Happy Friday, everyone! Hope your week has gone well and that you have some fun things planned for the weekend. :)
Although we have had a few warm stretches here and there, I have been struggling to find some new activities to keep B busy on the rainy days, especially on those rainy days where she isn’t napping. One of my goals for the month of April was to create to sensory-heavy activities for her to do while M naps.
We had invested in some real-deal Play Doh a while back and I’d been letting her play with it when we have long stretches of time at home. She will literally sit and play with it for HOURS, it’s incredible. Opening up those little cans for the first time was so much fun, because the colors were intensely bright and full of all sorts of promise. Of course, by the end of the first day they had all been smooshed and pounded and combined to create a really pretty green-ish black color. Right. I probably should have thought that one ahead. Chalk it up to #rookiemomproblems.
After a few times of playing with the dough, I noticed it was getting less pliable and was not as fun to play with (for me, anyway, B didn’t seem to mind). And so, off to Pinterest I went, in search of a way to make play dough on my own and *hopefully* save myself from spending $10 on new colors that are bound to be mixed to the point of no return within ten minutes.
I found the best recipe from The Imagination Tree! It is quick, simple and the dough is better than anything you can buy at the store. The only ingredient we didn’t have at home already was cream of tartar, which is an easy fix with a quick trip to the grocery store. You know, as “quick” as quick can be with two kids in tow…
These pics were taken the first day we played with the dough and I am happy to report that it is still as soft as ever a couple weeks later. The recipe from The Imagination Tree yields a HUGE amount, which is fabulous. If I had been thinking, I would have separated the dough so I could have made a few different colors. But alas, I tried to be a cool mom and make the dough her favorite color.
What’s that you say? Her favorite color is gray??
NO. It’s purple. Which brings me to the first mom lesson I learned that day…if you’re going to mix colors together, make sure you’re on top of your color theory and add in equal parts blue and red (or other primary colors). And, in the case of this play dough, add in A LOT of food coloring. Otherwise, your dough is going to have the lightest tint ever and will look like soft cement. Using expired food coloring may or may not have anything to do with it, the jury is still out on that one.
Good news is, the dough was too fun to play with to have her notice that it’s not super colorful.
Another lesson I learned was that we’re now in the stage where if I ask B to smile for the camera I get this:
Which, you know, is super cute. (ahem) Unless you’re hoping to share it somewhere, or print it out and put it on your wall (insert laugh/crying emoji). Being a photographer, I try not to have my kids smile at the camera too much…which is now probably a good thing.
If you’re a fellow mom whose kid tends to do this as well, try asking them to laugh for the camera instead:
A little better. :) As Paige mentioned yesterday in her post, if you have a toddler and ask them to do something silly, you’ll never know what they might end up doing. Chances are it will be a moment worth capturing.
On this particular day, B and I had some time alone to play together before M woke up from her nap, which was really special. Once M did wake up, we thought it would be fun for her also to play with some dough because a little extra sensory play never hurt anyone.
This brings me to the final lesson of the day.
Right after this ^^ photo was taken, I decided it would be a great idea to go to the bathroom. I figured M had her pacifier in her mouth, so there was NO WAY something would go wrong. I mean, she loves her pacifier and she normally doesn’t take it out if she’s distracted enough to play with something else. Of course, before I knew it, I heard the pacifier hit the floor with a thunk. I called out to B, saying “Don’t let M eat the play dough, please!!” B called back “Okay!”
There was a pause. And then I heard B in a very low voice tell little M (like she didn’t want me to hear), “Hey, don’t eat the play dough.” You know where I’m going with this, right? By the time I made it back there, M was enjoying the taste of super salty, floury, light gray play dough.
Moral of the story? If you’re a mom, don’t ever go to the bathroom. Or, don’t give your 8-month old play dough. To each their own. ;)
If you’re a mom or a caretaker of littles (or just want to make some for yourself), I highly recommend trying out this recipe!
P.S. If you’ve ever made this before, or if you have a similar recipe, I’d love to hear about it!! Leave us a comment or shoot us a message, you know the drill. ;)
Have a fabulous weekend,