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Touch and Feel

Princess Peach is now at an age where she is really into touching and exploring everything! She is also really into books these days and loves being read to. It’s so cute to watch her “read” a book to herself and flip the pages. Yesterday, we went on a walk and she had a book with her and the whole time she just kept flipping the pages and touching the pictures. So cute.  I feel like we read books for a good chunk of our day. I must admit that I love it. We snuggle in her rocking chair and I read to her. Touch and feel books are an awesome sensory experience for baby as they get to explore different textures. So many books now have a touch and feel component to them. Here are some of my our favourites.

Curious George the Movie: Touch and Feel Book

Book Cover Image. Title: Animal Kisses (A Touch and Feel Series), Author: by Barney  Saltzberg

What are your favourite touch and feel books?

xoxo

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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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Shake it baby, shake it!

Princess Peach loves music. We have daily dance parties in our house and have since she was a newborn! She has just started to clap her hands to the music and it’s the cutest thing! We also have a bunch of musical instruments. It seems like I’ve collected quite a few over the past few months. Princess Peach seems to prefer to bring a musical instrument out in the stroller on a walk or in the carseat for a drive rather than a stuffed animal type toy.

Here are some of our favourites and where you can purchase them:

Marlene’s Just Babies (marlenesjustbabies.com)

Halilit Baby BellHalilit Baby Bell $6.00

Halilit Shaker MaracasHalilit Shaker Maracas $6.00

Marlene’s Just Babies also carries a variety of other Halilit musical instruments such as a mini rainmaker and cage bells.

Mastermind Toys (mastermindtoys.com)

 Gigantic Keyboard Playmat $49.95 (its fun to pretend your a kid again ala the movie BIG)

 Egg Shakers (sold individually) $2.95

 Turn n’ Tumble rainstick $14.95

Toys r Us (toysrus.ca)

Bruin My First Band $29.99

Bruin - Electronic Keyboard with Mic - Bruin - Toys"R"UsBruin Electronic Keyboard with mic $29.99

LeapFrog - Learn and Groove Counting Maracas - LeapFrog - Toys"R"UsLeapFrog Learn and Groove Counting Maracas $19.99

Which ever musical instruments you have or purchase remember to have fun! Its a blast to shake it with your kid!! 🙂

xoxo

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Let’s get messy!!!

In my line of work I get messy. Paint, marker, mushed crackers, juice, smushed smarties, pee, poo, spit, boogers. I’ve been covered in it all.
Then I went on mat leave and I’m surprisingly clean these days. Priness Peach had bad reflux so for many, many months I was covered in vomit but I was able to change or wipe it up! Now that she’s older i’m looking forward to getting messy with her, in a sensory type of way.
For young children its very important for them to have sensory experiences. Sensory play provides babies and children an opprotunity to use their five senses; hearing, smell, sight, touch, and taste.
Princess Peach has been enrolled in many baby classes since she was born but the majority of those clases are music. I love music but how many music classes can one frequent in a week? Sometimes I feel sung out. Now that she’s older I think there is a huge gap in the programming available in our area for children around her age (almost 9 months) to have a variety of sensory experiences with other children. I will be blogging a variety of sensory activities that you fab moms, dads and caregivers can do at home with your kiddies!!! I hope that you will try them out too and of course keep me updated if you do!
The best thing to invest in when you have kids are a few big buckets and/or different sized containers. It is so much fun with llittle kids to explore the world with them. Remember to put the buckets at their level (usualy on the floor) and buy low bucket/containers when they are young so they don’t fall in and can touch, feel, see what’s in the bucket. At a young age you can’t use anything small and because they put everything in their mouths it whatever you use should be edible.
Here is a favourite activity that is fun, cheap and easy! Fil a bucket with warm water and put in a few bath toys, boats, ducks etc. For older kids you can add bubble bath. Strip the babes down to a diaper, put them into the bathtub, put the bucket into the bathtub with them, and let them play away! If its warm enough outside, take the water play out there! Please remember to never leave them unattended with water.
Another great activity is to make a thin layer or whipped cream in a shallow container. Put some drops of food colouring onto the whipped cream, mix it around and let the baby explore! You can also add plastic toys, cars, boats into the whipped cream!

A friend of mine and I have been talking about getting our babies together to do the above activities. Here’s a funny conversation via text message from the other night between a friend and me. The only problem was I was taking a nap when the text messages arrived and my husband had my phone! We will call my husband The Hubster and here’s what happened:

Friend: Just bought cool whip and food colouring. When are we getting messy?
Hubster answering for me: It’s the Hubster. Rainbow (that’s what we will call me in this blog!) is sleeping. Starting to get worried about you two.
Friend: Worried? I’m keeping her out of trouble 🙂
Hubster: Whip cream messy
Friend: Lol. I’m not the one reading 50 shaes of grey 🙂

My husband decided not to tell me about this text conversation until much later in the evening. It was quite amusing!

Anyways, The ideas with sensory play are endless and it is sure to be messy! Just make sure to have some towels and a camera on hand to capture all of the fun.
Now, let the mess begin!
xoxo

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