Archive | January, 2013

Finger Painting!

30 Jan

So it’s time to get messy! I thought this week we would try our hand at painting (well more exploring a messy texture than actual painting.) I have pinned quite a few different finger paint recipes here. But as this is only our 2nd week of the challenge I thought we would start with this one from Hands on: as we grow.

It’s a nice simple recipe…wait for it…yogurt and food colouring. Woohoo! Nice and easy!

So for today Princess Peanut and SweetPea can have a bit of an explore on their trays of some finger paint. If we get adventurous we may even get out some paper 😉

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1 of 52 Baby play Playdough – completed

23 Jan

Last night I linked you to the wonderful website of Rainy Day Mum for her Baby Play Playdough – which you can find here. So today Princess Peanut and I went for a playdate at my friend’s house with her SweetPea. We had such a great time completing our first Pinterest challenge!

So feeling inspired after reading Cerys’ experience and already having the playdough made we were ready to roll.

Sidenote – if you are wanting to make your own playdough, Cerys’ recommends this playdough recipe from The Imagination Tree. It is really similar to the one I use:

Ingredients:

2 cups of Plain Flour

4 tbs Cream of Tartar

2 tbs cooking oil

1 Cup Salt

food colouring

2 cups of boiling water

Essence (as I said yesterday I used Peppermint)

Method:

Mix all ingredients (except for the boiling water) together

Add the boiling water gradually whilst stirring

Turn out mixture and knead

The mixture will congeal as you knead after a few minutes (keep kneading)

You may have to add a little bit of flour to lessen the stickiness

(Must try glycerin next time to compare the silkiness!)

So back to the activity…

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Here is SweetPea at the beginning of her exploration. She’s quite an inquisitive and hands-on girl, so was straight into the playdough breaking off little bits.

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Here is Princess Peanut, hesitant as usual 😉 She is not a fan of different textures, so I can see that we need to work on that with our Pinterest challenges! 🙂

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SweetPea really getting her hands in to her playdough!

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Still Princess Peanut was not sure of this playdough. A few pokes and prodes and snatching her hand back away!

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After a little guidance SweetPea began experimenting with the different tools on her playdough.

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And so did Princess Peanut

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A little taste test from both girls (they both screwed up their noses!!)

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And both played with just the tools – banging tools together, exploring how they felt in their mouths (of course).

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Princess Peanut looking very excited….haha

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SweetPea getting right into it!

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Princess Peanut experimenting by using her lunch box and tapping it on her playdough!

At the end of our play Princess Peanut decided she had enough and dropped bits down to the floor one by one. She was then under SweetPea’s chair, where SweetPea decided that she would hand Princess Peanut bits of her playdough one by one. Ahh, bless ❤

Summary/ Verdict – A nice easy, cheap and successful Pinterest Project. Thank you Cerys for the inspiration!

Extension/ Adaptions for next time – I would like to try the glycerin in the recipe, which will also give Princess Peanut a different texture to try. The girls didn’t seem to notice the scent of the playdough (peppermint), but us mumma’s are considering trying some other Pinterest ideas including – lavendar playdough, basil playdough, gingerbread playdough, etc. Options are limitless and as the girls get older they will experiment and “play” more. I plan on repeating the activity later in the week for Princess Peanut so she can have another go of feeling it in her hands!

Now to decide on our 2nd Pinterest Project….! 😀

1 of 52 Baby play playdough

22 Jan

The first activity comes from Rainy day mum

I’ve decided to start off “simple”. I like this activity because I used play dough a lot in my classroom with my students. It is so versatile, but best of all FUN!!

I imagine that Princess Peanut is going to try to put it in her mouth, so we will see what happens. Princess Peanut had her first birthday celebration on the weekend and as part of her party favours we included some homemade playdough. It is just the recipe on the cream of tartar, cooked with boiling water instead of cooking it on the stove.  I also added some green food colouring (her party theme was “The very hungry caterpillar”) and some peppermint essence to make it smell nice.

The aim will be to try and get Princess Peanut to just explore and manipulate the playdough. I will have on hand some playdough tools and cutters, but for the most part I just want to see how she handles it and how she reacts.

And so it begins…

22 Jan

Hi!  I am about to embark on a project that I have set myself. You see I’m a little bit of a Pinterest addict (self-confessed) and do lots of pinning. Well I love collecting lots of ideas, but what’s the point of collecting these wonderful, life-changing ideas if you never use them!?

So this is the basis of my project. A way to implement these ideas into my little life. So what ideas you ask? Well that’s the second part of my project. I am now the mumma of a one-year old (how on earth did that happen?!). And this little darling (Princess Peanut) is the centre of my life. I am lucky to be a full-time stay-at-home mumma with a very supportive and understanding hubby (AKA Mr Wonderful).  So these ideas/ projects will all be based around Peanut.

But before I was a mumma I was a teacher. First an instrumental teacher (that seems like a million and one years ago sometimes!) and then a Primary school teacher, mainly teaching Prep (5 year olds).  So as you can now imagine I have a passion for both music and education. Whilst I’m not ready to head back to the classroom just yet, I like to keep my head in the game!

So here’s my project – choose 52 Pinterest projects and complete one a week with Peanut. Sounds simple enough? My aim is to link you back to the original, clever ideas person and comment on the activity, extensions/modifications, ease of setting up and completing the activity, cost, educational benefits, etc.  But most of all it will be a chance for Peanut and I to enjoy each other’s company and to grow and learn together!

Each fortnight we are lucky enough to have a playdate and we will be joined by a mother’s group friend and her gorgeous daughter (also a one-year-old).

So here we go…52 activities (with hopefully some bonus ones along the way as we progress)..

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