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Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

I know that pumpkin spice has become a cliche of the fall season. Everything seems to be infused with the flavours and scents of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. And I’ll be honest: I love it. I love pumpkin Baileys, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin muffins. And now I love pumpkin play dough.

5 Thanksgiving Busy Boxes

Thanksgiving is almost upon us (well, in Canada, anyway), and the days are getting shorter and cooler. Here are five great Thanksgiving-themed activities to keep your little people occupied and away from the boob tube.

All about busy boxes

Let me introduce you to a little life saver I’ve discovered, called the Busy Box. Busy boxes are saving my life on preschool days. They are saving my life on non-preschool days. They are slowly restoring calm and peace to our crazy household one little plastic box at a time. Read more

FullSizeRender5 Valentine’s Day Busy Boxes

  • Lacing Hearts
  • Homemade Cards
  • Valentine Craft (from Michael’s)
  • Scented Play Dough Cookies
  • Rainbow Rice Letter Recognition

IMG_1209Potato stamp Valentine’s cards

I remember making potato stamp Valentine’s Day cards with my mother when I was in elementary school. We would sit around the kitchen table the night before our class party, dipping our potatoes into poster paint and making cards for all our classmates. I loved that my contribution to each of their Valentine’s Day mailboxes was hand-made. Read more

Restaurant bag for tiny diners

Have you ever gone out for dinner with your kid and regretted it the second you sat down? Maybe the restaurant didn’t have a kids’ menu or colouring book. Maybe the food took forever and your squirmy starving child lost her mind waiting for her fries and saltines. Having a restaurant bag will help! Read more

Scented play dough cookies

It was a home-from daycare sick day today, so we decided to make pretend Valentine’s Day cookies and practice our rolling. I whipped up a batch of this super easy, silky soft two-ingredient dough recipe, that’s just two parts corn starch to one part hair conditioner (and then food colouring if you want). Read more

Sparkle Calm Down Bottles

Calm down bottles are a mesmerizing and relaxing way to help someone of any age (including myself) hit the reset button. You can use them as timer for timeouts, teeth brushing, or even just to help a worked up little person settle down. There are lots of different ways to make glitter bottles, but I found this recipe to have the fewest ingredients and steps, and the outcome was still stunning. Read more

Rainbow Rice

My daughter loves sensory bins: anything she can put her hands in and scoop, pour, squish and mould. This easy to make, three-ingredient rainbow rice will keep her entertained longer than any other sensory activity I’ve made. Read more

14446179_10157599087865381_4763225794943101526_nEasy 2-ingredient silky soft play dough

Play dough is so cheap and easy to buy, I never understood why parents would want to make their own. That is, until my daughter’s stash dried up and I wanted to make her some new dough without having to trek to the store. This recipe was so easy to make, and is so much more fun to play with than the store-bought stuff, I’ll never go back. You only need two ingredients, both of which you probably already have… Read more

Shaving cream rain clouds

With the weather starting to get cooler, we are in need of more indoor activities that don’t involve turning on the TV or iPad. I found this sweet science experiment sensory activity on Pinterest, and my preschooler loved it. All you need is some clear cups or jars, shaving cream, food dye and a dropper. Read more

baby-wipes-1Homemade natural baby wipes

I’ve been on a kick, since bringing wee Isla into the world, of trying to make more things from scratch – to be more natural in what we put on and in our bodies and use around the house. It’s a kind of healthy living that is good for the environment, good for our bodies, and good for our bank accounts. With this in mind, I decided this week to try my hand at cloth wipes. The problem I have with conventional baby wipes is that they contain all sorts of chemicals I’ve never heard of and most can’t be flushed or composted. Read more

DSCF5023 How to make a sensory bag

I got this idea for a squishy, fun sensory toy from someone on my mommy Facebook group and was surprised how easy and inexpensive it was to make. I got everything I needed from the Dollar Store… Read more


DSCF4988-682x1024Who’s your daddy?

Isla’s favourite book, hands down, is her Little Book of Family Faces. I got the idea from the wonderful blog A Cup of Jo, after she made a similar book for her son through Pinhole Press. We made our photo book using Blurb, which I’ve used to make photo books in the past. The website is simple to use and books are easy to customize, with a wide variety of templates, colours, fonts and book sizes. We published a soft cover book to save on money and the final product only cost us about $15. Read more

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