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Edible Finger Paint

This week for Make it Monday, I made edible finger paint for Buddy. Since I haven’t done finger painting with Buddy before, I wanted an edible recipe in case Buddy wanted to taste it.  I found this recipe from Meri Cherry that used only yogurt and food coloring.  For each color, I used a couple spoonfuls of plain yogurt and two drops of food coloring. (For the purple, I did one drop of blue and one drop of red.)

I put the paint in a muffin tin to make it easy for Buddy to reach all of the different colors. I also used painters tape to tape down a piece of paper, so the paper would stay in one place.

Edible Finger Paint 6

Buddy put his fingers into the paint right away. He was very interested in the paint, but he wasn’t as interested in putting it on the paper. After I showed him how to put the paint on the paper, he starting putting paint on the paper too.

Edible Finger Paint 2

Trying to figure out how to finger paint.

Edible Finger paint 3

Having lots of fun.

Buddy had a great time playing with the paint, especially in the tin. Once he realized he could make a noise by banging the muffin tin against the counter, he had a great time doing that as well.

I can make a lot of noise with this tin!

I can make a lot of noise with this tin!

Ooh - paint is so squishy!

Ooh – paint is so squishy!

This turned out as a great sensory activity. Buddy enjoyed seeing the colors, feeling the cool paint, and hearing the noise of the clanging tin. He didn’t taste the paint, but it would have been fine if he tried it. Even though the actual painting was a mess, I still think it was a great activity.

DIY I Spy Bottle

Earlier this week, my family traveled to a friend’s lake house. There were three families that stayed there and a total of four kids. I wanted to bring an activity that would be interesting for everyone. The two older girls (ages 4 and 6) were willing to make something for the babies (ages 14 months and 10 months). After looking through my Pinterest board, I decided to do I Spy bottles. I thought they’d be fun for the older girls to make, and that everyone would enjoy playing with them.

Before our trip, I gathered all the supplies needed for the bottles. I bought a six pack of Voss water bottles at Target, some rice from the grocery store, and a bunch of small items and a pack of funnels at the dollar store. I also searched my house for other small objects and Gorilla Glue.

i spy bottle

I laid out all of the materials for our bottles out on a table for the older girls to access. I told them to pick out things to put in each bottle. Once they had chosen their items, we laid them out and I took a picture. That picture will be laminated and used to play the I Spy game. (Can you find the bell?) I didn’t give the girls a number of objects to select, but I wish I had. If I were to do it again, I would put in more objects to make the bottle a little more difficult to solve.

i spy bottle 3

After we took the picture, all of the items were put in each bottle. Then we used the funnel to fill it with rice. I left extra space at the top so that the contents have room to roll around. I used Gorilla Glue to make sure the bottles stay sealed and the contents stay inside. I also used a permanent marker to write each child’s initial on the bottom of each bottle.i spy bottle 2Both girls had a lot of fun making the bottles, and everyone enjoyed playing with them. Buddy has pulled his out several times since we’ve come home. He loves the sound it makes! As he gets older, I’m sure he’ll enjoy finding the different items as well.

I spy bottle 4

I would love to hear other ideas for activities for multiple ages for our next gathering with kid friends!

Fun with Homemade Playdough

Today for Make it Monday, I made homemade playdough. I used this recipe from Living Well Mom, and it turned out really well. Even though we have store bought play dough at home, I wanted to do a homemade recipe because I figured Buddy would try to eat it. (I was right.) This recipe has a lot of salt, so it wouldn’t be great to actually eat.  However, I’d rather have Buddy play with this playdough because I know what is in it.

Homemade playdough

It took about 10 minutes to actually make the playdough, and even with cleanup, it only took about 20 minutes total. The last time I made playdough, I used a different recipe that was more edible, but I didn’t like the texture and it only lasted for a few days. This one felt a lot like playdough and it is supposed to last a long time.

Buddy was very unsure when I first gave him the playdough. He wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do with it, but he was much happier when I stuck some cut straws into it.

Playdough 1

Why did you give me something that isn’t food? What do I do with this?

Buddy loved poking the straws in the playdough.

I pulled out some other playdough toys, but the only ones that interested Buddy were the straws. He didn’t want to actually touch the playdough until I made it into balls, and then he was willing to pick them up. It wasn’t a major success, but it did keep Buddy entertained for more than a half hour.

Playdough 3

Finally touching the playdough.

Yes - Buddy definitely wanted to taste the playdough.

Yes – Buddy definitely wanted to taste the playdough.

I’m going to wait a couple weeks and then pull the playdough out again. Hopefully this batch will still be soft, and Buddy won’t be quite so unsure about playdough. If you have any play ideas for young children and playdough, I’d love to hear them.

Edit 1/29/17 – This weekend the playdough finally dried up. So this batch lasted for more than 7 months! We still love this recipe, and I plan to make another batch again soon.