Fluffy Stuff

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Most moms are going to think that I’m absolutely nutso for doing this sensory bin project in my house, but honestly it looks worse than it actually was.

It feels like it has been raining in Rochester forever and for a little girl who likes nothing more than to be outside; pouring rainy days are torturous. After yesterdays full day of shopping, Reagan was in desperate need of something fun and messy!

I pinned this Fluffy Stuff weeks ago and have been wanting to try it with Reagan. I added the ingredients to yesterday’s shopping list and today we fluffed it out!

Ingredients

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1 can of shaving cream

Materials

(I added different ‘tools’ to the mix as we played. Below is everything that we used. You definitely don’t have to use all or any of the ‘tools’ that we used.)

towel

large bin

wooden spoon with long handle

potato masher

ladle

plastic drinking cups

Measuring dish with handle

muffin tin

plastic Ritz cheese container with top

play mobile people

small plastic bowls

large plastic bowl

plastic cookie cutters

plastic rolling-pin

Directions

Place large towel on floor.  In a large bin or bucket pour two boxes of Corn Starch.

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Add in shaving cream and continuously stir.  We didn’t end up using the entire can.  I just kept adding until it reached a consistency that we were happy with.

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I kept introducing new ‘tools’ as Reagan became uninterested in the ones that she was using.  I didn’t take anything away, and she began to find new uses for each tool.

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The fluff is super soft and smells fabulous…like Barbasol!

After playing with the fluff for a while it turned into a consistency that was able to be somewhat molded.  With no cue from me, Reagan began singing Frosty the Snowman…love that she was reminded of SNOW!!

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Clean up was super easy…seriously…it was. We filled the sink with soap and water to clean all of the ‘tools’, I emptied the pink bin into the kitchen trash, folded in the sides of the towel, took it outside and shook it into the outside garbage.  The mess totally depends on how out of control you let the activity get.  I constantly reminded Reagan to stay on the towel and she did a pretty excellent job doing so.  Her pjs came off at the sink and went straight to the laundry basket.  As far as I know; corn starch and shaving cream are not harmful to clothing…AS FAR AS I KNOW!

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This was the longest activity thus far; lasting about an hour and five minutes from start to finish, including Reagan washing the ‘tools’ that she used.  Smaller batches can obviously be made by reducing the ingredient amount.  This could be an excellent table activity; using only half a box of corn starch.

 

 

Chalk Paint!


It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I’m so lucky that Reagan LOVES to play outside! I have been eyeing various chalk paint pins on Pinterest and knew that Reagan would be head over heels in love with the idea of being able to paint the driveway! Today seemed like the perfect day to DIY some chalk paint and let Reagan display her artistic talents in a new and exciting way!

We headed to the dollar store to grab some paint brushes and a muffin tin. Pinterest suggested using a muffin tin to hold the paint. We ended up leaving with a coloring book, hot pink plastic plates, a neon yellow bucket, two plastic pink veggie trays, a ball- Reagan is just a bit obsessed with balls at the moment-, foam paint brushes and larger bristle paint brushes. I don’t think that there is a person in this world that can go into the dollar store and not find more than one piece of crap to buy. I bought multiple brushes and two veggie trays, to use instead of muffin tins, in hopes that some of the neighborhood kids would be outside and we could invited them over to play.

The chalk is super easy to make and came off of our clothes rather easily. I would still recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind ruining, just incase. Reagan participated from start to finish with this project and really seemed to enjoy it. Unfortunately, the actual painting part of the activity didn’t really hold her attention for as long as I had hoped. You see, the chalk paint, when first painted onto the driveway was super light and got darker over time as it dried. This isn’t the best process for an 18 month old that is looking for instant gratification.

After about ten minutes of painting, Reagan ended up collecting rocks in a sand bucket and dipping them into different paint colors. I was ecstatic that Reagan, independently, thought up this extension to the activity that I introduced. She took what she knew about the paints and used the knowledge she had to create something new and different! Woot! Woot!

We cleaned up by washing out tools under the outdoor faucet.

Ingredients
(I tripled this recipe)
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup water
food coloring

Materials
paint brushes
veggie tray, muffin tin, something to hold the paint
Spoon
Medium sized bowl

Mix corn starch and water together until there are no lumps.

Pour into veggie tray spaces.

Add food coloring and stir.

Paint…or dip rocks, whatever works!


This is what we saw looking out Reagan’s bedroom window before nap time!