Combined with the ungodly temperatures is the simple fact that I will also have the oldest minion home all day too. Bored. And it is even too hot for him to go outside for more than a few minutes at a time. The need to find ways to fill these hours combined with the fact that the Meatball has had some issues with school this year I decided to do "summer school" with the kiddos this year. Usually I am too burned out from my own teaching-school-year to really consider this, but not having taught for the entirety of the last school year for the first time in a while makes me feel much more charged about this prospect.
For three months this year, I will be a homeschool mom.
So whilst planning how I am going to do this without a blatant mutiny on the part of the minions I realized that I would need to make this a lot of fun too -- but that I would be able to do fun stuff I could never tackle as a teacher of 30 children.
So while excitedly planning some stuff (I will share later) that Meatball and I will be working on this summer I realized that I will have to entertain the Beans or we will get a whole lotta nuthin' done. Cue the mad Pintercrack search for fun toddler/baby toys, tasks and games.
Holy shmoly, there is a lot!
First on the list to make, because it was cheap and I had some of it on hand already, was what we are very seriously referring to as the Squishy Sparklies. The original intent of these DIY item was to inspire pre-writing skills in preschoolers. Obviously at one the Beans is younger than that so my intended use is different.
Original idea was pinned from here (a place I think I will be referencing a lot! Awesome site!) and the complex instructions that not even I could mess up are as follows ...
- 2 bottles dollar store hair gel
- 2 plastic sandwich size bags per Squishy
- 1 gallon size plastic bag per Squishy
- food coloring
1. Squeeze a less than precise amount of hair gel into one sandwich bag. I didn't measure it, just squirted enough in there so that the baggie would feel gooey when sealed.
2. Add some food coloring and glitter. I had to adjust amounts a few times with this until I had the effect I wanted.
3. Really important step -- seal the baggie!
4. Squish the Squishy until its mixed up, then double and triple bag that suckah!
|even I found this satisfying|
|triple bag that bad boy|
Yeah, I totally fear that last statement will be quoted in a future post accompanied by a really awesome picture of my baby looking like a sparkly Smurf with a mohawk.
|green with green food coloring|
|blue with blue|
|yellow food coloring and copper glitter|
|red food coloring and rainbow glitter|