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A friend pointed the resemblance with my logo and the google logo ūü§¶, not sure how we missed it, the good news is I now have a new one to share with you tonight!

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Craft Quickie, Educational, Kids

Kids: Bunny Tail Match

Today Sophie found a bag of quiet activities I have put aside.¬† I said she could pick one to do. She picked the Bunny Tail Match Game, it’s easy to make and even easier to play.

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Here is how to make it:

What you will need:

– Coloured felt, a different colour for each bunny.

– Pom poms, to match the colour of the felt.

– Velcro

– Glue

– Pen and paper

– Scissors

– Sticky tape (optional)

What to do:

1.  Take the pen and paper and draw a bunny, another alternative would be to print an outline of a bunny out.

2.  Cut the bunny out, this will be your template for cutting out the felt.

3. Tape paper bunny to felt and cut out or you could trace around the template onto the felt and then cut out.

4.  When the bunnies are cut out, glue one side of the Velcro to the bunnies bottom and the other side of the Velcro to the pom poms.

How to play:

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You don’t need much space to play, as you can see Sophie was playing it on the couch today.

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Kids, Kids Craft, Sensory Play, Throwback Thursday

Kids: Frozen Paint

Throwback Thursday

This activity Sophie and I actually did in January and that is why it is part of our Throwback Thursday collection.

I had some yellow poster paint and for whatever reason it had gone really really runny.  I had found these cheap icy pole containers at Kmart and wondered if the paint would freeze.  This is what happened.

You will need:

  • Paint.¬† We used poster paint and the colour yellow.¬† You could use whatever colour you like, if you use a different type of paint though you may end up with a different outcome.
  • Icy Pole containers, these are the ones I used.¬† https://www.kmart.com.au/product/icy-pole-maker/164321
  • Freezer
  • Paper

What to do:

1.While this activity is really easy to do, it does take a little planning ahead so the paint has time to freeze.  First thing you do is get your paint and moulds and fill them, I filled mine to the level mentioned on the containers.  Then put them in the freezer, I left mine in over night.

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These are ones that have been in the freezer over night.

2.  When you are ready to paint, have your paper in front of your little one.  To get then out of their moulds I just ran them quickly under hot water and they came out perfectly.

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Paint Icy Pole. Do not eat!

3.  I then placed it on the paper in front of Sophie after doing a little squiggle so she could see what it did.

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4.  Sophie was curious about the coolness of the paint.  She would pick it up and feel it before putting it back down, I assume due to her hands getting cold.

5.  During her exploration of the paint she decided to put it on her hands and then she made a hand print on the paper.

The end result I think was very successful, it isn’t the boldest of colours, I am not sure if that is due to it being the colour yellow or because it was frozen.¬† This would be a good activity for me to do again with Sophie and see how she responds.¬† I would use different colours and see how well they paint frozen.

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Sophie’s Frozen Pain Masterpiece¬†
Kids, Kids Craft, Sensory Play

Kids: Strawberry Play Dough

Sophie loves playing with play dough, since our experiment with making mandarin play dough I have been wanting to give it another go with something else.  Today was that day.

Today we made strawberry play dough, not the type made out of jelly or kool-aid, the type made out of real strawberries!

What you will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Cutting board or plate
  • Knife
  • Nutribullet is what I used, you could use food processor, blender or even a potato masher.
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Zip Lock Bag

What we did:

  1. ¬†First thing I did was wash the strawberries and checked to make sure we didn’t have any rotten ones.

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    Getting ready.

I then cut the tops off and cut them in half, I probably didn’t have to do that but if you use a potato masher the smaller you cut them the easier it will be.

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Tops cut off and cut in half.

3.¬† I put the strawberries in the container to be blended, I didn’t add anything, just the strawberries.

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Ready to be blended.

4.¬† Blend! I don’t have a set amount of time for this, I just did it until it had no lumps.

5. All ready to use.  move to the side for later.

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Smooth and ready to use.

6.  Now to make the actual play dough.  The link below is to the recipe I used as a guide.  I used some of the measurements and due to adding strawberries and my assistant we improvised.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups¬†plain flour
  • 1 cup¬†salt
  • 1 tbs¬†oil
  • 1 cup¬†cold water
  • 2 drops¬†liquid food colouring

Method

  • STEP 1Combine plain flour and salt.
  • STEP 2Add water, food colouring and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.
  • STEP 3Knead well.
  • STEP 4If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.

