Blog Me Mom http://www.blogmemom.com Fun and easy kids Activities Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Crystal Playdough Recipe http://www.blogmemom.com/crystal-playdough-recipe13136/ http://www.blogmemom.com/crystal-playdough-recipe13136/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:29 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13136 We are very excited to share this simple playdough recipe and playdough play idea with you all simply because of the gorgeousness of it all! Well, we are lovers of all things shiny and sparkly. My kids love to collect shiny and sparkly objects { sometimes broken bits of glass, NOT sea glass, just bits of glass bottle.…

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Crystal Playdough Recipe

We are very excited to share this simple playdough recipe and playdough play idea with you all simply because of the gorgeousness of it all! Well, we are lovers of all things shiny and sparkly. My kids love to collect shiny and sparkly objects { sometimes broken bits of glass, NOT sea glass, just bits of glass bottle. *sigh* }- yep, their animagus (birdus?) would probably be a crow { Harry Potter reference for the uninitiated!}
make glittery playdough for kids

More importantly I’d love to introduce these gorgeous, sparkly, shiny things that would sing to any crow’s heart. These guys come straight from my pantry.

materials needed for play dough recipe

Follow the simple play dough recipe at the end of the post and add a generous dose of glitter. Yeah, well suck it up and throw a giant dose in haha..{ If you are too nervous remember that playdough picks up glitter really well!}

Invite the kid to play with the “crystals” and playdough.

crystals on playdough

Watch them create gorgeous playdough models.

crystals playdough

Some kids would prefer to throw the crystals on the surface and run the playdough over it. Some would take the time to create with the crystals.

picking up the crystals with playdough

Eitherway this playdough activity will never fail to entertain you.

pink crystals playdough

Make shiny gem treasures for just sensory play or use them in pretend play { think dragons, pirates and castles}

playdough recipe with edible crystals for play

Stack them up and enjoy their beauty!

playdough with crystals

Add toys to enhance the play experience.

crystals and playdough

The bunny looks so comfy on her sparkly crystal throne.

recipe for playdough with crystals

Playdough Recipe

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1.5 tbsp salt
  • 1-1.5 tbsp oil
  • 3 drops of Gel Food Color
  • 1/4 tsp of glycerin
  • large dose of Glitter

 

Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar and mix well. Add the oil, food coloring and boiling water and start mixing with a form. After the water cools down add glycerin and knead the dough with your hands. Once you get the desired color, add in a generous dose of glitter for shine.

Crystals Recipe { click below for the recipe}

Sparkly crystals you can make with this simple kitchen ingredient from Two daloo.

We have enjoyed

  1. Mango Pladyough
  2. Tropical Fruits Playdough
  3. Chilled Playdough
  4. Cardomom Playdough
  5. Rose Playdough

 

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Sparkly Crystal Playdough Recipe

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9 Ways to Save on Toys http://www.blogmemom.com/save-toys/ http://www.blogmemom.com/save-toys/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:35:32 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13098 This post is brought to you by American Express.

As parents, we are aware of the challenges and tremendous rewards that our children bring into our lives. Above all else, we want to provide our kids with the very best, even when that means cutting back on some of the other luxuries in life. We also recognize the importance of play and how children learn through play-activities.…

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 Smart Ways to Save on Toys 

This post is brought to you by American Express.

As parents, we are aware of the challenges and tremendous rewards that our children bring into our lives. Above all else, we want to provide our kids with the very best, even when that means cutting back on some of the other luxuries in life. We also recognize the importance of play and how children learn through play-activities. However, toys can be expensive! The following nine suggestions provide some smart ways to save on toys for the kids.

Use Coupons, Promos and Credit Card Points:

Coupons and promos offer great ways to save money on more expensive items. When you use your credit card for payback points it’s possible to save a bundle. You can also take advantage of discounts and rewards offered by your credit card company.Watch for specials, shop the sales, use coupons, promos, and whenever possible take advantage of great payback rewards!

