest page and YouTube channel feeds. Since they are pretty awesome I made on this weekend. This is the third one I’ve made for my little miss.

Of course, before I made my first activity board I created a DIY – Baby and Kids Pinterest page. That came first and I put all kinds of things on that page, not just activity boards. I have limited time with my girl so that board is dedicated to all kinds of activities. I made this Baby & Kids Activity Boards & Bags YouTube playlist that is more dedicated to these activity boards.

At Christmas, my little miss played with all the rolls of wrapping paper (4 rolls to be exact) I had laying around. When we used all the paper on one roll, I gave her the tube. We had all kinds of fun. Bonking each other and putting those little pom poms down the tube. So…

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I’ve been collecting these cardboard tubes when our paper towels run out just for this board and this weekend I had some time to put it all together.

Please forgive the mess. Real life is fun and often messy. I’m going to show you real life here, not doctored life.

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Cardboard Tube Activity Board – Gather Supplies
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks for glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Bottle
  • Paper Towel Rolls (I used 2)
  • Poster Board
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First I cut one roll in half. Then I cut out a large rectangular notch from each half.
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I cut the second roll into thirds and cut notches in those pieces as well.

I needed somewhere for the little pom poms to land so I cut the top off the bottle. It was pretty ragged so I cut it again to make it smoother.

Ignore that other board. I made that a few weeks ago. My babe brought it to me as I was cutting things so I just put it on the table.

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Once I had all my pieces, I did a test layout on the board.

 

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Let baby play with the board before everything is glued on and the glue is heating up
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Once I wrestled the board back, I quickly glued everything in place. It’s a different layout, but oh well. It works still.
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Take a break before you play… my sister and I went for long walk with a sleeping baby.
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ACTION! Upside down but she gets the idea.

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Internet, Here I Come

Hello all! I’m Brittney and I’m writing my first post for this blog. I hope you enjoy it and come back for more. I love making things and being with my family so that is mostly what you’ll see here. Since my life is hectic with a dash of crazy, I invite you to come with me on my journey as a new momma, full time worker, and (eh hum) homely wife.

I’ve been delving into sewing this last year. Normally, I make jewelry but I put that on hold just before I birthed my baby. It’s been a pretty fun adventure learning a new medium and making things for my little lady.

This is just a taste of what you’ll see here.

I made this Mei Tai carrier last weekend for my sitter. I’ll delve more into the steps and materials I used later (not a full tutorial since there are a few GREAT ones out there).

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Mai Tai

 Over the next few weeks, I plan to make 2 more! Here are the fabric’s I’ll be using.

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Mai Tai

 And of course, I can’t make anything without my helper. She is such a little doll! If you’re wondering where the name for my blog came from, you should thank this little beauty. She says “uh oh” a zillion times a day. Especially if something falls.

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She makes a perfect fabric weight.

Just look at that face!

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Already great at measuring.