December 6, 2013
December 5, 2013
Christmas Recipe for Play - Gingerbread Dough
We are back with another Christmas recipe for play! Our favorite Christmas play recipes this winter have been peppermint shaving cream, Christmas confetti paints, candy cane rice, Christmas playdough, and candy cane puffy paint. We make gingerbread houses every year, but so far we have only ever purchased the store bought kits. One of these years I want to bake all the pieces and make legit houses. For now, with the boys being as young as they are, we are sticking to the kits. However, just because we don't make our houses from scratch doesn't mean we can't enjoy gingerbread sensory play! Ever since we made our apple pie dough, JZ (6) asks to make a new batch with each new season and holiday. This month we made gingerbread dough. The best part is that this gingerbread dough recipe only calls for four ingredients!
December 3, 2013
Over 50 Christmas Activities for Kids
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The only thing I don't love about the Christmas season is that there is never enough time to accomplish everything I want to do. Every year I am overflowing with ideas to do with my kids, and every year I run out of time. We do our best to cram in as many Christmas activities as we can throughout the month of December. I've pinned so many crafts and activities to my Christmastime board, and I thought it would be fun to share my favorite ideas from around the web and many of my own. It was hard to narrow it down since there are so many amazing ideas out there.
November 30, 2013
Christmas Art for Kids - Homemade Confetti Paint Recipe
I have been dreaming of making these since I made our original batch of confetti paints last summer. I love sparkle and shimmer, and Christmas is the perfect time for some extra shine! This is one of the most basic homemade paint recipes we've shared, because it only calls for three ingredients. I love paint and play recipes that require little prep time. Most often when I am preparing something for my boys, at least two of them are waiting anxiously at my side. Today my younger three boys made some gorgeous Christmas art with these Christmas confetti paints.
November 29, 2013
Christmas Sensory Play
Playdough is one of our very favorite materials for sensory play. It's inexpensive, it lasts for many months, it requires very little set up or clean up, and it's just plain fun! Yesterday I shared our Christmas playdough recipe. Today I pulled out the pine scented green dough and set up a simple invitation to play. It was a rainy day, so making playdough Christmas trees seemed like the perfect indoor activity to keep little hands busy for quite awhile.
November 28, 2013
Christmas Recipe for Play - Christmas Scented Playdough
As the sun goes down on this Thanksgiving day it's officially time to retire our fall playdough and whip up a batch of Christmas playdough to get into the holiday spirit! Of course playdough has nothing to do with the spirit of Christmas, but studies have proven that the sense of smell triggers memories and emotions. For this reason we engage in seasonal sensory play throughout the year, and you can expect several Christmas recipes for play from us this month. One of the easiest ways to incorporate scented sensory play into each season is by making scented playdough! It's easy, and it lasts for the whole season and often far beyond. Our Christmas playdough recipe is our softest playdough yet, thanks to some tips from my readers!
November 26, 2013
Vanilla Steamer Recipe
We do our best to stick to whole foods, but there are a few indulges we enjoy on a regular basis. For me, I love my Starbucks lattes. Most of the time I order regular lattes, but upon occasion I treat myself to a peppermint mocha or caramel macchiato. My boys have recently discovered Starbucks vanilla steamers. While I'm not concerned about the occasional vanilla steamer, artificial sweeteners and refined sugars are not ingredients I want my family consuming often. I set out to create a recipe for a vanilla steamer made with whole foods.
November 24, 2013
Christmas Art for Kids - Candy Cane Puffy Paint
My boys ask to paint every day, and if they had to choose just one type of paint it would be our homemade puffy paint. We've made scented puffy paint with Kool Aid, candy apple puffy paint, and today I am sharing how to make candy cane puffy paint to make some fun Christmas art for kids. To lead up to the Christmas season my boys and I have been enjoying a variety of candy cane activities including sensory play with candy cane shaving cream, candy cane rice, candy cane cloud dough, and making candy cane suncatchers.