Blog Me Mom http://www.blogmemom.com Fun and easy kids Activities Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:47:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Cupcakes for all the upcoming holidays http://www.blogmemom.com/cupcakes-for-all-the-upcoming-holidays/ http://www.blogmemom.com/cupcakes-for-all-the-upcoming-holidays/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13258  Cupcakes for upcoming holidays

Some holidays are for presidents; others commend our veterans. There is even a day on which a big, jolly, white-bearded man gets his time to shine on a sled flown by reindeer. But most can agree, all days of observation are a great excuse to bake and devour festive cupcakes, because nothing represents occasion and indulgence like a buttery, frosted mini-cake that can be decorated with colors, themes and sprinkles to fit each and every annual celebration!…

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 Cupcakes for upcoming holidays

Some holidays are for presidents; others commend our veterans. There is even a day on which a big, jolly, white-bearded man gets his time to shine on a sled flown by reindeer. But most can agree, all days of observation are a great excuse to bake and devour festive cupcakes, because nothing represents occasion and indulgence like a buttery, frosted mini-cake that can be decorated with colors, themes and sprinkles to fit each and every annual celebration! Here are a few specialty cupcakes for distinct dates marked on the calendar.

Labor Day: Hamburger Cupcakes

Hamberger cupcake

Labor Day means work off and barbeque time! While friends busily occupy the grill, you can build your own burger, fixings and all. The hamburger cupcake has the best of both worlds – vanilla cake acts as the bun and chocolate is sandwiched in between. This “meat” is extra delicious – chocolate cake mix and chocolate frosting combine to form a malleable patty. Don’t forget your toppings – yellow fondant (moldable icing) for the cheese, plus green and red frosting equals lettuce and ketchup.

Halloween: “Eyeball” Cupcakes

Eyeball cupcakes

 

What’s spookier than the feeling of being watched? Eating a cupcake that is literally staring at you while you consume it. Halloween cupcakes – “eyeball” cupcakes to be more specific, are the ultimate way to creep out party guests. You can thank our friends at Kraft for these delicious eyeballs, which consist of a chocolate cake batter that is blended with chocolate pudding mix. Once the cups of cake are baked, a butter/cream cheese/vanilla mixture is spread over to resemble the sclera (white part of those oglers), which is then beautified with gummy rings to embody the iris and strawberry chewy fruit snacks for pupils. Throw in some bloodshot with red icing throughout. So creepy it will guarantee chills. The original recipe here for more creepy and yummy Halloween cupcake ideas.

Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Cream Cupcakes

Thanksgiving pumpkin

Pumpkin and Thanksgiving go hand in hand – it’s as simple as that, and so is this pumpkin cream cupcake recipe. A tasty concoction of cream cheese and egg is spooned onto pumpkin-infused spice cake batter then baked in the oven to gobble-feasting excellence. Instead of contributing pumpkin pie to the Turkey Day table (which you know someone else is probably going to bring), raise the standard with delightful pumpkin cream cupcakes.

Hanukkah: Blue Velvet Cupcake Menorah

 Hanukkah

Infamous red velvet cupcakes can take an eight-day vacation on behalf of Hanukkah and this blue velvet cupcake menorah. Packed with hints of cocoa, blue velvet cupcakes are created with royal blue food coloring to match a symbolic hue of the Jewish holiday. A blue buttercream frosting lies atop to keep to theme and blue Shabbat candles to finish, forming a twinkling menorah.

Christmas: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Marshmallow Cream Filling

 Christmas Stars

Thanks to dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint marshmallow cream filling, picking the perfect Christmas tree just got easier and more eatable. Decorated with green and red swirls of Swiss meringue buttercream, edible ornament décor, and capped with the very necessary bright and shining star, these cupcakes scream “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Not to mention, each chocolaty bite holds the gift of peppermint marshmallow cream filling prepared from marshmallow fluff and organic peppermint extract for that candy cane zing.

