Edible Yogurt Lassi Dough

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It is February and I am back to your with a Sensory dough post!

This month we are working with edible dough and I came up with a Yogurt Lassi Dough!

We had fun making it, drinking Lassi and exploring the texture of the dough. Due to its soft and consitency, with a texture brought by oatmeal, this dough is great for a real sensory experience!

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Ingredients:
1 cup of unscented yogurt (or a 200ml box)
1/2 cup of milk
For flavour (optional) 2 mangoes
2 cups of ground oatmeal (we used an instant ones)

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Start by making Yogurt Lassi: blend together yogurt, milk and, if using, mangoes. Have a taste!

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Pour your Lassi into a bowl. Slowly add ground oatmeal. Mix it. See if you need more or less.

Let the experience begin!

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Miss T enjoyed the sensory experience of the dough’s texture. She make a grimace or two but overall she actually giggled while scooping it with her hands.

We also used a spoon and a ladle to check how it can form.

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Finally, to avoid wasting all the precious ingredients, we decided to place the dough into the cupcake tray and bake if to see what happens.

The result? Yummy oatmeal Lassi crumble! Mini Man especially enjoyed eating it and kept asking for more!

Join us over at Lemon Lime Adventures for another year of Sensory Dough!

February brought us the following edible dough:

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ABC Cookies For All Seasons

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This is the 3rd post in Fun Ways to Play with ABC’s – Seasonal ABC’s – hosted by Something 2 Offer.

The following activity is very hands-on, easy and… Tasty! The children don’t only practice their language skills but also work on fine motor skills, hand – eye coordination, focus; develop their creativity and gain sensory experience (texture and taste).

You can find the recipe for Sugar Cookies here.

The idea is very simple: make the dough, roll it, let the children make letters out of the dough, bake them and eat them!

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Be prepared for the letters to be absolutely imperfect and more over when the cookies are baking, the expand all sorts of ways! But it is still fun!

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You can choose to decorate the cookies with simple icing for special occasions, like, Christmas, Ayyam-i-Ha and other holidays.

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Please stop by the Sensory ABC’s landing page for more ideas!

painting eXperiments {A to Z Raining Day Activities}

 Painting Experiments
My children love painting. Playing with water paints, acrylic paints, tempura, finger paints – you name it! – is the most favorite time pass. 
When the weather is not good outside we color and paint. And we experiment with paint.Painting Experiments 11
Here are some useful tips on painting experiments:
1. Warning: painting experiments ARE messy! But you can contain the mess to an area by designating it and covering with newspapers or plastic table covers.
2. Try various paints and painting techniques:
make finger paint
– try painting with tempura paint
– try abstract painting
– explore with salt painting
– involve various objects in painting, e.g. q-tips, roller sponges
– paint on objects (seashells, rocks, leaves)
– have some fun with messy-less zippy painting
3. I am not kidding you when I say that your painting experiments can last for hours! So enjoy this experience thoroughly as it never gets old!
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This post is a part of the A to Z Rainy Day Activities Series by a number of KBN Bloggers organized and hosted by Something 2 Offer!

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Be sure to check out other posts associated with each letter of the alphabet. In this post I linked X to eXperiments!
Take a look at the next post in this series: Y is for Yarn Maze by one of my favorite blogs Little Bins by Little Hands!

Twilight Sparkle Dough

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Welcome back to 12 Months of Sensory Dough! This month we are all about Sparkle Dough!

My girls are obsessed with My Little Pony show. We even had a theme birthday party for miss T last year

When I was thinking what kind of sparkle dough to make, the name of the character Twilight Sparkle kept popping in my head. So I decided making a Twilight Sparkle Dough would be a great invitation for my girls to play.

Ingredients:

Any kind of cloud dough
Ours was with 4 cuos of white flour
And almost 1 cup of sunflower oil
Purple and pink food dyes
Glitter
A basin
Spoons
Cutters
My Little Pony figurines
Duplo cupcake pieces

We first made the dough and I let the girls mix it first with spoons and then with hands. Twilight Sparkle is mainly purple with some pink highlights. So we mixed in glitter, then purple dye, then pink dye. The dough had bits of both colors.

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I let the girls play with it and the ponies. But the forgot all about those and just explored the soft yet grainy texture of the dough and looked at the glitter shining in the light.

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Cloud dough is quite messy so we took the play to the balcony and finally they had it all over them, so baths were in order!

They had tons of fun!

Please join check out other blogs that participated in this month!

