Top 5 Pinterest Activities for babies and toddlers
Author: Crystal Conomos from All about Zoes Date Posted:6 March 2017
Top 5 Pinterest Activities for Babies & Toddlers
There are so many Pinterest activities you can do with your kids. But which ones actually work and how much effort is required? We had a fun time at All About Zoe’s Blog trying out these Top 5 Pinterest Activities to share with you.
Sometimes we struggle to think of new activities that are fun, creative and beneficial for our kids. Sensory play is any activity that stimulates our senses - touch, smell, taste, sight & hearing. These activities encourage kids to create, investigate and explore which are all valuable skills to learn and aid with numerous developmental skills.
My 9 months old daughter, Zoe, and I decided to try some. You’ll quickly learn that I think the bath is the best place to contain messy play.
8 cups plain flour
1 cup baby oil (can substitute with other oils)
I used a container and fork to mix it all together. The consistency is similar to if you were making cookies (sort of combining but a little bit crumbly).
How we played:
I placed Zoe into the bath because she is a baby and I didn’t want the mess to go everywhere. It is oil, so it does make the surface a bit slippery. The baby oil did not make us greasy at all.
Zoe had a blast squeezing and digging the sand. The consistency is silky, crumbly and mouldable.
Definitely suitable for babies (just make sure they don’t eat it if you use baby oil). Toddlers and even older kids would love to play with this due to the different and unique texture as well as the ability to mould it into different shapes. I’d recommend using sand pit type toys like spades and buckets.
Rainbow Spaghetti Noodles
Long spaghetti noodles (I used 1/4 of my packet)
Simply cook spaghetti per packet instructions, drain, add a little bit of oil, and mix in a few drops of food colouring. You can make it all one colour, or divide the spaghetti into numerous bowls and mix each with different food colouring. Let it dry for 15 minutes to avoid stained hands.
How we played:
I dumped all the noodles in the bath and let her at it! She enjoyed this so much and was throwing it around, picking it up and occasionally trying to put it in her mouth. She spent a very long time doing this. You can also leave the noodles in a container to play with instead.
For one colour serving
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp body soap
1-2 drops of food colouring
1/2 tbsp of water
Add all the ingredients to a container and combine. I used a paddle pop stick and mixed each colour in a plastic cup. You can adjust the consistency of the paint by adding more or less cornflour or water. It is up to you whether to make it thick and gooey like we did, or runny and slippery.
How we played:
I was surprised that Zoe enjoyed this activity. It took her a little bit to warm up to it and I had to add a little bit of water to encourage the paint to work. This activity is specifically designed to be used at bath time as there is soap in the paint. I will definitely do this again when Zoe is older and more interested in drawing and painting.
Add dry rice to an empty, clear water bottle. Another great idea is to add equal parts water and baby oil with a few drops of food colouring to make a lava lamp type experience. With these activities just make sure your child either cannot open the lid or glue it closed.
How we played:
Zoe loves music and really enjoyed shaking the rice around. She also finds it fascinating to hear and watch the rice move around.
2 cups plain flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
Food colouring (optional)
Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil.
Add food colouring to the boiling water first and then add to the dry ingredients.
Stir continuously until it combines. You want it to become a sticky dough.
Let it cool then knead it for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. Add more flour or water as needed to reach a consistency where playdough is barely sticking to you.
I keep ours in a ziplock bag in the fridge as it is supposed to last up to 6 months.
How we played:
Play Dough is an all-time favourite, you can’t go wrong with this activity. This recipe is even edible, although I would still discourage your child from consuming it. Zoe didn’t really understand how to play with this, she tried poking it and just seemed confused about whether she was supposed to be eating it. To be honest, her Dad and I had way more fun moulding the play dough. If your child isn’t interested yet like Zoe, just try again in a few months when they’re older.
Definitely, give these a go with your little one. It is so much fun to watch them explore something new, and give it a go yourself too! I particularly enjoyed the Moon Sand. The benefits to Sensory Play are endless.
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“Like most new Mums, Crystal felt out of touch not only with the world but with herself. Longing for that creative spark (and human connection!) she reignited her love for sharing creatively through Blogging. Crystal is a Primary Teacher by trade, a chocolate addict at heart, married since 2015 (happily married when the kitchen is tidy), a child of the 90s and a proud Mother to her beautiful baby daughter, Zoe. She prides herself in her attachment style parenting and advocating for the normalisation of breastfeeding by following the World Health Organisation guidelines.”
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