 

 

https://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/no-cook-play-dough-L2119.html

 

7.  Like the recipe says we combined 2 cups of plain flour and 1 cup of salt.  As soon as Sophie tipped it in her hands closely followed, she loved the feel of it, she kept running her fingers through it and smiling.

8.  The next step we added our strawberries, I then used the cup that had the strawberry mixture in and put about half a cup of water in it, mixed it around to get all the strawberries and poured it in.

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This photo was taken after the water had been added.

 

 

While I was getting the water Sophie couldn’t help herself and in went her hand into the strawberry mixture.

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Sophie loved the feel of the dry ingredients, she wasn’t a fan of the strawberries.

This was then closely followed by her wiping her hand on her shirt.

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The writing on the shirt sums it up well!

9.¬† Next I had the oil ready to measure, Sophie kindly tipped the bottle up, So I am not sure how much oil went in but I don’t think it would have been too far off the right amount.¬† the recipe also says to add food colouring at this point.¬† I decided not to as I wanted to see if the strawberries created any colour.

10.  Since this looked to be a rather wet mixture I started off my mixing it with a spoon before using my hand to combine it all.  After a while I sprinkled flour on the bench tipped the mixture out and kneaded it.  I did have to add more flour, I imagine this was due to the strawberry/water ratio.

11.  Continue to knead until you have a play dough consistency.  I am excited to report that I never did add the food colouring, the strawberries made it a lovely pink colour.  I then used a zip lock bag to store it in and placed it in the fridge.  By the time I had finished kneading Sophie had decided that she just had to go outside.

 

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Our beautiful strawberry play dough.

 

Book Week, Craft Quickie, Kids

Kids: Book Week. Scavenger Hunt

In my previous post on book week I mentioned doing a treasure hunt for Sophie and her friends, in the previous post I talked about gold coins, in this post I will share some other things I made for the scavenger hunt.

These mini projects use the same sticker packs from the gold coin post.¬† The following mini projects are really quick and basic as they will be the little items the kids find on the scavenger hunt.¬† the items needed to be small but not tiny and be able to get wet, dirty and even buried.¬† I didn’t want to spend a great deal of money on the projects as children are unpredictable and on the day may not even want to participate.

Treasure Map Token

This one I am thinking of putting in either sand or water, I just wanted to give it a little bit of strength.   I decided to back the stickers on the plastic containers the stickers came in.

  1.  First I cut the containers so I just had the clear plastic part, I then cut down the side so I could spread it out flat.

2.  Once I had it spread out I just peeled the backs off the stickers and put them on, leaving enough room to cut around them.  You can see in the picture on the right, one of the maps with the paper backing still on them.

3.  Cut them out, I left a little space around each of them.

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All cut out ready to go.
Book Week, Kids

Kids: Book Week Prep. Pirate Treasure

Yesterday (14th of August) was such a long and busy day, I haven’t had a chance to write up and share what we did, until now.

Yesterday we had such an early start to the day, 3am for those of you who don’t know (I shared on Instagram), I decided to start some Book Week prep. The theme this year is “Find Your Treasure” and so I decided to organise a scavenger hunt in our backyard for Sophie and some of her friends.

One of the things we did this morning was create some pirate treasure. You can buy it but it ends up being rather expensive when you need lots of it and it would never arrive in time.  We made these using plastic tokens from our local hobby shop, 5 for $1, if I had been more organised I probably could have found them cheaper online.

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Yellow Tokens

I found the skull in a couple of packets of stickers I got for Sophie from Riot Art and craft store,  I had purchased the stickers to go with the book week theme but had no real plans for them.  

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This is the original sticker. 

The full picture of the skull was too big to fit neatly on the token and so I just cut them to fit the token.

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The sticker after I had cut it.

 

Sophie helped create them, I would peel off the back and she would stick them on. I think they will be perfect for what I need and something I can use again.

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Sophie helping.
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Exciting News!

I am finally able to share my new logo and cover photo!
Still a little tweaking to be done to the logo but I was just too excited not to share it.

What do you think?

I have also been making some changes on this site, it is still a work in progress but hopefully when I finish it will make it a little easier to get around.