Montessori Inspired Activities For Toddlers #2 | Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe {No Cream of Tartar}

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If you have been following my blog for sometime, then you might have already read about the no-cook Play Dough recipe I posted a few months ago.  That recipe is still my go-to recipe for homemade play dough for my little girls.

But last night, kids slept a tad bit early, so I had some ‘extra’ time to experiment. And since we ran out of our play dough that I made earlier, I decide to try this recipe that doesn’t require cream of tartar.

And to those of you who don’t know what cream of tartar is, its actually a powder that gives the dough a bit more stability and volume. But I just decide to skip it, because like always I wanted to make something with the ingredients that I already had in our cabinet. And I loved the way it turned.

So here’s what you will need to make your own homemade play dough without cream of tartar:

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  1. 1 cup All purpose Flour
  2. 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil (or any other oil)
  3. 1/4 cup Salt
  4. 3 teaspoons White Vinegar
  5. 1 cup Water
  6. Food Colouring

Method:

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Put all the ingredients in a saucepan.

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Mix everything together and stir constantly over a low-medium flame. Until it clumps up together like this.

Turn off the flame. And knead it for a few minutes so that everything is mixed together nicely.

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They enjoyed it thoroughly. I loved watching them play.

And if you want to make play dough in different colours. Just rinse the saucepan and repeat the procedure. Store in air-tight container and it should last for a very long time.

UPDATE: I wrote this last week but published it only today. So this batch of play dough is still great going.

One night, I left a small portion of it, open to air to see how quickly it hardens up. And I’m glad it didn’t dry up a lot. I added a few drops of water in the morning and with little kneading. It was fit for play again 🙂

Let me know if you have tried any other recipe for making play dough and like it. I would love to try it too.

And if you’ve  missed our yesterday’s activity, you can go take a look at it. So that’s it for today. 🙂

Happy Homeschooling!

Montessori Inspired Activities for Toddlers #1 | Introducing Colours

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Yesterday, kids got up a bit early and I haven’t had a single ‘goodnight’ in the past few weeks (that’s a different story though). So  since everyone was up, I thought of making something colourful for the Little Thing, who is not yet familiar with colours other than Orange and Green.

This activity will helped my child in ‘matching’ the colours. I didn’t want to rush things up and confuse her. So as of yesterday, it was only matching the colours for her. May be in the coming weeks we can learn their names too. 🙂

So if you want to make this activity for your child, you’ll need the following things:

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  1. Foam sheets in colours of your choice
  2. Cardboard sheet ( I upcycled an old carton)
  3. 1 Colour paper.
  4. Scissors
  5. Markers
  6. Glue stick

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All I did was I cut out a large piece of cardboard and wrapped it with a coloured paper, so that it looks neat ( You can totally skip this part, if you have no time).

And then glued, foam pieces on to the card stock. Remember you will need two pieces in the each colour, for your child to match them with one another. And that’s about it.

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Initially, I put the pieces beside and asked her what she wanted to do with them. She twisted and turned the pieces and pulled them apart. My fault, I shouldn’t have asked her that in the first place. Hehe.

I then told her to match the colours and she did it in no time. MashaAllah.

Fun Fact:  The Little Thing is this type of a child, she knows what a Popsicle stick is and never forgets to asks for it when she wants to play with them. But when I ask her the colour of the sky, she instantly says green! LOL Now you know her personality. Her major source of learning is her big sister.

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This is how it looked once she finished it. It’s easy, inexpensive and fun. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Please comment below and let me know how you like it. So that’s all for today. Stay tuned because I have loads of fun activities coming up.

Happy Homeschooling Momma!

Easy Homemade Play Dough {No Cook}

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I have two super active little girls at home and keeping them entertained through out the day, does sometime get tricky.

And as a mom, I’m constantly searching for super simple activities, also keeping in mind our tight schedule and budget. We can’t hop into the market every week to grab those harmful colorful dough!? And also since I let the girls occasionally help me in the kitchen. We started making this easy homemade play dough (Play Doh) more often now. It’s super easy to make and fun to play with.

I haven’t used cream of tartar in this recipe which is why the dough may not last for over 4-5 months. But then I wanted to make something that’s simple and I wanted to be able to find all the ingredients off my cupboard!

So here’s what you will need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (you can use any)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Food colouring
  • Water

What you need to do:

  1. In a large bowl mix flour, salt and oil.
  2. Add desired account of food coloring, depending on the shade of dough you want to make.
  3. Knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness is gone. You may add a few drops of oil if it’s still sticky.
  4. You will need to make a perfect dough that has just the right consistency. And that’s it! You are done!

And believe me both my girls thoroughly enjoy making it. And every morning they are out of the bed, they run to their play-area to grab their play dough.

I currently store our dough in zip-lock bags but I will fetch some air-tight containers on our next trip to the supermarket. This dough can last for over a month. And I can only think of those at least 30 no-fuss hours a month?!? Which for me I think is totally worth those 10 minutes of hardwork! 😉

Tell me how you like your play dough in the comments. And if you like this post don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, The Mommy blog via email and give us a thumbs up on Facebook!

