Edible Sensory Snow Alternatives for Pretend Play

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Edible Sensory Snow Alternatives for Pretend Play

Brrrrrr! We LOVE indoor snow sensory play but a lot of times it’s just way too cold for my little tike. Not only that but most people don’t even have access to snow year round (or feel like crushing ice to create their own snow recipes)! So I’ve come up with a few awesome edible non-toxic and SIMPLE alternatives with a different variety of textures to mimic snow play. Right now we are using our Penguins TOOB for exploration with our pretend snow sensory “recipes”! (The Arctic TOOB is also a great alternative to penguins for educational exploration.) Below are some white colored “snow” alternatives for sensory play.

Ground Rice

This has got to be the most ingenious snow alternative idea ever. When we were trying my son on a gluten free diet for several months we couldn’t afford to buy rice flour at the time so I would grind my own rice in a coffee grinder. It’s got a nice texture of finely ground and slightly course rice, white like snow! This is a great idea for gluten free families needing an alternative to many of the sensory place recipes out there. Sure it takes a few minutes to pull out the coffee grinder and add the rice but right now this is our favorite snow alternative recipe because of the light gritty texture.

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Mashed Potato Flakes

Our preschool / daycare uses mashed potato flakes as a snow alternative for sensory play – just pour them straight out of the box! You simply can NOT get easier than opening up a box of instant flakes and dumping them out! It’s an easy idea for parents to donate to a classroom and easy to dump into a plastic bag later. No worries if your kids taste a little sample!

Flour

This seems pretty obvious but sometimes the obvious is forgotten! This is also a great gluten free option depending of course what type of flour you use! Experiment with different types of flours for different textures and even colors.

Edible Sensory Snow Alternatives for Pretend Play

Check out our edible non-toxic kinetic sand recipe!

DIY Make Your Own Sensory Kinetic Sand Recipe

Edible Non Toxic Sensory Kinetic Sand Recipe for Kids

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DIY Make Your Own Sensory Kinetic Sand Recipe

I’ve been introducing my toddler to sensory play and made this kinetic sand recipe which turned out great! It’s like a sand consistency but clumps together too. And by far cheaper than actual kinetic sand! It has a textured feel like of Kinetic Sand or Moon Sand. It’s (technically) edible since it’s made from all food ingredients that most people keep stocked in their kitchen but of course it’s not meant for actual snacking. It’s perfect for my little one who still likes to taste what she shouldn’t be eating! You can easily make this a gluten free / allergy friendly recipe by substituting out what ingredient you need.

Sensory Kinetic Sand Recipe:

Combine 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup cornmeal. Then mix in 1 Tbsp. oil (any kind) and 1 Tbsp. corn syrup.

DIY Make Your Own Sensory Kinetic Sand Recipe

If it runs a touch on the drier side add a touch more oil in your next recipe. This stuff feels amazing to play with! I even enjoy using it while my toddler is playing! It’s a nice beach looking color which makes it fun to use for summer outdoor play. In fact once it warms up I’ll be making a giant batch of this stuff for use in our sand table on the porch. This kinetic sand recipe works perfect too with Safari Ltd. TOOBS which are our favorite because of their variety of species and themes as well as high quality. This makes a GREAT NON-CANDY alternative for Valentine’s Day and Easter gift basket gifts! Check out this FREE Printable “Sand Love Note” for your gifts to pass out to friends and classmates!

I store ours in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and haven’t had to throw it out yet! In fact I keep a variety of DIY Sensory Recipes available in the house to play with that are different colors and consistencies. I don’t have time to make new recipes every time we play so I really focus on those I can make once and keep for a long time! Make sure too to check out our “Snow Themed Sensory Alternatives” that also last in airtight containers as long as you want them!

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Zombie Books for Kids by Age, Theme & Category

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Zombie Books for Kids Categorized by age, type and theme

One of my specialties per se if seeking out and really finding out what motivates a kid. All kids are different and where some may love dinosaurs, princesses, or space shuttles not all kids are the same. Sometimes you get that student that is just downright tough to figure out what makes them tick. My son is one of those – my OWN son! He’s not really into any thing and the very few requests he has for things are so randomly off the wall we have a tough time pegging any particular interest for him. His teacher is in the same boat! When it comes to reading I like to give him Ripley’s books, leveled fact books and I Spy type books to really catch his interest (although he’s been enjoying The Notebook of Doom series with his brother lately!).

I noticed that out of all the book roundups and lists out there there just aren’t very many ZOMBIE Books for kids listed in one spot. I’m NOT talking blood and guts and gore – I’m talking that cool sometimes edge gripping zombie fun that seems to fascinate kids – especially my boys. I have spent HOURS and HOURS searching and putting this list together by category and then by age towards the bottom so please PIN this HERE, share it with your zombie lovers (that don’t want scary gore!) and maybe add a few to your collection. There are some fun zombie joke books and zombie art drawing books that do well for neutral territory! I personally love the “choose your own ending” zombie books!

