Category Archives: toddler activities
2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch
Boil water in saucepan. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add food coloring and stir — adjust the amount of food coloring until you get the color you want. Remove from heat and cool. Let your child squish away.
Owen wasn’t a huge fan of the texture so he didn’t dive in with his hands like I thought he would. But he loved “baking” with it. It’s also safe if your little one gets carried away with his/her pretend cooking and decides to sample it.
When we was done with that I put it in a ziploc baggie and he loved squishing it in the bag.
I’ve tried organizing all of our craft and art supplies before. This time around I made some room on the bookshelves (Ikea!) in our office and so far I think this has been the best solution. I was able to adjust the shelf heights to accommodate different sized containers and stacks of construction paper, craft foam, felt, etc. Plus it’s right next to the recycling bin which is full of things that are craft projects waiting to happen!
Owen loves the new craft corner. Everything is much more visible and easy to reach. Plus, everything has a place which makes it much easier for him to help with clean up. There is a great list of basic (and not so basic) art supplies on The Crafty Crow, which is also a good stop when you are looking for projects to create with young people. Okay, I think they are fun too 🙂
3 T Sugar
1/2 cup Cornstarch
2 cups cold water
Muffin tin or small cups
Liquid dishwashing detergent
Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Turn heat on low, add cold water, and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide mixture into four or five portions, spooning into muffin tin sections. Add a few drops of food coloring and a drop of liquid dish soap to each portion. Stir and let cool before use. Store covered.
1 cup water
1 T vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 T cream of tartar
1 cup flour
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes the dough last 6 months or longer. Store in airtight container or freezer bag. Break out the rolling pin, cookie cutters… cowboys and indians?
All those pesky dried up markers.
Cup of water
Dip dried up markers in water… voila! Watercolors. Use until tips turn white, then you can use them as fine tipped paintbrushes. Way to recycle yo!
I got this fun activity from The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner. All you need is an ice cube tray, water, red, yellow and blue food coloring and 3 ziploc bags.
Before we went outside to play I mixed water and food coloring (enough for 2 ice cubes of each color) and poured it into an icecube tray. After lunch I took the frozen colored ice cubes and places them in ziploc bags. Place a red and a yellow together, a red and a blue cube into the second and a yellow and blue into the third baggie. Owen had fun moving the ice cubes around in the bag and watching what happened as the two colors melted together. “It’s geeeem!” (green).
I was running low on ideas the other day when the weather turned nasty and I’d already decided that it would be a no TV day. I gave Owen a clean milk jug and a dozen clothes pins…VOLA! A new game. We counted the clothes pins as we dropped them in. He loved the sound they made hitting the bottom, would shake the milk jug (big hit!), dump them out and start all over again. (I found a bag of plastic clothes pins at the thrift store for $.50. One of these days I’ll pick up some wooden ones from the hardware store).