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Glitter bags for learning and creativity

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The original idea for this I believe came form play at home mom, but over time I have seen it everywhere. I love them because you can do more than one thing with them. You can practice letters, numbers, shapes, or you can just be creative and have fun. From my experience people from baby to adult like to play with them. The bonus is if you have older toddlers or young children they can help make them, because they may be one of the easiest things I have ever made.

What you need:
Ziploc bag (Gallon size)
Clear Hair Gel(I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
glitter
food coloring
White paper, poster board or desk/table (optional and makes it easier to see designs)

What you do:
Open the ziploc bag and dump in the entire bottle of hair gel
Squeeze a couple drops of food coloring in
Add some glitter
Close the bag and mix away

Now just lay the bag down, flatten out the gel in it and proceed to use your fingers to draw in the gel

Bonus: You can also make handprints, footprints, and use objects around the house or cookie cutters to make designs 🙂

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Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of numbers or letters drawn in the gel, but it can be done, I promise 🙂

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Craft Stick and Glue Gun Letters

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C loves to use the glue gun and she also loves to play with crafts sticks, she has made multiple things over the years with both, so she was very interested when I mentioned using the 2 together so she could show me how many letters she could make out of them.  She was able to make A, E, F, H, I, K, L, M, T, V, X, and Z which is pretty good considering some of the letters can’t be made with straight craft sticks, I love that she was able to practice her letters, and motor skills, while having fun at the same time 🙂

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Bonus all you need is craft sticks and a glue gun!

from ugly table to chalkboard fun

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We came home to stay with my Dad while my husband went to Afghanistan and among the things in my daughters room here was this:
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I asked my Dad if he would mind if I re-did it and he agreed I was good to go, So I procrastinated for about 2 months, because my time is pretty limited these days between mommy, cook, seeing specialists, and going to photography school, but then I finally got around to it, mostly because I couldn’t stand seeing it in original for anymore

I peeled off all of the weird wall paper
did a tiny bit of sanding(I hate sanding so do my best to avoid it)
Painted the top with Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint
let dry for an hour, repainted, let dry an hour, repainted
Painted the sides with acrylic paint(2 coats)
Let the table dry for 24 hours
rubbed the top with chalk, to cure it and then wiped it off

And ended up with this:

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C, A, and I have been coloring on it with chalk for 2 months now and it always wipes clean, It is a lot of fun and looks better, so if you have an ugly table and a munchkin that like drawing, I totally recommend this

Total cost for project was 8.99

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Colored Spaghetti and the Alphabet

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I have seen colored spaghetti all over pinterest and the internet so i decided to try it out, I am a firm believer that sensory activities teach something on their own, but I also hid some plastic letters in the spaghetti, which added even more learning and my daughter thought it was the most amazing thing ever.

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To make it all you need is spaghetti, ziploc bags, oil and food coloring

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions
Put a few drops of food coloring and a little bit of oil in each ziploc bag(depending on how many colors you want to make)
Mix it up and enjoy

Clay Volcanoes

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1st make a volcano using clay or play-doh, It doesn’t have to be fancy just something that has a well, C made one herself and it worked fine they also decided to add some grass around it(We used Crayola Air Dry Clay, although I am sure any clay or playdoh would do the trick)

Add Baking soda in the well, we filled it up about a 1/2 an inch from the top(we used some from the dollar tree)

Add food coloring(we used red icing gel, but probably should have added more because it oozed a more pink color)

add vinegar (my children repeated this process many many times)(we used some from the dollar tree)

You then have a volcano that almost any child will love

I do recommend doing this outside, or with some type of protection under it as ours did run over the plate

C decided she needed to stick her hands in it and play with it for awhile that is completely optional

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