Calming Glitter Slime | Lemon Lime Adventures
Constellation Dough | It’s A Long Story
Sparkly Mermaid Slime | Study at Home Mama
Twilight Sparkle Playdough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Music Inspired Moon Sparkle Dough| Witty Hoots
Rocks and Pebbles Outdoor Sparkle Dough| Peakle Pie
Sparkly Shamrock Dough | Preschool Powol Packets
Sparkle Salt Dough | Preschool Inspirations
Taste Safe Strawberry Lemonade Sparkle Dough | Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Twilight Sparkle Dough | Creative World of Varya
Midnight Sparkle Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Star Wars Dough | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Glitter Oobleck | Still Playing School
Sparkle Dough | the Pleasantest Thing
Metallic Sparkle Crayon Play Dough | Sugar Aunts
Sparkling Ocean Play Dough | Stir the Wonder
Shimmery Dough | In The Playroom
Sparkle Dough Eruptions | Little Bins for Little Hands
DIY Taste Safe Glitter and Rainbow Playdough | Powerful Mothering
Stress Busting Sparkle Dough | Raising Lifelong Learners

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The Ultimate Guide to Crafting with Seashells

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Crafting with seashells is something quite new to me. I grew up in a steppe area, no real river and I didn’t see the real sea until I was 19 years old. Before that I only new that you could “hear the sea” if you put a seashell to your ear (not really, right? But as a child I loved listening to the sea and kept climbing up high to reach two precious seashells my mother and father brought from their vacation to the Black Sea).
Now that we live by the seaside, I find it is a great opportunity to embrace the gifts of nature and use seashells as crafting material for my own children and in my classrooms.
If you haven’t read yet, I posted 2 articles about seashells: Quest for Seashells  and Sand Play.
To make it easier for you (and for me for future references), I am posting a round-up of seashell craft ideas from fellow bloggers of Kid Blogger Network.
So, here are the things we can make with seashells:
1. Picture and craft frames:
Framed Mermaids from Crafty Moms Share
Seashells frame from Here Come The Girls
Shell picture frame from No Time For Flashcards
2. Sensory trays:
Beach sensory tub from No Time For Flashcards
Ocean sensory tray from The Imagination Tree
Sand play ideas from The Imagination Tree
Rock pool from The Imagination Tree
Ocean sensory play from Creative Playhouse
Summer sensory activities from Rockabye Butterfly
3. Math and Alphabet activities with shells:
Letter and number review from Rockabye Butterfly
Symmetrical patterns from The Imagination Tree
Alphabet shells from The Imagination Tree
Shell memory game from No Time For Flashcards
4. Play dough with shells and Sand play dough ideas:
Sand play dough from Creative Playhouse
Sand casts from Mama.Papa.Bubba
Pirate Island Play Dough from The Imagination Tree
Salt dough shell fossils from The Imagination Tree
Clay and shells craft from Local Fun For Kids
5. Discovery bottles and jars
Ocean discovery bottle from The Imagination Tree
Beach in a jar from Mama Miss
7. Seashell painting:
Painting seashells from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Rainbow seashells from The Educators’ Spin On It
8. More craft and ideas with seashells:
Crafty Moms Share:
Beach playmat
Beach inspired nature art
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Mermaid treasure box
Busy Kids Happy Mom:
Seashells Christmas Ornament
Shell wreath tutorial
Crystal’s Tiny Treasures:
Seashells necklace
The Pleasant Thing:
Seashells activities
Using your seashells
Do you craft with seashells? Do you have more original ideas for craft and play that involves seashells? Please leave a comment and a link, if you have one!
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Abstract painting

I think the first abstractionist ever was a child. Really. Abstract painting is just so natural for children – they splash the paint on the paper and mix it up, smudging and creating the most beautiful paintings. These paintings are in fact the most precious and the ones that are fast-forgotten: the mass-production is so overwhelming that it is hard to keep up with everything!
I tried keeping “the best”, but to me they are all the best and equally beautiful! As my daughter grows these paintings take different shapes and there is a story to them too.

I find abstract painting very interesting and engaging. It is also usually self-initiated and requires minimum intervention.

Here are some ideas for abstract play:

1. Finger painting. Experiment with different types of finger paint. You can find lots of recipes online (check Our Blogger Friends for some blogs references). It’s also a great way to introduce sensory play.

2. Paint brushes. Get a bunch of different sizes and width. Start introducing from thicker to thinner. This also helps with fine motor skills development.

3. Sponges. You can get regular dishwashing sponges, cut them up or use whole. Some companies make special sponges in different shapes with handles.

4. Tooth brushes. A great way to recycle your old tooth brushes!

5. Cotton and cotton buds (also known as q-tips). 

6. Pieces of cloth. Dipping cloth in paint and smudging on paper? It’s a dream come true!

7. Straws. The well-known blow-paint activity where you put a blob of paint on paper and blow on it gently through a straw. 

As you can see, abstract painting has so many ways. You have probably done it already with your little one but didn’t know that was it!

Paper Plate Series: Paper Plate and Play Dough Sun

It’s always fun to come up with some new ideas and craft which will engage children!
Here’s what we made today in my class with 2+ year olds: Paper Plate and Play Dough Sun!

You will need:
1 paper plate
Double-sided tape
Crepe paper cut in stripes (or coloured tissue paper)
Sunflower seeds
Play dough (we used this recipe to make ours)
A plastic fork and a plastic knife (optional)

Turn the plate bottom up and put double-sided tape around the outer rim.
Remove the paper off the double-sided tape and stick the stripes of crepe or tissue paper to make the sun rays. It’s a lot of fun and helps children practice their fine motor skills.
When done, turn the plate on the other side and cut the dough with a plastic knife or pinch off the pieces.
Put the pieces of the play dough on the plate and even it all out till it covers the surface of the plate.
You can let children use the fork and sort of rake on top of the play dough to create designs.
Next, take the sunflower seeds either one by one or a few at a time and squeeze them into the play dough.
Let the children come up with all sorts of designs. This is a great sensory and exploration activity. You can learn colors as you stick colorful rays.

