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The Feet Have It!

The Feet Have It

I got to spend some time with my grandchildren after Thanksgiving.  What a BLAST!  N is eight months old and can charm the candy cane off and elf with those big blue eyes and shy smile.  E is talking up a storm.  You have to pay close attention to figure out what she’s saying.  I did understand when she told me “Love you, Love you, love you” before she went to sleep.

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One of the things we did was make reindeer with our feet.

Materials:

Bronze acrylic paint

Sponge brush

½ inch pompoms

Google eyes that would fit proportionally to the bottom of the feet being used.

White glue

Good quality paper, I used 140lb paper.  I tried construction paper but it was too thin.

Instructions:

  1.  Paint bottom of child’s foot and make an impression on the paper.  You can either press the paper on the bottom of the foot while the child sits or you can have the child step onto the paper lying on the floor.  (Sticking out your tongue does make it easier.)

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      2.  Draw some antlers starting at the juncture between the toes and foot.

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  1.  Cut the foot and antlers out.

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  1.  Glue a pompom at the bottom of the heel in the middle for a nose.

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  1.  Glue the goggle eyes near the ball of the foot

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ENJOY!

Hint:

  • Baby wipes work well to clean the feet off.
  • For younger children (under 3) put a dot of glue where needed and let your little helper place the objects.  (nose, eyes)
  • Change up colors of paint, pompoms, eyes
  • Copy and shrink the reindeer use as a Christmas card.

We had fun making these.  I’m putting them on my Christmas tree.  E learned so much while making these.  She learned how to follow directions (putting stuff on the glue dot), make an impression with her feet, and directionality by putting the eyes on correctly.  Not bad for a toddler, of course, she is my granddaughter.

What adventures have you had lately?

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The Money is in the Bank

One of the things Grandparents need to do is teach the grandchildren how to save money.  A good way to do that is give them a piggy bank.  Here is a paper mache tutorial on how to make their own.  Depending on the age of the child(ren) they can make it all themselves or you can help them.  My granddaughter is almost 2 and my grandson is less than six months old.  I’ll be making N’s bank for him.  I’m going to make most of E’s bank and have her put the finishing touches on with Mod Podge and fabric scraps.

Materials

9 inch round balloon

Newspaper for tearing up

Paper egg carton

Masking tape

Flour

Water

Fabric scraps cut up into small pieces

1 pipe cleaner

Mod Podge, glossy

Bowl (for mixing the paste)

Directions:

1.  Make the paper mache paste by mixing the flour and water.  I’m not sure of     the exact measurements but it should be the consistency of thin pancake batter.  Start with equal parts of flour and water.

2.   Blow up the balloon and tear the newspaper into strips.

3.   Dip each strip in the paste and cover the balloon completely. Let dry completely then put 3 more layers on, letting it dry between each layer.

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4.     After the last layer is dry cut the egg carton into sections.  You need 4 legs, a snout and 2 ears.  The legs and  snouts are made out of the cups where the eggs sit.  The ears can be cut from the corners of the top of the carton.

        

5.  Make more paste, tear more paper, paper mache over and around all the new parts, covering the whole kit and caboodle.  It should be looking like a pig around now.  Let it dry completely then put one last layer on all over making sure to keep the general pig shape.

6.  When the pig is dry, use an exacto knife to cut the money slot in the top and cut an X on the back for a place to put the tail.

7.  Use the pipe cleaner to make the tail.  Wind the pipe cleaner around your finger to curl it.  Poke one end into the X you cut with the knife.

8.  Use the Mod Podge to attach the fabric scraps.  Put some Mod Podge on the pig, place the fabric on top, then cover the fabric with Mod Podge.  Be sure not to cover the slot for the money.  Be sure to secure the tail in well with the Mod Podge and fabric.  Let dry completely.

VOILA!

College, here we come!

What have you created today?

GF Homemade Playdough: Worthy of Play or DOH! ?

I have updates to this blog. I kept the play dough to see how long it stayed playable. I kept them in ziploc type sandwich bags in my studio. Well, after 2 weeks the purple rice flour recipe started to get slimy, then the dogs got it and that was the end of that. The cornstarch and baking soda batch, however did not start to go bad until last week. Before it went bad I used it for a mixed media paining. The texture was smooth and silky, however, I had to keep dipping my fingers in water to work with it because it tended to be on the dry side. I will post photos of the painting soon and you can be the judge of how well the clay looks. Enjoy!