Activities at home that don’t need store bought toys:

Use your imagination and help your children use theirs! Set an example by thinking outside the box… or by using one like box painting. A discarded large-appliance box can provide hours of fun simply by turning it into a rainforest.. The same box can also be turned into an art studio. Help your child draw pictures on the sides, cut out a door and windows and you have a ready-made playhouse, store, or clubhouse for your kids! Drape a blanket over a table, throw in some pillows, and sit back while your kids play.

box craft

Craft sessions can be turned into toy making session:

Make your own toys out of fabric remnants, plastic spools, paper-rolls, and boxes. Most children love puppets. A mismatched sock and a few buttons can be turned into any character or animal. How about using paper rolls to make castles and airplanes for them? Coffee cans into an ice cream play set? Turning a craft activity session with your child which in itself is enjoyable into a toy making session makes it enjoyable for the kids. Check out the all our craft ideas here. You can find tons of upcycled “toys” here.

Castle from TP rolls

Buy Used Toys:

Used toys can be purchased online and in second-hand stores for a fraction of the cost. Often these cast-offs are in excellent condition, just make sure to wash and sanitize them before placing them in your child’s hands. Amazon, eBay, and used-book stores are great places to find deals on children’s books and goods.

save on toys

 

 Exchange Toys with Friends:

Set up a toy-swap with your friends, either in one of your homes or in a local park. Many times children grow tired of their own toys and welcome a change. Additionally, children tend to outgrow games and activities long before they wear out, Take advantage of items that are still in good condition by exchanging them with friends. This is a wonderful way to get together with other adults and your kids will benefit from this practical way to socialize! (Note: If it’s difficult to get out, host an online toy-exchange on an online social-networking group.)

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 Toy Rotation:

Even though our children may grow tired of their own toys, they often have more than they need. Take half of their toys, games, and books and pack them away. Then every half year or so, exchange the stored items with the others. This saves on space, prevents wear and tear, and helps preserve the novelty of special toys. Here is a wonderful post on toy rotation.

Sell Toys Online:

Sell outgrown toys online, at a yard or garage sale, or on a local website. This is a wonderful way to clear out toys, games, DVDs, videos, and books. Any profit can then be used to purchase new items for your children that are suitable for their current needs.

 Go Green with Toys:

Why not go-green with your children’s toys? Not only are organic products safer, and eco-friendly, they generally tend to last longer and preserve the planet for future generations! Talking about “going green” why not make nature your big playroom? Use nature bits as your “toys” Go old-school and play with sticks, stones, leaves? Getting the kids outdoors gets them moving and pushes them to think creatively. Here are some ideas for natural playscapes.

 Get Your Child in the Habit of Needing Less:

While toys help children learn about the world, form interactive social skills, and develop cognitively, there is no substitute for human interactions. One of the smartest ways to save money on toys is by teaching him or her that less can be more. Teach by example, donate outgrown items to other children and help your child create toys from household items. You are your child’s most important teacher! Make household tasks enjoyable, turn on some music, wash dishes together, teach your child a craft, and enjoy the thrill of simple pleasures such as picnicking in the back yard, reading, and blowing bubbles!

 Additional reading:

More ideas for making toys can be found at Babble Dabble Do 

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Homemade Puffy Paint with Sparkle Sand http://www.blogmemom.com/homemade-puffy-paint-with-sparkle-sand/ http://www.blogmemom.com/homemade-puffy-paint-with-sparkle-sand/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:28:08 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13077 Make gritty puffy paint with a wonderful sandy texture for your next kids art project. Perfect art activity for the summer!

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Homemade Puffy Paint with Sparkle Sand

Make gritty puffy paint with a wonderful sandy texture for your next kids art project. Perfect art activity for the summer!

This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I’ll receive a small compensation. Thanks for supporting the blog!

