Archive | August, 2013

Homemade Chai Latte – yummo!

30 Aug

So this isn’t my usual Toddler-inspired post. But as many other Pinterest addicts I pin….welll….everything, so I thought you might like to see some of my other Pinterest-inspired activities. This one is just for Teacher Mumma!

Blog post intro picture CHAI

I think it’s quite well known amongst my family and friends that I LOVE chai lattes. And I have been getting my supply from the local supermarket, until they stopped stocking the “Lite” version…grr! So my options are to go to two supermarkets, stopped drinking Chai Lattes (gasp!) or find an alternative. Well thanks to my pins at Pinterest I found a solution:

Kats’ Kitchen

There recipe is listed as:

“Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer

2 ½ cups white sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups)

1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cardamom (I omitted)

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

¼ tsp white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor/blender and blend until it is a fine powder.  This may need to be done in two or three separate batches.  Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.  Enjoy!”

This was my original pin, but my sticking point was the “Instant Tea” – what the? As far as I know this doesn’t exist in Australia! So what to do…?

DIY natural had the solution. Make a normal cup of tea, complete with tea bag, and then just add the chai latte mixture in! Too easy!!

 

So here are my original ingredients and my altered recipe:

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1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer Also not available in Australia so I just added another 1/2 cup of powdered non-dairy creamer (with the thought I could add more if I needed it, which it didn’t appear so)

2 ½ cups white sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups)

1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

¼ tsp white pepper

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So easy – dumped it all in the food processor.

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And VOILA! Homemade Chai Latte – yummo!!

 

Activity 23 Ziplock painting!

28 Aug

intro picture ziplock painting

I’m a little behind in my posting so instead of heading each post with a “week” number, it will just be an activity number now 😉

So I came across this little gem at be a fun mum and LOVED the idea of doing this on a paper plate (I thought this might withstand the paint better than just paper).

My other inspiration came from the Hippie Housewife which originally got me on to the idea of ziplock painting, and also The Misadventures of Kayla Aimee

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So we started off with a few different colours in the bag (the girls are just beginning to name these colours in the past few weeks – exciting times!)IMG_8306

Here’s SweetPea looking serious – painting is a serious task!

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Princess Peanut would have to agree (although I think she was suspicious that this was a messy activity).

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As a bit of a twist we gave the girls some icypole sticks and cotton buds to use.

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Ahh..that’s better SweetPea, such a lovely smile!

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Woohoo! That’s Princess Peanut’s hands getting right in there!

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Yup and don’t we look like we are having fun!

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Such concentration from these girls!

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My partner in crime then decided to draw some pictures in the paint (like a whiteboard) as a language-based activity.

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Verdict: Soooooo easy!! And no mess!! Woohoo!! The girls enjoyed this and were kept busy for a good 20 mins or so, before they needed a change of pace. It was a nice activity to do as the girls are beginning to notice and name colours.

Extension/ Adaption: the language based activity from my partner in crime worked really well. It’s a great activity to learn how primary colours make secondary colours for older children.

Week 22: Wet cotton balls

20 Aug

Cotton balls

 

The inspiration for this activity comes from: Fun at home with kids

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All that is needed is cotton balls (I added some make up removers too), a container with water and food colouring. Too easy!

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I added a cotton ball in to the water and straight away Princess Peanut grabbed it up… but once she did she quickly dropped it! Unimpressed Mumma!!IMG_8145

 

But like the determined Princess she is, in went some more cotton balls (Still not overly thrilled with the feel of the cotton balls).IMG_8147

 

What happens if I squish them Mumma?

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I added some food colouring in to the middle of some dry cotton balls and then we added them in to the water. She was mesmerised by the colours bleeding.

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Mumma, that was fun, but let’s pack up now! She grabbed these two bowls herself and started taking out the cotton balls.

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And in her usual style… “Mess mess mess” she grabbed a scarf to clean up the water while I was getting a towel! Funny poppet!

 

Verdict: quick, cheap and easy to prepare and do. We had everything on hand, and while Princess Peanut’s pants got wet (and needed to dry) it wasn’t that messy!

