DIY Pom Pom Rug

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GOAL -Make TUMMY TIME an adventure for my twin buddies. Create different ways for the babies to explore their new world. Build their gross motor and fine motor skills. I started researching different ways to make tummy time fun.

This was my first tummy time inspired creation a DIY POM POM RUG.  95 Pom Poms later and WE HAVE A RUG. Or shall I say we have a runner – LOL.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Make at least 90 Pom Poms. I suggest purchasing heavy duty scissors otherwise cutting through several layers of yarn is difficult.
  2. Attach the Pom Poms on the liner by using the tie off strings
  3. Do a running stitch through all of the pom poms
  4. Trim the back of the rug
  5. Enjoy your new tummy time rug

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It is super soft  a cool activity mat I am confident the girls are going to love.  Happy Crafting! 

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DIY Bubbles

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DIY Bubbles 

Supplies

12 cups warm water
1 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup dish soap
1 tablespoon glycerin

Instructions 

  1. Pour the warm water into a large container
  2. Mix in the cornstarch. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved
  3. Add the remaining ingredients
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour
  5. Create Bubbles – please note we found our wand at Dollar Tree.  You can make your own wand with yarn and straws.

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DIY Sensory Bottles

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Sensory Bottles are a fun activity to make with children. Each sensory bottle is a unique creation. Through trial and error you have to figure out what makes the  coolest sensory bottle.

Sensory Bottle Supplies 

  • Water Bottles (I recommend either CORE or VOS bottles)
  • Food Color
  • Water Beads
  • Clear Handwash Soap
  • Clear Bodywash Soap
  • Clear Hair Gel
  • Clear Glue
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • Pony Beads
  • Buttons

Helpful Hints:

  • Add the objects first before using the water, handwash, bodywash or gel.
  • Add food color a little at a time.
  • You can find cool confetti at your local craft store.
  • The Dollar Store carries clear bodywash, hair gel and handwash soap.
  • Seal the water bottles with either Gorilla Glue or Super Glue in the ridges of the cap.
  • To make fast movement of objects – I would recommend using either a  water/clear glue  combination or a water/handwash soap combination.
  • To make slow movement of objects  – I would recommend using either body wash or hair gel.

 

DIY Coffee Mud Playdough

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Raise your hand if you love the scent of coffee?  ME!!!! When I saw the recipe on Pinterest I was like “Definitely going to make that!”

I used the Mud Like Coffee Playdough recipe from Kid Activities blog. I slightly adapted the recipe since I did not have instant coffee. I actually brewed a cup of coffee instead and used 2 tablespoons of the coffee. I drank the rest – no need to waste a good cup of coffee. LOL. However the next time I make a batch I plan to substitute the hot water for a cup of coffee.

Here is Kid Activities Mud Like Coffee Playdough Ingredients with my adaptions:

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Coffee Grounds
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Cup of very hot coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil

 Instructions:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients
  2. Add the oil and hot cup of coffee
  3. Mix together.
  4. Allow it to cool for a few minutes
  5. Knead the dough
  6. Store the playdough in a ziploc or plastic container

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Suds Car Wash Activity

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Suds Car Wash Activity

Supplies

  • Shaving Cream
  • Toy Cars and Trucks
  • Water
  • Wash Cloths or Sponges
  • Pitcher or Water Jug
  • Container for Car Wash

Instructions

  1. Place the cars in the container
  2. Pour water in the container 3/4 of the way to the top of the container
  3. Cover the entire surface of water with shaving cream
  4. Add sponges and wash clothes to the container
  5. Provide a pouring container so the cars can be rinsed off.

Helpful Tips:

  • You can purchase the shaving cream, sponges, cloths, containers and toy cars at the Dollar Tree
  • Great activity to use after Moon Sand or Mud Playdough

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Rain Cloud Experiment

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How to Make a Rain Cloud 

Supplies

  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Glass Vase or Jar

Instructions 

  1. Fill the vase with water
  2. Add the shaving cream to the top
  3. Add drops of food coloring, if you have the neon  food coloring I  suggest using the light colors first and then move to the darker colors
  4. Watch the rain droplets fall to the bottom of the vase.

