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!

Rose Petal Tea Party

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My beautiful bouquet of roses that my amazing husband delivered to me for Valentines day were very wilted this morning. Usually I would toss them in the trash, but the petals on my roses still looked pretty so I removed all the petals and put them in a basket to think of some kind of project to do with my girls like a “ROSE PETAL TEA PARTY”. I gathered our tea set, a glass bowl, some mason jars filled with clear and colored water and some wooden spoons. Before I let the girl come outside I scattered the rose petals in our yard for them to gather.

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I didn’t have to explain what was going on once I gave them their basket and they had a look at the play invitation they were hard at work gathering the petals, pouring water, mixing, mushing and adding other natural materials to their rose petal tea concoction.

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& there we sat in our front yard pretend sipping on our rose petal tea, which had a wonderful fragrance I must add.

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We can’t wait till it warms up even more for more outdoor adventures, but for now we anticipate a snow storm coming in tomorrow.

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Bubble Wrap Mat {Sensory Activity for Baby}

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We taped a large square of bubble wrap to our rug in the playroom for Mr to explore. He was fascinated with the bubble wrap and was occupied for quite awhile. Pitching, rolling, crawling, stomping & smacking the bubbles and listening to them POP. He would just look up at me and grin like he was such a big guy while playing on the mat.

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I urge you to not leave your baby unattended during this activity in case of harm/injury.

Valentine Sensory Bin

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Our simple Valentines Day sensory bin contained white rice as our filler. I opted for the uncolored rice because we usually use bright colors for our fillers and I was wanting the colors of our play items to POP. We added red and silver glitter to the rice which we all LOVED. In fact my oldest said it made the bin so beautiful.

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In separate containers I provided fake diamonds, red poms, rose petals, fake roses and foam hearts to play with. I also provided a few measuring spoons and trays for sorting and combining the play materials.

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This bin encouraged a lot of pretend baking for Valentines like Little Miss’ Rose Cheese Cake and Miss Grace’s Mini Heart Cakes!

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I’d love to see your kiddos Valentines Sensory Bin! Please leave me a link here or on the Timeless Adventure Facebook page.

Numbers Sensory Bin

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Numbers Sensory Bin:
-colored rice
-4 different types of magnetic numbers (1-9)
-a set of invisible numbers (info at end of post)
-a set of dry erase tracing cards

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1. Number Sort: excavate all the numbers and sort them in order.
2. Go Fish: With a magnet wand fish for the numbers. To keep the number you must correctly identify it or it gets tossed back into the bin.
3. Number Hunt: Seek the invisible numbers.
4. Find & Trace: Once a number is removed from the bin you must trace the number on the correct tracing card.

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Hot Glue, Invisible Numbers via I Can Teach My Child

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They are so fun in the bin 🙂

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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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Hardwood Floor Shaving Cream Play

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We love playing with shaving cream! In fact, I currently have 3 cans sitting on our playroom shelves, which gets a chuckle out of our visitors. I wanted to do something a little differently than our usual table top play. I decided the hardwood floor would be a larger canvas which they would enjoy.

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I had a paintbrush for each of them and a back up stash of cookie cutters and sponges for them to add to the shaving cream in case they became uninterested, but their was no need for them. The hardwood floor canvas made for great play all on its own. They drew maps, letters, pictures and made prints with their bodies.

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The simplicity of this play invitation was certainly more in their eyes.

& clean up was a breeze. I only used a few large towels to get it all wiped up. Don’t let the mess scare you away from trying a larger canvas for shaving cream play 😉

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 (:

Ice Cube Painting

I’m apart of a local children’s art group and today we met to do some ice cube painting.

This activity is brilliant and beautiful!

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Jessie, my friend, our children’s art group leader and also kids blog author from Play Create Explore used tempera paints, poster paint and kool-aid to make our beautiful ice cubes.

To view many more pictures, details and prior art group meet-ups visit The Children’s Art Group blog.

Let THEM Build DINOLAND

Earlier this week I gathered all the necessary materials the kids would need to “build” their own DINOLAND and then I sat back and watched them build their own sensory play bin.

The kids had dirt, water, rocks, leaves, grass, weeds, tree bark & sticks to use and in the end they got to add over 10 Dino’s to the bin for play.

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This bin kept them busy for two whole days until DINOLAND was flooded for the use of mud pies, which created its own sensory experience…
Here is Little Miss searching for the Dino’s in the thick mud.

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