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A pint sized artist!

There is something so freeing and wonderful about finger painting. There are no rules, no boundaries and the masterpieces that are being made are in the artist’s mind and on their finger tips! Anyone no matter what their age or abilities can finger paint. Some might need some help but it’s really such a fun experience!

Yesterday afternoon we had a friend over and finger painted. I made edible finger paint from scratch as both Princess Peach and Little Man S (he’s almost a year old!) are both likely to eat it.

Here’s how you can do it at home yourself.

You will need:

1/2 cup cornstarch

3 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 cups of cold water

food colouring

whisk

pot

1. Mix all of the ingredients into the pot on the stove over medium-low heat. You will need to continually whisk the mixture for 10-15 minutes. It will seem that you are mixing a milk like mixture forever but have patience because it will change!

2. After about 10-15 minutes your mixture will suddenly congeal and become gel like. Once that happens remove it from the heat.

3. I spooned my mixture into 5 different plastic containers

4. While hot, mix the food colouring into each container.

5. This is what all 5 colours looked like after adding the food colouring. Wait until the paint cools before you use it. You can store the finger paint for about 3 days in the containers.

I purchased small canvases from the dollar store. Put the kiddies in high chairs and put dollops of the paint onto the canvas for them to explore. Sure, they both put some in their mouths but their end results were phenomenal!

Princess Peach’s final product. I helped her shmear around the paint!

Little Man S’s masterpiece! He did it all on his own! Amazing stuff!!!

I hope that you will try this and that you and your kiddies will make wonderful masterpieces and memories too.

I would love to hear all about it! xoxo

 

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Colour your world

We’ve all been there. You are colouring a picture and you hear a crack. Your amazing coloured burnt sienna crayon has broken in half. So you pick outrageous orange from the box and continue colouring in the picture. But what do you do with that poor broken crayon that is sitting on the table? Well, I have the answer for you! Here is one fantastically fun way to reuse broken crayons!!!

Make New Fun Shaped Crayons

Make sure to remove the wrapper from the crayons. Take your broken pieces and cut them into small bits. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Using a non-stick muffin tin, or silicone mold,  fill the tin/mold with an inch thick of the broken pieces. The wax will leave a residue in both the tin and mold so if you aren’t ok with that use a liner in the muffin tin. Bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until all the wax is melted. Wait until the mold is cooled to pop out the pieces and colour away!!!!

Fun Alternatives:

1. Add glitter to the crayons for some sparkle!

2. Arrange specific colours together in a mold for a fun themed crayon like: red, orange and yellow for fall or red, pink and white for Valentine’s day.

3. There are amazing silicone molds these days so be creative!!! From hearts, to stars and to the alphabet the options are endless!

P.S. These make an awesome inexpensive loot bag! Fill a clear cellophane bag with 4-5 crayons and attach either a little notebook or colouring book 🙂

Would love to know how you are colouring your world!

xoxo

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Princess Peach loves jarred fruit and veggie baby food. Before I send them to the recycle bin in our garage I always rinse them out. Today after I rinsed them out I realized that instead of recycling them I can reuse them and put them to good use in and around our house! It’s a great way to teach your children about repurposing items as well as having fun with them! Here are some fun ideas to reuse your baby food jars!

1. Make a snowglobe:

Wash and dry the baby food jar. Choose a small plastic figurine (be creative and use your childs favourites!) and hot glue it to the lid. Fill the jar (almost to the top) with cold water. If you use warm water it will be cloudy.  Add a few drops of glycerin or clear corn syrup to the jar. This helps to snow “fall” slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon of glitter, sparkles, sequins or even broken up eggshells to be your “snow”. You can add more “snow” if needed. Put the lid on and then hot glue around to seal it so your child can’t open it. If you have an older child doing this craft they can decorate the top and side of the lid. Shake and enjoy!!!

2. Make a herb garden:

Baby food jars are also awesome for little herb gardens. Let your toddler/child fill different baby food jars with soil and a variety of herb seeds. Make sure to label the jars with the type of herb planted. Watch them grow into a cute mini herb garden.

3. Use them as paint containers

Baby food jars also make great paint containers. You can buy the larger paint bottles at Walmart and you can proportion the paint into the different jars. This way your child has a specific amount of paint to use for a certain project and it will ensure that there isn’t a huge mess to clean up!

4. Organize your spices

If you have a lot of large spice containers or loose spices in bags what a great way to organize them using your baby food jars! Make sure to wash and clean them very well. Pour in the spices and label the jar!

5. Use the lids to make a matching game

Collect twelve lids.  Trace the lid onto a piece of cardstock. Cut out and glue the cardstock to the inside of the lid. You can print a 6 pairs of matching pictures of things that your child enjoys such as cars, animals, and favourite family members or use 6 pairs of stickers and glue/stick them to the cardstock on the inside of the lid. Don’t forget to cover the outside of the lid with different paper. Make sure they are all covered in the same colour and/or pattern. Mix up the lids and play the matching game!

The possibilities with baby food jars are endless. There are so many more projects out there to do! i hope you will try some of them and keep me posted!

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

xoxo

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