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Make your own coconut sugar scrub

I’m addicted to sugar scrubs. Not only are they easy to make but they leave your skin feeling amazingly fresh and rejuvenated.

The coconut in this scrub also moisturizes your skin as it exfoliates.

A winning combination.

Note:I usually make my scrubs in small quantities.

To make your own you will need:

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Optional:

  • a few drops essential oils
  • A few drops of vanilla essence

Method

To make your scrub, simply spoon out your coconut oil into a bowl.

Add in your sugar and essential oils or vanilla essence (if you’re using them) and mix together.

Spoon the mixture into a small containers and attached a label.

Posted in Crafts, Education, Fun mamma Rainbiw kids club, preschool, preschool curriculum, preschoolers, Toddlers

How to make a set of nature inspired number flash cards and counting poster for your homeschool classroom

Every springtime the Western Cape show cases the most gorgeous blanket of little wild flowers.

Every open field has huge spreads of whites or yellows or orange daisy and we are blessed to live very close to one of these areas.

Nature appreciation

Not only are these flowers beautiful they also hold an abundance of life in their little ecosystems.

Little ants that scurry about, earthworms underground, bees, dragonfly, bumblebee and beetles all gathering nectar….these can often be missed as we focus on the flowers.

But, I’ve always tried to teach my children the importance of nature, show her beauty and have them understand our role to protect and look after the world around us from ant to whale.

And so before we even started our activity, Hamish and I, first admired the flowers and sat along the side of the path watching the insect and bird life that danced amidst them.

Using nature to learn

Knowing how important it is for me that my children appreciate the natural world around them, I incorporate nature studies and the use of natural materials in our home classroom.

We count out sticks, print with leaves, have sensory play with mud and build with stones.

If we learnt flower parts we did so outside with real flowers. Shapes and patterns were identified in the garden and what better way to learn about the ocean than to be there?

A Pinterest idea comes to life

Somewhere along my late night Pinterest scrolling sessions, I saw a number freeze made by forming numbers with stones and leaves.

I knew I wanted to make this.

But, the stones and leaves looked dull against the grass background …what if we used flowers?

And so Hamish and I took a walk down the road and gathered several little white flowers to start our new project.

Counting flowers

As soon as we got home, I let Hamish cut the stems off the flowers and we started arranging flowers on the grass in the shape of numbers to photograph.

These number photographs have become the posters and flashcards we use in our classroom.

How to make a set of nature inspired flash cards and counting poster

To make your own you will need:

  • Wild flowers ( but you could do this with any natural item- shells, stones, sticks, leaves)
  • Scissors to cut the flowers
  • A container to gather the flowers in
  • A camera ( your cell phone camera will work just fine)
  • A grass background ( although you may want to use a wooden background, sandy beach, mud, ect)
  • Printer or printing facility
  • Laminator or laminating facility

To make:

  • First gather all your flowers. We used about 20 flowers and made two numbers at a time. Reusing the flowers for the other numbers so that we didnt have to cut that many flowers.
  • Next arrange the flowers into the number shapes.
  • Photograph each number.
  • Edit your photographs until you are happy.
  • Have each photo printed. I printed A4 to make the number freeze and printed 2 images on an A4 piece of card to cut into A5 sized flash cards.
  • Have your posters laminated and display.
  • Cut your flash cards in half and store neatly.

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Make your own … Honey butter

I had never heard of honey butter but as I love honey I was eager to try.

We made some and I must admit, not only was it increadibly simple to make, it almost melted with sweetness in my mouth.

I’m totally obsessed.

This smooth, fluffy sweet treat is delicious on buns, biscuits and breads.

To make your own you will need:

Ingredients

  • Half a cup of honey
  • A quarter cup of softened butter.
  • 4 tsp of whipped cream

Method:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients and beat until soft and fluffy.

Store in an airtight jar in the fridge.

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Easy biscuit recipe

This weekend I let the kids bake. It’s one activity all my children have enjoyed and we use a very simple biscuit recipe.

The biscuits came out really well and Hamish certainly made his with love, devotion and lots of mess.

To make your own:

Recipe

Basic Butter Biscuits
(Recipe Credit unknown)

250g Butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup Maizena (corn flour)
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
+-2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar until creamy and white.

Add oil, vanilla essence, maizena and baking powder and mix well.

Add enough flour to make a soft dough.

Roll and cut with a cutter or pipe through a nozzle.

Bake at 180 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes.

Decorate as desired

Happy baking

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Granny’s chilli sauce

My grandmother loved to cook and was famous for whipping up the most mouthwatering spreads.If she wasn’t baking cupcakes by the dozen, milk tart from scratch or roasting chickens for her grandkids on a Sunday, she was pickling and preserving.Many stories of survival during the Depression and World War 2 she told me, as her and I would prep the vegetables and fruit for the pickles, preserves and jams.This is the recipe for her famous chilli sauce.

Ingredients

  • 20 large tomatoes
  • 2 large green peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 and a half cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( we used brown but white will also work)
  • 2 tbl of salt
  • 1 tbl spoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbl spoon all spice
  • 1 tbl spoon ground cloves
  • 1 tbl spoon ground ginger
  • 1 tbl spoon black pepper
  • 4-8 red chillies ( depending on how hot you want your sauce)

Method

  • Place your tomatoes which have been peeled, cored and chopped, into a saucepan.
  • Dice your green peppers, chilli and onion and add them to the tomatoes.
  • Add all of the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  • Bring your sauce to boil and leave uncovered and simmering for about 2 hours on a low heat. Keep stirring and remove when the mixture is thick enough. This is determined by how much liquid the tomatoes contain.
  • Pour the liquid into jars while it is still hot. When you fill the jar leave space between the liquid and the lid. Don’t fill to the top.