We are at it again with a nice summery art activity with a sandy texture. After playing with scented edible “sand” and scented edible “sand dough” we continued with the sand theme, except this time we used the real stuff. The resulting homemade puffy paint turned out super fantastic. We have tried the basic puffy paint recipe many times over with great success. Our favorite was the fall tree puffy paint art and our Halloween puffy paint art project. We have also loved the simpler shaving cream puffy paint.

This time however we added lots of sparkles.

homemade paint with sand for summer

The gritty sparkle sand paint was absolutely gorgeous.

mixing homemade paints for kids

Fairly easy to make a batch too.

mixing homemade paints for kids

You will see below that this step was totally unnecessary. Although my child loved digging through the paint and helped it push through the funnel faster. Faster into the squeeze bottles.

gritty sandy puffy paint for summer

Can you “see” the wonderful texture of this sparkle sandy paint? If you happen to do this art project during a sunny afternoon, you will be in for a treat. The sand and the glitter will shine like diamonds.

homemade paint with a wonderful sandy texture

Since the puffy paint had a lot more texture, it wouldn’t flow the bottles. So I would not put these homemade puffy paint into bottles.

painting with sandy puffy paint

Instead just spread the paint using a spoon on cardboard and use a cotton bud to spread it further.

homemade sandy puffy paint recipe

The microwaved puffy paint art just looks stunning! Sparkly, sandy and puffy! Doesn’t it like look like our 1 minute salt painting?

sparkle sandy puffy paint

The puffed art is amazing to touch. It’s squishy, gritty and warm to touch. It’s always great to make your own homemade paints and art recipes.

sensory touch- puffy paint

 puffy paint art for kids

Now for the homemade puffy paint recipe with sparkle sand

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white flour
  •  2 tsp baking soda
  • little less than 1/2 cup Play Sand
  •  Liquid Watercolors
  • or Food color

Method

Add 1/2 cup of white flour to a large bowl. Mix in enough water to make a thick batter while removing all the lumps using a whisk. Add enough liquid watercolors or food coloring to get a vibrant color. Now add little less than 1/2 cup of sand and start mixing again. The batter now gets much grittier. To make the puffy paint shinier, add a big dose of fine glitter.

With a big batch of sparkle sandy puffy paint, invite your child to paint, smear, smudge, pour, spread on a sheet of cardboard. Once the art is deemed done, place the cardboard in the microwave for 30 seconds to 45 seconds based on the thickness.

Display the art for a couple of days. I usually save the pieces until the flour in the art starts turning moldy or starts flaking off.

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Sparkle  Sand Puffy Paint Recipe from Blog Me MOm

Also try “Glowing puffy paint”

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Art Activities for Kids: Archery Painting http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-archery-painting/ http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-archery-painting/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:07:24 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13052 Enjoy summer with this fun outdoor art activity for kids with this archery painting.

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Art Activities for Kids: Archery Painting

Enjoy summer with this fun outdoor art activity for kids with this archery painting.

This post is in partnership with Tesco.

Active art is such a fantastic way to have the kids engage in art projects. To take advantage of this gorgeous warm weather, we tried this fun and different way to paint and print–Merida style.

art projects for kids with arrows and bow

We recently purchased Merida Archery Bow and Arrow and the children have been having fun enjoying pretend play. To make the already fun toy more fun we painted with the bows and arrows.

Setup:

I set out paper plates with regular paint.Any kids paint will do! The children pressed the arrows (with rubber ends) on the different colored paint.

painting with arrows

I taped a large sheet of white paper to the backyard wall and my 5 year old pulled a Merida and painted with the archery set.

art with kids using archery

My 3 year old enjoyed printing with the arrows.

 kids art activities

This art project were a great collaborative activity for the sisters and they had loads of fun giggling while printing with the arrows and even painting with the plates with arrows stuck at the end.

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Additional outdoor art activities:

Water shooter painting from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Squirt Painting from Mess for Less

 

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Sensory Activities For Kids : Edible Sand Dough Recipe http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-kids-edible-sand-dough-recipe/ http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-kids-edible-sand-dough-recipe/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:05:58 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13045 Make this gritty sand dough for summer using edible ingredients.