Extension: the colours in the cotton balls worked fairly well, but not quite what I was expecting. I wonder if I dyed the cotton balls first and let them dry, then put them in the water whether they would be a bit more enticing for Princess Peanut…

 

Week 21: Coloured Rice

6 Aug

Rice Blog

Ok, so I have been wanting to try this for awhile, but most of the instructions that I had pinned said to use rubbing alcohol so I was a bit put off by having to buy something else. But never fear…I found an alternative and it works!

Just for Daisy was my inspiration for this week. So here goes…

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I used just cheapie rice and my Wilton gel colours so they would be nice and vibrant. And then you just need vinegar!
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I started off adding the gel to the bag with a toothpick, and added some vinegar in also.

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It kind of worked, but wasn’t as vibrant as I had hoped. It was also a bit of a pain to shake the ziplock bag, and Princess Peanut didn’t really have any interest in doing so past 5 seconds or so! 😉 So I found a container that made the shaking easier.

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Then I thought, what if I coloured the vingear with the food colouring and THEN added the rice.

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So much better!! I did two colours at a time and while they were baking I mixed the next two colours.

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Ooh soo pretty! Ready to play.

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I gathered up some containers so that Princess Peanut could scoop, fill and pour. It seems they alone were rather enticing and she couldn’t keep her hands off them (mind you they are always in her reach on her shelf to play with).

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We added some spoons for stirring.

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Pretty rice – I LOVE the rainbow colours!!

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Princess Peanut having a quiet moment stirring her rice.

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Oops! There’s a bit of a mess Mumma!

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Hehe – how about I just spread out that mess for you a bit!

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A quick sweep with a brush and dustpan, and a vacuum to get the last bits up and it was all cleaned up.

Verdict: The colours ended up really vibrant! It did take a while to prepare (with the colouring, baking, cooling) so we did it over two days. Princess Peanut spent a good 15 or 20 minutes exploring and playing with the rice. I did notice that some grains of the rice were a bit crumbly, so I’m not sure if I over-cooked it or not. Otherwise it’s all sitting in a container ready for another day of play.

Some other inspiration:

In lieu of preschool

The baker bee

Week 20: Homemade paint!!

4 Aug

The recipe for the paint we used in this activity comes from Easie Peasie. Had to do a bit of a search for the actual website as the “pinned” images were just of the picture. I like to give credit where credit is due!!

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Here’s the paint cooking away, it did take a bit longer than I expected, but was it was close it hit this consistency pretty quickly. Looks pretty doesn’t it!

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After checking out some other blogs I thought it would be a good idea to put the paint in a muffin tin. Good idea in theory! The girls could see the paint, which made it more enticing, but a bit harder for them both to reach, so my partner in crime grabbed another muffin tin. My partner in crime also thought icypole sticks would be fun to use – brilliant!

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Here is SweetPea diving straight in!

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And Princess Peanut…?IMG_8077

Well cautious as always when it comes to mess!!

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SweetPea decided that fingers worked best!! Love the colour of SweetPea’s masterpiece.

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Princess Peanut did manage to get her fingers in there – see I have proof!!

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Hard at work Mumma! Must concentrate..

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Look at this cutie!! SweetPea had fun!

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Sweetpea’s masterpiece!

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SweetPea’s Masterpiece #2

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Princess Peanut’s masterpiece (well a print of it, as she ripped the original). And she did have some help and encouragement from Teacher Mumma.

A few blogs (which I can’t remember right now) said to use the paint and discard what is not used, but my partner in crime worked out that if you zap the left over paint in the microwave for a few seconds it’s totally usable!! So my left over paint is sitting in the fridge, ready to be popped in to the microwave and have some colour added! 😀 She’s one smart cookie!

Verdict: While a little messy, it was easily cleaned up and didn’t stain anything (we were pretty careful though). It does have a different feel, and probably not as vibrant as commercially bought paints.

Adaptions: I will need to try re-heating the left over paint for another use. Princess Peanut also has some sponges and different types of brushes to try out when she’s ready.

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