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School Holiday challenge Day 2 – Homemade bath paint recipes

Most children love messy play as it stimulates their senses and allows them the freedom to explore and play.

Today’s challenge is fabulous for bath time but you can also use any of the recipes to let your child paint on glass doors, windows, tiles or a large plastic tray.

It washes off easily with hot soapy water.

I’ve included 3 recipes to make bath paints. I use the first one as I find it has a better consistency and can be made a few hours before and stored in the fridge.

RECIPES

1.Shaving cream bath paint

To make the shaving cream bath paints you will need:

🎨 A container to mix paints into ( cake baking tins work best, but you can use anything non breakable)

🎨 Shaving cream

🎨 food colouring

🎨 paint brush

To mix your paints together spray a generous amount of shaving cream into each container, add one or two drops of food colouring and mix well.

Note: The food colouring does not stain your child or the bath because it’s used in such small drops.

2. Yoghurt bath paint

This is a great paint to use with little children whom you think may try eat the paint.

The consistancy is a lot more runny, you could add some corn flour to thicken it if you feel it is too runny.

To make the yoghurt bath paints you will need:

🎨 A container to mix paints in. (I like to use a 6 pack yoghurt and use the little pots themselves as my paint pots.)

🎨 Yoghurt

🎨 food colouring

🎨 paint brush

To mix your paint, divide your yoghurt into little containers and add one or two drops of food colouring to your yoghurt.

The colours will be more pastel looking.

3. Bath tub finger paint.

This is a nice alternative to the shaving cream paint but also more runny and better for sensitive skin, as you can use your favourite baby wash or shampoo.

To make the bath finger paint you will need:

🎨 a container to mix your paint

🎨 About 4 to 6 tablespoons of your favourite baby wash or shampoo for each colour.

🎨 food colouring

🎨 1 teaspoon of corn flour per colour

🎨 paintbrush

To make your paint into each container add 4 to 6 tablespoons of your baby wash or shampoo.

Add a drop of food colouring per container.

Mix into each colour, a teaspoon of corn flour.

Mixing colours

Here’s a handy chart to mix your colours.

Happy bubbles mammas ❤

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Painting Rocks and Hiding them, why so many people have joined this craze

A few months back I was invited to join a group on Facebook called Cape Town Rocks.

I had posted a few pictures of the story rocks we made and someone felt I would find this group insightful ….and I did.

This group is a community of amazing people who share their love of being creative, their incredibly inspiring rock paintings and where they have hidden them. They also share useful tips on pens and paints to use and pictures when they find a rock that was hidden.


But why paint rocks and hide them?


In their own words they paint the rocks because it’s both relaxing and good for the soul.

It allows for a fun, non pressured way to express an individual’s creativity and no two stones are the same.

Hiding the stones is just as much fun and opens up opportunities to take hikes, explore new spaces and leave small messages as a random act of kindness …you never know who needs to hear your message today.

Paint a rock. Hide a rock day



Obviously, this wonderful group are not the first nor the only group to paint rocks and hide them. There are many groups worldwide.
I even came across a Paint a rock. Hide a rock day where people were encouraged to paint a blue rock to represent the world with a red heart on it.

What a wonderful way to unite people!

How do you get started?


By finding rocks or pebbles to paint.

I read an interesting debate which I must admit I somewhat agree with. People were buying their stones as these come from quarries and do not upset the environments they are moved from.

Your local builders warehouse or nursery should stock stones big enough to paint.

If you do remove stones from beaches, parks or gardens try not to take too many or remove several from the same spot.

What do you need?



Hamish and I started with just some brushes and paints.

Acrylic, oil or craft paints work best.

Kerri used nail varnish and glitter glues.

You can buy all sorts of amazing markers and pens from a craft store as you find your interest grows.

How to paint on rocks

Inspiration


Pinterest and Facebook have so many amazing ideas on what to paint onto your rocks.

Your imagination is your only boundary.

Here are a few of my favourites

Painting with Hamish


Hamish and I started painting our rocks today to hide.

For him choosing the actual rock was the most exciting part of the process. I used some cheap paint we bought from a China store hear us and let him paint how he felt his rock should look.

He was quite happy to keep adding paint and really enjoyed painting his first rock.
This was a lot of fun and really is both relaxing and not pressured at all. I dont feel the need to make it perfect and really just rushed a quick design to show Hamish an example. He did ask me when we painting more so I think we will most likely grab the family, set up a painting station and let everyone Express themselves.

Look out for our hidden rocks ❤
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Sand art with ideas factory

We were recently sent a Sand Art home Kit from Idea Factory to review.

This was so much fun for us all and the perfect holiday and family bonding craft.

Not only is it easy enough for those who might be creatively challenged , it’s also stimulating for the more creative.

The kit comes with

A variety of cards, magnets and bookmarks to make.

Bottles of coloured sand

A funnel

Scraper tools to lift the sticky paper

Trays to work on

Detailed instructions

How to do Sand Art

Sand art is really easy and not messy at all.

Here’s my step by step guide to using your sand art kit cards to make a masterpiece.

