Arts & Crafts

Baby Sensory Playdate: Sweetened Condensed Milk Paint

Winter here in Winnipeg is cold and seems to go on forever.  So what’s a mom to do to keep her little one occupied?  Simple! Just crack open the cupboards and let them play!  No, I don’t necessarily mean the pots and pans or the Tupperware, although both are great options.  We like messy play over here, so of course we are in the pantry.  This really simple activity bought us a playdate, two happy babies, and about 45 minutes of play and exploration that didn’t require too much baby proofing.

We used a drop cloth (plastic tablecloth from the dollar store) to contain the mess, some construction paper, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and two drops of food colouring per container. 

Sweetened Condensed Milk Finger Paint

Invitation to Play with Snow

Here in Edmonton there’s enough snow right now, so I thought it would be a good idea to add it to some of our playtime.  And what kid doesn’t love to play with snow, in the house!

I created this invitation like so many others.  I set out supplies and snow in a thoughtful way and just sat back and enjoyed watching my child explore, learn and play!  If you are not familiar with what an “Invitation to Play” is, pop over to my Halloween Invitation post here, where I take some time to talk about it.  

Invitation to Play: Halloween Sand Play

Halloween Invitation to Play

Today I created my first Invitation to Play.  You may be wondering, what is an invitation to play? Pop on over here, Anna, a blogger at The Imagination Tree, has an amazing post about it. 

If you don’t have time to read the entire post, basically an invitation to play is “a little set up of play materials for your child to come and discover and play with in any way they choose.” (Anna , http://theimaginationtree.com/)

What you need:

·      Black sand

Preschool Halloween Craft: Frankenstein Window Art

Frankenstein Window Art for Preschoolers

I found this fun craft on Pinterest and it piqued my interest because it wasn’t the traditional pumpkin Halloween toddler craft (which we have done many of already).  I wasn’t sure how my daughter, Adeline, age 3, would receive this, but she had a blast!

Frankenstein has been hanging in our dining room window ever since we made it and Adeline even asked me if I could find her a Frankenstein costume; thankfully not for Halloween (we already have those picked out), but just for around the house. 

Cute Multi-Media Initial Cavas Craft for Kids

This summer my girls and I have been adding little "extras" to their room decor including an art display board my handy husband created, adding 3-D butterflies and flowers to their focus wall, dance photos (finally) in frames and hung, and a shelf each to display their sculptures, pottery, canvases and other special treasures. I am trying to teach my girls to take pride in their room and their creations in the hopes this will entice them to clean their room everyday without having to go into nagging mommy mode. 

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