Showing posts with label figuring it out 101. Show all posts
Showing posts with label figuring it out 101. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Paint In A Bag- A Mess Free Activity For Your Child

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My kids are messy when it comes to arts and crafts. When they were younger and even more clumsy, I used to rip a head and arm holes into garbage bags and throw them over my children's heads so they could wear them and the bags would act as aprons to keep their craft off of them. Then I would lay table clothes on the floor under them so that clean up was easy and efficient.

I always want them to be creative, but I don't like the headache of cleaning up after them.

Imagine my delight when I first heard of suggestion of painting in a bag. "What's that?" you ask?

Oh, it's so simple! You literally put paint into a gallon bag and then let your kids move it around.


What You Need

  • Clear Gallon Bags- I find that those that zip work better because they seal better. 
  • Paint- Any type of liquid craft paint should work. I recommend something that's nontoxic and washable for the kids. (It should be obvious, but no spray paint or paint for a house with toxic fumes)

  • White Sheet of Paper- I used computer paper, but any sheet of paper will work. 
  • Tape- (optional)  Masking or something wider than clear tape works best. 
  • Glitter- (optional)


What to Do

Step 1: Pour in any colors that your child likes. Try to keep them separate from each other so your kids can work them together. Add colors that blend into different colors. Ex: Pour red next to yellow for orange. Add glitter, if you'd like, but you'll need a lot of it to show.

My daughter wanted pink and white so she could make a lighter pink.



Step 2: Seal the bag and tape over the white piece of paper. The tape is to hold the bag in place. I skipped this step because I misplaced the tape. The paper is there to help as background of sorts. Once your child has finished blending, they can run push the paint around and make "pictures" with the white background. 


Step 3: Enjoy!



Conclusion

This is an activity that my kids like to do. 

Unfortunately, now that they are older, it doesn't hold as much appeal for them as it used to. My daughter who is seven likes to play with this for a few minutes before wanting to paint "for real". Perhaps if I had more of the other colors that she likes, she would have played longer. 

My youngest who is four, still enjoys doing this more and spent more time playing with this. 

I think that if we were in the car, traveling, this would be a huge time passer as long as the paint stayed in the bag. 

Questions for you

What do you think of this project?
Are there any tips that you'd recommend?
Have you tried this before?
Are their similar projects that you've done before?

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Monday, February 18, 2019

How to Make a Sensory Bottle

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I love sensory bottles. I love to shake them up watch as all the glitter and other objects swirl in them and head to the bottom.

When my oldest started having difficulty at school and then at home, I became particularly interested in them as a way to time time outs with hopes that they would be an easy and painless way to get my son to settle down and listen.

They worked for a little bit, but my sensory bottle at the time was kind of a flop.

So a couple of years later, I decided to try it again, but this time, just for fun and as a way to keep my kids busy and entertained for part of the day since we'd be home for President's day.



What You Will Need

  • Clear Plastic Bottle (with lid)- Any bottle will probably work, but I prefer the ones with a smooth side. For this project, I used left over bottles from Sparkling Ice. With 21 different flavors, it should be easy to find a favorite. You can either buy them as a pack or as a single in stores. 

  • Water
  • Clear Glue or Clear Liquid Soap (Dish or Hand)- For the project we did today, we used blue dish soap before remembering that we had some clear hand soap, but it still worked out. It's ok to use a colored glue or soap, but make sure that you can see through it and also be aware that it could change the color if you add food coloring. 









  • Glitter, Sequins, Beads (water beads), or Buttons- anything that is small enough to fit inside the bottle that you don't mind ever using again because once you use it, it's stuck in there. 




How to Put It Together

Step 1: Gather what you need. 


Step 2: Rinse out Clear Water Bottle so it's clean.

Step 3: Add water- the instructions that I got said to fill the bottle halfway with water, but I found that to be too much. Fill bottle 2/5 with water.

Step 4: Add food coloring- a little goes a long way. 

Step 5: Add beads, buttons, glitter, sequins- Choose just one, add a little of all- it's your bottle, add what you'd like. If adding water beads, be aware that they grow, so less is more.