1. Choose an image and place it onto a working tray supplied with the kit.

2. Start peeling the sticky paper away, a little at a time with the tool provided.

3. Pick your colour and pour some onto the part of the image you have exposed.

4. Once the section is covered in sand, lift the image allowing excess sand to fall onto the tray. Use the funnel to pour this sand back into your container.

5. Continue until you’ve completed the entire image.

The cards can be laminated or turned into greeting cards. The detailed instructions included in the box tell you how step by step as well as share ideas on how to care for the sand and the best ways to work on your sandy projects.

Our experience

Teenage holiday fun

I first introduced the kit to my teens on a particularly bored holiday. They were all moping around on their phones and I brought out the kit.

Within seconds all phones were down and creativity had begun. There were giggles and laughter and shouts about how each one needed the funnel or a colour or a new card.

Two of the girls had never done sand art before and were excited that their first attempts were so easy, not messy and beautiful.

But the girls weren’t the only ones having fun … Ronan was totally engrossed and it’s a good thing you can buy refill cards and sand because he started making cards for everyone .

The mandalas were a firm favourite amoung the teens as were the book marks.

Toddler pictures

This gorgeous dinosaur was made by Hamish, now nearly 3 years old,almost unassisted.

I helped him to remove the sticky paper but he was able to do the rest alone.

We’ve done several and with winter and a sick toddler, this has been one of my go to activities.

Mom gets creative

Not to be left out, I did my own fair share of pictures and they were both relaxing and easy to do. I especially like that you can laminate the image using the plastic that it comes in.

This kit is a great investment to encourage bonding,especially with the teens. To boost creativity in a child who may not be confident being creative. For holidays or Christmas time. To use for kids to make teacher gifts and those personalised grandparent pictures.

To order your own kit contact http://www.sandart.co.za

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3 Christmas baking ideas for toddlers from just 1 recipe

I’m a simple mom and am happiest when I can use one recipe for a multitude of items and so last year Hamish and I created these three cute biscuit gifts from just one recipe.

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

To make each biscuit

1. Reindeer cookie

You will need to roll out your dough and with a knife cut large heart shapes. Sprinkle with sugar before baking.

To decorate use a paint brush or ear bud dipped into food colouring to draw on facial features.

2. Name banner

I used a large floral shape cutter to help Hamish cut out enough banner shapes to spell out his name.

Ice each biscuit with your favourite icing recipe and using food colouring on an ear bud write your child’s name.

3. Snowflakes

To make the snowflake I used the same floral cutter and iced the cookies in white icing. Hamish then used raisins to form snowflake patterns.

Happy baking

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Make your own donuts

Today is National donut day and although we actually celebrate donut day quite often because ….donuts !!!! We finished off our supper tonight with some freshly made donuts from our local Spar.

If you missed donut day you can always WOW!! the family with this easy to make donut recipe.

Home made Soft Donut Recipe

These donuts are made without yeast and is so quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

FOR THE DONUTS
120 ml milk
30ml oil plus extra for deep frying
250 grams all purpose cake flour

100 grams sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

FOR THE GLAZE
170g icing sugar
2-3 Tablespoons hot water

Instructions
TO MAKE THE DONUTS
Melt the butter in a pot. Once melted, remove the pot from the heat and add in the oil and milk. Mix until combined and set aside.

In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder and Stir in the sugar and salt.

Make a well in the center and pour in the melted butter mixture.

Using a spoon, mix until combined and with your hands,just gather the mixture to form a soft dough.

Do not knead the dough.

Press out the dough to about 12mm thickness and cut out using a donut or cookie cutter.

In a deep frying pan or pot, heat up oil to deep fry the donuts. Carefully drop the donuts into the oil. Allow the donuts to fry for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

Transfer the cooked donuts onto a plate lined with paper towels.

Glaze the donuts while still warm.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE
Mix icing sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of hot water.

Whisk well until silky and smooth and dip one side of the donut into the glaze.

Place the glazed donuts onto a wire rack and allow excess glaze to drip off the donuts.

These donuts are best eaten immediately or preferably on the same day, not that you need to ask us twice to eat donuts 😋


Share in the comments your favourite way to eat donuts .

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How to make Mothers day bath bombs

Mothers day is the one day a year when we remember to spoil our mothers.

It’s a day all about her and so her gifts should be selfishly indulgent.

This year why not make mom some special handmade bath bombs ?

Here’s here to make your own…

You will need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • Handful of dried lavender, rose or other chosen flower petals
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3-4 teaspoons almond oil
  • 15-20 drops essential oil that compliments your chosen flower

How to make the bath bomb

  • In a plastic bowl mix together the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, milk powder and Epsom salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the water, almond oil, and essential oils together.
  • Now slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. (You may need to add a couple of extra drops of almond oil so that the mixture sticks together without crumbling.)
  • Your bath bomb mixture is ready to be placed into silicone molds once you can make a ball with the mixture and it doesn’t fall apart. You can use any silicone moulds you have available.
  • Fill your silicone molds with the bath bomb mixture. Let them set in a dry, safe place at room temperature for 3-4 hours before attempting to remove them. (Letting them set even longer will help them to solidify better in the molds.)
  • Remove them from the silicon molds and place them into a jar sprinkled with leftover flower petals.