Enjoy the sauce on meats, pastas and added to carols, soups or stews.

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Use the bath bomb mould kit and add a little home made luxury to your bath

We were sent this absolutely stunning Bath bomb kit from bath bomb moulds

Hamish and I chose bubble gum flavour and 2 colours but when we mixed it up he decided he only wanted orange.

The kit comes with all the ingredients, 1 scents and 2 colours that you choose.
There is also an easy to use mould to get that perfect round shape and detailed instructions to follow.

Making our mould

We first placed all the dry ingredients and colour into a container and after melting the coconut oil we added the oil and liquids.

Lastly we spritzed with witch hazel ( which wasn’t as hard as I’d first imagined when reading that the witch hazel will activate the bath bomb)

After getting the right consistancy ( that of wet beach sand) Hamish and I placed the mixture into the mould and made our first bath bomb from the kit.

It was so easy to form the bombs with a mould and I may just be addicted because I’ve already popped onto the website to see what other moulds I can buy 🤦‍♀️

This was such an easy kit to use and the quality is really good.

The kit makes 6 bath bombs we made 4 and a half because Hanish thought it was a sensory tray and loved the feel of the powered mixture between his fingers. Bonus is my dining room floor now smells of bubblegum 🤣

This would make such a great teen birthday gift, party idea or bath suprise for the crafter like me who loves to indulge in bathroom luxuries.

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Kids can paint their own masks with Dishy designs

Last year I found an awesome little company that offer tea towel kits for your children to paint.

This was so much fun.

Making a masterpiece

As I had wanted to create a special memory with Hamish for Mothers day, this was the perfect kit to do that.

We could make something that not only symbolised the strong bond we have but also represented the fun we have throughout our day.

Paint your own tea towel kit

With the PAINT YOUR OWN TEA TOWEL KITS we set to work making my masterpiece.


I especially loved that the dish towel is a blank canvas. For me this means I was able to use my creativity and Hamish could express himself freely without worrying about painting in the lines.

The kit comes with a set of fabric paints, a mixing palette and a thick brush so chubby fingers can easily work with this.

About our design

I chose a design to represent us….

The word love because he fills my heart with pure love.
I used his foot prints ( which because he hates having his feet painted, I had to do while he was asleep) to always remember how small he is was.
On either side of a giant heart I made a print ,first of my hand and then his to show our bond.
Lastly I let him paint the heart so I would have a lasting memory of his first paintings

Paint your own mask kit

This was such a fun project that I was super excited to see Dishy designs have now brought out a PAINT YOUR OWN MASK KIT for kids to paint their own mask.


Just like the paint your own tea towel kit the paint your own kids mask kits includes everything you need to create your masterpiece.

  • 100% cotton, triple layer mask with D15 filter
  • 6 x non-toxic, water based fabric paint
  • Paint brush & palette
  • Usage instructions

A wonderful way to making the wearing of masks less frightening to some children, a fun bonding experience, a great project for toddlers and preschoolers to encourage them to wear their masks and a wonderful back to school activity for children who may be feeling some anxiety about going back to school.

For more information www.dishydesigns.co.za

Posted in craft reciepe, Crafts, Fine motor activities, preschool

Painting marshmallows with milk paint

Painting marshmallows is a fabulous activity to keep the kids busy.

You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Fork or kebab stick
  • Milk
  • Small containers to hold colouring
  • Paint brushes
  • Food colouring

Method:

Pour a little milk into a container and add a few drops of food colouring.

Do this for each colour you are going to use.

Attach a marshmallow onto a fork or kebab stick so your child can hold the marshmallow nicely while painting.

Let them use a paintbrush to decorate their marshmallows with the milk paint.

The white marshmallows are best to paint on as the colours are more vivid.

Instead of using a paint brush you could also let your child paint using ear buds.

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A Beary healthy snack

Hamish asked for his favourite snack today, a peanut butter bear bread, and I thought I’d share with you this incredibly simple way to make a plain old peanut butter sandwich beary yummy.

Ingredients

You will need :

  • Slice of bread
  • Peanut butter or any nut butter spread
  • Fruit, fresh or dried
  • Bananas

To make

First spread your bread with your peanut butter or nut butter spread.

Next cut bananas as ears and a nose.

I used oranges here but normally I would use 2 raisins for eyes.

I also normally cut the mouth from strawberry or apple or red dried fruit bars. All I had in the house was orange so I used that.

Serve and let your little one enjoy.

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Cooking with Hamish – Faircape Milk ice pops

We have been very busy in our kitchen making and baking.

One of the fun things Hamish has learnt to make are Milk ice pops.

These are really easy to make and the kids will enjoy cooking with these dairy treats.

You will need:

  • 1 can of condence milk
  • 3 cups of Fair Cape milk
  • 1 tbls milkshake mix ( we used Nesquick)
  • tbls sugar

Method:

Mix all your ingredients together in a jug.

Pour into lolly moulds. If you dont have lolly moulds you can use Fair Cape yoghurt pots with craft sticks inside.

Freeze. These are best served for 8 or more hours.

Enjoy.