New Years – Champagne Cupcakes with Sweet Champagne Buttercream Frosting

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New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken – break your resolve to shed those lbs. by “cheers”-ing champagne cupcakes with sweet champagne buttercream frosting. The treat presents a light and airy texture much like the bubbly features of celebratory sparkling wine and has just the right amount of sweetness from the champagne. Additionally, the champagne buttercream frosting whipped from powdered sugar and butter is a decadent complement to the flute of cake.

A holiday without cupcakes is no holiday at all. Fortunately, you now know a handful of cupcake ideas to help you observe the remaining holidays of the year in proper manner.

By: Stephen Reynolds

 

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Apple themed activities for kids http://www.blogmemom.com/apple-activities-kids/ http://www.blogmemom.com/apple-activities-kids/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:09:33 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13237 Apple season is right around the corner! Can’t wait for fall and the cool crisp air. Here are some apple crafts and art activities for you to get started. We have roughly categorized them based on skill level.

Toddler Apple Crafts and apple activities

 1. Apple Prints Basket from Moments of Mommyhood

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 2.  Erupting Apple Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe from Learn Play Imagine

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Apple season is right around the corner! Can’t wait for fall and the cool crisp air. Here are some apple crafts and art activities for you to get started. We have roughly categorized them based on skill level.

Toddler Apple Crafts and apple activities

 1. Apple Prints Basket from Moments of Mommyhood

apple basket

 2.  Erupting Apple Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe from Learn Play Imagine

 3.  Fall Colour Apple Stamping from Happy Hooligans

 4.  Apple Cloud Dough Recipe from Growing A Jeweled Rose

 5.  Apple Projects for Kids from The Chirping Moms

 6.  Fall Fun Apple Stamping from Mama Papa Bubba

 7.  Easy Apple Craft from Mamas Like Me

 8.  Hand Print And Button Apple Tree from Moments of Mommyhood

 9.  Leaves and Apples from Little Leaners Lounge

10. Apple Frozen Paints  fromFrogs Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails

apple art project

11. Apple Tree Craft Toddlers from Hands On As We Grow

12. Paper Roll Apple Stamps from Sugar Aunts

Preschool Apple Crafts and activities

13. An Apple A Day from No Time For Flash Cards

14. East Apple Tree Preschool Craft from Reading Confetti

15. Painting With Apples Brushes and Flower from Frogs And Snails And Puppy Dogs Tails

16. Paper Plate Apples from Kindercraze Blog

17. Apple Letter Sound Game from Kindergarden Smiles

18. Tissue Paper Apple Art Project from Blissful Roots

19. Stuffed Paper Apples from Buggy And Buddy

20. Apples from My Preschool Crafts

21. Another Preschool Apple Craft from The Ramblings Of A Crazy Woman

22. Apple Bowling Art from  Mess For Less

23. Apple Art Project from Deep Space Sparkle

24. Spice Apple Art For Kids from Fun A Day

apple prints

25. Manza from Fem Manuals

apple crafts

26. Apple Prints from Teaching 2 And 3 Years Olds

27. Tissue Paper Art Apple Tree Craft from Fantastic Fun And Learning

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28. We Made Apple Trees in Preschool from Teach Preschool

29. Building With Apples from Fun At Home With Kids

 

Apple Crafts and activities for older kids

30. Sequin Apple from Child Care And Blog

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31. Little Apple Yarn Favours from Make and Takes

32. Cardboard Tube Mini Apples from Naturally Educational

33. Paper Bag Apple Tree from Creative Jewish Mom

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34. Bottles Apple Craft  from Creative Jewish Mom

