I came across an idea on Pinterest, which lead me back to Mess for Less: painting popcorn. Crazy, right? So crazy it just might work…
Last week I saw this alphabet puzzle at Staples for $1 and it reminded me of an activity that I saw several months ago on Little Hands, Big Work.
So of course I had to buy it! And this morning I was poised over a tub of pinto beans, ready to pop the letters out of the puzzle and mix them in when out of the corner of my eye I spotted SunnyGirl collecting balls from around the room and returning them to the ball pit. Inspiration hit. (more…)
I wanted to do something fun for snack time today but didn’t have the energy to do anything too terribly creative. (more…)
Awhile back I saw a post on Dirt and Boogers about painting on bubble wrap and thought to myself, “that seems like alot of fun!” We always have an excess of bubble wrap laying around the house so I thought I’d give it a go with LittleMan and SunnyGirl. I cut out a big piece of bubble wrap and laid it out on the creative table with some paint. I called LittleMan over to check out the prospective project before him and he couldn’t be less interested. I didn’t get it. Two of his favorite things put together and he had *zero* interest. What the heck, man?!
I figured it just wasn’t for him that particular day. So I put up the bubble wrap and the paint, didn’t push it. Laid them out again a week later. Still no interest. I just couldn’t understand (still can’t understand) how he could pass up such a fun activity.
I realized I needed to put a spin on it if I was going to get him to try this out. I pondered for a time. Then I came up with this (more…)
My greatest struggle in teaching my son is, and has always been, he learns differently than I did as a child. I read about the different learning styles and gather ideas from other homeschooling blogs and in my head it all makes sense. He needs to move around to learn, he needs the physical connection with his environment. Its really so simple. But applying this knowledge is like trying to speak French to a Frenchman without any experience in speaking French! My son is, in his own way, speaking a language which is foreign to me. (more…)
This morning I was eating my breakfast, browsing Pinterest, the usual routine, when I saw this brilliant idea for small world play from In Lieu of Preschool. She had set up a wonderful scene by painting her bathtub, then using random crafty items (playdough, pipecleaners, glass gems, etc..) to add details. The end result was FULLY. AWESOME.
Only one problem…her scene is based off the book Peter Rabbit. While a wonderful classic children’s story, not something LittleMan would be too terribly interested in. So I pondered. And pondered. And put my own geeky twist on it. Before I knew what I was doing, I was lamely trying to recreate a classic scene from Middle Earth in my own bath tub. The end result of my poor painting skills was laughable. Luckily I had props to supplement my lack of artistic ability. See for yourself. (more…)
I recently posted the bare essentials of some of the theme baths our family has done. Here are the details of our latest themed bath: rain.
About a week ago, LittleMan got himself all tied up in knots swearing up and down that he did NOT want to take a bath. Unusual since baths are one of his favorite things in the world. No one else in the family can run themselves a bath without LittleMan rushing into the bathroom, trying to jump in with them. However, for whatever reason, he just did NOT want to take a bath that day. But he needed it. Badly.
So whats a mom to do?
If you’re a geek mom like me, raising a little geekling, then you might find yourself setting up a scene like this:
I touched a bit on our garden themed bath in my last post but I wanted to take a minute and talk abit about the details of the bath because it just was so simple and fun. LittleMan really loved it.
I got the idea for a garden themed bath from Bath Activities for Kids, which is run by the same woman who writes Growing A Jeweled Rose- both excellent sites for messy play inspiration.
If you are a pinner and a mom of young children then you may have seen these theme baths that have been floating around the blogosphere. In case you haven’t, the jist of it is this: its doing an activity based on a theme or an idea, in the bathtub before actually getting washed up. Usually it involves some form of controlled mess such as bubbles or paint. Which brings me to the point of this post, bath paint recipes.
There are dozens -DOZENS- of bath paint recipes on the web. So far I’ve only tried five. (more…)