In this house we have been suffering from a spate of “I want to do something else” syndrome. Nothing seems to keep the toddler entertained for more than a few minutes at a time, and it doesn’t take long before this Mommy runs out of energy to think of new things. We go swimming, we bake together, she takes gymnastics, but her energy is constant so when we’re just home I have to keep trying to entertain her.
Today, after going through a few of our normal activities it was “something else, Mommy!” again, so I logged on to Pinterest to see what else we could try. I came upon this on my Crafts board.
Fun! Messy! Science!
So I got out my corn starch and the food colouring and we mixed it all together and keep the kid occupied for a good little while.
The truth is, it looks messy but it actually washes off hands quite easily. I haven’t tried to clean the pan yet.
We’ll probably be doing this again.
Amy is mom to two year old Maggie and a 6 year old schnauzer named Henry. You can read her blog at amyboughner.ca where she writes about motherhood and anything else that’s on her mind. She also shares a blog with her husband at boughner.ca where they talk together about parenting a daughter.
Earth Day 2012 has come and gone, but just because it is over, does not mean you can’t continue to be earth friendly every day of the year.
The Earth Day Network website
is available year round and is filled with valuable information and activities (aimed at both adults and children) to get you thinking about how each little thing you do impacts the earth. Check out the Ecological Footprint Calculator
designed to calculate your impact on the planet.
There is also the Billion Acts of Green
section of the site which is packed with green acts you can do all year round from the very small (using cloth bags
at the grocery store) to larger scale green acts such as making your home solar powered. Take a look through the site for some inspiration.
Here are some more eco-friendly things you can do with your family year round, from the Nayla Natural Care Pinterest Boards:
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Recipe – So it’s not quite “chalk” it’s more of a paint, but the kids will love it just the same. The best part? You can make it with 3 simple ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen: water, cornstarch and food colouring.
Image credit: Smashed Peas and Carrots Blog
Homemade, Non Toxic Gunk Remover Recipe – Sticker residue and miscellaneous gunk that a regular cleaner will not remove has met its eco-friendly match. The commercial counterpart to this mixture is highly toxic, flammable and has ridiculous fumes. Not something you or your children should be inhaling.
Image credit: rosy blu handmade
Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe – I made this taco salad a few days ago and it was a huge hit, even with the kids. It’s quick to put together, it’s healthy and it’s delicious. Take it 1 step further and make it vegan by replacing the cheese with a cheese alternative such as Daiya Pepperjack Style Shreds. Finish it off with avocado chocolate pudding and everyone will be smiling.
Image credit: Eating Well
Celebrating the earth every day is a great way to teach kids the importance of being environmentally conscious. What things do you do with your kids to encourage them to be more green?
Gwen is a mom of 2 and owns/operates Nayla Natural Care, an online store that specializes in carrying the best organic, natural and eco-friendly products.