35. Cereal Box Apples Craft from No Time For Flash Cards

36. Melted Crayon Leaves And Apples from Life With Moore Babies

37. Apple Print Wreath from No Time For Flash Cards

38. Apple Sun Catchers from Fireflies and Mud Pies

39. Apple Print Making from Fun A Day

40. Carboard Apple Trees from Housing A Forest

apple crafts for kids with cardboard

41. Fall Crafts Coffee Filter Apple Art from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

42. Printed Fruit Trees from Nettle Knits

43. Back To School Apple Trees from Lilly Cakes

44. Fall And Apples from The Nature Of Grace

45. Apple Printed Lunch Bags from Inner Child Fun

46. Paper bag apple tree from Creative Jewish Mom

Some more apple crafts and other activities from Blog Me Mom

47. Apple Paints for kids

48. Apple playdough

49. Apple Tree Craft for kids

50Sticky apple tree craft for toddlers

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 apple crafts and activities for kids all ages

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Tips for first day school jitters http://www.blogmemom.com/tips-for-first-day-school-jitters/ http://www.blogmemom.com/tips-for-first-day-school-jitters/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:21:56 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13225 Holly Easterby says her week is never complete without spending some of her time around kids. She loves sharing stuff about them at Bonza Brats and in blogs such as this one. In here, she writes about how parents can help their children overcome first-day school jitters.

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL JITTERS: HELP YOUR KID BEAT IT

Holly Easterby says her week is never complete without spending some of her time around kids. She loves sharing stuff about them at Bonza Brats and in blogs such as this one. In here, she writes about how parents can help their children overcome first-day school jitters.

School is about to start or probably has started! Finally! Your small tot is all grown up. In a few days’ time, he will be putting on his new backpack, getting on the bus, and will be making new friends at school. Or so you thought. After shopping for school supplies, your kid has now developed cold feet over going to school. Ah! It’s the first-day school jitters. This is quite normal. Kids from all ages could suffer from it. Some of the reasons why children during their first day are nervous include transferring to a new school, worries about fitting in, and fear of being in a new environment. No worries! There are several ways by which you can help your kid overcome this.

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Tips for First Day School Jitters

  1. Visit the school together before school starts. It would make a difference for your kid if the two of you will visit the school together prior to the start of classes. Kids may be scared of going to school since it is indeed fearful to be in a place where they will be sitting next to strangers. When they see the school beforehand, they will at least be able to explore its surroundings a bit, enabling them to get comfortable with it.
  2. Tell stories of how great school was for you. Put your kid’s fears to rest by telling them how it was fun for you in school. One of the ways to do this is by showing them some of the activities you did as a student when you were their age. Most kids love art projects, so show your child how to paint a house.
  3. Accompany your kid on the first few days. While some kids find it easy to transition from their home life to school life, some don’t. If your kid asks you to come with him inside the class, then you may need to do so. He needs you to be there physically for emotional support.
  4. Talk to the teacher. Find help from your kid’s teacher when your child is nervous about going to school. There are children dealing with their first day of school whose greatest fear is being scolded by their teachers.
  5. Don’t be late when picking kid from school. You can make matters worse if you do not show up when the school bell rings. Remember that your child is already agitated about going to school in the first place and making him wait will make him feel abandoned in his misery.
  6. Read books.There are many popular titles for helping children cope with first day of school.The kissing hand ione of the most sought after books by teachers.
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Final Thoughts

For kids who are attending school for the first time, it may take several days to get used to the new teacher, classmates and environment. But don’t let this be a permanent arrangement. Help your kid enjoy school by employing the tips mentioned above. For the older kids who are having back to school jitters, you can help ease this by talking to your child. See this in their perspective so that the two of you would be able to come up with the best

Author: Holly Easterby

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Holly’s love for children has seen her featured in many education and children websites, whether talking about healthy snacks, motivating students or children’s fashion at Bonza Brats. Holly loves reading books, and shopping is her way of spending time with her young family. If you would like to catch her, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @HollyEasterby

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Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-homemade-stickers-for-story-telling/ http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-homemade-stickers-for-story-telling/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:40:56 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13204 Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling

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Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling

Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling

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We have been on  a big art activities for kids kick in the last few days. Why not right? Kids art is a big part of our lives and this blog! I personally see the children break into big smiles while creating something, especially with our homemade art supplies. Today we share a simple method to make homemade stickers that aid in pretend play, art activities and more importantly in great story telling sessions.

