Archive | sensory play RSS feed for this section

A Messy Summer

18 Sep

As summer officially comes to an end this weekend, I’m looking back and remembering all the fun we had.  It was a busy summer full of swimming, baseball, parties, running, and fostering relationships.  It was full.

Another reason to love summer is for all of the messy fun we have outdoors.

Frozen Inspired Ice Blocks.

Mix 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup water together.  Add some liquid water colors and some glitter.  Freeze overnight.

To a squirt bottle add 1 cup vinegar and 1 tsp peppermint extract.  (I imagine Queen Elsa’s castle to smell like peppermint.)
DSC_0036 DSC_0047 DSC_0075 DSC_0086Shaving Cream in the Pool

DSC_0543 DSC_0547 DSC_0550Excavating an Ice Block

Freeze random toys in layers of water. To each layer I added some liquid water colors.  The kiddos love the striation of the ice.  We tried different methods to melt the ice (salt, sugar, licking it), but resorted to smashing it with a hammer.

DSC_0673 DSC_0675

Rainbow Foam

DSC_0817 DSC_0825More baking soda and vinegar fun.

Not outside.  But messy fun nonetheless.  Frozen baking soda melted with vanilla-scented vinegar.

Not outside. But messy fun nonetheless. Frozen baking soda melted with vanilla-scented vinegar.

Advertisements

While Daddy’s Away…

28 Jul

Mike was out of town for a funeral this weekend.  I stayed at home with the kiddos because you never know what can happen with little ones at a funeral.  This was my first extended period with 3 children by myself and the Lord was gracious with me.  He provided me with wonderful community to have us over for dinner, help me keep my kiddos in line, and keep me company.  I loved my Saturday morning on the sidewalk watching the neighborhood kids ride their bikes.

The Lord knew I needed to quiet my heart in the evenings after putting the kiddos to bed.  He met me and reminded me of His deep love for me.  So often I look to Mike to fill this need to be loved and having him gone was just what I needed to remember that it is God who loves me perfectly and completely.  Being filled with this love I was able to lavish love on my three Littles.

Freezy goop.  1 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water, liquid water colors.  Freeze for messy fun.

Freezy goop. 1 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water, liquid water colors. Freeze for messy fun.

Ezekiel joined in the freezy goop fun.

Ezekiel joined in the fun.

DSC_0470

He’s all about sensory activities

DSC_0484

Love these kiddos!

DSC_0482

Goop

DSC_0463

Only in Minnesota

9 May

Only in Minnesota in May do we get a few inches of snow one day, more snow the next then three days later we’re out in our swimming suits.  Our spring was terrible.  I feel like I shoveled more in April than I had all winter.  The gray skies and the dreary weather matched my spirits, though I would have enjoyed some fun in the sun.

Image

Snow on May 3.

After such a gross spring we celebrated the warmth only as Minnesotans do.   We pulled out our swimming suits and the hose and had ourselves a good ‘ole time.  I sprayed some shaving cream on our slide and let the kids have a go.  It really wasn’t as fun as it sounds.  I thought it would provide hours of entertainment and big poofy messes of shaving cream.  But the shaving cream wiped off the slide each time a kid slid down.  Eh, it was worth a try.

Image

Getting ready for some messy fun!

Image

Cleaning the slide with her bottom and some shaving cream.

Image

Little man isn’t too sure what to think of it. He thinks it’s “messy”

But the Little Lady sure enjoyed getting a little messy.

But the Little Lady sure enjoyed getting a little messy.

Shaving cream is becoming one of our favorites.  It’s fairly easy to clean and the kids enjoy getting a little “messy.”  Try it out with your little ones!