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!
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.
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.
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
Pom Pom Balls
A few beads
Hote Glue Gun
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.
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.
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.