Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Make your own soft scented puff paint

We love doing crafts so today I mixed up this fun scented puff paint. It is super easy and so neat to feel once the art work is done drying.

Shaving cream
White glue
Packet of kool-aid

I used about 2 cups shaving cream to 1 cup of white glue mixed together, then added alittle kool-aid to scent  and color the paint for our hearts.  Yes it is that simple.

Then after "J" and "C" were done making their pretty hearts, they had some sensory play. I gave them chopsticks and they played and drew in the mixture.

"C" was smelling it and got some on her nose and they thought that was the funniest thing.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine themed learning dice bath game

We have been working on counting and number learning. So I put together a fun dice game for "J" and "C" to do in the bath. They really liked it. The nice thing is there is so many different things you can do with this fun game.

Heart dice (2 for $1.00 at Target)
Heart shaped foam (10 for $1.00)
Plastic heart table scatter pieces (20 for $1.00) These can be reused to make a fun Valentine's sun catcher.
Plastic heart containers (10 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)

We rolled the dice and "J" had to fine the numbers and count the Valentine treasures. We did some simple math problems. He had a really fun time with this bath.

We love doing learning baths so be sure to check out some of the other fun ones we've done.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Homemade scented bubble bath paints

Make your own scented bubble bath for kids. Tear free and safe for sensitive skin. We have used the shaving cream bath paints in the past but every time my daughter uses them she brakes out in a rash. So we had to stop using them in the bath.

I wanted to come up with something that they could paint with as well as makes bubbles in the bath. So you get a dual purpose out of it. Then the other night while washing them an idea clicked.

Mix a kool-aid packet and  Johnson's baby bath for sensitive skin together and you get a fun bath paint along with scented/colored bubble bath.

NOTE: We have used the Target brand as well and works good.

We used the paints to paint our Easter eggs for the bath, the great things about these paints are that you can wash it right off the foam and paint again.

For this bath we used craft foam I cut out the bunny shapes and eggs and the kids made bunny faces like we did at Christmas for our Frosty Bath and painted their eggs.

If you like fun and learning baths be sure to check out our

 Bath times.

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Melted Valentine's bead art

We love doing art projects and with Valentine's Day around the corner this week we will be having a week of fun love projects.

We have a whole bunch of fuse beads on hand cause I scored a great deal at the thrift store. Since they melt with heat we tried this project out and it worked great and they look so pretty.

Cookie sheet
Fuse beads(you can order these online from Craft project ideas as well)
Small spoon or plastic tweezers
Magnet(we used the ones from Craft project ideas because they have the adhesive to stick to the craft)
Heart shape metal cookie cutters (you can use any shape)

How to make:
Place the metal cookie cutters on the cookie sheet, then fill the cookie cutters with the fuse beads, make sure they are filled with no holes, then place in the oven on 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and let it cool. 
Then the melted bead art will pop right out of the cookie cutter and then you glue the magnet on the back you can also make ornaments to hang in the window as sun catchers.

Great fine motor and eye/hand coordination craft for kids. 

 This was a super fun craft and turned our so pretty. Below are some other fun crafts you might like as well.

Homemade scented puff paint

Homemade sand art

Melted pony bead art

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Valentine's Day button canvas keepsake

With Valentine's coming soon we started making our fun crafts for the grandparents. Today we put together a fun little craft using buttons. Great fine motor and eye/hand coordination for little ones.

5x7 canvas (we got our at Michael's for less than $5.00 for both)
Craft buttons(Michael's in the $1.00 section)
Craft glue

I drew a heart on the canvas and then had "J" trace it with the glue, while "C" just filled her heart with glue. Then they placed the buttons all over inside the heart.

I had "J" write his words on his, since we are working on writing skills. Fun and simple craft.

Be sure to check back cause we will be doing Valentine's week.

Here are some fun one's we did last year.

Thumb print keepsake

Melted crayon magnet

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kids ice art science

We have been waiting for cold temps to do a freezing project like we did last year. Well last night was our lucky night we had temps in the teens. So we gathered some fruit from the kitchen and cut it up.

"J" started putting it in the aluminum pan and said, "Mom we can make a rainbow". So that is what we did.

