It has been a piggy kind of a week around here.
Here are five activities that we did to go along with "Olivia":
When in doubt, wear pig ears? These have been a big hit with Aria. She has worn them daily since I made them, which was Sunday if you follow me on instagram.
They are a super simple craft. Pick up 1-2 pieces of pink felt - I squeezed four ears on a single piece, and headbands. You'll also need hot glue, scissors, and a pig ear stencil.
I'm sure you could find a pig ear template online, but I just did one freehand on a piece of paper so I had something to trace onto the felt. You'll want it to be two pig ear shapes connected at the bottom so you can wrap them around your headband. Trace out however many ears you are in need of on the felt and cut out the shapes. Get your hot glue gun ready, wrap your pig ears around the headband, and glue in place. Let dry. Wear!
I need more foot print and hand print art in my life. They always make me happy. Our P is for Pig foot print artwork is hanging on the refrigerator.
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Since Olivia makes sandcastles on sunny days, I thought I'd make Aria some kinetic sand. I actually made 50 lbs of the stuff, which was simple yet an arm workout. Best of all it kept Aria occupied for just under an hour the next morning. Solo play. I didn't even know what to do with myself. It was amazing. I've been waiting for another less rainy morning to bring it out again. It was also probably a good thing I made 50 lbs because she spilled half of what I put in her water table onto the porch - I just washed it away with the hose. I would not bring this in the house, but she did enjoy herself immensely.
How to make your own:
Mix 50 lbs of play sand ($2.50 at Home Depot) with 6 cups of corn starch. Mix, mix, mix and mix some more.
Then gently stir together 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap (like Dawn) with 3 cups of water. Add that into your corn starch sand and mix again. Mix, mix, mix.
If it is too wet let it dry out in the open air a bit, and if it is too dry add a bit more water.
Store in an air tight container.
pst...you can also cut the recipe in half or more, but apparently play sand comes in 50 lbs bags. Also, I would not play with this with a toddler that is still putting everything in his or her mouth. I came across an article about a dog that got into the kinetic sand and had to have emergency surgery because it would not pass out of his body. So keep it stored safely away and out of reach.
Since I can't pass up the chance to bake or cook something that goes along with a book, we made spaghetti and meatballs like Olivia has after a good bath. Naturally Aria doesn't eat pasta because she is anti-pasta, but it is one of my favorite meals - recipe found here!
This activity is the first that came to mind when I was brainstorming ideas to go along with Olivia. She goes to the art museum and doesn't understand the Jackson Pollock painting, then recreates it at home on the wall. We opted for outside on a big piece of paper instead. I used a couple condiment type squirt bottles and filled them with a little water and a little paint. Then Aria went to town squirting the paper. It was surprisingly not messy. She only missed the paper a few times.
There you have it, 5 activities to go along with "Olivia" by Ian Falconer.
What are your favorite toddler books that lend themselves well to activities?
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