Thursday, May 22, 2014

Finger Painting with Toddlers

Finger-painting with toddlers and preschool age children is quite the messy fun experience! I love watching how children react to the sensory aspect of finger-paints, especially the first time they experience it! 

I recently hosted a finger-painting play date with a bunch of little ones. But this would be my own daughter's very first experience with finger-paint! She has always hated having her hands dirty in any way and she also gets really grossed out easily. For instance, even walking on the beach was an issue at one point because she was so disgusted by the seaweed on the sand ~ she would scream for me to pick her up! Come Halloween time, she would have nothing to do with pulling out pumpkin guts when we made our jack-o-lanterns (it literally made her gag) and messy, sticky food meant she'd need a wet hand wipe right away. 

So, I was curious to see how she would react to finger-paint. But she loved it!!! I was so surprised! It was neat to watch her mixing the paint with her hands, use a fork to draw lines in the paint and discover all of the color combinations she could create with the three colors we used: red, blue and yellow. 

In addition to the Crayola Finger Paints from the craft store, I also whipped up some edible, scented finger paints using potato flakes, warm water and koolaid! You can find the recipe here. It's basically mashed potatoes and the consistency is quite different than the regular store-bought finger paint. To be honest, I didn't personally want to touch it but several of the children really liked mooshing it around on paper and since sensory exploration was the point, it served its purpose!

What is your favorite sensory activity to do with toddlers and preschoolers???

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Munch's Backyard Beach Bash

 How did this happen? My baby turned 4 this week!!!

Happy Birthday to my Munch! You bring sunshine to our lives every day :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dinosaur Crayons

It is "Dinosaur Week" at Munch's preschool next week so we made these cute dino crayons to share!

I found this silicone dinosaur candy mold on amazon, for under $5

For specific directions on how to make these you can see my post here

I hope all the little three year olds will enjoy coloring with them! :)


Linking up to: Sun Scholars

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zoomar's Petting Zoo

We love Zoomar's in San Juan Capistrano! The kids always have so much fun here: they get to feed rabbits and guinea pigs, ride on ponies (and  a mini train), pet the goats, sheep and lamas and play in the big corn kernel box (instead of a sandbox - what a cool idea!)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

{Day Trip} Mission San Juan Capistrano

One of our favorite day trips in Southern California is visiting the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. Last summer, we spent a day exploring the gardens, feeding the koi fish, and doing the fun kids activities they had on hand such as panning for gold and making bricks out of mud. 


Beautiful flower gardens perfect for picnicking:


Feeding the koi fish was a highlight...


Here are my little ones, learning how to make mud bricks and pan for gold...

It was such a fun day!!! Hoping to fit another trip down there soon!


Saturday, July 27, 2013