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Invitation to create

I suggest you use just heavy paper like card stock since you will be brushing it with liquid. My children wanted to draw on colored paper as well. But to make stickers that don’t tear off just bring out just the card stock paper.

After the supplies are set up, the kids are free to create their own art on tiny papers. Those cut up paper squares were suddently very unique and the kids eagerly painted.

 art project for kids where they make DIY stickers

They used both the fabulous Paint Brush Pens and Liquid Watercolor Paints to make their creations.

handdrawn pictures ready to be turned into homemade stickers

Don’t you agree that art activities for kids is such a fantastic way to inculcate wonderful skills in children? I mean this art project has everything – fine motor skills development, pretend play skills development, story-telling skills development.

art activities for kids using homemade gelatin stickers

How to turn the kids art into Homemade Stickers

To turn the kids art into stickers, you will need some unflavored gelatin or regular flavored Jell-O. I used flavored Jello. Dissolve about a tablespoon of Jello ( I used watermelon and pineapple from our tropical fruits rice and summer play dough). For 1 tbsp of Jello powder I used about 1/5 TBSP of hot water. Once the Jello dissolves in hot water, set out your colorful Jello water and the kids art out for the children to create their own stickers in this wonderful art activity.

The kids just loaded up their paint brushes with Jello water making sure they scoop up lots of the Jello mixture in it. Then they brushed all the pictures with the mixture on the backside. We set the pictures to dry backside up for about 1 hour so. Once completely dry kids can simply lick and stick. Mine did that and some were gently dampened with water using a sponge and then stuck.

creating homemade stickers by painting

Use  heavy paper to create their stories and scenes since regular white paper will not take water very well.

art activity with gelatin stickers

Here are the completed art from both of them. One of my 6 year old’s story is where she is living alone by herself and visiting daddy and mommy when they are old. What!!!?

completed art activity with arty stickers

More art activities for kids on on our category page

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Story writing with stickers Homemade Lick and Stick stickers

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.

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Art activities for kids : Easy Negative Space Art

Simple art activities for kids using liquid watercolors and household objects.

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Art activities for kids using the resist art technique are so popular for a good reason! They are simple, easy to set-up and the results are gorgeous no matter what. We have done our share of tape resist art and crayon resist art but today’s post is about something even more fun since it involves spray cans!

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materials for art activities for kids with stencils

I first covered my table with white vinyl table cloth purchased from the dollar store and then laid down some heavy paper card stock heavy construction paper watercolor paper will work)

My 3.5 year old hunted around the house and brought me a few objects (toy parts, letters, cups etc) We set them up n the heavy paper and got ready for the art project.

In the meantime I added about 2 tablespoons of our favorite liquid watercolors ( link above) and filled up the spray bottle with water. Based on the intensity of the color you desire add water to the liquid watercolors.

spraying with liquid watercolors

Then it was just spraying time. My child sprayed the colors to her heart’s content while working her finger muscles.

art projects with spray painting

It was a beautiful sight.

negative space kids art

Well we got carried away with this art activity and pretty much drenched our paper.

spray art and stencils art for kids

If you hold the spray bottle at a distance and spray gently you can achieve this. We were totally ok drenching and spraying away though.

kids art with negative space

Removing the objects was the best part!

spray stencils art for kids

Such an easy art activity for kids all ages.

art activities for kids with spray paint

What to do with the rest of the paint? Spray on left over packaging material  of course.

spraying on styrofoam

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easy negative space art for kids

More art activities for kids on on our category page

Stop by our Pinterest board for more kids art inspiration

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

preschool play book

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

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Ah! Feels so refreshing to sit down with the kiddos to engage in some fun open ended art activities.

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Art activities for kids : Sand paper art

Use sandpaper as a canvas and introduce these fun art activities for kids using 3 very simple methods

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Ah! Feels so refreshing to sit down with the kiddos to engage in some fun open ended art activities. We have previously explored sandpaper in our crayon transfer art. But today’s art project was completely kid-centric. Using super fine sandpaper as our canvas we paired 3 materials to create art.

