Monday, September 23, 2013

Home-made Toddler Paint

I haven't been blogging much lately because I've been 'under the weather', but this painting activity with my 2 year old son is just what I needed to improve my mood! There's nothing quite like a mix of pretty colours and an excited toddler to lift the spirits. I found the recipe at Crunchy Farm Baby, its basically flour, water and food colouring. I've been researching activities to do with my son as I've decided that's the most worthwhile thing I could be doing with myself right now, but I've got to tell you its exhausting watching all the mummy bloggers out there post about all the wonderful things they do! It can feel quite daunting when I realise there's so much more I could be doing for my son. I tend to stay away from messy activities, but this one wasn't too difficult, its just food colouring so was easy to clean up.
Thomas started by trying out each colour right away
Thomas soon starting painting his hands to print onto the paper
I really like how the colours turned out, because its just flour, they had a nice pastel shade to them. I just made blue, yellow, pink, purple, orange and green. Thomas knows pink and purple, and can say 'geen' and 'boo', but still doesn't know orange and yellow. He loved painting, he soon starting painting his hands and printing them on the paper, then his feet and printing them too. He even started painting his tummy then abruptly lay down on  the paper face down to print his tummy! He proceeded to paint his legs and arms as well. He finished by scooping the goopy paint up in his hands and smearing it onto the paper. I'm assuming I can skip today's play-dough activity because this really turned into a sensory activity by the end. The texture of the goopy paint oozing through his fingers was very tactile and an excellent sensory activity.
printing hands, feet and tummy too!
a second piece of large butchers paper was needed
Luckily I had some water in the toddler pool still there from this morning's water activity, so I stripped him off and got him to wash it off in the pool. But because he had caked on so much flour paint onto his body it didn't all come off, and I had to give him a bath and scrub it off! After his bath, he ate some lunch and drank some milk and needed some convincing to have a nap because he wanted 'more painting!' He went to sleep easily when I promised he could do more painting after he had a little nap! So I should be doing this one again very soon ...
smearing the goopy paint turned this into a sensory activity
the painting turned into a sensory activity when he scooped up the goopy paint

Friday, September 6, 2013

Green and White Granny Square Rug

This rug is half the size I originally planned it to be, but I've decided to stop it here. The purpose of making this blanket was to use up some excess acrylic that was given to me, but I've been unhappy with how I arranged the colours. I joined the squares as I went along to make this a quick project, so there's little chance of me unravelling the squares to rearrange them!
the squares were joined as they went along to make for a quick project
This is just the right size to put in Tom's day-care bag for his nap time. Thomas started day-care yesterday, he had a great day, much better than me! I didn't spend much time on this project, but its been a work in progress for a long time, I only just finally got around to finishing yesterday when I finally had some time to myself. I used 8 ply acrylic yarn and a 4mm hook.
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