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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!

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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

Week 22: Wet cotton balls

20 Aug

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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

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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 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 ❤

Week 3 – Ball games

5 Feb

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So for our 3rd activity we are planning on this one from ‘Kids activity blog’ – Games for baby: Muffin tin fun.

Jennifer posted this activity and it looks simple, cheap (especially as we have everything on hand) and fun.

Princess Peanut has only just got interested in balls over the past few months, before that she was terrified (especially of the spikey, sensory balls) – quirky child 😉

Depending on how this activity goes (and for how long) I have a back up plan… a sensory bin of different balls. This one from Plain Vanilla Mom looks enticing!

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