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Well, what do you know! The 4th just passed and we are into full blown summer. { All our summer activities for kids here} Continuing with our earlier sand theme, where we made edible sand we improvised and created a wonderfully gritty “edible” sand dough with a gorgeous texture for little hands.…

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Sensory Activities For Kids : Edible Sand Dough Recipe

Make this gritty sand dough for summer using edible ingredients.

This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links  I will receive a small compensation. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Well, what do you know! The 4th just passed and we are into full blown summer. { All our summer activities for kids here} Continuing with our earlier sand theme, where we made edible sand we improvised and created a wonderfully gritty “edible” sand dough with a gorgeous texture for little hands. Bonus– it is scented and made from your kitchen ingredients.

You see the gorgeous rainbow edible sand? Don’t forget to check out the sand recipe in our earlier post and stop by all our play recipes.

sand dough with edible ingredients

The texture of this dough is gritty and is a welcome change from the usual smooth and soft play dough.  We do love our usual play dough and we have even made a chilled version { chilled playdough recipe} But we really wanted to experiment with creating a sandy, gritty dough to welcome summer!

orange sand dough

By varying the water quantity you can get 2 different textures. The one below has slightly more water which results in less gritty sand dough. The one on top has a grittier texture.

Pink sand dough

Making sand dough “cakes” was a wonderful sensory activity for the kids since they talked about the dough and taking big whiffs of the scent. The watermelon scent (using our trusted Watermelon Kool-Aid} was their favorite.

play recipe for sand dough

I loved that the kids enjoyed mixing the edible play sand and the sand dough. They used the sand as sprinkles.

colorful sand dough

The colors were ofcourse mixed to create rainbow cakes.

multi colored sand dough kids playing with sand  dough

The tiny plastic cups (island theme) were used to cut out simple circles. The children then stacked them up to make multiple cakes and structures.

sand dough for kids

To make similar sized balls of sand dough, use the following measurements.

Edible Sand Dough Recipe

  • 2 TBSP white flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1TBSP oil
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar

Water:  I added 1/4 cup of boiling water to some colors and less than 1/4 cup of boiling water to other colors. The kids loved both but the lesser water makes the dough grittier.

Kool-Aid: Again the entire envelope ( 2 tsp) for an intense color and half the envelope for a more subtle color and scent.

Try our summery mango play dough recipe and tropical play dough recipes.

Product links for your reference

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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Edible Sand Recipe for summer

Easy homemade play sand made using pantry ingredients. Ah! summer is here and the children love playing in the sand. Couple of years ago they had a ball making an island in our sandbox ( time to do that again!) They also loved making beach creatures. This season, we want to kick off summer fun with this simple “edible sand” recipe using basic pantry ingredients. play recipe for sand You can keep this scented play sand as loose dry sand which is great for scooping and pouring or with a bit of extra water you can keep them moldable as real damp beach sand. edible scented sand The scent and the colors turn out gorgeous. scented sand recipe for kids and honestly the preparation is so simple. play sand recipe for kids This below is NOT a carefully created sand art. The children were absolutely mesmerized playing with the sand that they strictly said ” no camera when we are playing” hahahah. So I respected their wishes ( commands?) and waited until they were done. But right in the middle of their play time I hear ” mom, come over here! You have to take a picture! This cupcake we made is gorgeous” Of course it is.. They did a lot of scooping and pourning and realized that they created a wonderful piece of sand art during their play time. art with scented edible sand forkids They were multiple cakes and rainbow cupcakes. edible sand for summer and lava cakes. ( I mean real, red hot lava cakes.) play sand recipe Their chance creation of sand art led them to create a more intentional sand art in a cup. sand art for kids Now on to the simple recipe for edible sand. Materials