Aluminum pan (disposable)

This project is fun for kids and also teaches them about floating, sinking and freezing. When placing the fruit in the pan you can talk about what fruits you think would sink and what ones would float when adding water. Then ask why?

"J" loves doing science projects. Last year we did an ice art as well be sure to check it out.

"J" was so excited about his rainbow ice art.

If your kids like to do science be sure to check out some of our other fun things we have done.

Magic snowballs

Glow erupting snowballs

Fizzing and bubbling goop

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Make your own erupting glow snow

Super fun glow erupting sensory science for kids

The kids had so much fun playing with the glowing rock science we did the other day, that "J" asked could they do it again. So instead of the rocks I made snowballs since we just has our 1st snowfall for the year.

They had a blast with this as well. When making the glowing snow and snowballs I used the highlighters this time, instead of the neon paint.

I let the highlighters sit in water over night and then mixed alittle with the snow we made.

Baking soda
Hair conditioner
Highlighters(we used yellow, pink and orange)
Blacklight ($10.00 at Wal-Mart or Home Depot) so worth the money. Lots you can do with it.

If you like erupting science like we do be sure to check out some of the other fun science play times.

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Rainbow Magic Snowball Science

We've had so much fun playing with our Make your own snow that I thought it would be fun to make Magic Snowballs. Well it was a BIG hit, the kids loved it.

Click here to see how to make the fake snow play. Then all you need is vinegar and kool-aid packets.

I mixed 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water with the kool-aid so you don't use so much vinegar. 

Because the main ingredient is baking soda, it will keep erupting over and over. The kids played with this for more than a hour.

We made alot of snow and it cost less than $5.00 for this sensory play with all the ingredients.

4lbs of baking soda is $2.24 at Wal-Mart (on the cleaning aisle)
1 gallon of vinegar $2.38 at Wal-Mart (that is alot)
Kool-aid packets $.20
Hair conditioner  $1.00 (Dollar Tree) 
Silver glitter(optional) From Craft Project ideas
I loved the look that the glitter added to this fun play

For over an hour of play we didn't even use half the gallon of vinegar.

Below is snowballs made again after all the vinegar was mixed in. You can see it erupted again and again.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Make your own glowing rock science

I put together this fun glowing fossil dig for the kids the other day and after they played I added a fun twist by making glowing rocks to add.

When you add vinegar to the glowing rocks they erupt like when making a volcano. 

They are so simple to make, just make our fake snow play. Then mix in some neon paint to color the snow. After that mold to a rock like shape. I let ours sit out over night so they had a hard feel like rocks, but you don't have to.

NOTE: The rocks glow under a black light. You can find a black light in Home Depot or Wal-Mart.

This is a fun science play for the kids. A must try.

You can even make snowballs as well and the post will be coming soon on how to be sure to check back.
Below are some other fun science sensory things we have done.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rainbow colors and shapes learning bath

In the dollar section of Target they had these great laminated "Leap Frog" spin charts so I picked up 2 of them to practice shapes and colors with "C".

Then I was in the Dollar Tree and in their learning section they had 2 packets of foam shapes. So I got them as well.

This made for a very easy learning bath to put together for the kids.

I took all the shapes and let them float in the tub and placed some around the tub. Taped the learning chart up for them to spin. They were so excited when they came in. "J" said, "sissy we are going to play a game look" and pointed to the spin wheel. 

This set up is great for the bath, to make a learning center in the classroom or even make a floor game with it. Open ended learning for less then $3.00.

So "J" spun the wheel and would tell "C" what she needed to look for. It was so cute listening to them. "C" would hold the shape up or place it on the tray behind her. After she was done she started putting them on her saying, "momma stickers, stickers." The loved this bath.

With "J" we did counting and patterns so I would start a pattern and he would finish it. Also, he would find the number I called out and count the shapes.

This was a fun learning bath for the kids and lots of different ways you can do things. "J" asked could they do it again tomorrow night. Love when they ask to do fun learning again.

If you can't find the foam colored shapes at the Dollar Tree, you can always cut shapes out yourself with craft foam. Then just wet them and they stick to the bath walls and tub.