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Method # 1: Art activities using sandpaper and liquid chalk.

Equal parts cornstarch and water along with a few drops of food color or liquid water colors will give you liquid chalk.

sandpaper and liquid chalk art

The sandpaper turned out to be a wonderful background for experimenting with liquid chalk.

art activities for kids with liquid chalk

It was all about exploring and experimenting with colors on sand paper.

kids art with sandpaper

I think the result was stunning. If the liquid chalk is pretty watery, the chalk doesn’t flake off after drying. In fact it gives the art a wonderful dimension and creates beautiful texture. I can see how these materials will be great to create a topography map. ( with cornstarch you ask? sure why not?)

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Method # 2 : Art activities with sandpaper and regular chalk

This one is fairly straight forward , yet the most fun. Use superfine sand paper and regular chalks to create stunning art. It was so therapeutic for the adult and lots of fun for the kid to rub chalk all over the sandpaper.

drawing with chalk on sand paper for kids

Pretending to be the wolf and blowing away the chalk dust during the art session was even more exciting.

chalk and sandpaper art

I can visualize gorgeous geometric patterns with this chalk and sandpaper combo.

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Method # 3 : Art activities with sand paper and crayons

The popular crayon resist technique is experimented on sand paper. Draw a design with a white crayon on superfine sand paper. Have the child wash over the crayon with some liquid water colors. We are big fans of liquid watercolors here — the vibrant color will make you pull up a chair next to your kid and PAINT.

art activity with sand paper

Watercolor over sandpaper is a beautiful sight. Once the sandpaper dries, it tends to buckle a bit. So just dry the art out with weight on the 4 corners.

crayon resist art project on sand paper

All the art we created on the sand paper. Our favorite? hands down drawing with regular chalk on sandpaper.

sandpaper with chalk and crayons art

Thanks for reading

More art activities for kids on on our category page

Stop by our Pinterest board for more kids art inspiration

3 ways to make beautiful art with sand paper from Blog Me Mom

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

preschool play book

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

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Kids Sensory Activities : Slime Play Food

Children can play with pretend food made with homemade slime.

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Have you ever made slime? The stretchy string of goodness! My children have always enjoyed playing with slime and adore cutting slime. Today’s sensory activity gives them an opportunity to satisfy their need for “cutting slime” while creating play food.

We started off with making a slightly harder slime, more putty-like and less slimy. I did not have the exact colors for making pretend pizza but I tried. My red (for tomatoes) was more pinkish than red.

slime colors

I placed the different colored slime in paper plates and gave them knives and forks ( please use them at your own discretion) They tried making pieces.

colored slime for sensory play

But ended up simply pulling the pieces out and creating their pizza on the brown and white slime. The squishing, pulling, tugging and cutting part of this sensory activity turned out to be the best part.

pulling slime

The red, green and yellow ended up being toppings for their pizza.

kids sensory activities red slime

They loved cutting the slime out to create their play food.

sensory activities for kids with slime

Honestly this looks more Mexican than Italian. I can see refried beans with cheese..

slime play food

They had to set up shop with all this yummy slime play food.

fun with slime

Dinner is served!

slime fun

at their pretend restaurant.

table set up for slime play

How to make play food slime.

  1. 1/2 cup liquid starch
  2. 1/2 cup white glue
  3. Food colors

Add 1/2 cup white glue in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of liquid starch and start mixing. Once you get a stretchy substance, keep kneading and add the rest of the liquid starch. Your slime will not be very stretch but more putty-like. This is better for pinching and cutting. To make the slime colored, add your preffered food color to the white blue before adding in the liquid starch.

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Play food with slime

More kids sensory activities on our category page

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

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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

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

preschool play book

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baby book

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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 

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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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We are at it again with a nice summery art activity with a sandy texture.…

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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.

Thanks for reading

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Sparkle  Sand Puffy Paint Recipe from Blog Me MOm

Also try “Glowing puffy paint”

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

preschool play book

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

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