Sunday, January 1, 2012

{Bathtub Painting}

I have a huge list of bathtub paint recipes saved up, but the other day I needed something to entice Monkey into the tub so I went the easy route. Dollar store shaving cream and food coloring.
 I always keep a stash of cheap shaving cream because it's useful for lots of messy projects. It makes great stocking stuffers!
 I just filled up some plastic bowls with shaving cream and added some food coloring. At the time all we had was blue and yellow. It has been a fun way to teach the boys about mixing colors too.

 He had a blast painting the bathtub and when he was done I just sprayed everything down with water. Easy cleanup.

{Winter Playdough}

One of the activities on my list this month was to make winter playdough. We made a double batch of white with glitter and a double batch of blue. It appears that you should make playdough in single batches or it doesn't mix right and tends to burn on the bottom. Lesson learned.

After the playdough was ready to go I set the boys up with pipe cleaner pieces and black beans to make miniature snowmen. It was a lot of fun. This is Monkey's snowman. I kept making balls for him and he kept squishing them into a pile. Whatever. That is the blue hat squished on top.

This is Bubby's melted snowman.

Building building...

I do believe he was giving his snowman a kiss. or eating it. it's hard to tell.

My snowman.

I used the same recipe that I found for Apple Pie Playdough but obviously changed the colors and took out the spices. The glitter was an experiment so we just threw it in as the playdough was cooking and it came out great. I bought a twelve pack of glitter colors for about $6.00 so we'll be making more in the future.

{Glow Sticks}

Jill over at The Activity Mom recently posted some fun bathtub ideas for little ones. We've already made shaving cream paint many times but I hadn't thought of glow sticks. 

The coloring is weird because of our red heat light. Monkey absolutely LOVED the glow sticks. I grabbed a package that was all yellow without realizing so we'll be doing this again with multi colored sticks but it was still tons of fun.
I particularly liked them with bubbles in the tub. The glow sticks stay just under the water and light up the bubbles from underneath.