Place 1/2 cup of cornmeal in a container. Add 2 envelopes of Kool-Aid (unsweetened drink mix) for every 1/2 cup for the best color and scent. Add about 1/4 tbsp of water. Water is added for the drink mix to give out its vibrant color and scent. Mix thoroughly with hands or a spoon until the color spreads evenly. If you want a more moldable sand, add more water.. Place them in separate containers and place the lot in a big shallow plastic tub. The children can enjoy the colors first and then we all know what happens! They enjoy the mixing process even more. Cornmeal in itself is a fantastic sensory material. We first used it in our alphabet sensory bin. Then in our desert sensory bin and in our fall activities for math post. Note: remember the cornmeal is yellow and the color you add with mix in and give you a secondary color. The green sand you see is actually cornmeal and blue Kool-Aid.

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Edible Play Sand Recipe for kids


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Science Activities for Kids :Mini Volcanoes http://www.blogmemom.com/science-activities-for-kids-mini-volcanones/ http://www.blogmemom.com/science-activities-for-kids-mini-volcanones/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:44:24 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13012 Make colorful mini eruptions with recyclables

Can’t stress the gorgeousness of this science activity. Baking soda and vinegar eruptions have been done with multiple variations. Creative people out there are constantly reinventing this popular activity for a reason- it never gets old, especially to the kids. Today we share a simple twist on the same science activity.…

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Science Activities for Kids :Mini Volcanoes

Make colorful mini eruptions with recyclables

Can’t stress the gorgeousness of this science activity. Baking soda and vinegar eruptions have been done with multiple variations. Creative people out there are constantly reinventing this popular activity for a reason- it never gets old, especially to the kids. Today we share a simple twist on the same science activity.

Materials

  • Plastic Egg Carton
  • Craft Knife
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Squirt Bottles
  • Food color or
  • Liquid Watercolor

Cut the bottom of each slot from the egg carton using a craft knife.Snap off the lid. Flip the carton over and make “mini mountains” Fill up the lid with baking soda and have the child spoon in the baking soda inside the egg carton slots through the hole ( which is now on the top) Add lots of baking soda to make the eruptions spill over the slots.

Egg Carton Volcanoes

Fill up squirt bottles with colored vinegar. I colored the vinegar using liquid water color. You can use food color if you prefer that.

Colored Vinegar

Time to play!

science activities for kids

With more than 1 kid playing, you can have simultaneous colorful eruptions.

scientific eruptions activity

The children loved the pastel colored “lava river”

colorful science activity for kids

They named these ” baby eruptions”.

Science fun with eruptions

We also did “vinegar rain” where both of the kids poured the vinegar from up high.

Science Fun

The yellow eruptions were by far our favorite.

Mini eruptions

Simple colorful science.

Erupting small volcanoes

All with just a plastic egg carton.

Science activities for kids with baking soda and vinegar

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Mini Volcanoes

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Summer Fruits Play dough Recipe http://www.blogmemom.com/summer-fruits-playdough-recipe/ http://www.blogmemom.com/summer-fruits-playdough-recipe/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 19:13:31 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=12993 Easy play dough recipe with sweet, fruity summer scents.

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After making our simple homemade mango play dough and our ever-so-sweet smelling tropical fruits sensory rice we have been hooked with the fruity scents of summer.…

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Summer Fruits Play dough Recipe

Easy play dough recipe with sweet, fruity summer scents.

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After making our simple homemade mango play dough and our ever-so-sweet smelling tropical fruits sensory rice we have been hooked with the fruity scents of summer. So it’s only natural we play with homemade play dough

We made mango, watermelon, pineapple(yum!) and coconut playdough.

I used a different ingredient for each summer fruit to see which we liked the best!

