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I don’t know about you but I was totally blown away by the opening ceremony at Sochi last week. Granted there were a few technical problems, but overall it was bursting with creativity and just so cool. My daughter is obsessed with being a ballerina these days so when the dancers came out wearing twirling glow in the dark head gear it was pretty much all over for us at that point.
I woke up the next day with visions of glow sticks and duct tape so I headed to Michaels, and picked up some glow sticks, which are also available at the dollar store by the way. We always have duct tape on hand, because I’m semi obsessed, and I got taping. This was really really easy. Measure your child’s waste and cut the tape a little longer than that. Lay the tape out on a table sticky side up. Place as many glow sticks as you want on the tape, then place another piece of duct tape on top of it sticky side down. Cut little slats about a half inch or so around each glow stick so they can move around easily when twirling. This part is important because it gives the skirt movement. Fold over the edges onto each other so there is no sticky part and place some velcro on each end. There you have it folks.
When Gigi woke up, her eyes nearly bugged out of her head. It was still light out so we ran to the bathroom to try it out. As you can see, it works. And it was soooo much fun to watch her twirling and twirling, giggling and laughing. I am dying to have a disco party someday for one of the girl’s birthdays. These would make the best accessories for the party!
Thank you Sochi Olympic Creative Team for inspiring this idea and thank you Ana from BabbleDabbleDo for making light play seem so doable. You guys are awesome.
I am so excited and proud to announce the launch of the most incredible ebook Zero to Two, The Book of Play, put together by NurtureStore and countless mom bloggers from around the globe who specialize in doing amazing, super fun, developmentally appropriate play with babies and children. Seriously, this is a one stop shop for countless play activities you can do with your kids. You can order the ebook by clicking on the side bar where it says Zero to Two. There is a special discount launch price of only 6.99. I’m telling you, the pictures are gorgeous, the tutorials are simple and easy to understand and you are definitely going to find something your little one will enjoy! Zero t0 Two is THE resource for fun play ideas for babies and toddlers. I know you will love it! Oh, and you just might notice this little monkey on the cover!!! Go D! Here is little overview video of Zero to Two you can check out!
Sensory boxes from cardboard and duct tape were such a big hit at play group a few weeks ago, I decided to make more. I would love to make a whole sensory box city some day. That would be so cool. Anyway, these were a big hit as well. The first one was a big box with velcroed shapes on it. The kids loved pulling the shapes off and putting them back over and over again. It was great for all ages and I love the educational component. Once a teacher…
I had a few mini ones that you could pull on either side to make the ribbon go through the box. The pom poms prevented the ribbon from coming lose. As you can see, these were especially adored. This little beauty hugged and pet hers like a dolly for quite some time.
The last one was just a big box covered in bubble wrap. It took the least amount of effort and thought and was definitely the biggest hit. Isn’t that always how it goes? The most simple things are always the best. The kids loved jumping on it, sitting on it, pretending to go night night on it, you name it. I’ve had it out in the back yard ever since and my kids still haven’t tired of it. I stuffed it with packing paper so it kept it’s shape. These sensory boxes are endless and such a good use of all those boxes we throw away. Now the only problem is, where on earth am I going to keep them???
If you’re anything like me, the idea of your kids consuming heaps of candy for Halloween is not exactly appetizing, so a bunch of us moms have gotten together to share ideas of candy fun that doesn’t involve eating. Yay! By the end of the week we’ll have shared over thirty super fun candy art and exploration activities. These candy headbands are simple and so cute. My girls love wearing them. I painted some wood shapes found at Michaels, glued on different candies with a glue gun and glued on a simple elastic headband from the pharmacy on the back. D was so into it and they pics of her are seriously making me melt. Speaking of which, I tried coating the candy with Elmer’s glue, which turned into a gigantic melty gooey mess. Yuck, not what I was going for. So unless anyone has any ideas, these will just last a a wear or two but the cuteness and holiday spirit is worth it.
Make sure to check out these awesome how to’s on other fun things to do with candy!
Candy Jewelry by Mama Papa Bubba
Candy Pumpkin by Blog Me Mom
Erupting Art for Kids by Learn Play Imagine
Starburst Candy Mosaic by Mama Miss
Nerds Watercolor Trees by Reading Confetti
A friend recently gave me a metal canopy from CVS. It’s one of those 30 dollar ones that comes with a million poles you have to put together. I was hoping to use it for shade at play group. Flor and I took one look at all the poles and just started laughing. There was no way we were going to be able to put it together. So, plan b. We used about half the amount of poles and put up an impromptu pyramid shape. There is no how to on this. We randomly attached different poles and sort of hoped for the best. I had bought a million yards of cheese cloth for Gigi’s first birthday that I never used and thought it would be perfect for a teepee. We draped it over the poles and secured it with duct tape and clothespins. We used golf tees to secure the ends into the dirt. I reused the insulation I got at Home Depot for last play group as the floor. It fit so well with the ethereal look of the teepee. Lastly, we hung a wired flower structure of sorts I picked up at a Free People sale. It looked so pretty dangling from the center. Let’s just say, my girls went bonkers over this teepee. D crawled around and around the silver floor at a speed I didn’t know was legal for a baby. She was hysterical. Gigi just kept jumping up and down saying “oh my gosh, oh my gosh!” It was amazing.
Then they just sat in front of the teepee for 20 minutes dancing and singing and laughing. I nearly died. We kept it up for a week and now I’m wishing it was still there. The photo ops were pretty insane and play group loved it too. I don’t know if it was the pretty colors or just having something cave like to go into, but this teepee really felt like magic. At any moment I expected a colony of fairies to move in with tiny little suitcases.
I saw these great sensory shaving cream bags on one of my favorite blogs, Growing a Jeweled Rose not too long ago. I thought they would be great for play group, especially for the babies. Turns out they were great for everybody. They are so easy to make and thanks to the dollar store, super cheap too. Since I planned to use them in our teepee I wanted them to look extra pretty so I attached ribbons to the end which made them so interesting for the kids and super gorgeous to look at. Just fill a ziploc with shaving cream, seal the bag, add duct tape to one side of the bag at the seal leaving about an inch of tape exposed. Place ribbons across the duct tape and then add another piece of duct tape over that one to seal it, tape side to tape side. The bags last a surprisingly long time. I was able to use them for our morning and afternoon playgroups. I cut off the duct tape and ribbons in one strip the next day to save them too. These are definitely something I want to do again. I’d love to make a big version like the rainbow waterbeds we made. These feel so good to touch. They had such a relaxing quality to them. The babies loved them especially.