Once again we turned to our Resource Kit from the Art Gallery for some fun. Austin and I got to spend some one-on-one time while Brookland was napping. We pulled out 4 textured trays.
I have a number of activities that I can pull out for some cold or rainy day fun. My kids are active kids. I don't just mean they are running around being kids, but they are active in that they always want to be doing something. They have active imaginations, active minds, and very active bodies.
Through my 10+ years of parenting we have done an activity or two. I haven’t shared them all here because I wouldn’t have enough time to actually do anything with my kids. Some of the fun kids activities that we enjoy doing are:
Painting – Painting doesn’t get limited to paint and paper around here, and paint brushes are often missing in action we’ll use anything laying around to paint from our fingers to Q-tips.
Boredom Busters – We all have moments where we just don’t want to entertain our kids, or want to get paint out. Guess what? That’s fine. Boredom leads to imaginative play. But sometime, in the middle of winter it can also lead to your kids bouncing off walls. I’ve shared some of the things we do to prevent that from happening too often.
Here you can find some great activities for kids. From the super simple, only require two things to those that are a bit more complicated, but just as much fun. I prefer the fun things that are less complicated and require less things, it makes it easier on the parent.
We also have simple and fun science experiments that you may want to check out too. There are some that are super easy and you can set them up in minutes for lot of fun.
Yesterday at our local dollar store I saw some test tubes (they are suppose to be for doing shots) and I thought of the possibilities for us to have some messy fun. For our first science experiment we started simple. Baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and cream of tarter in the test tubes, and vinegar and lemon juice in squeeze bottles.
For the last two years we have had a sandbox in the same place in our front yard, we had never moved it but over the winter this year Hubby had put it in the basement. The girls haven’t missed the sandbox as in its place there is a circle of dirt that has been entertaining them. It got me thinking about a recipe I had first learned of while in college.Bar of soap – like Ivory (which I buy at the dollar store)
Toilet paper (again, I went to the dollar store)
Grate your soap, add the warm or hot water to melt the soap. (I added cold before she started helping.)
When you are always having fun and making things with or for your kids, they are always looking for the next thing, it doesn’t have to be a new thing, or something that you bought them, just something fun. I’d rather be making and trying new things than buying toys.
After our morning walk Austin asked if we could make something fun, some balls or playdough. I told her that during nap Momma would come up with something fun to do outside. This is what I came up with: a big bubble blower. She had a blast, and I need to find new water bottle for my walks.
I cut the bottom off the bottle, used a baby face cloth covered the bottom with it, secured it with a hair elastic. Dip in bubbles and have fun.
I saw ‘Cloud Playdough’ on another blog (I wish I knew which one!) and had to try it. Looking at ours and what I think theirs looked like, I think we did something wrong or you really do have to use all 8 cups of flour at a time. Either way, we had fun.
Homemade Cloud Playdough for Kids
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I scaled it down to save on flour. Just because I had plans for it and didn’t want to have to go back to the store.
We started with 2 cups of flour and 1/4 cup of baby oil. I also scaled it down just in case she didn’t like it. But that wasn’t necessary.
It took her a few minutes to get into it, to mix the baby oil into the flour. Instead of letting your children mix it, you can mix it before hand too.
Our attempt at making a snowman.
I think her favorite part was adding more baby oil. In the end she used all of the 9oz (just over a cup) of baby oil.
It got wetter, the texture almost reminded me of making gravy.
My hands feel amazing after playing with this. I wish I had gotten a photo of Austin when she was finally done. She’s going to have very soft arms and legs. 🙂
The container that we used? The new dollar store litter box that I bought, looks like I’ll be buying a new one for the cat, this is perfect for messes.