The primary ingredient(s) for { Product links included}

Watermelon Playdough : Liquid Watermelon Kool-Aid 

Mango Playdough: Store Brand Drink Mix ( you can use Kool-Aid Mango Drink Mix )

Pineapple Playdough : Pineapple JELL-O

Coconut Playdough : Coconut flakes and White Food Color

Summer Fruits scented recipe for soft playdough

 

For your reference, here is an image for the quantities of playdough half cup flour and one whole cup of flour gives you.

playdough recipe

Playdough Recipe:

Watermelon Playdough {No cook}

  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 TBSP boiling water
  • 1.5 TBSP Salt
  • 1/2 TBSP Cream of Tartar
  • 1.5 TBSP Oil
  • 1.5 TBSP of Liquid Kool-Aid

Add all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the boiling water little bit at a time and knead with a fork. If more color is desired, add red food color.

Pineapple Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 2TBSP Cream of Tartar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 3 oz Island Pineapple Jello

Mix all the ingredients and remove clumps. Cook over medium heat in a saucepan. Add yellow food color if you want a more intense color. Remove from heat when the dough doesn’t stick to the sides of the pan anymore.

Of course you can substitute Pineapple Kool-Aid (link at the end of the post) for Jello and make Pineapple Play dough. Make sure to use the recipe for Kool-Aid play dough since they differ from Jello Playdough.

Coconut Playdough

  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 TBSP boiling water
  • 1.5 TBSP Salt
  • 1/2 TBSP Cream of Tartar
  • 1.5 TBSP Oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • White food color

Add all the dry ingredients. Mix boiling water and knead with a fork. Add white food color based on your preference. Please note this food color leaves a light white residue on your palms ( like when you are kneading flour with your hands) The residue did not bother my child and it washes away immediately and doesn’t stain.

Recipe for Mango Playdough on our original post.

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Summer Fruits Scented Playdough Recipe  Blog Me Mom

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Stop by our play dough category for more play ideas

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

Nope, you want more play dough ideas? Sure we have a book for that too!

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Tropical Fruits sensory rice recipe http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-for-kids-tropical-fruits-sensory-rice-recipe/ http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-for-kids-tropical-fruits-sensory-rice-recipe/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 18:09:37 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=12965 Bring the tropical fruits home with this scented, fruity sensory rice recipe.

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Tropical Fruits sensory rice recipe

Bring the tropical fruits home with this scented, fruity sensory rice recipe.

The post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Summer is almost there and it’s time for all-day play time to begin! One of our kids’ favorite activities are sensory activities. This time last summer we were incesantly talking about our upcming summer vacation to Hawaii. It has been an year and the children talk about it! So I presented them with a fun new sensory activity with all the scents from hawaii- Tropical fruits sesory bin pretty much Aloha spirit in a box.

We recently made our mango playdough and this sensory acvitity would possibly be an extensioj of it. Bring in all the fruits not just mango and make a giant bin out of it

We have here mango rice, coconut rice, watermelon rice and pine apple rice nicely presented because mom here just loved the rice just as much as the kids. So when the kids are away at preschool mom does this !
tropical fruits play rice

My trip to the dollar store made me go crazy with the tropical party supplies. I picked up so many goodies from there – coconut drink containers, mini shot glasses for scooping, pouring and making concoctions, our plumeria hair clips, drink stirrers, shovels and cute straws.

sensory play supplies

The colors and scents of the rice were out of this world! The props just complimented the rice beautifully.

Tropical Fruits play time

I can’t get over how cute this coconut shell drink container is.

sensory play rice for kids

The plumerias scattered around gave it a very tropical feeling is the scents were not enough!

sensory activities with tropical scents

Apart from the mini glasses, I placed a shovel just for my 3 year old who loves scooping and making “milk shakes”

Play with sensory rice

Well the trees and birds stirrers were perfect background for the sensory bin.

sensory rice with fruit rice

And there they are! The first thing they did ofcourse were to mix all the rice to make tropical punch rice

Sensory Rice play with tropical scents

Many drinks were made. ( tiny umbrellas would have made the drinks even more festive!)

making pretend shakes with sensory rice

Party platters were created.

Party in a box sensory play ideas with sensory rice

Competing party platters I must add.

sensory activities for kids party with island theme

Special watermelon mango drink from the 3 year old.

aloha themed sensory play

I can’t decice which was more prettier? The mixed up tropical punch rice or the individually laid out rice. Obviously playtime means MIXING!

sensory activities for kids with fruity scented rice

Hope you all make this yummy sensory rice and enjoy this fun sensory activity with your kids.

