Holiday decorations are out and it's time for our snow globes to see the light of day again. I've always loved them... there's just something magical about a snow globe. Eli adores them as well and wants to shake them all the time... and I let him under supervision. Last week we made a few toddler-friendly snow globes.
Step 1: Find a child safe container. We used an empty almond butter jar - I spent a ridiculous amount of time peeling the label off :-/ I also used a small plastic milk bottle and a good old Ball jar. Yes, it's glass... but they're hefty.
Step 2: Collect small waterproof objects. For the stationary object we used a Curious George cake decoration. For interest we added seed & stone beads, a small ceramic bunny and glitter. Lots of glitter.
Step 3: Hot glue the stationary object to the bottom of the lid.
Step 4. Watch happy fingers sprinkle glitter and add tiny special beads to the jar.
Step 5: Fill container with water
Step 6: Screw on cap. I added a bead of hot glue to the inside of the cap to ensure it would not come off and nothing would leak out.
We had fun building our snow globes and I have lots of ideas for future projects. Eli loves shaking them and searching out the tiny objects we added. Fun fun!
Oh, and here's our Ball jar globe with plastic trees and glitter.
Cold weather is approaching (hard to believe - it was almost 75 today just 2 days before Thanksgiving!). I put together a "bin o' fun" for those chilly, rainy, snowy days ahead. I used an underbed storage container and a 25 pound bag of rice I bought at BJs for $10.99. Add an assortment of sand-type toys, animals, kitchen utensils - easy peasy.
For more color I put a few squirts of red, blue and green food coloring with a few tablespoons of water in small containers. We added rice to this colorful mixture, gave it a stir as it drank up the water and then put the grains back in the bin.
Eli might argue the best part of the rice bin is cleaning it up. He's good about keeping the mess to a minimum but inevitably there are a few runaways. Eli loves the vacuum...and does a very thorough job for a pipsqueak!
I had a bag of nubby, old crayons I've been wanting to recycle. Now that Eli is recognizing colors and interested in sorting I thought I'd take advantage and get cracking! Here's how we made our chunky crayons.
Step 1: Sort naked crayons by color. Break big bits into smaller bits--oh, so much fun!
Step 2: Spray a muffin tin with Pam. Fill with crayon bits.
Step 3: Bake at 275 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Let cool. Fridge or freezer helps speed things up.
Step 5: Knock chunky crayons from the muffin tin. Admire. Use. Love.
-Crayon wrappers are much easier to remove after soaking in water over night.
-The muffin tin I used is now designated as a "craft" item. Wax melted into tiny crevices in the muffin tin and I don't feel comfortable using it for baking again. While this wasn't my original plan muffin tins are great for distributing paint and for sorting small items like rocks, marbles and buttons.
Eli is an exceptionally selective eater. In an effort to get him more interested in a variety of foods I'm trying to get him involved in food preparation. Today we made spiced apple sauce cake using the apples we picked last weekend at Carter Mountain. The recipe is courtesy of Smitten Kitchen and turned out so well!
Step 1: We peeled the apples using this wacky peeler I'd inherited (and never used) that I found buried in the cabinet. It was a-w-e-s-o-m-e and broke after apple #6. Boo.
Step 2: Add water and boil apples for about 20 minutes. Drain. I put the cooled apples in a ziploc bag so Eli could smoosh them while they were safely contained. We also took the apple peels and fed the birds. Or squirrels. Or whatever.
Step 3: Nap time. I put the ingredients in separate bowls in a sort of mis en place (oui oui) so they would be ready to mix when the boys woke up. I also made the frosting at this time.
Step 4: Mix according to recipe. Add freshly smooshed apples. Eli didn't want to smoosh the apples so Lucas helped out with this bit.