Did you know that back in the day I used to teach early childhood deaf and hard of hearing kiddos? There are days when I miss that job so much. I loved the creative aspect of designing and implementing fun things for little kids to do AND I GOT PAID FOR IT.
Now I only do fun things for my kids every fourth Thursday of every third month. Just kidding. It only feels like it anyways. If I don’t find things for Cora Jane to do, then she will end up in front of a screen (iPad, tv, phone..she isn’t picky). So enter the magical, amazing, so soft CLOUD DOUGH! It’s like playing with regular flour, yet it is able to hold shapes. Cora spent a solid hour making “cupcakes with candles.”
To make, mix 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of oil.
Other recipes called for baby oil and, unfortunately, I didn’t have any baby oil. I used vegetable oil and it was fine.
Be forewarned that this activity is pretty messy. Cora ended up with flour all over the counter, floor, and her face. Consequently that was fine with me, because I would rather see her face caked in flour then glued to the screen of the iPad.
I saw this recipe floating around on Facebook the other day and decided to make some for Cora. She LOVES “maydough” and will spend hours rolling, squashing, and dropping pieces all over my dining room floor. The amount of time spent playing ALMOST equals the same amount of time I have to spend cleaning it all up. So, basically, a win for me.
Mix 1 part hair conditioner
2 parts corn flour/starch
A few drops food coloring
I ended up using a bunch of left over hotel conditioner samples until I found the right consistency. The great thing about this dough is that it smells great! Of course it had to be pink because it’s her favorite color.
She loved it so much that I bought another bottle of the CHEAPEST conditioner ($1.59 at Target) that I could find. I’m sure we’ll be making more of this as the winter progresses!
rainy snowy day activity that keeps your kids busy? Tired of playing in the snow? Yes! Try GLOOP!
A few weeks ago, Bennett came home from preschool at the Lawrence Art Center with this recipe in his hot little hands and just INSISTED that we whip up some Gloop immediately. If you know Benny, you know that once he gets an idea he doesn’t give up quickly. Current obsession: he wants some “Permit crabs” for his room. Haters gonna hate but I DO NOT WANT HERMIT CRABS IN MY HOUSE.
Anyways, B didn’t care that I didn’t have an entire cup of white glue. I did, however, happen to have some wood glue.
Wood glue? White glue? It’s all the same to this family.
Overall it was a great sensory experience that kept everyone occupied for at least 15 minutes. Our batch was a little bit runny (wrong glue, perhaps?) but fun nonetheless.
It even has a nice, fresh smell and cleans up easily which I have a feeling is the exact opposite of hermit crabs.
Do you need a last minute gift for your child's teacher? Are you a procrastinator like myself? Do you have hours to devote to Pinterest where you search for the perfect, crafty, present that accurately expresses your gratitude for putting up with your kid? No?
Does Pinterest make you feel badly about yourself too? Good! We're on the same page.
The happy face card reads, "Happy, happy. Joy, joy! You've done so much for our boy! Thank you for all your hard work, it has "mint" the world to us." Nestled inside of the cup is a gift card surrounded by a handful of Sonic mints. The outside of the cup has "My treat!" written in crappy handwriting and an arrow that points to HAPPY HOUR.
Easy and something that a teacher will actually use which is my idea of the perfect gift.
And I didn't even have to search PInterest to find it.