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play dough & lego fun

5 different activities with play dough and legos

Picture1 ~ we made building blocks with play dough then pressed legos in one side to make it look like real legos.

Picture2~ Is playing with play dough and lego animals and plants. Be creative, make different places for your animals or people to live.

Picture3~ Pressing different legos into play dough to created letters.

Picture4~ Hammering legos into play dough making different prints. TIP- try making a pattern out of different legos.

Picture5~Adding game. Press different legos and then have ur kid/kids add up all the dots and find another lego with the same amount of dots.

Basic Scissor Skills

On a piece of paper draw lines and dots, then have ur child cut along the lines and dots.

Great to improve hand and finger awareness and improve hand control for cutting and writing.

Also great for Physical Development~
Use Two Hands Together- one to hold the piece of paper and one to cut.
Open and Close Their Hands and the tool.

DIY wrapping paper

Can be done for any holiday! 
Just need wrapping paper (with a white side) or a brown bag, paint, and cookie cutters.
Easy and simple and great for kids of all ages!~

Winter wreath

made from a paper plate (with the center cut out) glue, glitter, and small branches from our christmas tree.

Nature tree~

At the end of every year, my family likes to help the animals who mind find a hard time getting food a tthis time of the year. It's a family tradition here. This year we ended up with 1 small fake tree, 1 big 6 foot tree, and a small 3 foot real tree. So this is what we did with the little real tree to help and give back to the earth this year. Check it out and thank you all for being fans!~


In this nature tree we decided to do~

Different pine cone bird feeders (pine cones covered with peanut butter and bird seed)The other that we did was a pine cones covered with peanut butter and cranberries.

Then we did two different kinds of tree garland.
One was cheerios on a string. (can see in the bottom left picture)
The other was cranberries and peanuts on a string. (I used a string and a sewing needle for the cranberries and just tied a peanut on every now and then. (can be seen in bottom right picture)

Then the star was a cardboard cut out covered with peanut butter and birdseed.

Last we added…

GIVEAWAY TIME~~

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Pine Cone Experiment

Can you close up a pine cone that is "open?"
First let ur kid/kids make their guess.
Then place open pine cones in a bowl of water.
After about a half hour the pine cones will be closed.

info behind why they close~
Each pine cone scale protects 1-2 seeds. When the seeds are mature, the pine cone falls off the tree and the pine cone scales dry out. As they dry, they "open" up and release the seeds. The scales are made that when they get wet they closed and when they are dry, they open.

Snowman plate

done with 1 plate, glue, felt, googly eyes, and construction paper

Candy Cane cloud dough

Snow sensory bin

Snow paint sensory bin

Can use~
real snow 
fake snow
or even use a snowcone maker to make some "snow"

Place snow in a bin and different color water. Add some spoons and different things for kid/kids to change the color of the snow and just have fun! While staying warm~

Sticky secented gingerbread men

Cut a gingerbread man shape out of one piece of paper. 
Then lay a piece of contact paper over it so you have a sticky gingerbread man once contact paper is turned over. 
Then turn it back over so the sticky side is down. (make sure its on a clean surface) and lay a brown piece of paper on top of the contact paper, and then lay another piece of contact paper over the brown paper.
So you should still have one sticky side (that should be the front and the back should be smooth)

Then let ur kid/kids decorate the gingerbread man with different spices and things.
(I gave my daughter different spices and foam circles)

Gingerbread man slime

recipie-
mix in one bowl-
2 cups of white school glue
1 1/2 cups of warm water
Some Ground cinnamon & ginger spice

The mix in another bowl-
3/4 teaspoon of borax
1 1/3 cups of warm water

Once both bowls are well mixed add the second bowl to the first slowly.
Mix with hands till slime forms, and done!

note- the top picture is when we first made this and the both is it after about 3 weeks. This last a long time if sealed in airtight container.


Recipie without borax-
mix 1 1/2 cups of clear glue with 1 1/2 cups of liquid starch and Some Ground cinnamon & ginger spice.

Secented Gingerbread Men

Easy and simple craft!
First cut some gingerbread men out of construction paper, then draw whatever you would like on them. (We put faces and drew some shirts)
After done make some gingerbread man paint. To make it just add some cinnamon and nutmeg spice to brown paint.
Then let ur kid/kids have fun painting the gingerbread men. Let dry and done!

note-
my daughter added buttons and beads but the yreally did not stay, maybe adding some glue to the paint mgiht have worked?...unsure

Idea- put a hole in the top of them add a string and hang them up to make ur home smell amazing!