We love doing fun learning baths below are some of our favorite ones.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Glowing sand "Dino Dig" sensory fun.

"J" has been all into the fun dinosaur sensory play and we were in the Dollar Tree the other day and I found these fun "glow in the dark" dinosaur puzzle fossil pieces so I had to pick them up.

We added them to our glowing sand and turned our fun black light on and "J" and "C" had a blast. After they explored finding different size fossil bones I added a fun twist. 

I mixed baking soda into the glowing sand to make it bubble and erupt. I also made some glowing rocks as well.  Post for the glowing rock science will be up tomorrow.

The kids LOVED this sensory play. They were really into it. It was also a great fine motor and eye/hand coordination for the kids. We used tweezers to pick up the fossils and then squirt bottles for the vinegar spray. If you have older kids they would love this as well and you can add learning to it with dinosaur info and talk about dinosaur facts.

I loved how "J" got his flashlight looking for the fossils. I asked him why he needed his flashlight and he said, "Mom we are in a cave digging." Love his imagination.

Be sure to check back this week on how to make your own glowing rock science.

Also, if you don't have a black light we got ours at Home Depot for $15.00. They are alot of fun to play with.

If you like dinosaur sensory play be sure to check out some of our other ones we have done.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dinosaur sensory erupting mud science

Sensory play is a great way for kids to explore and have pretend play.  We have alot of fun doing different things in our sensory bin.

I put together this fun science dinosaur play with erupting mud for the kids. "J" had a blast. Not only did it have a science twist after he played in it, but using the squirt bottle was a great fine motor skill when adding the vinegar to the erupting mud.

Materials in the sensory bin:
Baking soda
Instant coffee mix

All the items can be purchased at the Dollar Tree for $1.00. Except for the truck and we got that at a thrift store for $1.00.

We love to thrift shop cause you can find some great toys for very inexpensive.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Homemade erupting mud sensory science play

If your little ones like erupting things like mine do then this is a fun must try sensory science play. All you need is 3 simple ingredients and you are ready to go.

Baking soda (Dollar Tree $.50 for 16oz box)
Instant coffee (Dollar Tree $1.00 for 12oz bag)
Vinegar(You can purchase our by the gallon at Wal-Mart $2.33)

I poured the box of baking soda and coffee together and mixed it all together. Then added some vinegar to a squirt bottle or squeeze bottle and let the kids play.

There is so much you can do with this fun sensory science play. Add dinosaurs, trucks, cars, make mud pies, garden play and the list could go on.

Be sure to check out some of the other fun sensory plays we have done below.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gardening sensory play with fake flowers

We have had alot of fun doing the sensory bins since it has been cold and yucky outside. So today we did a fun garden sensory bin. I gathered some digging toys and placed in the sensory bin with some potting soil.

The kids had alot of fun. After they played alittle I filled the watering can up and let them water the flowers.

Large container (we used our cement mixing bin from Home Depot.....$5.00)
Potting soil/dirt
Fake flowers (got ours at Dollar Tree)
Potting containers (Dollar Tree as well)
Garden tool(You can sometimes get these at Dollar Tree as well)

I know some people will not do this inside, I placed a big tarp under them and then just folder it up when done. You can also use an old tablecloth.

If you like sensory bin play be sure to check out some of our favorite ones below.

Make your own snow

Scented cloud dough play

Snowman sensory play

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

5+ things you can do with salt for sensory play

Salt is so inexpensive you can get 26 oz for $.040 at the grocery store, so that makes for alot of cheap play and experimenting not spending alot of money.

Below are some of the fun experiments we have done and had fun using salt.

1. You can make pretty ice art pouring salt on the frozen ice and then adding food coloring turns out so pretty and there is alot of things you can do with food coloring.

2. You can make your own scented glitter ....this is fun for art projects.

3. Make your own colored sand using chalk.

4. Practice writing in salt great fine motor skill for kids.

5. Make your own scented sand just using kool-aid. You can also use Duncan Hines Frosting packets

6.  Make your own glowing sand now this is fun play, "J" LOVED this.

7.  Then make your own Scented puff paint.

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