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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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.

Week 19: Sticky Art

22 Jul

My original Pinterest pins come from:

My child centred life

Nurture store

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So I started off with setting out a few items that were easy to pick up and handle herself.

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Contact paper on the sliding door ready to go.

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Here is Princess Peanut – she touched it straight away. It’s sticky!

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With a bit of encouragement Princess Peanut started to put the pompoms on and off.

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Then added some straws – also putting them on and off. In the end she decided she didn’t want anything left on there.

The inspiration for the second part of our activity came from..
The activity mom

Capri +3

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I gave Princess Peanut some stickers and asked her to stick each one on a different part of her body. She is just learning the different parts – exciting times!

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We were a little off with our knee!

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We then switched to sticking stickers on the paper. Which was great fun, until Princess Peanut wanted to take them on and off. BUT – my mother and I came up with ingenious idea…..a laminated sheet! We’ve since tried it out and it works wonders…especially with those thick, puffy stickers.

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Verdict: great, but quick with Princess Peanut’s concentration! She absolutely is obsessed with stickers at the moment – it is one of her favourite words!

Adaptions: as I mentioned above, the laminated sheet works perfectly for Princess Peanut as she likes to take the stickers off. She also likes to stick stickers on Mumma and Dadda too, so I can see an easy progression for her to use the name of the body parts, at the moment I am modelling for her “ooh you stuck the sticker on my arm”.

Until next time!

Week 18: Masking tape

7 Jul

The original pin comes from The Stay-at-home-Mom Survival Guide

This was a quick activity, so here we go….

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We started off with a few short, individual strips of masking tape on Princess Peanut’s table and straight away she started to pull them off and hand each one straight to me!

 

 

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Princess Peanut wasn’t too impressed with it sticking to her fingers though!

 

 

 

 

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After Princess Peanut did the first lot of tape so quickly I put down some different length strips and overlapped them. Again Princess Peanut was straight to work.

 

 

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Oh Mumma this is serious work, my mission is to get every last bit!

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Verdict: a great little activity that got Princess Peanut’s fingers working on her fine motor skills. It was also an opportunity for Princess Peanut to have a go at a different sensory experience, while still not keen she completed the mission activity. I was surprised how quick she was, it only took a few minutes all up! No cost as we had masking tape at home – bonus!!

Extension/ Adaption: I was wondering how curling the tape would go, while it wouldn’t provide any more challenge in picking it up, it would make it sticky on the top side as well as bottom.

 

Week 17 – Magnetic fun

21 Jun

This week’s inspiration has come from Octavia and Vicki

These magnets are so cute and my partner in crime also recommended them, so how could we refuse!

Armed with our magnets and baking tray, Princess Peanut took to them straight away.

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She ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over the different animals, and enjoyed picking them up and looking at them. She also liked popping them back on the tray and feeling the attraction of the magnets.

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We then narrowed down the magnets to the animals she can make the sounds of and spent a little while doing “what does the ** say?”

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I left her to explore the magnets by herself for a couple of minutes and….. Then Princess Peanut had a great idea! Oooooh Mumma I think these can go on the fridge (complete with a lot of loud “ooohing” as she practically ran to the fridge!)

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Yup Mumma, they do go on the fridge!

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Look at all these animals on the fridge.

Verdict: Lots of fun – these magnets are awesome! Princess Peanut loves to play with them all the time (literally – all.the.time!) They find their way in to bags, in boxes, on the highchair, on her table – everywhere. She has wanted to take them out with us, eat dinner with them on her highchair and will have at least one in her hand around the clock. She has experimented with putting them on different surfaces and was excited that they stuck to the dishwasher, but frustrated that they didn’t go on the cupboards (can anyone say tantrum?). For around $15 (plus postage) I think it was a good buy.

Extension/ Adaptions: I can see us using the magnets for different learning experiences and games just as the blog post from Octavia and Vicki. I would love to do a ‘which one is missing?’ when she is a bit older. At the moment as she is learning about the different animals and what they say we add them on to the  fridge so we can talk about them during the day.

Week 16: Posting lids

25 May

This weeks’ inspiration comes from: the adventures of bear

I’ve been collecting the lids for a couple of months (Jalna yoghurt containers are perfect for this. Princess Peanut had discovered them a couple of weeks ago and has found they were a great toy on their own 😉

Easiest activity by far – I put one empty wipes container and 8 lids in front of Princess Peanut and she was off!

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“No worries Mumma! I know what to do!”

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“Let’s get to it Mumma. In they go”

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Princess Peanut then wanted to closethe lid. So we talked about open and closed and had a bit of a practise.

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Then Princess Peanut wanted to open and close the WHOLE lid….with her TEETH! argh!

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“Lids were fun Mumma…but what else can I fit in here?” Princess Peanut’s Crayole crayons and thick toddler crayons all went in!

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Verdict: So easy and a great learning opportunity! Princess Peanut was entertained for quite awhile and was able to do most of it independently without too much input from Mumma 😀 I was able to sit back and enjoy watching her explore.

Extensions/ Adaptions: It’s going to be so easy to revisit this activity… quick ideas are for counting, colours, language development, pictures/ symbols/ shapes/ etc can be added to the lids to post. That’s just off the top of my head. I know my little Preppies at school would have loved to have races to see who could post their lids the fastest. Sight words could be added to the lids…Versatile!

Week 15: salt dough handprint

24 May

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This week’s inspiration comes from:

Praises of a wife and mommy

123 Homeschool for me (wonder how much wilton gel she used?!). This is the recipe we used.

Millyme (not an actual blog, just some inspiration)

My partner in crime and I decided to do a trial run of this so we could re-do the activity with our Mother’s group for Mother’s day.

My partner in crime prepared our activity for this week.

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Some food colouring in.

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SweetPea having an explore of the saltdough.

 

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SweetPea doing her handprint. Woohoo!

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Princess Peanut not as enthusiastic as SweetPea… What is Mumma doing to me!

Before baking…

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SweetPea’s footprint.

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After baking the back side of the prints had a “wetter” look. After all the time in the oven we assume they are baked enough though!

The finished products:

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Look Mumma – this is how we did it! Every time Princess Peanut has seen the canvas she puts her hand on it – so cute!

I mounted Princess Peanut’s handprint on a painted canvas. On the back I have written her name, age and “Mother’s Day”

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A little bit of sparkle in their too.. 😉

Verdict: It worked out really well. I had attempted this last year for Father’s Day and it didn’t work out as well (the prints rose and cracked) and the colour wasn’t very nice (I painted the whole thing over the top).

After seeing MillyMe and another Pin from Pinterest (which I can’t show you as they took it off Pinterest due to copyright) I decided to be adventurous and do both mine and Princess Peanut’s handprint.

I think it looks really good (I would make it a better shape next time, but that is easier said than done). In my oven (which I have discovered in recent weeks is dodgy) it took ALL day to cook, but I am sure if you have a “normal” oven the 6 hours would be plenty. I also turned it over for a bit of cooking on the bottom to see if that got rid of the wet look, it made it a little better, but not that noticeable.

So cheap as well as it is mainly pantry items!!

Adaptions: As I said above I would have made a nicer shape to the saltdough before doing the handprint, but otherwise I am sooooo happy with this. It has pride of place on my new shelves (thanks hubby) in our loungeroom ❤

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