DIY TELEPHONE FUN

This week we have been having a bit of fun with the old fashioned tin can! We made our own telephone.

Not quite as loud as I thought but I was surprised when it did actually work. The trick is making sure the string is as taut as possible. I also read somewhere that if you attach a button to the inside of the can it enhances the noise slightly, which it did.

I’m playing along again with We Play at Childhood 101. So many great ideas for kids and play!

As sometimes happens, on the odd occasion at our house, this telephone is now on a high, high shelf…

… because I got a little sick of seeing faces like this and hearing the noises that accompanied it…

Does that ever happen at your house?

DIY BATH PAINT

Back when we first started having colored baths someone suggested that we try making our own body paint for the bath.

I finally got around to giving it a go….

Just add a drop of food coloring to some bubble bath or liquid soap in a cup and mix together – voila! Bath body paint!

The kids had an enormous amount of fun!

However, as we have lovely white tiles and white grout, when they started painting the tiles it left a slight stain on the grout, so not sure if we’ll be doing this again in the near future… If you have a grotty old bathroom or you don’t have tiles, but a shower screen, then go for it! Otherwise I’d suggest using it for bodies only.

If you’d like to read more about colored baths click here for a super easy, stain free way of having some bathtime fun!

I’m joining in again today with ‘We Play’ at Childhood 101.

Yes, we have a very squishy 3/4 sized bath which barely fits the kids in… hence my need on occasion to entice them in… although Goose often has showers or has a bath on her own and we work around it.
What fun bath time activities do you have to share?

KIDS CRAFT – RECYCLED CRAYONS


Yesterday we recycled our old crayons into fun new crayons that the children are now fighting over.

First it involved a lot of peeling, but surprisingly this was the part they enjoyed the most. We placed the broken crayons into some small silicone muffin trays. We also made some heart shaped crayons using a heart shaped silicone ice cube tray.* The possibilities for shapes are endless.

We put them into a 130 degree oven for approx 8 minutes, put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes and then just popped them out of the moulds. See here for more detailed instructions.


They work very well when doing rubbings…

…and apparantly can also double as glasses!

It may have just become my new favorite party favor or gift for kids!

Via some new favorite blogs, I have recently discovered another new great blog called Childhood 101 and every Tuesday people link up their posts about kids & play. Head on over there for some playful inspiration!

and on Thursdays a little more creativity is shared over at Kootoyoo.


* I was concerned that the silicone ice cube tray may not work in the oven, but it was not a problem at all, maybe due to the low heat. Certainly can’t guarantee that all silicone ice cube trays would work, as there are no doubt different qualities out there! There are so many fun & interestingly shaped silicone ice cube trays on ebay. Probably a good idea not to use the trays for anything edible afterwards though….

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