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Sensory activity safe for all ages 4-6 months and up

Here is a guest post by a fellow Mom blogger, Rachel! Please show her some love! 

 


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Hi everyone!

My name is Rachel and I’m the owner of Coffee Mamma I’m so honored today to be doing my very first guest post! I am a Mommy Blogger that focuses on all things Woman, Mother, Family and Child friendly. My love of beauty, passion for blogging, addiction to coffee and of course my currently 9 month old Daughter have led me to this point. I owe everything to my little Girl ❤

 


I was absolutely ecstatic when Jessie the owner of this wonderful website you have found me on had told me she liked my website so much and that she wanted me to guest post for her. Hugeeee thanks to Jessie for the Great Opportunity. I appreciate it soooooo much.

There’s something about blogging that just soothes my soul.

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Today I would like to share with all the moms and caregivers around the world a super simple sensory activity safe for all ages 4-6 months and up.

I’m not exactly sure if there is a name or exact recipe out there for this somewhere.

I think once I’ve heard it referred to as “oobleck”.

 

I’ve just been running into a lot of moms that haven’t thought this would be safe for children of really young ages. Buttt! I’m here to tell you it is!!! And your child will love it!!!

As long as your baby can sit in a highchair on their own and my personal suggestion is that they have had cereal before, then this is a great thing to introduce.

Also, my reasoning for the preference of your child starting cereal beforehand is because babies put everything in their mouth. This is a thicker substance and I just feel it’s in a child’s best interest to introduce this activity after they have had practice swallowing something thicker than breast milk or formula.


You will need:

  • A tarp or drop sheet
  • Corn Starch
  • A mixing bowl
  • Food Coloring of your choice
  • A Highchair or somewhere safe for your child to sit.
  • A whisk or a fork to mix with
  • Water

 

  1. First what you want to do is set up your drop sheet. Now, this is more necessary unnamed (1)for infants or if your young child makes a HUGEEE mess. The first time I let my daughter play with goop she got it everywhere all over my table couch and floors. I picked some painters to drop sheets up from the dollar store next time I was out. 
  2. After you have your drop sheet set up you want to place the highchair probably in the middle. You probably wouldn’t think that it could get too messy behind your child but you’d be surprised. 
  3. Now, take your mixing bowl, and put as much cornstarch as you like. Be reasonable though.
  4. If you have a really young child I would put a lot less then if you have a toddler or school-aged child. This step is where I like to add just a couple drops of food coloring. I just do whatever color I feel like doing!!! 
  5. Add little bits of water at a time while stirring. The trick with this is NOT putting TOO MUCH water in. If you add too much water then the cornstarch won’t develop the ability to be both solid and liquid at the same time. 
  6. Last but not least get your kiddo secured in their highchair and let them play! I started by pouring it in little bits directly onto my daughter’s tray. Once she was more interested in it I dumped the rest of the bowl onto her tray.

 

This is something I just love because it’s super simple and its fun, safe & sensory for all ages. There are plenty of ways you can change it up too, in different colors, a dash of cinnamon or vanilla extract. My daughter had suchhh a blast it was amazing seeing her explore and have so much fun.

Like I mentioned for this to work you really want to make sure you don’t use toooooo much water. When you first touch it should feel kinda solid, like you can run your finger over it without applying pressure and it shouldn’t move very much.

When you touch it with a bit of pressure, it will break apart a bit allowing you to pick it up.

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Pressure mixed with the warmth of your skin will turn it very liquidy so when you pick it up it will turn watery and fall through your fingers.

Here is a link to a YouTube video. I did not make this video but the person who did make this video displayed perfectly what the end results should be.

I hope you all enjoyed my little post. Thank you so much for reading again this was my first guest post so this really means a lot to me. Another big Thank You to Jessie for having me here today.

For other fun things, you can do with your young children check out some of my latest posts like 9 things you can do with you 6 – 12-month-old & 11 Baby Friendly Fall Films. Or just check out my entire site to see if anything spikes your interest. I hope to see some of you soon. Have a wonderful day everyone.

 

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5 Ideas to try out this Fall

Fall is here and in the air, well not for us Vegans. It’s still mildly hot but soon jean jacket weather and ugg’s will be upon us as soon as we can blink. There are a bunch of fun things and activities you can do this fall with and without your kids. I’ve only come up with a list of five but I’m sure you can find more near you!

#1 Pumpkin Patches

Typical I know but it’s a fun event to visit while with the littles. When visiting you can pick out pumpkins, go on rides, feed the animals, and some even have hay rides or horse riding!

I will advise this fall when done with the pumpkin patch to check the kids, cloths, and pets for ticks. There has been reports at different patches all over of people getting bit and not checking. So be safe but don’t let that scare you from having some fun.

#2 Trunk or Treats

Every school and church I know has this. Trunk or Treats are a fun way to get out of the house pre Halloween with the kids and let them ware their costumes, supporting the community, and having fun with the activities they have their. Seeing all the different themes to the trunks are a plus too!

My favorite theme by far was a car done by my friend in a skeleton theme! It was the best trunk that year!

# Throw a Costume Party

ADULT ONLY costume/Halloween party is the perfect pass time and fun way to socialize. Adults like to have fun on this holiday too so why not host a party! Have fun games, costume contest, and spiked punch!

Decorate and have a monster of a time with friends, family, or even co workers!

#4 Paint/Carve Pumpkin

Carving Pumpkins together is a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy. Picking out different kinds of pumpkins and outlines! There are so many ways to run wild with pumpkins this year.

