Playdough Recipe

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One of our favorite things to do is to play with playdough.  We always have plenty of store bought on hand, but we LOVE to make our own.  I actually like our homemade version better than the store bought, so here is the recipe:

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What You Need:

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  • 1 packet of Jello
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar (this time I only had 1 1/2 tbsp, but that worked just fine)

What You Do:

This is very simple.  First, mix all ingredients into a saucepan. Second, stir your mixture over medium heat until a ball of playdough forms (takes about 5 minutes).  Let the playdough cool.  Kneed playdough with extra flour until it is no longer sticky. And, lastly, have fun playing!

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If you need ideas for how to play with playdough, check out this post! As always, thanks for reading!

10 Jump Rope Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My preschooler LOVES jump ropes.  She is not yet able to actually use the jump rope as an actual jump rope, so we improvise to still get in some jump rope fun...it also doesn’t hurt to get all of that extra energy out!  You can purchase a jump rope at the dollar store, so these 10 activities are very budget friendly!

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  1. Lay the jump rope straight on the ground and walk right next to it like you would walk on a balance beam.

  2. Practice jumping over the jump rope with both feet off the ground.

  3. Roll dice (you can get foam dice at the dollar store) and jump that many times.  Since most toddlers and preschoolers don’t know how to actually jump, just have them swing the rope from front to back and jump up and down.

  4. Make shapes with the jump rope. Show your child how to make the shape, and then have your child make the shape by themselves.

  5. Stand away from your child and twirl around with the jump rope. Have your child jump over the rope when it comes in front of them.  Most of you will have to swing the rope extremely slow. This one might take a while to learn.

  6. Practice hopping over the jump rope on one foot.

  7. Lay the jump rope out in a swirl or another crazy shape and have kids follow the path.

  8. Practice jumping backwards over the jump rope on the ground.

  9. Lay the jump rope straight to create a line and bounce a ball back and forth over the line.

  10. Practice turning the jump rope together.

If you don’t have a jump rope for your toddler or preschooler, I highly recommend you buy one.  There are endless possibilities to all the fun you can offer your child with a jump rope!

Planting with Kids

Planting with kids is such a fun activity full of learning and life lessons.  This is a great opportunity to teach your children about the wonder of God’s creation.  You can also teach them about how plants grow, how to be responsible, and how to work with an end goal in mind.

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Recently we planted some seeds, and I would like to share with you the process we used. Here is what we used to plant:

  • Pots

  • Paint

  • Paint brushes

  • Planting soil

  • Seeds (we used mint and flowers)

  • Gardening tools (optional)

And this is what we did:

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First, Emma painted her pots. Notice the vinyl tablecloth...I lay these out for everything. They are perfect to protect the floor and furniture when we are doing a project.

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After the paint dried, we took the pots outside and began the planting process.  I let Emma do almost all of the work. I wanted it to be her project.

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She filled the pots with soil and then made a little hole for the seeds.

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Then she added a little more soil to the pots.

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After that, we took the plants back inside so we could water them.

And now, Emma remembers everyday that we need to water her mint and flowers.  We are patiently waiting to see the fruit of our labor!

Again, there are so many lessons to be learned when planting with children.  You can teach them about God's creation, how plants grow, how to be responsible, and how to keep and end goal in mind.