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Home made chalk (that bubbles!)

in a bowl mix baking soda with just enough water to make it like a plaster then add in some food coloring of Ur choice. Place into molds and let dry for 48 hours....(I only did 24 hours and the chalk fell apart little to easy)
note you can hide little toys in the chalk then let it be a surprise when ur kids use the chalk...You can also use vinegar and once ur kid/kids are done making art spray it with the vinegar to watch it bubble!

fun with magnets bin

we used beans and rice has the filler for the bin then put 2 big magnets in there with little things that will stick to the magnets.
We continued this activity by then going around the house looking for more things that a magnet will stick too and talking about why some things will NOT stick to magnets.

Get well soon bin (made with eucalyptus rice)

Great play for any kid feeling sick...In the bin we put eucalyptus rice. (we made this by dying the rice green and adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil)
Then I added some vet stuff for my animal lover daughter. 
note~ this is not for any baby/toddler that will try to eat the rice, eucalyptus oil is not suppose to be eaten.

my son loves to explore, how about yours?

recently a good friend of mines gave me a bunch of Tupperware lids, I was trying to find out what to do when my son just started stacking them in and out of a empty container over and over, seeing what ones will fit and what ones will not. Putting them in smallest to biggest then doing it the other way around, putting in all the blue lids then clear ones. Closing and opening the big containers lid. That is when it hit me, some times they just need to explore. He in this time was learning, and finding out things and happy. 
I will remember this and maybe start just letting my kids explore the craft supplies before me use them. What is ur little ones favorite craft supplies to play with?

Product review ~ Glo Floam

for ages 4+
bought at toysrus on sale for $3.5
can buy online just search google for glo floam

The back of the package says you can roll it, mold it, and cover it, and it glows in the dark!
So we bought it sense it was on sale for cheap and we have yet to try it. Here is our review~

for looks I give a 5 out of 5
the package is nice, looks very fun

for mess I give it a 3 out of 5
the blue was very sticky to hands and anything else it touched. (I did read the booklet that came with it and it says if sticky let it sit for 15 minutes, but seriously what kid is just gonna want it to sit for 15 mins before playing... either way we did and it was still sticky the whole time we played)
Also if you mix colors that is it you can not get them apart again, and of course my kids loved to mix the colors.

for play time I give it a 3 out of 5
My daughter played for about 20 mins before she moved on and never asked for it again....(its been about a week now)
It says it glows in the dark but for us it really did n…

beach artwork made with real sand

First we painted the ocean then the sand and before the paint dried we sprinkled some sand on top of the paint. Once done let dry then lightly shake off the extra sand and you can now decorate the picture. Maybe add some fish or people.

learning through play (shopping play)

This time we set up a grocery store (complete with a check out place, not in picture) and home kitchen.
In the grocery store we marked everything with a price to help learn about money and counting. (you could also teach about colors of all the fruit and stuff.)
In the kitchen and grill area we set up a small toy trash can, to help go over how important it is to clean up after making a mess "cooking", we also went over what all the tools in the kitchen are called.
We did have things set up that are not in the pictures. (more food etc.) Hint for setting up something like this~ check facebook yard sale pages! I got everything (but the garden items that we reviewed) for cheap threw yard sale pages. So even though it looks like a lot I spent maybe $20 about £14 in the uk for this set up.

colored sand

to color sand mix sand, few drops of food coloring, and little bit of water then lay it out to dry.
Was also told you can do it with kool aid the same way add sand, kool aid pack, and little bit of water then let dry. (we did not use kool aid cause I added the sand to our sand box outside and did not want bugs)

colored ice cubes for the pool

Playing with colored ice cubes in the pool today. We made the ice cubes with only few drops of food coloring and it did not stain. Great for color mixing and just staying cool on a hot day!
What do you'r kids love to play with in the pool?

Easy outdoor paint

Mix water, flour, and some food coloring.
I found out that if you make it not so watery it works best, so I would suggest using little bit more the half cup of flour and cup of water to make.

mixing doll house with play dough

Today we mixed play dough with our doll house. We made shoes for the people, hay for the horses, and many more things.
Easy way to bring new ideas to old toys.

in the ocean sensory bin using colored salt

toy review #2 product~ Just Like Home Garden

(we got the plant one, tomato one, and pepper one)
The plant one was $8 on sale, the other two were $6 on sale.
We got them from toysrus but you can buy them online at amazon.

suggested age~ 3 and up

All were fun to play with.
The plants come apart in pieces so you have the stem, leaves, and different parts of the flower. The peppers and tomatoes come part also so you have the leaves, stem, and different cuts of each.

these are great for teaching things like~
fractions
colors
parts of a plant
cutting vegetables (with a safety knife of course)

Each set comes with storage, you lift up the dirt and the box is hollow and fits all parts inside.

One thing I would suggested to look out for is the box. The corners of all three boxes where a little sharp. I actually cut my finger a little getting it out of the package.

I do recommend these toys for kids! Very good for learning fine motor skills.

fine motor skill for toddlers

Placing Q tips in a container with holes in the lid.

Easy to make colored salt/sugar

Great to add to sensory bins and also easy to make for sand art!

Learning with legos and water

Lego scooping
I filled a bin up with water and legos then gave my kids different tools to use to pick them up and put them in another bin.
We made this a learning tool by~
asking my kids to pick up the color I called out
asking them to do it with one hand then the other
seeing if they can do it with their eyes closed
calling out different shapes and seeing if they can find it
and over all just remembering to have fun!

Toy review~ kinetic sand

item being reviewed~ kinetic sand
bought at toys r us for $8
can buy online in both the us and uk
kinetic sand box says "It’s more fun when it’s wacky! Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic—meaning it sticks to itself and not to you—so it oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves your hands completely dry. Shape anything you want and use it over and over again. Kinetic Sand never dries out and is gluten free. This soft and stretchy sand cleans up easily while delivering non-stop fun!"

for ages 3 and up
So me and my daughter tried it here is our star review~
1=bad 5=great

For mess we give it a 4 out of 5 stars
(it was very easy to clean up on a table. It did indeed stick to itself, but keep away from carpets, not so easy to get out of carpets.)

For how entertaining it was we give it a 5 out of 5 stars
(It was…

B is for butterfly sun catcher

We first cut the B out of black paper then laid it on a piece of contact paper. Using ripped pieces of tissue paper we decorated the middle of the b's, once done we used another piece of contact paper and "closed" it together. So both sticky sides of the contact paper are together and only the smooth sides show.

cardboard box post office complete with lights

I used cool to the touch christmas lights and just cut holes in the roof to place them

Spring pictures

making a spring picture using feathers, stickers, paper, and glue....Great to see little minds at work

lighting bug finger prints for fathers day

foam and ball pit balls in a pool

fun for a new outdoor sensory play
to make the foam I used a big bowl then added a little bit of water and soap and used a electric hand mixer

Playing with pvc pipes and sand table

practicing pouring and putting together different pipes. We made tunnels for cars and my kids had a lot of fun for cheap.

Only warning I would give is watch small kids with the pvc pipes, don't want a arm or hand getting stuck.

learning symmetry with legos

muddy car wash

muddy car wash using a water table, dirt, soapy water, cars and ramps