All that is left to do is place a bow around the jar and you’re ready to gift these beaitiful bath bombs to a special mom!

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How to make a sensory fizzy swamp

As the mom of a toddler son life can get messy.

He loves mud, sand and dirt as most boys do . After our visit to see the crocodiles in the green “mud” at Le Bonheur, Hamish is rather obsessed with green swampy mud.

Yesterday I made him his own swamp to splosh and sploosh his animals in. Here’s how you can make your own green sploshy sensory mud pool.

You will need:-

🔹️ Therifics Natural magnesium bath fizzle fun

🔹️ Egg white

🔹️ Hot water

🔹️Green food colouring

How to play

🔹️We already had egg white on the floor as we were doing egg and spoon races and a few eggs dropped , but you could separate 2 or 3 eggs and keep the egg whites. These give the swamp a slimy feel.

🔹️Next add half a cup of Therific Naturals Magnesium fizzle fun. I used the blue as the scent is Hamish’s favourite.

🔹️ On top of this sprinkle a few drops of food colouring. The more drops you add the darker it will be.

🔹️ Slowly add the hot water, which helps the Fizzle fun to react and start foaming. Mix in and play.

To get extra messy and for a really interesting sensory experience you could add sand to your swamp as well.

Hamish really enjoyed this and it was great for us to start a discussion on which animals live in swampy type of areas.

To purchase the Fizzle fun contact www.therific.com

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Make a magic Santa Key

This is the first year I’ve started a Christmas eve box and I’m really excited about it.

Finding things to add took some research and one of the items I found was Santa’s key.

A key?

Yes, of course because the jolly red man no longer has chimneys to come down so he will need to get in to drop off the gifts.

I saw some stunning Santa keys online to buy but you can make your own.

You need:-

🌲An old key
🌲Spray paint
🌲Glitter

🌲Gift tag or printed Santa key poem

🌲Markers
🌲Punch
🌲Ribbon

Spray paint the key you choose and sprinkle glitter on it whilst still wet. Alternatively you may choose to leave your key unpainted.

On the gift tag write Santa’s key or print out the wording to the key poem.

SANTA’S MAGIC KEY

This key is very special you see

It will not work for you or me

Hang it just outside your door

Go to bed and worry no more

Close your eyes and close them tight

Cause Santa Claus is coming tonight.

Punch a hole in the tag and attach to the key with ribbon.

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Halloween treats to make

Trick or treat

Smell my feet

Give me something

Good to eat …

Kids love going to Trick or treat and just like most holidays Halloween becomes another sugar rush as our kids collect and eat their way through their Halloween baskets.

So how do you encourage some healthy eating over Halloween?

By making a few of the treats I made bear this year. All of them require very little prep work and can be made in a few minutes.

Jack o citrus

You need:-

Citrus fruit

Black marker

To make:-

Draw a face onto the citrus fruit your child likes best.

I placed bear’s pumpkin in a field of popcorn.

Spooky suckers

You will need:-

Lolly pop

Toilet paper

Ribbon

Marker

To make :-

Fold the toilet paper over the lolly pop and fasten with a ribbon. Use the marker to draw on the face. These make BOO-tiful Halloween treats.

Monster peppers

You will need:-

Peppers

Knife

To make:-

Carve faces out of the peppers. I had great fun making these and they were a huge hit with the teens.

Ghoulish spider hands

You will need:-

Pop corn

Toy spider

Plastic glove

To make :-

Fill a plastic glove with popcorn. Push a spider in and tie. A basket full of these ghoulish treats will delight any little monster.

Banana ghosts

You will need:-

1 banana

Knife

Food colouring

Ear bud

Chopstick

To make :-

Cut the banana in half and use the food colouring with an earbud to draw on a face. Stick a chopstick into the banana

Vampire blood slushies

We used our Sinchies to freeze some mix up juice to make slushies.

To make the slushie remove from freezer early. For a lolly leave to freeze solid.

If you don’t have resealable pouches you can use a plastic bag.

You will need :-

Mix up juice

Redeemable pouches or plastic bags

To make :-

Fill wth pouch with juice and freeze.

Bear loved his treat tray of delightfully spooky treats and it took about 30 minutes to prepare for him.

Happy Halloween

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Make a sunset print to frame

Day 7 and the final day of the kids art challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries and Dala is sunset.

We chose to make a sunset print to frame for bears room.

It was very easy.

You will need:-
A4 glass frame
Paper
Brushes
Paints in red and yellow

To make :-
Place a blob of each colour paint on the glass frame .

Your child can either use their hands or a brush to mix the two to get a sunset orange.

What’s great is often little ones can’t mix the paint on the entire glass frame and so you end up with a lovely contrast of colour a shining through.

Place a sheet of paper over the frame and press down

Pull the paper off to reveal the image print

Leave to dry and frame