Posted in Activities for little ones, Home Made Everything, Sensory play

Edible Play Dough

 

 

Pretty sure I have posted this here before, but apparently it has vanished into thin air. So here we go again! My little one used to put everything in her mouth (except for actual food). So we made this play dough that is safe for them.

Homemade PlayDough Recipe

This homemade playdough recipe is simple, natural, and perfect for entertaining children. They enjoy making it almost as much as they enjoy playing with it!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of flour (whatever kind you have on hand)
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ½ cup of water
  • 3 to 5 drops of natural food coloring

Instructions

  1. Mix together the flour and the salt.
  2. Mix together ½ cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.

Thank you to diynatural.com for the original recipe.

 

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Posted in Activities for little ones, Homeschooling, Sensory play

Water Experiment for Toddlers

Yes, we do ‘do’ school, even if we don’t ‘go’ to school!! I get asked a lot of times so what do I teach my children.

So here is a day in the lives of toddler homeschoolers.

They stayed in bed until 10am. They were awake and they came out of their rooms to each grab a phone. They went back to bed watching “Word Party”. A Netflix original. They love it, especially the little one. I will post a decent review some time about it. But it is very cute and very helpful.

So they had their language lesson in bed.

Our theme for the week is water, so we then bottled some water beads that we will need for our lesson tomorrow. But that does not stop them from playing with them so long. So they had their sensory lesson.

We then did their science lesson. We made an experiment with water and what effect it has on different objects. They had to tell me before the time what they thought would be the effect on the object. Will it change, or will it stay the same.

We used:
Macaroni

Rice

Fruit Loops

Paper

Sugar

Bread.

We put each object in an empty yogurt container and covered it with water.

They then had to tell me if the water had any effect on it. We also came back to it half an hour later to see if anything changed. They loved that the sugar just disappeared. They both tasted the water.

They then asked if they could play ‘house’ with it. Resulting in some real messy play. They mixed up the bread and fruit loops with the paper. Making this weird gooey paper paste. YUK! But they did enjoy playing with it and seeing how the water changed the objects.

At the moment they are doing imaginary play by playing “magic show”. They have a hat and are pretending to pull magic things from the hat.

It has been a full day for these two. In between they played in the sand pit and had a race around the garden and learned how to pump up a inflatable pillow – learning how the air goes from the pump into the cushion.

 

Posted in Activities for little ones, Home Made Everything, Sensory play

Fake snow using only 2 ingredients

We are doing a Winter theme this week, because Winter has truly arrived in South Africa! Being a cold, wet day and the little one not feeling well, I decided to keep them busy with some fake snow. They loved playing it with it, they spread it out on the table and wrote in it. Well the older one did and the little one kept destroying what her sister made – that is basically our daily routine!

So how to make fake snow. I saw a few recipes but having limited things in the house and not planning on running around in the rain, I found a simple recipe. All you need is bicarb and water. Yes that is all!!!

You take bicarb (as much you want to use) and put one teaspoon of water at a time in the bowl. On 100g I used exactly 1 teaspoon of water. Just mix in in with a fork and you will get fluffy ‘snow’. It kept my kids busy for hours!

It’s the beginning of Winter and every little thing that we can use to entertain them is helpful at this stage. So go make some snow and get them busy.

PS. Great sensory play

Posted in Activities for little ones, Random nothings, Sensory play, SPD Tips

How to survive Easter with your SPD / Autistic toddler

Easter is a time of chocolates and egg hunts and fun! Right? Now take away the chocolates… And the egg hunt. What do you have left? You can’t ignore it, you have another child that wants those things. They see it on Youtube. It is not fair to not celebrate Easter as we are Christian and it is an important season for us. So what do yo do? Well, you become creative!

