No-cook Edible Play Dough

I am constantly on the run for simple .. DIY activities for lil A πŸ™‚ Though there were many versions of DIY dough on the internet .. I found this extremely simple and effective πŸ˜€

This is completely edible as well ..

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup flour (any flour will do) I used wheat
  2. 1/4 cup salt
  3. 1/2 cup warm water
  4. A few drops of food colouring

Procedure:

  1. Mix the flour and the salt
  2. The food colouring is to be mixed with the warm water
  3. Add the water to the flour stirring all the way.
  4. Knead the dough so that the flour is absorbed. If at all the dough seems sticky, you would just need to add more flour.

And this was the output for us πŸ˜€

The next day when I gave to Aadya .. she was impressed .. Check out what all we did …

 

Shapes, chapati and then our favorite balls πŸ˜›

So when you are giving the dough be sure to give some toys and shape cutters .. I gave her a popsicle stick to cut since we dint have any shape cutters at home right now .. πŸ™‚

Will surely post more ideas and our dough tales in more posts to come ..

Oh and do store it in an airtight container for it to last longer than a month πŸ™‚

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An ex-skater’s take on skating for children today

I was asked to post about skating for kids on one of my favorite parenting groups and I did an elaborate post on it. So decided to share the same here and would be editing more in a while πŸ™‚
I have been a national skater .. Roller hockey player(more precisely)
I was introduced to skating when I was 4/5, was given a break and reintroduced at 10 years .. Again πŸ™‚
So I know a lot of my friends were into skating since they were 3 ..

My dad was keen about sports .. So we were always playing/exploring/learning some sport or the other ..
We took skating as a sport – it was an integral part of our life ..
Activity is different from a sport ..

We were trained properly for skating .. If we had to do 1hr of skating .. It was always 1 hr or even more preparing for it, warm up, exercises, flexibility, crunches and so on ..

Sometimes skating was just skipped πŸ™‚
What I wanted to emphasise is .. Our bodies were prepared for skating .. (Since i have been hearing in the groups that legs being not strong enough and all — i really can’t comment on this because we had dedicated coaches and they took care that we were strong and developed us )
Also there are techniques as to how we should be skating ..

1.  you would need jonex skates with the brake removed .. to start with and would move on to quads, inline ..

You get the jonex skates in any sports shops .. Plastic skates are a dud and a big NO-NO πŸ™‚

Attaching the pic of jonex .. These are size-adjustable as well

2. You would need bend your knees and skate ..

3. You need to learn to fall first i.e fall on your bums πŸ˜†

4. You would need to learn balancing on 1 leg at time first and then both the legs ..

5. You would need to learn to brake πŸ™‚

6. You are ready to go πŸ™‚

Skating is/was always fun .. We used to cover places on skates .. Hockey is any day fun to watch or play πŸ™‚

Thank you Amruta Ramsubramaniam for asking me to post πŸ™‚ nostalgic .. πŸ™‚ Much love ❀️

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BFF

We generally drift off to sleep with me patting the little one to sleep by putting her on me and Aadya sleeping next to me. It is generally a story and when Aadya decides to sleep, she asks for Krishna’s story πŸ™‚ Well who doesn’t love little Krishna story or rather stories πŸ˜€

So we were going through these story telling sessions and the little one doesn’t seem to sleep .. Fidgeting, whining, scolding πŸ˜‰ (Both my girls dont cry πŸ˜€ everytime .. They mostly make these peculiar cries when they are discomfortable .. And they sound exactly like giving me a good scold :P)

I continue patting her .. and not stopping my story for I dint want to stop aiding Aadya from falling sleep ..

Suddenly .. Aadya tells me “Amma Chelli padukundipoyinattundi” (Amma I think lil sister slept off) and I checked, YES she lept πŸ™‚ Phew! That relief! πŸ™‚

Then I suddenly realized .. Aadya is on my team to put her little sister to sleep. πŸ˜€ Oh well!! She was always trying to pat the little one to sleep or join me in making the soothing sounds or sometimes even with the lullabies as well ..

