Miffy Fun – Rain Stick

Have you ever felt like you’ve done a day full of activities within the span of three hours? The weekends start early at my house and our most productive hours are first thing in the morning. We’ve gone on daring adventures, finished our errands, taken morning naps, etc. by 10 AM. When you have two kids who are lively little fellas, having an arsenal of fun activities to fill the rest of the day are essential.

Miffy and her friends have a wide variety of activities (i.e. arts and crafts, songs and dances, recipes, and more) for you and your kiddos to enjoy. My oldest has been talking about the weather at school, in particular rain. With Miffy’s April Shower activities, we spent part of our Sunday making a fun Miffy inspired rain stick.

Here’s how to make a rain stick at home:

What you’ll need:

  • Paper towel roll
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Rubber Bands
  • Dried rice
  • Items for decorating – i.e. construction paper, stickers, wasabi tape, crayons, markers, etc.

Let’s make it rain:

  1. Decorate the paper towel tube, like you’ve never decorated before! We made our rain stick look like Miffy, because she’s our favorite little bunny.
  2. Once decorated, seal one end of the paper towel roll by wrapping the end and securing it with plastic wrap and rubber bands.
  3. To make the rain sound, you will need to fold a segment of aluminum foil into a spring-shape and place it inside the paper towel roll.
  4. Carefully pour ¼ cup of dried rice or beans into the paper towel roll.
  5. Seal the opposite end of the paper towel roll with the plastic wrap and rubber band.
  6. Listen to the sounds of rain.

My kid is obsessed and wants to take his rain stick to bed, but that request is still up for negotiation. If you are looking for a fun activity that includes learning about the weather, music, and arts and crafts, this is the one for you! Make sure you check out Miffy and all her friends over at www.miffyfun.com.

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Christmas Crafts for Siblings

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new and cute crafts to do with the kids around Christmas time. Each year we gift our family members with new piece of personalized artwork. As the “director” of these artistic projects, I always try to do something different from the year before.

It was easier to create a festive craft when it was just one kiddo, but now with two, we have to come up with ways to incorporate both boys into the priceless masterpiece. My parents, in particular, love hand print and footprint crafts. So, I have come up with three Christmas art projects for siblings which include hand prints and footprints.

All paintings include toxic-free paints; safe for kids and animals.

Oh Christmas Tree!

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This cute craft highlights one of our favorite holiday symbols, the Christmas tree! Even though my 8 month old is only 4 pounds less than my two and half year old, my toddler has slightly bigger feet. For this painting, I pressed my toddler’s foot as the Christmas tree and used a press of the baby’s hand as the star on top of the tree. I added polka-dots and “OH” around the tree for additional pops of color.

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Perfectly Packaged 

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I used the wrapped presents under the Christmas tree as the inspiration for this colorfully pressed painting. As I was thinking about what hand prints looked like, I thought of a bow; the perfect touch to a perfectly packaged present! Since my kids are still little, this painting required a little more of a mommy touch with the designing of the present and the wording.

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

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Who doesn’t love good ole’ Rudy? Another hand print focused craft, the placement is critical. Have you ever tried to straighten your 8 month old’s hand as it is covered in paint in order to place it perfectly on the canvas? No?! It’s a challenge!! This is by far my favorite Christmas craft. Rudolph looks so cute (can I keep these out all year long?) and festive. You will want to make this painting with your kid(s).

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*Spoiler alert* for my family – you will be getting these crafts for Christmas. I challenge you to contain your excitement.

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What do you think of these sibling Christmas crafts? Do you think you will try these with your kids or kid? Let me know in the comments below or if you have any other craft ideas. I am always looking.

Merry Christmas and happy Holidays!

Toddler Time – The Slime Book

I never fully understood the obsession with slime. For months Instagram stories, tweets, and even Youtube gurus were plastering their feeds with SLIME. While this was all happening, I was sitting on my couch saying, “what’s the big deal?” Well folks, I now I understand the fascination.

I am always looking for fun activities to do with my toddler on the weekend. It’s easy to cave and let him watch his iPad all day long, but I refuse to let him fall victim to the digital world (I had to add a dramatic flair). As any nearly three-year-old boy, he loves to get into anything and everything gooey, goopy, and gloopy. When we received The Slime Book by DK Publishing, I knew we had found the exciting activity my kid would love!

Now my toddler is obsessed with dinosaurs, so I wanted to do something slime related involving our prehistoric friends. I found a recipe called “See-Through Slime” which required ingredients I already had readily available in my home and used the tactile aspect of the “Dinosaurs in Amber” recipe and added plastic dinosaurs to the mix. Once our slime was mixed and filled with dinos, we played a fun game of archeologist. I’m not one to brag, but we discovered some pretty unique species that day (jealous?).

Even though fluffy, stretchy, and snow slime is fun to make, let’s keep in mind that toddlers, especially my toddler, like to put everything in their mouths. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my son to “stop, remove it from your mouth, put it down, and step away.” The Slime Book brings the joy of making slime to an all new delicious level with their handful of edible recipes. You don’t have to worry about your kid consuming glue, glitter, saline solution or shaving cream when you mix these items together.

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, check out DK Publishing’s The Slime Book and their 30+ awesome slime recipes. “Each recipe is Borax-free and uses safe, readily available ingredients,” so you will feel safe making squishy experiments with your little ones.

Have you entered the world of slime? What are your favorite slime recipes to do with your kids? Let me know in the comments below.

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Toddler Time – Monster Marshmallows

Growing up in a household with one parent in the medical field and one parent in the field of science, we were encouraged to do activities that expanded our minds and increased our curiosity. I never went to your “typical summer camp” where you lived in a bunk house and participated in kayaking and archery. My parents put me in marine biology, chemistry, and physic camps. It’s not what you would envision an elementary schooler participating in, but it was the best thing they could have done for me. My desire to learn more, I believe, encouraged me to participate in different courses and electives throughout my school career. I was excited about learning!

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I say this because it is never too early to get your kids excited about STEMS. When we got our hands on DK Publishing’s Maker Lab book of 28 kid-safe projects and crafts, it became the perfect introduction to the world of science for my toddler.

This wonderfully delightful book has step-by-step experiments, ranked from easy to hard, designed for 8 to 12 year olds. Even though this is designed for older kids, there are plenty of options for a mom and her toddler to get their science game on!

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I am constantly looking for ways to engage my son outside of his iPad on the weekends. When I came across the Monster Marshmallow experiment I knew I had found the perfect experiment for my two and half year old. What toddler doesn’t love delicious, gooey, and sticky marshmallows? I, myself, could go for a s’more right now!

All you need for this yummy experiment is a marshmallow(s), microwave safe plate, microwave, and an appetite.

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I had my son pick out his marshmallow and place it on the plate. Together we moved the plate with marshmallow to the microwave. I punched in 30 seconds and he hit the start button. About 15 seconds into the cook time, we saw our marshmallow expand and grow! He was in awe and learning about how “air heats up, and the pressure it exerts increases and the pockets grow bigger!”

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This wasn’t just a 30 seconds experiment for us, we did it over and over and over again. If you’re looking for a way to let your kids have fun and learn at the same time, DK Publishing’s Maker Lab is the book for you. I know we will be cracking this book open again very soon!

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