Being stuck inside with a toddler is trying. Winters are so hard! Once it starts to get nicer out, it’s time to start collecting outdoor toddler toys. I’ve gathered some of the top outdoor toddler toys for under $25 on Amazon.Continue reading
Spring is coming! In some places, it may not feel like it (Midwest, get with the program), but I promise, it’s coming. It makes me get all excited for outside play! My kids are finally at the age where I can send them outside to play without needing to go with them.Continue reading
Play dough mats are a great way to manipulate dough into shapes and also learn a little bit during the process. They’re a great activity for kids who like to learn with their sense of touch. Here is a printable for you with letters of the alphabet and numbers!Continue reading
Large motor activities are so important – especially in the winter months when you feel like you’re stuck inside all day. Grab this animal action dice printable and get to moving!Continue reading
Ohhh sensory play. Sweet, sweet sensory play.
Just when I think I am going to do an activity that does not involve sensory play, something comes to mind from when I was teaching. And I can’t. Pull. Away.
When we played with this stuff, Dylan of course turned it into good guys and bad guys (because he’s a boy. And 4 years old). But he asked me to help him roll them into balls so he could cut them open with the plastic utensils I gave him. He also really enjoyed making it with me. He loves to measure things out and count with me. He especially loves pouring the ingredients into the bowl.
Please pay no attention to our outfit choice. He woke up wet so he was running around in a shirt and new dry underwear. I told him if he wanted to go outside, he had to put pants on. So he kept his pajama shirt on. Whatever.
Something that he mentioned during this one though that he never has was how it smelled. I think he really enjoyed the baby oil smell. I also added a few drops of a “Cheer Up Buttercup” essential oil blend. It smelled really good with the baby oil.
We were watching my mom’s dog and my sister’s dog when we did this activity. My mom’s dog really loved eating it. Like, really loved eating it. It was gross. I had to put him inside because he was having way too much fun eating this flour. He’s a strange, strange dog that will pretty much eat anything and will fight you for it. Actually, he’s a lot like Reagan.
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup baby oil
- Few drops of essential oil (optional)
Mix everything together with a spoon or your hands. I found it a lot easier to control with my hands. If you need it to be a little more wet, just add more baby oil.
Reagan snacked on it also. I don’t recommend this. I kept taking it out of her mouth and trying to redirect her but it was a lost cause.
I promptly took it away and she got a sippy cup instead. Obviously she’s bothered by it.
This was the aftermath – definitely an outside activity.
Looking for a great rainy day activity? DIY slime is sure to keep your kiddos busy when they can’t get outside for the day. It’s sensory play and when you add things to the slime, it’s perfect for imaginative play!Continue reading
Play dough can get expensive after continuing to replace it. Check out this really easy play dough recipe you can make on your own. All the ingredients can be added to your grocery list.
My kids adore sensory play. While I can sometimes feel like the mess is overwhelming, it really helps regulate my kids and their behavior. I will see them getting too antsy and will offer them sensory play. It’s great for hot summer days, rainy days, or days when it’s too cold to even look outside.
We have sensory bottles and sensory bins for them, but one of their favorite activities is play dough. This easy play dough recipe is super simple to throw together and your kids can make it their own by choosing their favorite color.
I find that using the gel food coloring gives it a much more bold color than the regular liquid color.
The best part about this recipe? It’s “edible!” It doesn’t taste very good (unless your kid loves lots of salt) but it’s okay if they eat it.
Easy play dough recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon oil (I use coconut oil)
- Food coloring/food coloring gel
- 1 cup boiling water
Easy play dough recipe instructions
- Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
- Add the food coloring/food gel to the boiling water.
- Add the oil and water to the well and mix. (It’s going to look like you screwed up royally, but trust me, you did not. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and come back – it’s all good 🙂 )
- You may need to add a little more oil if it’s too sticky! I honestly feel like it’s different each time I make it.
Keep it stored in an airtight container. How long it lasts depends on how often your kids play with it, but you can add oil or flour to adjust if you feel it’s wearing down. I have a giant bucket of 100 cookie cutters that my kids use to play with it. They were a Christmas gift (I requested) and I’m horrible at baking – so now they’re toys.