Every parent knows how hard it is to keep kids entertained inside home. Especially when it is raining almost all weekend and just a few days ago the sun was right there…
This morning I noticed my 3 year old boy was a little sad, always looking at the big playgroung in front of our house… So, I decided today we would definitely have to find some fantastic activities and have a lot of fun at home!
I usually follow a lot of themes in Pinterest. ‘Fun Science With Kids’ and ‘Sensory Bins’ are two of them. So I took some ideas, then I introduced some little changes and the result was like this:
1. Homemade Water Fountain
-Start by gathering your supplies: a container, one bottle, one ballon, a straw, some pastafix (or something else that glue and isolates that hole made for the straw) and water.
-Make a small hole, just big enough for the straw and isolate with pastafix
-Pour water into the bottle, place it inside the container, blow the ballon and place it in the bottle entry. And watch your water fountain! Be prepared to repeat this process over and over again! 🙂
2. Colourful Volcano Eruption Experience
Activities: Experiment and observe cause & effect
How To DIY:
-Start by gathering your supplies: a box, vinegar, corn starch, baking soda, food coloring, water and 2 containers for the colorful ‘magic’ liquid.
-Pour the corn starch, baking soda and water into the box. Allow your kid to mix it with a spoon.
-Prepare your magic liquid by pouring the food coloring into 1 cup of vinegar in separate containers. I found some sauce containers at home, they worked very well.
-Give the containers to your kid hands and let the fun begins!
Note: You can add a little more fun by adding some drops of liquid dishwasher soap to the base mixture.
3. Lavender Sensory Bin
Activities: Dig, Find and Match
Skills: eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills and letter/number recognition
How To DIY:
-Start by gathering your supplies. You will need: a box, about a kilo of rice, food coloring, vinegar and a ziploc bag. And some toys of your choice. I chose Gu favourite digger and some letters and numbers to match with the cards I’ve written.
-Pour the rice into the ziploc bag. In a small bowl, mix the color of your choice into about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour it into the rice bag. Shake it well. Or allow the kids to do it for you, they’ll love it!
-Place the rice in a big tray and allow it to dry overnight. If you are in a big hurry to use it (as I was today), put it in the oven (at 150’C) for about 30 minutes and give it a stir once or twice, unti dried.
-For an extra sensory touch, add a little pinchof lavender oil and mix with a fork. Lavender is relaxing and will add a lovely smell to your home.
4. Cat Mask
Skills: Social development, Story telling
How to DIY:
-Look for a mask template on the web or simply draw it yourself. Add an elastic wire and voilá! How simples is it?! 😉