 

 

Make your own wall decor: Simple Toddler Craft

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We have been travelling all of this month and I couldn’t find enough time to sit and blog. The girls were also busy meeting our family members, friends and new people 🙂 They both had an awesome time. And one day we decided to do a little activity with whatever minimum things we had on hand. I’m sharing this fun craft activity with you here today.

So these are the things you will need to get started:

  • Watercolours
  • card stock paper
  • sketch pens
  • and super enthusiastic kids
  • full body apron ( Optional)

What we did: 

We grabbed some watercolours and thumbpainted randomly over a white card stock paper. You can use any paper for that matter. And that’s it. You will need to just let go and let the kids have fun with the colours and paper.

Both the girls made colourful thumb impression all over the paper while I kept watching them enjoy! Once they were done. I grabbed a sketch pen and drew the string/wire attaching all the thumbprints making it look like a beautiful array of lights. Yes as simple as that! 😀

This little activity was what I could to do away from where with limited resources.

P.S: This craft looks super simple and adorable but be prepared to the mess because kids are kids! 🙂

I can’t wait to get it framed and have it hung in our kids’ room! 😀

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Super Easy flowers tutorial

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The day when the nesting bug bit me, I was sure my house was going to get some best treatments of it’s life! I’m glad to confess the fact that most of it has been a part of my DIY project, excluding the walls and some heavy-duty furniture of course 😉

Like I’ve mentioned it earlier I have been stashing up glass bottles that came with some edibles. And I also had good amount of parchment/butter paper which I use for baking. So I thought of many some flowers out of it!

And here it goes..

Things I used:

  • Parchment/butter paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • wooden dowels
  • glass bottle

What I did:

  • I drew out the outline of the flower on the butterpaper with a pencil and cut it out.
  • Then I poked a hole in the centre and slid it on the dowel and bent it slightly so it looked like a flower.
  • I repeated the same for the next flower. And put them both together so it looked like Hydrangea of sort!!  And that’s all!! I had these easy and elegant looking flowers in less than 10 minutes!!!

Have you made anything lately?? Comment below I would love to know them!! 😀

Easy Headband Tutorial for Babies and Toddlers | Do-It-Yourself

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In case you haven’t noticed, fabric bows are insanely adorable and very obsessing. I always dreamt of accessorizing my daughter even before I became a mother. But sooner did I realize, they are not just adorable but unbelievably priced too. And being a DIY addict that I am, I just decided to make my own with all material I would find at the nearby store.

And I’m glad I was able to make them. They look difficult in the beginning but once you get the hang of it you can make a huge batch of them in no time. These cute bands just add that extra oomph to almost every outfit.

And if you’ve been following this blog for a while now, then you know that I made a bunch of  no-sew fabric bows and used them up for making hair-clips for little ladies.

And then went on and made a few more bows to make these headbands. I made these in under 20 minutes or so( yes both of them under 20 mintues). And I’m loving them already! 🙂

So here’s what you will need to make your own headbands:

  • Sewing Elastic
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Acrylic paint ( optional )

What I did:

  • First, grabbed some sewing elastic of about 17″ and 14″ respectively.( my daughters are aged 2  and 7 months old, respectively. You can choose according to the size of your child’s head.

My elastic was white in colour and I wanted a coloured one, I searched a bit but seems like no store carries coloured sewing elastic so I had to make one on my own to suit my taste. I simply painted the elastic strips in the colour of my choice. I used acrylic colour for it. And they look just the way I wanted.

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  • I then grabbed one elastic band and used a lighter to burn both the ends of it so the elastic doesn’t fray.
  • Then I overlapped one end with the other and did a straight stitch. I triple stitched for more strength. ( You can also zig-zag both the together).

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  • Later on I wrapped the stitch with a rectangle scrap fabric so that it’s no more visible.

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  • I then hot glued the fabric bow onto the rectangle fabric. And there is was!! Beautiful.Simple.Chic ! 😀 😀

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I followed the same and made a huge batch of headbands in different colours and prints.

Do let me know in the comments below, how you like it? 🙂

No-sew flowers tutorial

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If you’ve been following Hfareen’s Space for quite a while now then you’ll be knowing that I stash up almost everything that I come across and then try to use ’em in some or the other projects that I work on. So this is just an extension of it. And if you’ve missed my post of what I did with the left-over fabrics from other projects then make sure you read Hair Scrunchies and no-sew fabric bows.

Here’s how I made no-sew flowers for our little coffee table!! 😀

Things I used:

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  • Round wooden dowels
  • fabric
  • glue

What I did:

  • Firstly I cut long fabric strips of about 17-18″.

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  • Pinched the fabric and went on gluing it around the dowel.

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  • Ran a  few inches of glue over the fabric and went on pinching until I reached the end of the fabric.
  • Then to finish off the base, I wrap it with a fabric piece thats I slit at one point and glued it so the messy base is no more visible. And that’s about it! 😀

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 Sorry no photograph of the base!!

Anyways that’s how my flowers looked!! 🙂 And I’m pretty much happy at the way they turned out for it’s my first-time!! 😀

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Quick Tip: Try to use regular glue instead of hot glue so you don’t end up burning your fingers.

Let me know if you’ve any other ideas on the things that should go on a coffee table! I would love to know ’em!! 🙂

Happy Crafting Ladies!! 🙂 🙂