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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- Food Coloring
- Veggie Oil
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.
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…
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.
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks for glue gun
- Plastic Bottle
- Paper Towel Rolls (I used 2)
- Poster Board
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.