Snowmen bath~

Painting snow

Watching a snowman melt~

We did this by placing some snow in a zip lock bag with felt eyes,nose,and smile.
Simple way to teaching how a solid can turn into a liquid.

Dice Math

to make dip dice in paint (not to much) and "Stamp" them on paper. 
We did adding but you can do multiplication or division too.

Snow balls for the bath!

Safe for bath~
Mix some baking soda with water till you can make snow balls, then freeze for about 30mins before bath time.

Fun and simple!~

Demolish a Snowman~

Make a snowman out of anything you would like and let ur kids have fun taking it apart and making a mess!
We used shaving cream, foam, garland, and different gems.
You can also turn this into a lesson by asking ur kid/kids different body parts. (head, nose, eyes, etc.)
Also by asking colors and textures!

Christmas bin #2

Christmas bin #2
Might see some other crafts we did in this bin!~
Reuse, Recycle

Candy cane oobleck

Make two batches of oobleck (recipie is 1 cup water mix with two cups of cornstarch (cornflour in uk) 
It should be a solid when hit and a liquid when held.
Next take one batch and add red food coloring and Peppermint extract to it.
Once done lay the white oobleck on a tray and lay the rid in strips over it, or swirl it on top.
Now ur Candy cane oobleck is done!



Did you notice that if you make a ball with the goo it is solid, but if you drop it on the floor it turns liquid again? The goo is a non – Newtonian fluid as it doesn’t flow like liquids normally do.

Melted Snowmen

Salty Snow Prints

Christmas sensory bin~

note-as with anything that is choking hazard, if you add ligths or garland childern should always be supervised.

sticky rice tree~

First cut two trees out of contact paper, making sure they are both the same size.
Then to make the rice. Add some rice to a zip lock bag a little bit of water and some green food coloring.Mix and lay out on a tray to dry.

While it is drying cut out some ornaments from either felt or paper.

Once the rice is dry pour it on one of the contact paper tree's. (the sticky side of course) and add some paper ornaments.

Then place the other contact paper tree sticky side down on top of the first tree. This is just to help keep the rice on the tree and not falling off. (so the rice will be inbetween the two conatct paper) and Done!~

note- make sure to brush off any rice that is not sticking on, you want to make sure the rice is dry before placing on tree.

Candy Cane playdough

First mix
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 table spoon of cooking oil
1/2 to 1 cup of cold water
few drops of peppermint extract

note- if to sticky add more flour

then split it into two and add red food coloring to one half.

Done!~
Simple and great for sensory play.

Gingerbread man paint

recipie-
mix equals part of shaving cream and glue. Then add in cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spice.
note- can add brown paint or food coloring if you would like.

construction paper tree

Simple and easy!
Tree made from construction paper and glue.

No cook cinnamon ornaments

recipie-
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cinnamon
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup of warm water

notes-
if to sticky add more flour
takes about 48 hours to dry completely
make sure to put a hole in top to hang before it sets
can paint after it sets

Snow Pinecone Owl~

made with a pinecone, cotton balls, googly eyes, glue, and felt.

Cranberry play dough and Oobleck~ all in one!~

recipie~
(sorry I did not measure the ingerdients out)
but I used roughly about 3/4 box of corn starch (corn flour in the uk) and about 1 cup of cranberry sauce (we used fresh homemade but you can use canned)
Mix till it becomes a dough, if sticky add more corn starch if to dry add more cranberry sauce.
Once dough is formed have fun playing.
Once play time is done just simply add water and start all over with a cranberry Oobleck.
note-add little bit of water at a time and mix before adding more water.

