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Melting rainbows – a baking soda and vinegar activity

    This is a really fun project for budding scientists – when you mix baking soda and vinegar a chemical reaction occurs which creates bubbles. This is fun all on its own but when you involve colours things take on a new direction. I’ve previously written about how Arlo’s schema penchant is for transformation and so setting up little science experiments for him to explore is… Read More »Melting rainbows – a baking soda and vinegar activity

    Mixing potions tray activity – and discovering schemas in play

      This was an interesting play set up, I’m so used to having to pretend that shaving foam ice creams are delicious – I wanted to put Arlo’s mixology skills to the test for real. I’ve been reading about schemas recently and figuring out that Arlo seems to have a penchant for transforming things and so I wanted to build on this through our play. It’s… Read More »Mixing potions tray activity – and discovering schemas in play

      How to dye chickpeas for messy play.

      How to dye chickpeas for messy play.

        I often use rice and chick peas for indoor play activities. They provide the sensory fun element of play but as dry ingredients the clean up process isn’t as daunting as it is with slime. Here is how to dye chick peas for messy play.  You will need: Chick peas Poster paint Vinegar A pint glass Sandwich bags My process for dying the peas is… Read More »How to dye chickpeas for messy play.

        Painting outdoors with toddlers

        Painting outdoors with toddlers

          Arlo absolutely loves painting, and playing with colours. He hasn’t stopped talking about the snow painting activity we did and every morning he looks out of the window checking for snow. We do of course get our messy play materials out indoors but there’s nothing better than having a giant canvas outdoors. Unfortunately the snow has all gone, but I had an idea and thought… Read More »Painting outdoors with toddlers

          Rainbow Snow Activity

            I’ve never seen Arlo have quite as much fun as we did today. We’ve been lucky enough to have lots of snow recently and last night it was coming down thick and fast so I decided to put together this activity for the morning. You will need: Water based poster paint Water Condiment bottles All you need to do is add a small amount of… Read More »Rainbow Snow Activity

            Ice cream Mud Kitchen set up

              We had snow last night and I knew Arlo would want to play outdoors and so I rummaged around the house trying to think about what we could do – and an ice cream station seemed like the best plan. You will need: Cups / tubs Spoons Scoops Slime/foam for ice cream Water beads for sprinkles It’s as simple as this to set up….. as… Read More »Ice cream Mud Kitchen set up

              Arctic indoor sensory bin activity

              Arctic indoor sensory bin activity

                Continuing on with our Antarctic and winter themed play activities today I decided to make Arlo up a messy sensory bin of icebergs…. but instead of using a tuff tray outdoors I used a storage container which has a depth of about 20cm which is enough to contain the mess for indoor play. You will need: A storage box Slime Orbeez Various plastic containers Plastic… Read More »Arctic indoor sensory bin activity

                A snow dough tinker tray

                A snow dough tinker tray

                  Continuing on with our winter themed activities I have made a batch of snow dough, Thai is slightly different to our usual play dough recipe and has a texture which is a bit like kinetic sand. I added glitter and provided Arlo with a tinker tray and invited him to build snowmen with me. You will need: One cup of oil Two cups of cornflour… Read More »A snow dough tinker tray

                  Ice skating messy play tray

                  Ice skating messy play tray

                    This is another really simple ice tray play and one which requires very little set up – inspired by our trip to Warwick Castle where we saw a real life ice rink! You will need: A flat baking tray An ice cube tray Water Small plastic animals Gellibaff slime A large play tray Overnight I froze water in a flat baking tray and popped some… Read More »Ice skating messy play tray