Colored Sensory Bags
Sensory Bags for Light Table
- 3 Ziploc freezer gallon bags
- clear hair gel (I used the cheapest largest containers I could find)
- food coloring: red, yellow, blue
- duct tape
- Fill Ziploc bags with desired amount of hair gel. I used one large container of gel per bag, when evenly flattened the bag was about 1/4 in thick.
- Add drops of food coloring into each bag until it reaches the desired color.
- Squeeze out all the air and seal the bag tightly.
- Use duct tape to reinforce the bag’s seal.
- Use sensory bags on light table, allow child to explore color mixing by layering the bags on top of one another.
Easy Egg Breakfast
Difficulty: (1-5) 1
Prep & cook: under 10 min (if you use paper towels or throw dishes in the
Tools: turner for eggs, pan or griddle, toaster
Butter or spread
1) If using optional ingredients add to pan and pre cook.
2) Crack 2 eggs in pan near each other on top of optional ingredients (~2-3 min
on low/med heat)
3) Start toasting bread
4) Pull sides of egg white into a bread shape (helps with uniform thickness)
salt pepper now if desired
5) Butter bread
6) Flip eggs and sprinkle cheese on top
7) Lift and place egg creation on bread
Much cheaper than ordering the same thing when your out.
Healthy Ruffle Noodles & Veggies
Difficulty (1-5) – 1
Prep Time: 0 min Cook Time: 20 min
Servings: 4-6 depending on the portion
Colander (or strain pasta with lid)
– 1 box pasta (I used ruffles)
– 1 bag frozen mixed veg
– 1 large can crushed tomatoes
(Optional: salt and pepper to taste)
Cook the pasta per instructions and drain. (I like to add a little oil) add mixed frozen vegetables, 1 tbs basil, 1 tbs garlic (I used two cubes frozen basil), crushed tomatoes. Taste: add salt and pepper as needed.
Carpet Deodorizer and Disinfectant
Carpet Deodorizer & Disinfectant
- glass mason jar
- hole punch
- Baking Soda
- essential oil (I use Purify, but Oregano or Lemon could work too)
*Make sure the essential oil does not have a strong color such as orange or fortify which is blue, it can color light carpet.
- Mix together 2 c Borax to 2 c Baking Soda in a medium sized glass mason jar.
Mix Borax and Baking Soda in mason jar.
- Add in 15 drops of essential oil, I use “Purify” by Native American Nutritionals because I have an infant and want to make sure the carpets are disinfected. *Purify essential oil blend also helps repel bugs.
Add Essential Oils (10-20 drops depending on how strong a smell you like)
I use “Purify” essential oil blend.
- Mix thoroughly
- Use mason jar lid removable metal circle as a guide for drawing a circle on cardstock. Cut out cardstock and cover in clear tape to add extra strength. Punch holes in cardstock with hole punch.
Punch holes in cardstock for shaking powder but save metal lid for storing leftover powder.
- Put cardstock in mason jar lid, screw on, and shake over carpet. Let powder set for 15-30 minutes, then vacuum up. For extra cleaning, I rub the powder into the carpet before I let it set.
- For spot cleaning, add some water to the powder and make a paste, scrub into the spot and let it sit for 15 min and rinse with warm clean water.
Easter Egg Hunt Game:
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Gift Bags
- Paper and Pencil
- Candy or Small Healthy Treats
- Instead of hiding an Easter Basket or in addition to, separate any gifts into individual gift bags. We hid: wooden train accessories, books, and stickers (items do not have to be expensive, kids just enjoy the game).
- Label each bag with a number.
- Write a number on a piece of paper for each bag and put inside plastic eggs.
- Fill additional eggs with treats or stickers.
- Hide all the eggs
- Allow children to find the eggs.
*I explained to my children that the presents were for everyone, so they must work as a team to “unlock” all the presents. My younger son has a limited attention span and quickly became bored with finding eggs, so he started re-hiding them.
Fill Gift Bags with Small Toys or Books
Fill Easter Eggs with Numbers and Small Treats (we used gummies, a few chocolates, and stickers)
Children “unlock” a gift bag as they find the number.
“Unlocking” Gift Bags
Sensory Bin: African Safari
My younger son (2 yrs) loves make believe play although he struggles to enjoy sensory bin investigation by himself. I find that he is much more successful engaging in a sensory bin when my older son is with us or if I sit down with him to get him started. Ex.) I read a book that relates to the theme of the bin (such as The Green Turtle) then I set a goal,”Why don’t we separate all the blue gems from the other stones to make a drinking pond?”
Safari Sensory Bin
- black beans
- smooth stones
- blue glass gems
- safari animals & trees
Use blue gems to represent water
Perfect Sensory Sand
Sand play is so much fun, but what a mess. I tried out several “dough” recipes with alterations for sand and found the following recipe to be the best. It uses very simple ingredients and results in a fluffy, super soft, and moldable sand.
Sand, Flour, and Baby Oil
- play sand (approx. $4 for a large bag from Home Depot)
- baby oil
- Mix one part sand to one part flour
- Add tablespoons of baby oil and mix in well with hands until you get the right consistency
*I used 10 cups sand + 10 cups flour + 12 tablespoons baby oil
Step One: Mix 1 Part Sand to 1 Part Flour
- Step 2: Mix in Baby Oil with Hands
Sensory Sand should hold its shape when molded.
Aluminum Foil Painting
Aluminum Foil Painting
This is a favorite: It’s easy to prepare, encourages fine motor development, and is relatively quick to clean up.
- aluminum foil
- q-tips or paintbrush
- washable paint
- ice cube tray or small containers for paint
Aluminum Foil Painting Supplies
- Cover cardboard in aluminum foil (I like circles, so I save the cardboard bottoms off of our frozen pizzas).
- Fill ice cube tray with small amounts of washable tempera paint.
- Put a q-tip in each color paint and let your child explore.
- Replace q-tips if they get yucky.