DIY Items for Little Ones

DIY Friday- Dinosaur Sensory Excavation Activity for Toddlers

It’s about time that I did a DIY project that related to an activity for Little Johnny to participate with. One of my most viewed posts has been the DIY hula hoop sensory toy, so I figured my viewers would love to get other ideas to incorporate with their little ones.

I was going to post about my furniture project this week that I have been working on, but it’s not nearly finished (a job that should take about 2 hours is turning into a few days…m o t h e r h o o d.) Stay tuned though because it will be revealed hopefully next week! This beautiful wooden sofa table is coming all the way from Cocoa Beach! I found this gem at a garage sale while my friend was in town! I almost didn’t get it, but they insisted and actually bought it for me! 🙂 So now I’m making it pretty again! The features in the wood has so much character built into, which all I’m doing is just accentuating them!

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Now, onto the activity…

Little Johnny really enjoys going to the Science Center here in Orlando! While he loves the toddler center, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up, so we venture up to the 4th floor and “dig for dinosaurs”! I thought this week’s DIY project would be a great idea to incorporate at our house for times when we just can’t make it over there. You can also include “bugs”, which they have at the Dollar Tree as well. This DIY project is seriously so easy and fun! Plus it’s another sensory activity which is great for kids to explore at this age.

All the materials I purchased were at the Dollar Tree.

{Supplies}

  • plastic bin
  • sand
  • toy dinosaurs  (or any other creatures you want them to dig for)
  • paint brushes
  • shovel (optional)
  • flour (optional)
  • water (optional)
  • rice (optional)

{Steps}

It’s pretty much self explanatory. The only item that I added a little twist to was the sand. I wanted it to be a little more compact and not as loose (which helps with cleanup duty too), so I added about 1/4 cup of flour, and 1/2 cup of water, and a 1 tablespoon of rice  in order for the sand to harden a little. I simply placed the creatures in the bottom of the bin and covered it with the sand mixture. Little Johnny then used the paint brushes and shovel to find the items.

{Quick note- if you are adding the flour mixture just know that it will only last about 2 days.}

If you have younger children make sure you assist as they tend to always want to put things in their mouth. This is still a great activity for them, just with parental watch. Also, this does get messy…so we took it outside, but if you want to do it indoors on a rainy day simply place a very large towel on the floor and then put the bin on top. When your child is done playing scoop with the towel and shake it outside. 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY! I’m looking to do more kid related DIY projects in the future, so stay tuned! 🙂

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

 

Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures

Because it Rains in Florida too! 10 Rainy Day “At Home” Activities for Little Ones

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day! We ended up going to the beach in the late afternoon for only about an hour before the storm came in. We finished our day with delicious cheeseburgers that Big John grilled out! They were seriously the tastiest cheeseburgers we have made at home! Recently I shared a video to my facebook page where Gordon Ramsay takes you through the steps of grilling the perfect hamburger! I seriously suggest that you try this one day, you won’t regret it!

And of course dessert was a must, so I thought root beer floats would be a delicious way to end the day! (which, it was!)

Now, let’s talk about this rain in Orlando, shall we?! I know we needed it since we were in a huge drought! But man, it can stop anytime now. As Floridians, we need our sunshine and beautiful weather (hence, a huge reason why we moved down here!) These past few weeks Little Johnny and I have done a lot more indoor activities at home because it’s been just too wet to get out and go anywhere. I decided to put together a list of 10 activities to do inside (and at home) with your little one. These are easy ones and you can save this to pull out when you’re needing something quick to refer to! (Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!) 🙂

  1. pull out the play dough (or make your own) add sticks or straws  Little Johnny loved this and so far we have done it twice! We use the sticks to build things or just poke holes through the play dough. 
  2. have a picnic in the living room and watch their favorite movie! Thanks to momexploresorlando for the idea! Make sure to check her page for fun activities around Orlando that she explores!
  3. If it’s not thundering and lightening outside, put on your rain boots and grab an umbrella to go and splash in the puddles. Little Johnny now has an obsession with umbrellas! Due to being in such a drought, we haven’t used one in a long time until just recently. The moment I opened the umbrella he thought it was hilarious and wanted to play with it…why not, right?!
  4. Go on “virtual field trips” with the help of YouTube! So far Little Johnny and I have been to an aquarium and the zoo! 😉
  5. Build a fort and read books! This was a fun one and kind of a “spare of the moment” activity for us. I was in the middle of making our bed and Little Johnny kept pulling off the sheets, so I decided to build a fort and we got under and read his library books. We even put pillows under there. It was fun and so much laughter was heard throughout the house!
  6. Go on a color hunt in the house! Get different colored construction paper and lay it on the floor. Grab a bucket and have your little one go through the house finding items of that color and place them on the construction paper with the corresponding color. We haven’t done this one yet, but it sounds fun (plus educational!) Here’s the source where I found the idea! 
  7. Get a large butcher paper or brown wrapping paper and roll it out on the floor to paint or color on! 
  8. Blow up balloons and have your little one practice their cordination with keeping it off the ground. You can even create a paddle using paper plates and a spoon to use for hitting the ball. They can decorate it too! (Source )
  9. Make face magnets from old magazines! This sounds so much fun and I love upcycling things! Can’t wait to try this with Little Johnny. If you want to extend the activity you can even go on a hunt for shapes and cut them out!   Click here for the link. 
  10. And of course there is always paint! If you don’t want to have a mess, then bring it into the bathtub. Put on some fun music and have your little one paint away!

BONUS:

Paint rocks and write a message or prayer on it to mail out to someone. That will definitely bring sunshine to someone’s day!

 

Do you have any fun rainy day activities to add to the list?

Wishing you well,

~Amanda