Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe for Babies and Toddlers

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We all want our little ones to be artsy and creative. Well what better than to let them paint? Safe, edible paint for toddlers is great to make! You don’t have to worry about chemicals or toxins again!

I’d had the idea to have X play in yogurt since it’s so silky smooth – but then thought, hey, why not make it into paint?  I know a lot of bloggers use Kool Aid and for so long I’d resisted because I somehow thought it had sugar already in it?  I hate that sticky sugar feeling.  But I was totally wrong – Kool Aid powder has no added sugar!  And the smells – ohhhhh yum!!!
Because I did want to discourage X from tasting, and as I mentioned, I really dislike sticky sugar residue, I bought plain yogurt.  Most brands of plain yogurt are unsweetened altogether, and are quite tart.  Though edible, it was a great teaching paint since the flavor really was not one you’d like to taste more than once!  I used small cups to measure out about two big spoonfuls of yogurt and I added 1/2 to a whole packet of Kool Aid, depending on the color (I needed very little red and orange, for instance).
If your baby has a dairy allergy, or has not yet been introduced to dairy, you can use any kind of yogurt you’d like – rice, soy, coconut milk – they all work!  If you can’t find Kool Aid or don’t want something scented, just add a drop or two of food coloring and stir well.  You will still have beautiful edible fingerpaint!
For whatever reason our local Safeway didn’t have any green Kool Aid, so I mixed half a packet of the yellow Lemonade and the blue Blue Raspberry and made my own green!

DIY Glowing Bouncy Balls

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This is so much fun to do with the kids! So simple, and you most likely have all the ingredients to do it. There’s only 5! You’ll have bouncy balls bouncing all over your house in no time! Just make sure you remind the little ones to pick them up off the floor so no one slips! So here”s what you do.

 

To Make Each Ball Combine: (affiliate links provided)
Combine in a small bowl, mixing until all ingredients are dissolved
In a separate Bowl Combine:

Mix well until the paint is completely blended into the glue.  If you have homemade glow in the dark glue on hand you can also use that and skip the mixing.

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Once the ingredients of both bowls are well mixed combine the two bowls.  Allow the ingredients to react by themselves for a minute before stirring them.  As you stir a sticky hard, slimy material will form.

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Take the material, and continue to work it with your hands, rolling and shaping it into a ball
As you roll the material it will lose it’s sliminess and become dry and rather hard, yet still moldable
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Once you have formed 6 separate balls, break them apart.  We broke each ball into 6 pieces to make 6 RAINBOW bounce balls
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Take the 6 pieces and work the varying colors together.  We stretched and pulled them into a RAINBOW before rolling them together to form our bouncing balls.  The stretching and pulling was very FUN!
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Notes about the bouncing balls:
  • The material of the bouncing balls is very similar to slime only thicker.  The balls lose their shape if left to sit.
  • Placing your bounce ball material in the refrigerator before playing helps the balls to hold their shape longer.
  • These balls are different from store bought bouncing balls.  They do not bounce nearly as high nor do they bounce on all surfaces, but a big part of the fun is the experience of making the balls.
  • When play time is over you can store your bounce ball material in a zip-lock bag in the fridge for future play. Next time you are ready to play just pull out the material and and re-form it to make bounce balls
  • The bounce ball material is also fun to play with in other ways. It is essentially a thick slime.   It can be used as a sensory material in it’s own right, and GLOWS BRIGHTLY which is always a hit with kids.
  • Adults should handle the borax and/or closely supervise older children.  Borax is not meant for consumption and should be kept out of the reach of small children who may be tempted to taste.  The same rule applies to the borax bounce ball material.  Please use your own judgement to determine if this activity is suitable for your child.

ENJOY!

KidStarter Courses!

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So I came across this and I really support it. Kidstarter Courses is a fun hands-on way for children to learn mathematics, engineering, science, and a lot more at a very early age. Since kids at a young age are touch- sense oriented, this is a very good way to teach. Each activity course is centered around learning a specific subject. Incorporated into the course is a hands- on activity to help detail the learning experience. It seems very fun for kids and adults! I encourage you to check it out and support it too!

Check it out here: Kidstarter Courses

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DIY Tie Dye Heart Crayons

As a parent, we know our kids have a bounty of crayons (that are usually laying all over the house).  When the crayons get to a stubble where are kids refuse to use them or even the colors that they won’t use because they aren’t “pretty enough”, I suggest doing this.

1. Take your crayons and chop them up into small pieces in a bowl. Mix up the colors good!

2. Fill them into a silicone mold until the are just to the rim. Do not overfill! (easy to get out and won’t stick to the mold!)

3. Put your oven to 230* for about 15 minutes until the wax melts.

4. Take them out of your oven and let them cool completely so they can set (usually about an hour). If you don’t allow them to cool all the way, you’ll have a huge mess on your hands!

5. Carefully take the crayons out and Wa-La! Perfect (whatever) shaped crayons! Enjoy!

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This idea can be used for any time of the year! It’s also a great way to recycle your crayons to make sure you get a whole use of them. Your kids will be amazed by the different shapes you can make, they don’t have to just be hearts! You can do stars, and I’ve even seen molds of ponies! (great for those My little Pony lovers!)