Here is some tips on having a chocolate and noise free Easter:

  1. Use other things as gifts. We got some amazing dinosaur egg bath bombs from Life with Jacqueline   these actually have little dinosaurs in the middle! Win for everybody!
  2. I got them each a bunny from Rosemary at Food, Art and Craft market    as well as from Robyn at Ripleycatco
     
  3. I made them bunny ears – these can be purchased from me at Geek World 
  4. I also made them Easter T-shirts, these can also be bought from me at Geek World 
  5. In place of chocolate eggs, we bought empty egg containers form Mambos and filled them with jelly beans etc. We also made them some geeky Easter egg boxes with sweets in them. Also available at Geek World 
  6. Bubbles! Bubbles always win!
  7. We got them “Grow a Bunny” eggs from Ackermans. They go in the water and then a bunny opens up
  8. Color code your eggs. You do not want the kiddies to have a melt down. You know that it is going to happen in anyway, so try to avoid it for as long as possible. Each child has their own color to collect. That makes sure that they both have the same amount. We have a large garden so we do it at home. If you don’t find a park near by that is not as busy as the main parks.

Good luck, may the force be with you!

Posted in Activities for little ones, Homeschooling

Treasure hunt for toddlers

Our theme for the week is Treasure.

Bible theme: We are God’s treasure.

Shape: Rectangle

Letter X

X mark the spot in this case. It’s a horrible day in Port Elizabeth so keeping the 2 busy was not easy. Every time I would let them play a bit, I would turn around and they would be fighting over a tablet to play a game or watch Peppa Pig. So I decided to stick to the original plan and have a treasure hunt, but do it inside.

I took stickers and made X marks all over the house. Marking them nr 1, 2 etc. I had them following the trail until they reached the treasure. They had so much fun running around the house looking against walls, under cupboards, against the stove etc.

It all led them to a treasure box (a pretty handbag I have) filled with random toys they have not seen before (or very long ago and forgot about it)

     

When hubby got home they could not wait to show him the trail and the treasure.

After they played with it a bit I explained to them how God searches for us if we are lost and how happy He is when He finds us.

I also made them look at the X and pulled it apart, showing them how the X is made out of 2 rectangles.

Before bed time we asked them what they remembered about the lessons and they told us that they are God’s treasures.

We also watched (well I tried to let them watch) a VegieTales about pirates. See here —-> The Pirates who don’t do anything 

All and all a good day 🙂

Posted in Activities for little ones, Homeschooling

Happy New Year Hats – free printable

Happy New Year!! Hope you all have a blessed year filled with love, laughs and lots of crafts!

We started the new year with some party hats we made – even hubby joined in and everybody made their own one (I cut and put them together)

I printed some coloring pages out. Find theme here: free_New Years Coloring Party Hats

 

After coloring, I just stuck them together. I could not find elastic anywhere (found it this morning in plain sight!) so we used ribbon.

Tada! Party hats!

I hope everybody goes into this year with a fresh spirit and a ‘I can do this’ attitude. I sure need some positive vibes!

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Alternative Easter Baskets

It’s Easter time and to most it means chocolates and more chocolates. Now what to do when  your child can’t have chocolate?? My almost 2 year old has the strangest reaction to chocolate. If you give her just one block of chocolate, she will not sleep that night. At all. She stares at the wall the whole night – and that means mommy stares at the wall with her.. So in all honesty, it’s really not worth it.

I found some great alternatives that I’m sure they will enjoy.

From Crazy Little Projects:

 

Lucky for me my kids are obsessed with Playdough Suprise Eggs – See their favorite The Fizzy Toy Show – so having plastic eggs in place of chocolate ones should not be the biggest problem. But we do want to make it fun for them and also our theme for next week will be Easter so we are going to have to come up with 7 days worth of fun activities (why do we do these things to ourselves? Homeschool we said, it will be fun, we said)

I got this really cool list of non-candy egg fillers from Delicateconstruction.com

And from www.naturalbeachliving.com

I am starting to get super “eggggsided” about Easter 🙂