Grandma's Fun Factory

What a fun day!  At the request of my daughter I found then made two gluten free playdough recipes that I found on the web to see which one, if any, are worth the bother.

Recipe 1: from the Celiac Disease Foundation

Ingredients

1/2 cup rice flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup salt

2 tsps cream of tarter

1 cup water

1 tsp. cooking oil

food coloring if desired

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Directions

Mix ingredients in medium sized saucepan.  Cook and stir on low heat until it forms a ball.  Cool completely before storing it in a seal-able plastic bag.

I made the mistake of doing this on a day when the arthritis in my hands was acting up.  It hurt to stir the dough in the pan.  If you have a similar issue either wait for a less painful day or have someone (an older grand?) stir it for you.

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This is where my hands started hurting.  It gets…

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GF Homemade Playdough: Worthy of Play or DOH! ?

What a fun day!  At the request of my daughter I found then made two gluten free playdough recipes that I found on the web to see which one, if any, are worth the bother.

Recipe 1: from the Celiac Disease Foundation

Ingredients

1/2 cup rice flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup salt

2 tsps cream of tarter

1 cup water

1 tsp. cooking oil

food coloring if desired

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Directions

Mix ingredients in medium sized saucepan.  Cook and stir on low heat until it forms a ball.  Cool completely before storing it in a seal-able plastic bag.

I made the mistake of doing this on a day when the arthritis in my hands was acting up.  It hurt to stir the dough in the pan.  If you have a similar issue either wait for a less painful day or have someone (an older grand?) stir it for you.

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This is where my hands started hurting.  It gets very sticky.

This recipe required some tweaking on my part to make it playable.  After in cooked as much as it could before my hands gave out, the dough was still too sticky to use.  I kneaded the warm dough in some cornstarch I put out on the counter; the warmth felt good on my hands.

The final results.

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Recipe 2: I remember making this when I was a kid.  The recipe came from the cornstarch box.  I found this in my search for GF playdough recipes.

Ingredients

1 cup baking soda

1 cup water

1 cup cornstarch

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Directions

Mix ingredients in saucepan over low heat.  Stir until mixture become very thick.  Mix in liquid watercolor or food coloring if desired.  Remove from heat, knead until smooth.  Store in Ziploc bag in refrigerator for up to a month.

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I let it cook just a little while longer from this point.

I did not need to add cornstarch when this was finished.  The texture was nice and it was not too sticky.

I made small roses from each kind of dough to see which one I liked better.  I needed to dip my fingers in water to work with the cornstarch (recipe 2) dough because it started to dry quickly.

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Recipe 1 has a grittier texture.  It feels and works more like conventional playdough.  Recipe 2 is smooth as silk.  You can do finer work with Recipe 2.  I’m not sure how important that is for young kids but older kids might prefer it.  I know the artist in me prefers Recipe 2 but the Grandma in me thinks Recipe 1 is better for younger children.

I had fun playing today.  I can’t wait to find some kids to use the playdough with.  Here’s a challange, make the playdough for yourself!  It’s a blast letting the creative, unassuming child out to play.  You will understand better the delight your grands and or children feel when they get their hands in this wonderful squishy stuff.

Have you played today?

Hello world!

Hello! I recently got to spend six weeks with my grandchildren in Denver. What a blast! E is 20 months old and N is 1 month. E is an absolute delight! She wakes up in the morning smiling and ready to take on the day. She loves to paint, color, run, slide, and paste things; especially herself. While I was visiting we made Mommy a mother’s day present, created a painting on canvas, made a travel journal, colored ourselves (more than once), played with play dough; every day was a new adventure.

The purpose of this blog is to help other grandparents and parents come up with fun activities to do with their little ones. They only stay small for a short while. They want to hang out with us for only a few years. Let’s make the most of those years and the rewards will be reaped in spades when they become adults and start doing fun things with their own children.

I will be posting ideas and instructions for fun things to do as well as inviting others to post and join in on the fun. I tend not to endorse any one product, however, some products may be suggested when I know the quality is better for that particular project. There will be blog hops, games, crafts, arts, book reviews and activities to go with them, messy activities and clean activities too.

I love comments, opinions, suggestions and ideas. Bring’em on! Post, re-post and share all you like as long as I get the credit. I will give credit to others too.

 

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