Step 6: Add soap or glue the rest of the way. Leave a small space for air.

Step 7: Super glue the lid onto the water bottle.

Step 8: Shake or flip and watch the magic happen!


The sensory bottles my son and daughter both made.


My Tips and Suggestions

This is the second time that I have done this DIY Sensory Bottle and although it's better than the first time I've made one, there are still things that I would change.

This time, I filled the bottle halfway with water and then halfway with dish soap. I would make that 2/5 of the way with water and 3/5 of the way with glue/soap.

We used a blue dish soap, so when my daughter added her red coloring, it made a really dark purple. I told her that would happen, and she was ok with that. Clear is better if you want to make a true color.

I used a liquid coloring for soap. I didn't have a dropper, so I poured a little bit into each bottle and it made each sensory bottle darker than I would have liked.  Start with a drop of dye and add a drop at a time to reach your color. 

The blue sensory bottle shows the glitter and buttons, but the red/purple was too dark to show them. The silver and gold glitter show up, amazingly, though.

Hold your sensory bottles up to a bright window and watch it shine!

Conclusion

Enjoy your sensory bottle! It's a pretty quick and fun craft to make. Make sure that the top of the bottle is dry when you glue the lid to it or, there could be disaster, but once it's dry, you should expect a mess free activity that you can use to entertain your child for a while.

My kids are a little bit older, so their appeal didn't last as long, but it's something that they can enjoy when they feel the need too... kind of like a lava lamp!





Thursday, February 7, 2019

Amazon Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Valentine's Day is a special day for those who are in grade school and those who have someone to share it with.

I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's day because I either didn't have anyone to celebrate it with or because I didn't have very much money to spend on it.

When my husband and I first got together, (13 years ago) we had decided to keep Valentine's Day small. We were both college students with limited income. So we always did small things. One year I made him a hat with a kid's size felt cowboy hat, some sparkly glue sticks, and then baked him some really bad, burnt cookies. Another year, we wrote each other letters with candy and pictures.

Now that we're older, we say that we'll be ok with just a date night, but that's hasn't been very realistic with having three kids and no time. We'll tell each other that we'll just skip this year, and yet, somehow, we both don't follow through and end up getting each other something anyways.

I've sent my husband cookies and he's sent me flowers. It's always fun when you receive something in the mail and with Amazon Prime, your Valentine's Day can be so much easier! You'll get free shipping on qualifying orders and most orders will arrive within 2 days- even on Sundays!




So, husband! If you read this, these are ideas that I wouldn't mind having... I mean, we're not planning anything, this year, again.

Gift Ideas

When date night is hard to come by, Netflix and Chill or Amazon and chill can be a nice relaxing time, especially when you either take home some dinner or have it delivered.

Grubhub is a great app to order from restaurants around you and try something new. (click the link to use my referral code to sign up.)


Or really, any of these gift cards can help, as well. 




If eating out, isn't your thing and you want a more personal touch, here are other ideas!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries-
or if you'd rather not spend so much, you can try to make your own arrangements-





Instead of the traditional flower bouquet, maybe try something like this Bouquet of Chocolate Roses!



Or maybe this Bouquet of Hersey's Chocolate is more to your liking.




Or maybe Cookies will do for you- (These are the kind I sent to my husband last year and they were awesome)



How about this Care Package?




And for those who don't like sweets, there are always Beef Jerky Bouquets that you can send.


Don't forget your kids! They might feel left out if they didn't get something from you. For your daughter- Minnie Mouse Candy Tin



Or your son or any superhero lover in your family- Captain America Candy Tin

And if you really want to go above and beyond for your dog, you can always get them this Heart Shaped Rope to play with.

 

Your cat will probably love these Catnip Shaped Hearts.




Conclusion

There's something for everyone on Amazon if you know how to look for it or have an idea of what you'd like.

Living in a part of the country where the weather is unpredictable, it's nice to have the option to be able to order online- especially those very cold days when I don't want to head out to shop after my husband gets home and it already looks like it's midnight even though it's only 5:30 PM.

Keeping this kid friendly, what things have you ordered online? Have you ever ordered something for a friend or family member?