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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Crossing the Finish Line

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TODAY IS THE DAY! I DID IT!  I’M CROSSING THE FINISH LINE!

For the past 31 days I have been posting about fun play activities you can do with children.  Play based learning is who I am and how I connect with children. I think it is fun to explore the world with imagination and creativity. This month I have discovered my desire to create my own patterns and my own activity ideas.  I hope my post have inspired you to be creative with the children in your life.

Here is our final  – 31 Day of Play post:

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Skittle Experiment 

Supplies:

  • Skittles
  • Plate
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Arrange the skittles in a circle on the plate
  2. Pour the water in the center of the plate
  3. Wait a few minutes and watch the rainbow appear

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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 Puff Paint

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I would love to say all art projects I attempt to make are a huge success. But the truth is every once in a while I find myself bummed with the outcome of a project.

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My buddy and I were excited to create a 3-D painting. We had made fun colors and started to create. Yet the paint NEVER dried completely. It was a 80 degree day, it should have dried in an hour or so but that was not the case for us.  Not to mention our puffy paint went flat. UGGGGGGGGH. Why can’t our pictures look like the Pinterest post.  I laughed so hard when my little buddy said hashtag FAIL.

Play is always great but sometimes are adventures misses the marks. It still was worth the effort and the moment of play. Keep looking for art projects.

DIY Car Activity Mat

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DIY Car Activity Mat 

Want to know how I came up with creation? Well it’s pretty short story similar to my blogging style – LOL.  I had an upcoming nanny gig for two 3 year old boys who loved cars. I wanted to add something fun to my nanny bag so I created the mat out of  scrap felt and fabric. The crochet cars where  created by my mother’s dear friend Geri.  My mat is 24 by 36 inches but I would suggest making it 36 x 60 inch to allow for several children to play on the mat.

When I created my car activity mat, I didn’t really have a specific road map in mind so I winged it. Hence the reason for the limited lanes and direction options. Despite the lack of variety on the activity mat children love  driving the cars on it while making loud car noises.  The car activity mat has been helpful at  nanny gigs in hotels and weddings. It is portable with an easy set up. You can find cars at the Dollar Tree. In the future I would love to make a race car or drag racing track.

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Sticker Art

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STICKER ART ROCKS!

Every child loves stickers. Rather it’s pulling the sticker off or placing it perfectly on a sheet of paper, children can be rather creative with stickers.  It also helps children develop  their fine motor skills.  Hence the reason I always have a sketch pad and stickers in my nanny bag.  Here are three of my buddies enjoying Sticker Art .

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Check out the following places to find inexpensive stickers

  • Target $1 Bins especially around the holidays
  • Dollar Tree
  • Oriental Trading
  • Five and Below

HAPPY CREATING! 

 

 

DIY Pilot Hat and Goggles

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In preparation for a field trip to the National Air and Space Museum with my little buddy I made the above Pilot Hat and Goggles.  The original pattern was made without a lining and my crafty self decided to adapt the pattern a little.

Click links for the free patterns from Parent Magazine

Pilot Hat Supplies:

  • 1/4 of yard of Brown Fleece
  • 1/4 of yard of Black Fabric

Instructions:

  1. Cut hat out of the brown fleece and black fabric.
  2. Place the brown fleece right sides together and sew the center seam of the hat.
  3. Place the black fabric right sides together and sew the center seam of the hat.
  4. Take the brown fleece and black fabric and put it right sides together.
  5. Pin the hat together leaving a gap at the base of the neck so you can turn the hat right side out.
  6. Sew around the hat leaving the gap open.
  7. Turn the hat right side out.
  8. Iron or finger press the seams flat.
  9. Fold in the unsewn edges of the gap.
  10. Top stitch around the entire hat

Although I love the look of my googles, I  suggest using foam per the pattern instructions. The felt and vinyl are hard to work with on such a small item. Blame it on my sewing skills but I promise you it’s not worth the headache.

 

 

 

 

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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Q-Tip Bat Silhouette Art

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Q-Tip Bat Silhouette Art 

Supplies 

  • Tempra or Acrylic Paint
  • Wax Paper
  • Q-tips
  • Black Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Bat Silhouette Template  (Click link for  8 x10 printable)

Template originally posted by Love and Anarchy

Instructions

  1. Print out the Bat Silhouette templates
  2. Put tape on the back of the bat silhouettes
  3. Arrange the bats on the black paper
  4. Squirt paint onto either wax paper or a paper plate
  5. Dip the q-tip of your first color and begin to stamp around the outside of the bat. Be sure to cover all of the edges of the bat so the silhouette will be crisp and visible.
  6. Continue to add more dots to the painting until  you like your creation
  7. Allow the art to dry for about 30 minutes before pulling up the silhouettes

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