Homemade Toddler Activities

This month, I’m challenging myself to have more creative activities for Erin.  I am trying to keep it simple in terms of set up and clean up and cheap as well (we are on a budget!).  Winter has already become “boring” around here, so I need to give my developing toddler some fun, entertaining and time passing activities! Yet again, Pinterest has become my friend in this task.

Last week, I made finger paint with a light colored pudding.  I made an easy quick banana cream pudding (from the box), divided it into 4 different containers and added food coloring to make the pudding more fun.  This is how it turned out:

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IMAG0609_BURST002 IMAG0608_BURST005 IMAG0604Erin really enjoyed it.  So much so that whenever I open the fridge to get food out for a meal, she points to the pudding paint in the back asking to use it.  Once she was done, we just dunked her in the bathtub and watch the pudding come off(another fun activity).  I was actually really surprised that she never tried to eat it.  It wasn’t until the end of the project, when she laughed covering her mouth with a pudding covered hand, and then accidentally licking her lips did she realize that this stuff tasted pretty sweet!

This week, we used some of the left over pudding paint to make Valentine’s Day art. I got his idea from a fellow mom.  I only took out the red pudding paint for this task.  During nap time, I grabbed 4 pieces of paper from our printer, and made the word “LOVE” with one letter on each paper out of pieces of masking tape (you can make the “O” into a heart if you like).

After nap, and a few episodes of Dora (our limit is 2), the artist was ready to indulge her crafty side!  I wanted the paper to be as flat as possible so I set them on a cookie sheet on top of her chair.

It took overnight for them to fully dry.  Here is our end product:

IMAG0624 IMAG0623 IMAG0622 IMAG0621 IMAG0635I plan on framing them and hanging them up permanently, but I wanted them hung sooner as I’m sure it will take me a century and a half to actually frame them!

Today, I set the pudding paint aside and used the stove for our next activity.  I found a few recipes online to make homemade playdoh.  This was really neat because I had all the ingredients already!

The recipe is such:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 1/2 Cups water

1 Cup Corn Starch.

Mix all three ingredients together, heat on a stove under medium heat until thick and then pour onto a plate or wax paper.

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Do you know what I love most about this recipe?  I can use a bunch of corn starch!  I never use it really when I cook so I always end up having to throw a bunch out once it expires!  I just might really like this playdoh to use up my corn starch and not waste it!

This recipe made A LOT of playdoh.  Before I heated it, I used yellow food coloring to give it color (it would have been white otherwise) Now that I know how much it really makes, next time, I’ll divide it like I did the pudding before I heat it to make more colors.

Here is a picture of our artist at work:

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The perfectionist had a tantrum early on because the playdoh wasn't staying where she wanted it to.

The perfectionist had a tantrum early on because the playdoh wasn’t staying where she wanted it to.

After we regrouped

After we regrouped

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Welcome February!

I can’t believe February is already here!  The Hubs better have something special planned for this year!  I know Erin and I have something cool to do today in preparation for the 14th. But, that’s not why I’m posting.  It’s Tuesday and exactly 5 weeks past the new year! Time to check in on our goals!

*Jan 19 - 00:05*Goals as a runner:
1) Run at least 14 miles a week (2 miles a day) for the year.

My total mileage for the week was 26 miles. Goodness that was a lot!  I’m looking forward to next week’s cutback week in my training cycle.  I even got a last minute afternoon run in with my running partner.  My long run was 10 miles again. It was a more difficult one this week as I was plagued by the ever so common to long distance runners: “runner’s trots.” I’d link that phrase to a site with an explanation, but it’s kind of a TMI issue, so I’ll let you as the reader choose to highlight it and “Google it” yourself. Never before have I had it that bad. I’ll be playing around with my meal planning this week!  I’m feeling better though and my run last night was a good easy 4 miler.  Looking forward to some more tonight…if the weather stays cold and dry (then I don’t have to deal with ice, so yes, I’d rather it feel like it’s in the teens out)

I also looked up some St. Patty’s day races/runs in my area.  My parents will be here and I’d love to have them come, maybe my mom can even participate (she does 5K’s with me when I visit them)!  I did find a 15K though (mom, you up for that?) nearby on the 16th.  That’s the weekend before my half marathon.  So, I’ll have to see what my body is saying as the time gets closer.

Personal:
1) Have a business plan in place by June.
I finished my table runner!  Here is a picture of it! I was able to put a decorative stitch around the center.  It turned out pretty well, looks great on the buffet table and even DH likes it!

The runner was wider than the buffet table, so I simply let it hang off the back.  We use the drawers quiet often.

The runner was wider than the buffet table, so I simply let it hang off the back. We use the drawers quiet often.

Here is a close up shot.  You can see the decorative stitch I did.

Here is a close up shot. You can see the decorative stitch I did.

I got the materials for my next project and I’m so excited to get started this Friday!

Mommy & Housewife:
1) Organize one thing in the house each week for a year.

This week I got the bottom drawer of Erin’s dresser organized.  Before, it was just a dumping grounds for summer clothes and older clothes that no longer fit her.  I had a bag of larger clothes I picked up at our MOPS “swap n’ shop” last month.  I hung up those clothes in the closet and put the small clothes in the bag the large ones were in.  Her bath towels were moved to the dresser so I could have room for her quilt from her crib bedding to store in the drawer of her bed.  Organizing her clothes always seems like such a daunting task as a growing child makes it never ending! Plus, she is always getting into these two drawers and playing with everything!

2) Clean at least one thing in our home each day.
I really should start giving you a day by day report of this.  It will keep me more in check!

3) Finish cross stitching all of our darn stockings!
I’m seeing an end in sight to the hub’s stocking!! Thank God!

Keep it up all! We are doing great!  Only 47 more weeks to go!

The End of January is Near….

That means it’s been a month (well 4 weeks) since I started my new 2013 goals!  I feel like I’m doing well, but I’m totally expecting myself to get burnt out very soon!  The tasks feel daunting sometimes, but the achievement of my goals are very rewarding to me personally.  Let’s see how I did during week 4:

*Jan 19 - 00:05*Goals as a runner:
1) Run at least 14 miles a week (2 miles a day) for the year.

My total mileage for the week was 20 miles! I was sans running partner again this week. I got out there anyway.  I skipped my usual Thursday evening run as it was extremely cold and windy.  Our apartment gets pretty chilly too in this weather and the couch with hot cocoa and a nice blanket were calling my name.  I made up for it with my 10 miler in the powder fresh snow Saturday morning though.  Felt great!

Personal:
1) Have a business plan in place by June.
There was no sewing lesson this week, so I’m really anxious to get back to the machine on Friday!  My mother-in-law moved to China 2 years ago and has her machine in storage here.  She offered to give it to me.  I’m anxious to see it and learn about it.  They will be back for a visit around Chinese New Year.

Mommy & Housewife:
1) Organize one thing in the house each week for a year.

I’ve been cleaning the top of our dresser (the current dumping grounds) this week.  It’s like a never ending pile of stuff I don’t know where to put!  On a good note, the Kitchen Aid mixer my mother in law gave me when they moved was finally taken out of the box and placed in the kitchen cart.  I have decided to purge my cake dome.  I don’t use it much or rarely make cakes that high anymore.

2) Clean at least one thing in our home each day.
The place is clean….that’s that. 🙂

3) Finish cross stitching all of our darn stockings!
I’ve been keeping this up!  I’ve been finding it therapeutic, but my wrist is getting better at telling me my limits.

How has your first month been?  Feel free to share in the comments section below.  Only 48 more weeks to go!