Tropical fruits sensory play ideas

Recipe for tropical fruits sensory rice

Watermelon Rice, Mango Rice, Pineapple Rice and Coconut Rice

Materials ( affiliate product links to materials used below)

I used up 3 small bags of plain white rice from the dollar store for the 4 scents. We did mango, pineapple, coconut and watermelon.

Use half a bag of rice and transfer the contents into a large plastic baggie (Ziploc)

Watermelon Rice

I squirted liquid Kool-Aid  (product link above in the materials section)into the bag along with 2 table spoons of red liquid watercolor for a more intense colors and shook the bag until all the rice was colored. You can also use Watermelon Jello (product link above in the materials section)

Mango Rice

I used the same drink mix we used for our mango playdough recipe. You can also use Mango Kool-Aid or Mango JELLO mix.  (product link above in the materials section)

I used 2 envelopes of the mango drink mix to scent the rice. I also added 2 tablespoons of yellow liquid watercolor. Our mango drink mix gave us an uncharacteristically orange color so adding the liquid watercolor gave us a better color. It was fine because we wanted it to be a bit different than the pineapple yellow.

Pineapple Rice:

For this I used pineapple Jello (product link above in the materials section) to scent the rice. This one is tricky since going overboard with the gelatin powder will result in a very sticky rice! Follow the tips and tricks by Fun-A-Day on their scented rice post.

Coconut Rice

For this fragrant rice, I added unsweetened coconut flakes from the grocery store to plain white rice. To make the white a more intense white, I added squirts of white icing (product link above in the materials section)

After you make all the baggies of colored rice, lay them all out in cookie sheets of flat trays to let them dry. Line the cookie sheet with wax paper so that the rice doesn’t stick.

I microwaved the rice for 30 seconds on dinner plates and was able to use the rice right away. The best way to do it is to let it dry overnight for the best experience with easy, dry, scoopable rice.

For a basic tutotial or dying rice or dying anything visit Fun At Home with Kids for their colored rice tutorial.

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Science Experiments for Kids : Floating Stone experiment

Set up the classic float or sink science experiment with a twist

When they are not being tested, I guess every single child loves science and loves experiments. Their innate curiosity is being nurtured when they are given the freedom to observe, experiment and predict.With this classic float or sink science experiments kids love to experiment the concept with utmost joy.

Today’s float or sink science experiment has a small twist though. I included a new material!

Materials

We used:

  • Pumice Stone
  • Pom Poms
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Stones
  • Pebbles
  • Popcorn
  • Bell
  • Raisins
  • Feathers
  • Gravel

We used a wide variety of materials to see the contrast.
materials

I used a simple round container and filled it up with water and set out the materials pictured above.

We really did not use a observations sheet or any printable. I love this simple printable by Buggy and Buddy!

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The kids enjoyed first guessing whether the object will float or sink and immediately compared their predictions with the actual results. The popcorn was their favorite.

sink float science experiments

Then I introduced this fun material. A bath pumice “stone”.  The word “stone” kind of set their mind with the “sink” answer. Both the kids felt it and decided that the “stone” will sink just like the other stones and pebbles that went straight to the bottom of the container.

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But to their surprise this “stone” floats. Yes, it floats for a long time and the kids tried pushing them down to the bottom but it would come back up. However if you observe a large part of the stone is submerged in the water while the top part still is above the surface of the water. But to kids this “magic” stone is floating.

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The pumice stone is a highly porous materials made of volcanic ash. The presence of air cavities makes it really light and it floats for a while. Leaving the stone in the water for a long duration makes the water enter the cavities and it does eventually sink to the bottom.

float or sink experiments for kids

Later I set out 2 jars with labels on them and the kids sorted the materials into the jar for extended observation.

float sink experiments for kids

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