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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…..

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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!

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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!!

 

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.

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!

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