It was only when she said the above words I realized that she truly wanted to help and was not playing πŸ˜€ She was damn serious just like about the task on hand of putting her sister to sleep .. just like Mom πŸ˜€

When Aadya was even smaller, I never had help putting her to sleep .. and sleep was the only complaint I had about A ..

But now .. I have help πŸ™‚ I have a friend who was always ready to reach out to me :)It’s then I realized I had a new BFF in town 8) who would always be with me .. πŸ™‚

Though it amazed me how Miss A grew up so fast .. it doesn’t surprise me .. as she always had been a thoughtful, considerate human πŸ™‚

I love her soul to pieces .. and forever grateful to have her!!

 

<3

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Matching colors – a rainbow wheel

Well,Β  well after this colourful popsicle sticks, lil A definitely took to learning colours and now she can name almost 10 colours πŸ™‚ I really did not have time for more activities, but that did not deter her enthusiasm πŸ™‚

She loved mom colouring and she took to learning the names (of the colours) of those colour pencils.
And then she simply got bored with all her toys since a week .. Every single toy I bring out, She tells me “Amma idhi vaddhu amma, inkoti kaaavaali ammmmaa” (not this, another one please) and these days she is diligently packing up and giving away to me as well. So much for trying to set up discipline and responsibility. (She is doing this only when she is not happy with the toys u see πŸ˜› not everytime πŸ˜‰ )

All the toys i stocked here at Vizag are exhausted and she wanted new ones. So I decided to do a couple of DIY activities for her today…

She went out to beach with my promise that a new game would await her by the time she returns ..
I loved the look on her face with my mention of new game .. Absolute ecstasy.. but what amused me was the look on the father, my hubster .. he seemed utterly delighted as well πŸ˜€

Coming to activity #1, I had some coloured wooden pegs lying around and the amazon hauls have left me with lot of cardboard πŸ˜‰

So I decided a simple rainbow wheel with crayons and those wooden pegs for her to match ..

I still have to see how good she can handle those pegs, but definitely a good one to start.

rainbow wheel 1

And then here you go the final finished piece of rainbow wheel.


And then this is not the end of the story. Do you want a dash of expectation vs reality mishap? Here you go πŸ˜‰ what Aadya decided to do with the rainbow wheel?
Oh spin it like a wheel anf that too .. like a boss!!!! πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜…

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2 piece puzzles

I wanted puzzles for little A since long but as soon as she turned 2 I just had to get them ..

See the haul for both of us πŸ˜‰

But A was clearly irritated seeing she couldn’t solve them ..

Then I realized she needed something simple to start with to get her interested in puzzles .. I browsed over toddler puzzles and saw that clearly I was over enthusiastic about the whole thing. She definitely had more time for these 3,4,5 piece puzzles!!

Then i came up with these simple DIY puzzles.
All i needed was a black sketch, crayons, cardboard(online shopping comes handy here) and a white paper πŸ™‚ and then of course a toddler who dint mind clumsy work!! I really love her for that !!

And viola to start with 3 basic drawings and my 2 piece puzzles for A are ready !😎

That look of absolute delight from A is priceless.. Any day!! πŸ™‚

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Fishing experience from scraps

This has been on my mind forever!!
But somehow was putting it off .. Forever πŸ™‚

Today I felt like treating lil’ A and there you go .. It just took me 15 min
I used left over foam sheets, eyelets, Popsicle stick and A’s thread that has been lying forever, of course a magnet as well .. And to punch the eyelets home … the ginger smasher πŸ™‚
Wasn’t it easy breathy πŸ™‚ and needless to say Aadya LOVED it!!
Attaching the pic of a small box i made from scraps to hold my toddler crayons which doubled up to make a fish tank!!


Thoroughly this has been made from scraps πŸ˜€

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