What My Kids Call CLEAN MUD!

20130403-114103.jpg I’m very fortunate to provide child care for a wonderful 2yo girl while her mommy goes to work as an occupational therapist during the week. With a mom who is an occupational therapist you can only imagine how many fun things and ideas she has of her own so when she brought us this cornstarch and (safe) dish soap mixture to play with last week we were so excited!

She suggested we add a bit of water to the dough to soften it up, but these kiddos seemed to be in the mood for more MESS so I continued to add water until it was the consistency of pancake batter. Lemon dish soap was used to make this batch so the smell was just delightful and the dough/batter was yellow. We can’t wait to make other flavors and colors.

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The kids squeezed, mixed, mushed, splashed and dribbled the mixture everywhere as they pretended it was pancake batter, cupcake batter, shaving cream, lotion, lemon juice and the one that stuck most was CLEAN MUD! Clean mud is actually a toilet paper and soap mixture (which we are making this week), but my kiddos insisted THIS was in fact clean mud! Cornstarch dries quickly when left alone for a few minutes so clean up is extremely easy!

A BIG thank you to Mrs.Ann for introducing us to this amazing sensory recipe!

Pumpkin Gloop

When I saw Pumpkin Gloop on Pinterest by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots I knew it was a play date must!

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I froze the pumpkin insides from 4 pumpkins to use for our gloop and just defrosted it the morning of. We began by making a cornstarch and water mixture then we let the kids begin adding pumpkin insides, food coloring, more water and more cornstarch to their liking. I had many bowls, cups, measuring cups and kitchen utensils out for them to use, but the favorites were the colander and the pitcher.

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Pumpkin Gloop is an extremely fun, very messy multi-sensory activity. The hard seeds, the stringy insides, the warm water, cold pumpkin and the mushy cornstarch made for an icky, but fun experience! My girls can’t wait to do this again!

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Halloween Slime

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We LOVE busy bags! Last year I hosted a few Halloween busy bag swaps and I held onto my bags for future use. I’m glad that I did because we have been having a lot of family (& friend) fun pulling them out. One of my bags contained Halloween slime and Little Miss couldn’t wait another minute to do this one.

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I love the idea of pre-packaging the slime to handout to friends for a Halloween goodie.

Recipe:
1c of cornstarch, add to a bowl…
1c of baking soda, add it to the bowl…
Take 1/2c of water and add it to the bowl…
Mix with your hands
The mixture will harden– then soften –then drip while you form and play with it.
Clean up is easy with a little soap & water.

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Along with the regular cups & spoons, I gave the kids some Halloween goodies to add the the mix such as:
Spider rings
Plastic skeletons
Google eyes
Cookie cutters

The kids made spooky prints on the table with the Halloween goodies and their hands, played search & rescue with the rings & of course just mushed, mixed & formed the slime with their hands.

A spooktacular, icky, MUST DO Halloween activity for any kid (:

Sand Playdough

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I took the playdough pledge hosted by NurtureStore, The Imagination Tree and Sun Hats and Wellie Boots.

As soon as I saw this pledge I knew I wanted to make sand playdough from all the leftovers from Little Miss’ mermaid party that we had on Saturday.

I found an easy, no cook recipe from 2 Big, 2 Little.

Sand Playdough
4 cups play sand
3 cup flour
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil

Mix all ingredients and knead together till the dough forms. If its too dry add a bit more water and if it’s too wet add more sand or flour. This batch made plenty for both of my girls.

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I provided the girls with many seashells, starfish, sand dollars, buckets, mini umbrellas and ribbon. They loved these options for play.

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Sand playdough is such a neat sensory experience. It’s gritty and sandy, but still the consistency of regular playdough. It’s certainly heavier than regular playdough though, which brought a bit of a cool change from regular playdough in Little Miss’s eyes.

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The girls played for TWO hours straight with this playdough. I can’t even get regular playdough play to last more than 20 minutes! In fact, the sand playdough is STILL spread out on the table because they aren’t ready for me to put it away quite yet.

Hands down our MOST FAVORITE playdough play by far!

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