Thanksgiving Secret Message

Done by writing a message on some foam turkeys. 
Then cover the message with shaving cream and let ur kid/kids clean each turkey off the read the message. (we used a spray bottle but you can use anything you would like)
(my message to my kids just said "happy thanksgiving"

Thanksgiving chores

We put some chores on foam turkeys (we got from walmart for $1)
Then on thanksgiving each kid will pick a chore to do for the day. 
Some chores we put down were-
Setting table
Help put food on table
Help put food away

Shaving cream candy cane painting~

In a tray put some shaving cream then in another container mix some more shaving cream with either red paint or red food coloring.
Add the red shaving cream in lines to the white shaving cream.
Then cut out some candy cane shapes and let ur kid/kids lay them on top of the shaving cream and push down some.
Once done lay them to dry then if you want you can wipe off the rest of the shaving cream and ur candy cane will be done!
note- You can add some mint extract

TIP from funthingstodowithurkidz

gingerbread men-

made from brown paper bags, glue, buttons, and paper shapes

Homemade paint brushes

made using clothes pins and different kinds of material.
We used felt, cotton ball, gauze, paper towel, spong, and shredded paper.

thankful book

my daughters thankful book. 
Have fun making ur own and do not forget to send in ur fan photos!

fun with unflavored(not colored) gelatin

make one box of jello, once it is done take out of container and palce on plate.

note before placing mix in container, rub the container with a little bit of oil first so it comes out easier and in one piece.

Once on plate make a couple different cups of different colored water. (we used food coloring to color the water) Then let ur kid/kids put color into the jello by different kinds of eye droppers or whatever you pick for them to use.

Great sensory play and alos great for teaching colors.

pumpkin turkey

made from a pumpkin, paper,and glue.
Once we cut the feathers out we also wrote what we were thankful for on them before we glued them on.

Candy Cane Puff Paint

Felt Bandages

Great for any play vet or doctores~
First cut a bandage shape out of some felt. 
Then either glue or stick a piece of velcro to the inside or you can also roll a small piece of tape and stick it to the inside. 
Both work.
note- you can also make a long bandage (to wrap around a arm or paw) and put the velcro at one end, wrap it and stick the velcrom to the other end.

Sensory/learning bin with Cranberries

Learning bin-
Done with cranberries
Great for sensory play and also a great teaching tool.
Before I let my kids play I went over how most people harvest creanberries.
Wet Harvesting- I used these two pages for info-http://www.wikihow.com/Harvest-Cranberries andhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry
And once done me and my kids went over what tool (that I gave them) would be best to harvest the cranberries.



This year again we will also be making homemade cranberry sauce, so stay tunned in!~

Felt turkey

Fluff Slime

First we made snow slime (recipie-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=612967992078794&set=a.576271875748406.1073741862.439754472733481&type=1&theater)
Then once done add some shaving cream. 
Was not sure how this one would turn out but it turned out pretty cool and both my kiddies loved it!

Erupting Snow~

recipie~
To make just mix shaving cream and baking soda. I used one box of baking soda and about half of a bottle of shavign cream. You want to mix in shaving cream till the "snow" becomes moldable. Then once ur kid/kids are done playing give them a spray bottle (or any kind of bottle) with vinegar and watch as the snow erupts!~

Snow Slime~

Snow slime!
recipie-
in one bowl combine
2 cups of white school glue
1 & 1/2 cups of very warm water
Optional-
you can also add glitter, and peppermint extract

then in another bowl add-
3/4 teaspoons of borax
1 1/3 cups very warm water

mix with hands till slime forms, takes about 5mins

note-will last for long time if stored in a airtight container. Also by placing it in a refriger before play you can make it cold just like real snow~

self-recognition craft-

lay a mirror down or hang a mirror some place safe and let ur little one/ones paint what they see in the mirror. This helps little ones to recognize themselves and have fun at the same time!

Pumpkin washing

It might be nov. but to my daughter her pumpkins are just as good as the first day they were picked, and to be honest they are. So being a toddler she wanted to play with them. That is how this came up.
Pumpkin washing!
Throw some pumpkins in a bin or sink add some soap, water, cup, and a dish scrubber(or what ever you would like to use) and let ur little one/ones have fun washing pumpkins.
note- these were pumpkins were painted before, so she loved trying to get all the paint off.

Celebrating Diwali

Diwali (दीवाली) is a Hindu "festival of lights" celebrated at the new moon in the month of Kartika, around the time of the autumn harvest, autumnal equinox, and the start of the winter sowing. Hiltebeitel mentions claims that the celebration of Diwali can be traced to A.D. 50-100 and that it comes from an autumnal festival for the dead (making it thematically related to the Western Halloween). learn more here- http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/holidaysfestivals/g/102210-Diwali.htm
light holder my daughter made using play dough, beads, and a led light.