I feel like I’m a little late to the game but these restrictions have me feeling all kinds of crafty. Or maybe it’s just trying to entertain a toddler and manage a baby’s multiple nap + feeding schedule. Regardless, here are some of the ways we have been keeping busy over the last few weeks.
I always admired the sensory bottles at our daycare but was oddly too intimidated to make them myself. I made a bucket list of things I want to do with the girls before my maternity leave is over and making sensory bottles is on there. What helped is finding materials we already have (rice, food colouring, black sand – from our wedding). I used the hot glue gun to glue the lid on the bottles once we were done so that I wouldn’t find rice or sand all over Esther’s room. The bottles I used are 12oz.
The first bottle is Valentine’s inspired and is made of dyed rice + candy hearts. To dye the rice I put about a cup of rice in a ziploc bag, added several drops of the red food colouring and had Esther shake it all up. The original idea was to use liquid watercolour paint but the dollar store didn’t have any and I already had the food colouring at home. I like the way it turned out with the food colouring better because the rice came out in various shades of red instead of being one solid colour.
The second bottle has the black sand + confetti. I created a funnel with paper to help get everything in the bottle rather than all over the floor and let Esther add the materials.
This is how they turned out:
The canvas craft was definitely my favourite. Although, it felt like one of those “Pinterest fails” because it didn’t turn out the way I expected at all but I still love how they turned out. On the day we did this activity, Esther was pretty tired so she wasn’t too interested. You win some, you lose some I guess.
I created an “E” and a “C” for the girls with construction paper and taped it on. When we were doing the actual painting, I had to hold the letters in place because the tape didn’t stick very well. I attached the clothespin to a cotton ball, put the paint on a plate, and let Esther go to town on the canvas – using both the cotton ball and the q-tip to theoretically create different sized dots. I ended up grabbing her a paintbrush to add different textures to it.
When she was done, I removed the letters and this is how they turned out:
Large Felt Heart Activities
Originally, all of these activities were Valentine’s Day themed but life happened and wouldn’t you know, it’s already three weeks past Valentine’s Day. Anyways, I picked up a package of 32 large felt hearts from the dollar store for $3.50. Turns out this was the best purchase because we have played with these hearts almost every day since! Here are the three main activities we’ve enjoyed:
Activity #1 consisted of Esther helping me punch out the border on each heart. This provided a surprising 20-30 minutes of quiet, focused activity.
Activity #2: As we punched out the borders, I saved all the pieces in a bag. I didn’t plan on keeping them, I was just trying to avoid the pieces going everywhere. I ended up giving Esther a few bowls and spoons to play with the little pieces and Esther has loved it.
Activity #3: We scattered the hearts all over her floor and played a version of “Simon Says”. For example, I would say, “Find a pink heart and put your nose on it” and she would do it. We’ve jumped and rolled and skipped all over those hearts. The best part: I got my workout in for the day through it! This activity has also helped keep her room somewhat clean because she knows she has to clean up her other toys so that we have room to jump around. One thing I have love about these activities is that they combine play and learning which is amazing.