– White paper
– Plastic cling wrap
Using a spoon, allow your child to dribble paint onto the paper. Have them use several different colors.
Place a sheet of plastic cling wrap over the paint (make sure the cling wrap covers the entire surface).
Allow them to use their hands to smooth the cling wrap over the paper. After they have done so, carefully peel it off starting from one corner.
Allow the painting to dry.
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cold water
2 gallon-size ziplock bags
How to make
Over medium heat, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and water in a saucepan, stirring continuously.
Once the mixture begins to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and stir for another minute or so until it thickens to a pudding like consistency. Let it cool for 30 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into two bowls, stir a few drops of food coloring into each , then divide the colors between the ziplock bags. Seal the bags with duct tape and let your child mix and mash the colors (they’ll keep for up to a week). Always supervise your child during play.
2 small bowls
Cooking spray or vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
2 sheets of tissue paper cut or torn into roughly 2- by 2-inch pieces
Bowl of white vinegar (optional)
How to make
Coat the outside of one small bowl with cooking spray or vegetable oil, then cover it tightly with plastic wrap.
In the other bowl, whisk the flour and water together until smooth.
Have your child brush the paste onto the plastic wrap, then cover it with pieces of tissue paper as shown. She may need your help pressing down the pieces so that they stick to the paste. When the bowl is covered with one layer, have her brush on more paste and add another layer. Continue until you have a thick, defined bowl shape; you’ll need at least five layers. If the brush gets too goopy, dip it in white vinegar, then rinse it with water. Let the papier-mâché dry (at least 12 hours).
Gently remove the papier-mâché bowl from the bowl mold and peel the plastic wrap away. For a smooth edge, trim the bowl’s rim with scissors.
Super cute little book for moms and kids alike! You can find it on Amazon.com.
Nothing can break a parent’s heart more than dropping their toddler off at daycare, kindergarten or leaving them home with a babysitter when they walk out the door and watching their child experience separation anxiety.
That is why professional working mom, Aila Malik wrote the illustrated children’s storybook, Pocket Mommy, which includes cut-out paper dolls on the back cover. Having experienced the challenge of separation anxiety with her own son, together they wrote this book about a young boy nervous and sad to be apart from his mom and she cleverly creates a paper doll he can carry in his pocket to remind him she is nearby. This innovative idea helped Aila’s son overcome his anxiety separation and they hope it will help other families who face the same dilemma.
A wide paperback designed to be held by two, beautifully written with colorful illustrations by Vincenzo Lara including a back cover which provides ethnically diverse “pocket mommy” cut-outs including an unfinished one for the child to draw their own or paste a photo. Pocket Mommy can be a wonderful way for families to try and solve toddler separation anxiety creatively. The author also provides parent communication tips on the back page as well.
What You’ll Need:
strong wood glue
cardboard or gift box
There are so many great ways to get your pasta working for you!
Animal cut out – let your child draw a large animal or similar on the cardboard.
Help them to cut it out and then squirt or paint glue all over the cut out.
Position the pasta on the glue before it dries.
Name plate – write your child’s name in large block letters on the cardboard, help your child to cut this out and then cover with glue.
Position the pasta to cover it completely before it dries.
Draw and fill in – encourage your child to draw something that will be fun to fill in with pasta shapes.
For example – a huge race track or a big pond with surrounding plants and flowers.
Next position the pasta to cover it completely before it dries.
Have a book lover in the family? This is an amazing idea! Create a very inexpensive headboard using books!
I’m in the midst of doing this now for my middle child. I got the idea from instructables.com. Take a peek how to make your own book headboard here!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl. You may also use baby rice cereal, instant pudding or cooked cereals, instead of flour.
Mix the ingredients together until they form a thick paste. Use a spoon or an electric mixer on a low setting.
Gradually stir food coloring into the flour mixture until you achieve the desired color.
Store in an airtight container.