  

Note: supervision is required due to choking hazard (sunflower seeds, plastic items, crepe or tissue paper which children may want to put in their mouths).

I hope you enjoy this activity! Thank you for reading my blog.

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A few words about sand play

Have you noticed how fascinated most of the children are with sand and mud? Has it ever crossed your mind how magical the sand play can be for a child? Even adults enjoy sand play and there is a whole science of creating sand images. It’s one of the most adorable sights – to see a child exploring the texture of the sand with his/her little hands and feet.

A couple years ago I came across a method in psychology called “sandplay”. This method is used to correspond with a person’s inner state of mind by allowing him/her to draw and build images out of sand. A friend of mine took her boys to this therapy for a few years and she said it helped them really improve in many ways, and especially to formulate unresolved emotions children often have due to not being able to express what they feel.

My older daughter LOVES playing with sand. She is a very spirited child and once she masters the game more or less, she seeks for more challenging things to occupy her. Sometimes she easily gets bored so she jumps from an activity to activity. But playing with sand can last a while. We don’t have sand boxes where we live but we have a lovely beach nearby where the local authorities created a special area for children to play, under the trees, protected from the sun by their shade.

I notice that she feels more relaxed after playing with the sand and less agitated. I can either sit right next to her and play with her together or let her play on her own (under my supervision).

Few things however you should remember when allowing your child playing with the sand:

1. Some children like to taste everything. If you have a tasty-tasterson, choose the sand that is clean.

2. Playing at the beach or in the park with sand, make a “sweep” of the area for trash, pieces of glass and plastic. It could be a fun activity with an older child.

3. Don’t hesitate to let your child barefoot in the sand – it is extremely healthy and it helps especially those children and adults who have a flat foot syndrome.

4. While playing in the sand with bare hands is fun, spend a few bucks on buckets and shovels. At home you can collect all sorts of plastic containers and bottles (cut the top) to use in your sand play.

5. Enjoy it. And let your child enjoy!

Happy sand play and thank you for reading my blog!

No-cook (salt) play dough

I have dedicated a post to home made play dough before. Today I would like to share another recipe for a quick play dough that doesn’t require cooking process and can be easily made with your child from as early as 16 months and on.

You will need:

1 cup of flour (corn flour or wheat flour is fine)

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 of water mixed with 1 teaspoons of vegetable oil

food coloring of your choice

Method:

Mix flour and salt together. Slowly add water and combine and knead well until you get dough. Adjust the amount of flour – sometime you might require just a bit more than 1 cup. Divide the flour into parts and add few drops of food coloring to the parts. Knead well to even the color. Your play dough is ready!!!

You can make many things with this dough. It can be kept in the fridge in an air-tight container for a few weeks.

We made a cute paper plate art today using this freshly made dough and various beans. Some made different figurines.

You can add texture to your play dough for sensory development (coffee grains, sand, glitter etc) and smells (vanilla, strawberry etc). You can also bake your figurines and they will be preserved for much longer. This play dough is edible (your child won’t get food poisoning if it ends up in his/her mouth) and environmentally safe. It is very easy to wash off the surface and clothes.

Enjoy, have fun with your kids! Thank you for reading my blog!

Cooking Series: Potato and cheese pancakes

We love love love cooking together with my daughter! She is more and more interested in helping me out in the kitchen and I am so happy about it. She concentrates far longer on cooking together than any other activity. I feel she is more confident when it comes to mixing and pouring stuff. Sometimes she doesn’t ask but goes ahead (alas! not always it is the right choice) and her argument is the following: “I can do it, mommy, I am a BIG GIRL!” What can you say to that argument?

Anyway, today we discovered an interesting recipe and it was the first time she actually tried herself at grinding stuff. It was quite a good experience with an exception of a tiny scratch when the “BIG GIRL” diverted her attention from the grinder while still grinding. So, first advice: keep your attention and your child’s attention focused! If you feel that either of you needs to divert it – stop doing what you are doing.

Here’s the recipe for the potato and cheese pancakes. They are delicious and easy to make.

You will need: 2 large potatoes, about half a cup of cheese, 2 eggs, 3-4 tablespoons of milk, 1-3 tablespoons of flour,salt, some pepper to taste.

Method:

In a bowl beat together eggs and milk. Shred cheese and potatoes on small shredder into another bowl – make sure you drain the potatoes from most of the liquid it expresses! So it is wiser to shred the potatoes first and then shred the cheese. Mix well with egg and milk. Add flour, salt and pepper. Mix well. In the frying pan heat up some oil and spoon some amount of the mix into the frying pan. Don’t make them too thick otherwise they will not cook well. Fry until brownish, flip over and fry on the other side.

They taste good hot or cold. I love them with sour cream. My daughter ate hers with… strawberry jam!

Happy pancake making and thank you for reading my blog!