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Activity 27: Bottle Flowers

22 Nov

Princess Peanut and Teacher MummaOriginal pin: Inner child fun

I loved this pin, and it’s been sitting in my Pinterest folder begging to be done for a while now!!!

We started off with our trusty Crayola finger paints and a 600ml bottle. I thought this size would be easier for Princess Peanut to hold.

Princess Peanut was eager to start -although she found the idea of “stamping” tricky. She was happy to use the bottle as a bit of an alternate paint brush 😉

Bottle Top Flowers

Bottle Flowers

But with a bit of practice we got there…well sort of…

Bottle Top Flowers

Bottle Top Flowers

Stamping, stamping, smouching…..

Bottle flowers

Bottle flowers

And the final product!

Verdict: There wasn’t a lot of preparation involved (I really should do more “messy” activities, as the thought of it is worse than the actual activity!). Princess Peanut needs to work on her stamping, but otherwise she had fun. Like any activity with this age group, it was over pretty quickly, but enjoyable while it lasted.

Extension/ Adaption: Apart from doing this activity again at a later stage I think the rest is up to the child’s imagination and interpretation! 😉


Activity 26: Toddler Cleaning

11 Oct

Cleaning bucket intro pic

Half way there…now to watermark my photos so I can do my next lot of posts!

Now toddlers are so interested in copying adults and I know Princess Peanut was no exception. She was fascinated with “mess” and wanted to “dust” everything for months. She is always asking for a “cloth” too. So I had the idea to make a little cleaning set for her. Granted I could have just bought her a toy set, but this is more authentic.

And, just in case you were wondering….yes I would make a more “boy” version (i.e. colours and minus the pink) if I had a son 😉

The original Pin was from Pink and Green Mama. At the time when I had the idea there wasn’t a lot of Pins on the subject. I’ve since found this one too from Spoonful.

I thought for ease of transportation (and hopefully keeping tantrums to a minimum) I decided to opt for a bucket, rather than a caddy where items could fall out more easily. We keep the lid off most of the time, but Princess Peanut is of course (like any other toddler) fascinated with lids coming on and off.

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

Here is the finished product for Princess Peanut. Complete with label and decoration, she has carried this little bucket around everywhere.

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

A little bit of prettiness 🙂

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

Princess Peanut and I went shopping at the $2 shop and found a cheap glove duster and set of cloths just like Mumma’s. I grabbed her a Chux out of the cupboard like we clean our surfaces with.

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

I found this little set at Target, the small size is great. Princess Peanut loves to grab my big broom and dustpan, so i thought this little set was perfect….well…Princess Peanut wasn’t as excited about it as I thought she might have been. Hopefully the idea grows on her.

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

Here is everything in the bucket, it fits in…just!

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket 1

The “spray” bottle getting some use, complete with sound effects!

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

Oh Teacher Mumma I LOVE to “dust dust dust”.

Princess Peanut and Teacher Mumma Cleaning Bucket

Ambidextrous? It does run in the family…lol. Maybe I should start doing the cleaning this way, might be more efficient!

Adaptions: I wouldn’t mind making that sock bunny from Pink and Green Mama! How cute!

Over time we might add to it, or change it to a caddy, but for now and Princess Peanut’s needs, it’s perfect!!

Activity 25: Water jug

28 Sep

The original Pinterest inspiration has come from here: a journey to dream

I decided to try doing this with my small handheld drill, instead of using a heated needle (thought it might be safer to do as Princess Peanut was up and about when I was making this). It turned out a little messier, but was quick and easy.

As I wanted Princess Peanut to use this independently I wanted a jug with a handle that was easy for her to lift and use. One of our friends from our Playgroup had the brilliant suggestion of a Pancake shaker! When I was at Woolies I even found a mini one. I bought both sizes, but for this post I used the mini one.

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I started off with less holes than this, but the water didn’t flow. So I added holes, although it’s still not perfect.

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This is so much fun Teacher Mumma, I want to do this every day (and don’t worry Mumma I will remind you every day!).


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I’m pretty sure this big one is the same, maybe I should try filling this one up!


Adaptions: I think I will try putting the holes closer together in the next one.

Verdict: It is great! Was quick and easy to make (and we got to have pancakes!). Princess Peanut asks to go out every day to water the herbs and the other plants too! She thinks it is great fun!!


Activity 24: Father’s Day

5 Sep

On Sunday we just celebrated Father’s day in Australia. Last year Princess Peanut and I made a salt dough handprint (not as succesfully as I would have liked but Teacher Dadda was impressed all the same). This year I wasn’t sure what to do, so I went back over my pins and discovered this little gem from Twinkle toes de lux.

So here is my finished product, after a little photoshopping and voila!


It was much easier than I originally thought! I already had the letter ‘A’ for another project so I headed back to Spotlight to get the ‘D’.

Princess Peanut was a bit ill on this day, but we did our best. I took her on a walk and found a nice little spot with a park bench. Popped her on the bench (as a bit of a novelty factor, so she didn’t run away) and started snapping away.

HINT: Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone….I cheated! I didn’t paint the letters at all! I knew I would do the photos in black and white, so I figured that there really wasn’t much point in painting them 😉

It’s framed on Teacher Dadda’s desk at work and he’s already had a few compliments

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:


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


Such concentration from these girls!


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

IMG_8332Here they are naming some shapes.

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



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



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?



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.



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



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…


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