However in my house we paint pumpkins, I love seeing their artistic side come to life. They have painted bats to mummy’s. It has been come an arts and crafts project.

#5 Thankful Jar

Getting ready for Thanksgiving is easy, Why not make a thankful jar. Everyday of fall write on a small paper what your thankful for, have the kids write some too! Then on thanksgiving or you can even go up untill Christmas, read all the cute things you are thankful for through the month(s).

So there ya have it folks! What are somethings you are going to try out this fall?

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5 Troubles of Having a Big Family

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Having a family of your own is one of the best feelings in the world. Holding your little rug-rats till they eventually grow older is the other best feeling as a mother. If you would have told me in middle school that I was going to be a mom, I probably would have laughed in your face and said some obscured line. If you would have told me I was going to be a mom of three mini-sized Tasmanian devils then I would have probably ran the other.

However with the best feelings in the world, come the problems and obstacles! I never knew raising three children would be one of the hardest tasks I would ever have to face on a day-to-day basis. It is worth it but can be troubling at times. For those who have even bigger family numbers, I applauded you! I would not be able to handle being in your shoes for a day.

I have come up with 5 problems to having a bigger family. None of these are to scare you out of having a big family, by all means the more the merrier!

Space/Clutter

When having a bigger family space becomes an issue. From the living room being converted into the play room to no longer having your own room. Here at the H. household we are a family of five! Even in a two bedroom apartment we are often cramped for space. My living room looks like a war zone of toys that was made by tiny elves. Organization becomes key when having a bigger family, however I lack at the thought of organizing toys! Clutter is another thing that comes with having three pint-sized human beings. Mom space becomes their space!

Alone Time

Having one child is easy, it takes little effort, in my opinion. You can do so many things and be alone for a while; you can take a nap when they nap, you can have a cup of tea and breath, or even shower in privacy! When I had my oldest I was able to do things by myself! Now having three I can’t even make food with out all three of them at my feet like tiny dogs. I won’t even get started on alone time with your better half, we have maybe one date night a month because we don’t get time alone. Our alone time is at eight at night while watching Netflix as we pass out from pure exhaustion.

Can I Super Size That?

Having a bigger family eventually means upgrading to bigger things. Not all items need upgrading but most things you will have to super size it. Example  your car is one thing that is a needed upgrade. Our previous car was a Kia Rondo. It isn’t huge but isn’t as small as a four door Honda Malibu. When I became a mother of three plus the dogs I found it extremely cramped and had to level up my car. I now own a Toyota Sienna, that’s right a mom van. Never in my life have I ever wanted a mom van, but that is the prognosis of having a bigger family.

You also have to Super Size your pantry and fridge capacity. If you have boy’s you know why, if not well lets just say having a bigger family means more mouths to feed. We now have to feed seven mouths (fur babies too), three of which are boy’s! I run out food faster than running out of cloths to wash.

Sorry I’m Late

I use to be a very punctual person! I would arrive to work an hour before my shift started, be on time for birthdays, and never miss a time frame. Now trying to get three deaf little humans to get their butts in gear has made me become less that punctual. It is very rarely that I show up on time for things. I am either ten minutes behind or calling saying that we will be extremely late. Hot mess moms know this trouble!

Asking your children to put shoes on turns into you becoming Godzilla and yelling the question. My family wonders why my daughter has two mismatched socks, it’s because I would rather get out the door and her be alive then worry about the color of socks she happened to find. This also falls into super sizing and space, but shoving all the kids in the car is another problem for being late. One always has to pee right after you buckle them, you have to ask if they are all still buckled when starting the car, and by the time you start to dive off you realize someone forgot their shoes after asking seven thousand times to put them on!

“You have your hands full!”

If there is one thing I can’t stand its strangers having the need to make comments about your rather large family size. I don’t get it as much anymore unless the children are acting up in public but I know it happens behind my back. When I had my youngest I was twenty-two, I always got “Your too young to have three!” or “You sure do have your hands full!”.  Yes having three unruly children can be a handful at times I already know this you don’t need to point it out. As much as I try to appreciate the comments I don’t need a stranger telling me that I have my hand full. What are my hands full of exactly? Is it the endless energy that I wish I could contain and use or is it the fact that they are actually playing with each other despite me saying don’t be so rowdy in public?

But let me tell you something about all these reasons

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Having more children to raise is hard work but it is worth the undeniable and unconditional love you get in return. Having three kids to love is beyond fulfilling even in the worst of times. Yes they make me want to pull my hair out, yes at twenty-four I have started getting grey hairs but at the end of the day my three Jedi’s loving me is the best feeling in the world. They don’t care about the lacking space, the being late or all the other reasons. They care about loving us and us loving them.

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Anything

So my name is Katherine. My best friend here asked me to be a guest blogger on her blog. Well let’s talk about anything. We could talk about kids (which I have one), we could talk about ex’s (we all have those), we could talk about food, maybe even dating. You know what let’s talk about dating.

Dating is a joke these days! Who know being a single mother and dating would be so hard! Like really how childish can a guy be when it comes to a woman who holds her own ground would be so intimidating! Guy’s just want sex. Nothing more. I hate dating! They say one thing but they mean the complete opposite. And if they get mad they just turn around and call you a scum and so forth. Like really? What is wrong with guys?!?! Ok rant over.

Sorry Jessie if this post sucks! Love you!