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 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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DIY Halloween Taggy Ball

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Play time with infants is often a little on the quiet side and a lot of repetitive motions to discover their world. Around 6 months infants will start reaching and grabbing for items. Taggy toys encourage infants to develop their pincher grasp and learn how to pick up items. Find

I used Purl Bee Soho Beach Ball free pattern. You can make three different sizes (small, medium or large). The photo above is a medium size ball. In order to make the ball a taggy you will need to add ribbons.

DIY Halloween Taggy Ball

Supplies 

  • 1/4 of yard of fabric of your choice
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Poly-Fil Fiberfill

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the 8 spheres
  2. Cut 4  ribbons 6 inches long
  3. Fold the ribbon in half and pin the edges to the right side of a sphere.
  4. Tact or base stitch the ribbon to the sphere.
  5. Take a pair of spheres, place them right sides together and sew along one side of the sphere.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining 3 pairs of spheres. You should have four 2 panel spheres now.
  7. Next take a pair of 2 panel sphere panels, place them right sides together and sew along one side of the sphere. You should have a two  4 panel spheres now.
  8. Put together the 4 panel spheres right sides together.
  9. Sew one side of the sphere together
  10. For the last side of the sphere, you will sew it together leaving an opening you can turn the ball inside out.
  11. Turn the ball inside out and begin stuffing it with the fiberfill. Make sure to make the ball firm.
  12. Top stitch the opening together

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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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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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Pom Pom Drop

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Pom Pom Drop

Supplies

  1. Trace two or three circles on the lid.
  2. Cut out the circles using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5. Cut out two inner circle lid size out of clear contact paper.
  6. Place the clear contact on each side of the lid.
  7. Cut out a strip of the pattern contact paper to cover the outside of the coffee tin.
  8. Place the pattern contact paper on the tin
  9. Place the pom poms inside the tin can

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the pom poms out of the can.
  • Allow the child to place the pom pom into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on.
    • For preschool children, this game is also a great way to practice counting numbers and identifying colors.

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How to Make Glitter Slime

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How to make Glitter Slime 

Supplies

  • 1 Bottle of Glitter Glue
  • 1 teaspoon of Borax
  • 1 cup of Warm Water

Instructions

  • Pour the  glue into a mixing bowl
  • Mix borax and warm water together
  • Pour about half of borax mix over the glue
  • Mix it together
  • Knead the slime until it becomes a thicker consistency
  • ENJOY!

Check out this video from Emmy Made who uses liquid starch instead Borax.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin Activity

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One of my favorite stories is If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff. If you read the story in a silly voice and with lots of expression, you are bound to make the children giggle as they hear the story. It is a fabulous book to practice sequencing skills.

Extension Activity

Bake muffins together as a family and read the story after they come out of the oven.

  • For toddlers and preschool age children,  I would allow them to pour the ingredients in the bowl.
  • For a school age child  I would teach the child how to measure and use a mixer.

Muffin Recipe Suggestions:

I love Leia Bushman’s Brown Sugar Buttermilk Muffins  from Eat it & Say Yum. The muffins will melt in your mouth and make you want seconds. I hosted a toddler taste testing and the child and the adults loved it. Here is her recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter- slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 375.
  2. Spray the muffin pans.
  3. In a bowl mix together the butter and brown sugar.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Mix it together.
  5. Add the flour to the mixture.
  6. The batter will be thick and easy to scoop about 2 tablespoons into each muffin pan.
  7. It should make about 18 muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes and then serve them.

Be sure to check out her other muffin recipes as well.  They all look delicious.

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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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