Crafty ideas for you to try with your little ones!
Salt Dough Keepsake
This salt dough recipe is such a wonderful way to make a precious keepsake. I did this with my eldest when he was two years old. Looking at this little handprint, I can’t believe he was ever this small. I didn’t realise how precious this little keepsake would become. I think my mom still has one that I made when I was a littlie, so this a great recipe.
500 g plain flour
500 g table salt
250 ml warm water
Add the dry ingredients. Slowly mix in the water. You may not need all the water. You want the dough to be dry. If it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want. Once you’ve made your hand print impression allow the dough to dry in the oven for about 3 hours at a low heat. I pressed the dough into a photo frame and left in the sun for a couple weeks.
Bird Feeder Hearts
We simply mixed smooth peanut butter and birdseed together and then pressed the mixture into a silicone heart mold. We poked a small hole through the top of the heart and put the mold into the freezer overnight. We then put a piece of string through the hole and hung it up on a branch of a tree in our garden.
Soft No Cook Playdough
I love this easy no cook recipe. It makes soft playdough that the kids just love. It can last for up to three months in a covered container. We added food colouring and glitter for a bit of sparkle. You could also add essential oils and dried flowers for more texture. For example, lavender essential oil and sprigs of lavender flowers.
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup table salt
1 1/2 cup of boiling water
Mix it all up and add more water or flour depending on the consistency of the dough.
Mothers Day Coffee and Brown Sugar Scrub
1C Ground Coffee
1C Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed.
The texture you are looking for is moist sticky grains. You do not want it to be too runny.
Place in jars and enjoy!
Use in the shower after washing and shaving as a scrub to remove dry skin, reduce cellulite, and to improve blood circulation.
Easter Memory Craft
Thanks to Pintrest for this cool craft. I love crafts that can become keepsakes. This fun craft keeps the kids entertained and captures a moment in time. It's amazing how this time next year this little footprints will be so much bigger.
I bought these black and white paper place mats at Spar Broadacres. You could actually print out any large back and white picture.
Colouring in as we ate was a really fun way to get the kids (and parents) really engaged at family diner.
DIY Sensory Board
Here's a great activity, a DIY sensory board, for little ones or even for older kids, they can be blindfolded and use their other senses to discover what's in each section.
I raided my pantry and filled a muffin tray with different dry ingredients.
For the little ones just leave them to it. Talk and describe what they are doing to amp up the learning experience.
Sensory play promotes language development, cognitive growth, fine/gross motor skills, problem solving/reasoning and more.
An alternative to this could be a messy play “wet” sensory board using products such as peanut butter, flour with a bit of water to change the texture, and jello.
Layered Learning with Jelly Beans
As I've mentioned before I love layering our lessons. It keeps the lessons dynamic and meets each of them at their level of interest.
This lesson was great because I was able to incorporate math, science and art. Of course language is always incorporated into each lesson as we thoroughly discuss and describe what we are doing at any given point.
The kids were given a big dish of jelly beans, which they sorted according to colour. For the math part of the lesson we discussed which dish had more, the least and the same amount of jelly beans. First we estimated the amounts and then counted.
We then took three dishes with the most jelly beans and filled each dish with water. This was the science part of the lesson. What would happen to the jelly beans and what would happen to the water? The colour from the beans was 'sucked up', as the kids said, by the water; leaving the jelly beans clear or whiteish in colour.
Next we added a bit of flour to thicken each jelly bean water mixture and we had made our own paint. This was the art part of our lesson. The kids then painted some beautiful designs and some even drank some of the 'paint' (gross).