Homemade Play dough

Last week, we spent quite some time indoors because it was just tooo hot. So, I needed some fun activities to do with BK to keep us both busy. I remembered the play dough cutting tools we scored from a yard sale the other week, so I decided to make him some dough to play with! I does really well with not putting sand and little things in his mouth, so I figured I could give it a try.

Here’s the recipe I used:

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 2Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Food colouring of your choice

Put everything into a sauce pan. Stir over low/medium heat until a dough forms. Let cool, and play!

Just make sure you keep stirring, and scrape the bottom of the pan. That’s where the dough starts to form, and you don’t want to burn it 😉

 Super gooey! Don’t worry, once it cools, it’s not so sticky.

When not in use, store in an air tight container!

 

This was a huge hit with Bk!

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Frugal Father’s Day Weekend!

Hope you all enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day with your loved ones. We had a pretty nice weekend!

Saturday, Rob had to work most of the day, so I took BK around the neighbourhood and checked out some garage sales. I scored this amazing, vintage Fisher Price chalkboard for $5!

Do you remember these?? I was so excited when I saw it, I zoned in and grabbed it!

That evening, after BK was in bed (Rob was home, don’t worry!) My friend and I walked past where the garage sale was, and they had left out everything they didn’t sell! It was a moving sale, so I guess they really didn’t want to bring these things with them- so I scored some more awesome stuff! Things I didn’t even see when I went earlier.

Amazing, right?! A toy piano, play-doh cutting set (no dough, but that’s cool, there’s all the cutting tools), a Melissa and Doug screw driver set with the tool box, a rolling toy thingy, a velcro game (top left- that fish), a bag for BK’s paints, and a ton of awesome books! There’s also a kid sized lawn chair and baby gate! All for free! So, always keep your eyes peeled!! You never know what you’ll find 🙂

Ahem. So, back to Father’s Day. We didn’t do gifts this year, Rob just wanted a nice dinner and time with the family. So I had BK paint him a card and a canvas:

I had him paint on acrylic paper, then after it dried, I cut the left side off, and folded it into a card. I had him draw a picture and ‘sign’ it too 🙂

His canvas for Daddy 🙂

After work, we met up with Rob and checked out the Taste of Little Italy festival going down on College St. There’s a LOT of yummy food there, but it gets pricey (and busy!) so we walked up to Bloor and grabbed some Ghazale’s! SO YUMMY. BK loved it too!

If you’re ever in Toronto, check them out. They have amazing food and you get a lot of food for what you pay.

And, speaking of food. I made Rob and amazing Father’s Day dinner! check back tomorrow for details!

Cheap Thrills

A couple of weeks ago, we had to take a looong car ride with BK to visit family. Car rides and toddlers can be a bad mix. So, I decided to make some quick car-friendly activities to bring along.

I made these during his nap right before the trip, so they aren’t beautiful, but they did the job!

Lacing cards:

  • You will need:
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or a Shoe Lace
  • Pencil and marker
  • Something to poke holes with

Gather your materials, I used the tabs from a cardboard box to make mine.

Lightly draw whatever shape you want your picture to be and make dots every few centimeters. You don’t want to add too many, because you want to keep the cardboard sturdy.

Carefully poke holes in the cardboard. Make sure not to bend the cardboard. Make the holes big enough for little ones to thread a lace through. I poked a hole with a pen and then widened them with the blade of my scissors.

Normally you’d be done here, but I didn’t have shoelaces with plastic ends, so I cut my yarn to the length I wanted and covered the ends with hot glue:

Done!

Sandpaper Letters:

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Light grade sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Cut out the number of cards you want to make. I made four. (A, B, C, and D) Then trace the cards onto your sandpaper for size and paint each square (I did red and blue, one for vowels and one for consonants)

(I did this a little backwards because I was rushing. But I’d suggest painting each square first, and then lightly drawing the letter on, once the paint has dried. I drew the letters first and then just painted the sandpaper and cut the letters out freehand)

Once dry, cut the letters out carefully, and glue onto the cardboard!

Mine look a little rough because, again, I was rushing during nap time, and I used the cardboard tab off a diaper box. I had to rip some glue off, which is why the B is a little messed up. However, if you want to make yours more durable, I’ve heard you can buy flat wooden chips at the hardware or craft stores. (You can also buy these letters in Montessori shops, but hey, we’re being frugal here!)

Colour Matching Clothes Pins:

You will need:

  • Paint chips (2 of each colour)
  • Clothes pins (the alligator kind, not the pegs)
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Start by gluing your paint chips onto the clothes pins.

While those are drying, glue your second set of paint chips to a piece of cardboard.

(if you’re a little anal, like me, trim the paint numbers off)

Once they’re all glued and dry, cut them out!

Write the name of the colour, if you like, and you’re done!

These activities, along with some books, colouring, dvds, and small toys, helped make the trip go much faster! These were also helpful at restaurant, to keep him busy. I think he’s still a bit young for some of these, but he enjoyed trying. I found pipe cleaner worked great for the ‘lacing’ activity, because he’s still a but small to figure out the yarn, but pipe cleaner is stronger and he enjoyed putting those through the holes.

Hope you found those tutorials fun and helpful!