For the curious learner who will have lots of questions on how a cloud and rain is formed I  suggest watching  2 Minute School below

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Jellyfish Sensory Bottle

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Jellyfish  Sensory Bottle

Supplies

  • Water Bottle (VOS or Core)
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon Hair Gel
  • Plastic Grocery Bag
  • 8 inch piece of thread
  • Permanent Craft Adhesive Glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a 12 inch square out of the grocery bag
  2. Take 1 tablespoon of hair gel and place it in the center of the grocery bag
  3. Pull the sides of plastic bag up and twist the bag around lump of hair gel to form a mushroom top size shape.
  4. Take the thread and tie off the plastic bag. Make several knots in the thread to secure body of the jellyfish
  5. Begin to make the tentacles by cutting the bag into slivers.
  6. Fill the water bottle up with water almost to the top
  7. Add food coloring
  8. Drop in the jellyfish
  9. Add more water until it reaches the top
  10. Place the cap on the bottle
  11. Shake it up to see how the jellyfish moves
  12. If you like how the jellyfish moves then glue shut the bottle. I  recommend either Gorilla Glue or E6000

Helpful Tips:

Get Crafty Crafty also provides a helpful instructional video.

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Frozen Dinosaur Eggs

 

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Supplies

Day 1

  1. Take the mouth of the balloon and insert two fingers into the balloon stretch the opening.
  2. Insert the dinosaur into the balloon.
  3. Fill the balloon with water. I  suggest fillig it up until it is the size of an orange.
  4. Place the dinosaur eggs on a tray in the freezer.
  5. Freeze the balloons overnight.

Day 2

  1. Fill up three to four water bottles.
  2. Add a teaspoon of salt to each water bottle.
  3. Place the top on the water bottle and shake until the salt dissolves.
  4. Take the balloons out of the freezers.
  5. Cut the balloon near the knot and peel the balloon off the frozen egg.

How to Play:

  • Take the frozen dinosaurs eggs outside.
  • Place the eggs on the ground.
  • Slowly begin to pour the warm salt water over the eggs. It will start to crack.
  • The dinosaurs will begin to be released from the frozen egg.
  • If the dinosaurs will not release with pouring the warm salt water,  hold the egg  about 4 feet above the ground and drop it. Ice will fly everywhere but the dinosaur will break free.

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Moon Sand

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Moon Sand

Supplies:

  • Flour
  • Baby Oil
  • Sand Toys
  • Storage Container
  1. Measure out 8 cups of flour.
  2. Add one cup of baby oil.
  3. Mix the 2 ingredients together.
  4. Place the moon sand in your storage container.
  5. The moon sand will stay fresh for up to 6 months.

Help Tips

For toddlers:

The first go around you will need to model for the child how to build. Teach the child words like fill up, pat, pour, stack.

For preschool age children:

Ask the child to help with measuring out each cup of flour and baby oil. They will love to mix the ingredients together as well so be sure to have a deep mixing bowl. This encourages the child to practice saying their numbers.

How to Play:

  1. Allow the children to build and create sand scupltures in the moon sand.
  2. You can also add theme sand toys such as beach, cooking utensils or construction trucks. This provides the children with an opportunity to pretend play being either a cook, construction worker or a civil engineer.

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Watercolor Ice Painting

 

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Making watercolor ice (ice cube paint) is a blast. It was fun watching Kate figure out how many drops of food coloring she wanted in each ice tray slot to create different shades of color. The emerging little color blender learned to correct a color combination when she added too much or not enough food coloring. She thoroughly enjoyed the experimentation.

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Here are a few helpful tips if you want to take on this adventure:

  1. Develop this activity in two parts. Part 1, create the colors and allow the ice cubes to completely freeze overnight. Part 2, begins with frozen paint to allow maximum creative time to paint with the quickly melting ice cubes.
  2. This project is best done as an outside activity.
  3. We used toothpicks in our trays but I would highly recommend using popsicle sticks to gain more control over the ice cube when you’re painting.
  4. We recommend heavy duty paper watercolor paper or white cardstock paper.
  5. If you want to add dimension to your picture try using a white crayon to create a water resistant look.
  6. Reuse the colors by placing the tray back into the freezer after your pictures are created.
  7. When you are ready to dispose of the colors I would suggest pouring the colors into a grassy area rather than a sink.
  8. If you spill any food coloring on a counter, I would suggest using Clorox Wipes to clean up the area.

This is a simple activity that yields a lot of fun creations. Here are all the supplies you need to start your ice watercolor painting.

Supplies:

  • Ice tray
  • Food Color
  • White Crayon
  • Popsicle Sticks or Toothpicks
  • Watercolor Paper or Cardstock Paper

We would love to hear what you think of the activity.