 Zombie Books for Girls

Zombie Books for Girls

Zombelina by Kristyn Crow
Zombelina Dances the Nutcracker by Kristyn Crow
Zombie Cows: Agent Amelia #2 by Michael Broad
Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Zoo Day by Marie F Crow

Zombie Choose Your own Ending Books

ZOMBIE Books for Kids Choose your Own Adventure

Zombie Penpal (Choose Your Own Adventure #34) by Ken McMurtry
Plants vs. Zombie: Plant Your Path Junior Novel by Tracey West
Scooby Doo: The Fright at Zombie Farm 

Zombie Coloring, Origami & Art Drawing Books

How to Draw Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters by Mark Bergin
Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead by Duy Nguyen
Ten Silly Zombies Jumping on the Bed Coloring Book by Anthony Giangregorio
Draw 50 Monsters by Lee J Ames
Little Zombie Activity Book Collection by Lauren Farnsworth
Zombies Coloring Book
Zombie Coloring Book

Zombie Books for Kids Jokes, Art, Draw

Zombie Joke Books for Kids

Plants vs. Zombies: Soil Your Plants
Creeper, Zombie, Skeleton, & More Jokes
Kids Jokes: 100+ Zombie Jokes for Kids

Plants vs Zombies Series

Plants vs Zombies Books for Kids - Graphic Novels, Picture books, joke books, fairy tale books and more

Plants vs. Zombies: OFFICIAL Guide to Protecting Your Brains
Plants vs Zombies: Save Your Brains Level 2
Plants vs Zombies: Timepocalypse by Paul Tobin
Plant vs Zombies: Brain Busters
Plants vs Zombies: Grown Sweet Home
The Art of Plants vs Zombies
Plants vs Zombies: Soil Your Plants Joke Book
Plants vs Zombies: Bully For You
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Graphic Novel)
Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon by Paul Tobin
Plants vs Zombies: Plant Your Path Junior Novel
Plants vs Zombies: The Three Little Pigs Fight Back (fairy tale)
Plants vs. Zombies: Brains and the Beanstalk (picture book)

Zombie Holiday Books

Zombie Books for Kids - Holiday Themed

Zombie Valentine Day Party by Michele Casteel
ParaNorman: Attack of the Pilgrim Zombies by Annie Auerbach
Twas the Zombie Night Before Christmas by Michele Casteel

Zombie Beginning & Chapter Books

Zombie Books for Kids - Beginner and chapter books

Ant Man: Zombie Repellent: A Mighty Marvel Chapter Book
Attack of the Shark Headed Zombie: Stepping Stone
I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin LeFranc 
Plants vs Zombies: Save Your Brains Level 2
The Very Hungry Zombie Parody by Jonathan Apple
Zombies Can Bite by Joseph Luby 
Zombie Wants a Cookie by Jacob Reuter
Robot Zombie Frankenstein by Annette Simon

Zombie Books for Kids Ages 4-8

Scouts Guide to Zombie Survival: Everything You Need to Know to Identify & Survive
Abigail and Her Pet Zombie Illustrated eBook
Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Zoo Day
Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Spring
Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Summer
Zombie Agent Amelia: Zombie Cows by Michael Broad 
Search for Fog Zombie Mystery
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow
Zombelina Dances the Nutcracker by Kristyn Crow 
Zombie Valentine Party by Michele Casteel
Peanut Butter Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio 
Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio
ParaNorman: Attack of the Pilgrim Zombies by Annie Auerbach
My Pet Zombie: Fearless Children’s eBook
Scooby Doo Rock n Roll Zombie
Fables of the Undead: Beauty and the Beast

Zombie Books for Kids

Zombie Books Kids for Ages 6-9

Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald
There’s a Zombie in my Bathtub: Here’s Hank by Henry Winkler
Zombie Zone: A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Zombie Books Kids for Ages 7-10

Scream Team: The Zombie at the Finish Line
Good Night Zombie and other Scary Tales by James Preller
Scooby Doo: Choose Your Ending: The Fright at Zombie Farm
Zombies Don’t Play Soccer: Adventures of the Bailey School Kids  by Debbie Dadey
Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon
Zombie Kid Diaries 1: Playing Dead
Zombie Kid Diaries 2: Grossery Games
Zombie Kid Diaries 3: Walking Dad
Boxcar Children: The Zombie Project
Scary School #4: Zillions of Zombies by Derek the Ghost
Night of the Homework Zombies 

Zombie Books Kids for Ages 8-12

Zombie Books for Kids

The Zombie who Visited New Orleans: Field Trip Mysteries by Steve Brezenoff
Zombie Kitty: Chronicles First Day of School ebook
That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore by Matt Mogk
Kate Walden Directs Night of the Zombie Chickens
Mr. Katz Zombie: Goethalsburg Ghost Squad ebook by Margaret Lesh
Monsters, Zombies, Vampires & More: A Monstrous Encyclopedia by Parragon Books
Hardy Boys: New Case Files – Crawling with Zombies
My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie Accidental Zombie by David Lubar
Grandma Vs. Zombies Family Avengers 
Zombie Penpal: Choose Your Own Adventure
Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
Goosebumps: Hall of Horrors: Why I Quit Zombie School
Goosebumps Most Wanted: Zombie Halloween
Zombie Town by R.L.Stine
Do NOT Feed the Zombies! ebook
Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer
Zombie Chasers: Undead Ahead by John Kloepfer
Zombie Chasers: World Zombination by John Kloepfer
Fables of the Undead: Rapunzel Tower of the Dead
Fins Fury Big Zombie Goldfish
The SeaQuel Big Zombie Goldfish
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Any Fin is Possible
Jurassic Carp: Big Zombie Goldfish

 Minecraft Zombie Books Kids for Ages 9-12

Creeper, Zombie, Skeleton & More Jokes
Diary of a Zombie Family
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie: Bullies & Buddies
Diary of a Wimpy Minecraft Zombie: Legendary
Diary of a Zombie Villager: Show Me How to Zombie
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie: A Scare of a Dare
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie 3: When Nature Calls

Hard Core Zombie books for Teens & Older

Zombie Books for Teens

Zombie Boy Press Start Adventures of Zombie Boy
Zombie Survival Guide the Complete Protection from the Living Dead
Once Upon a Zombie Book: The Color of Fear 
Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde ebook

 

Plants vs. Zombies Magnetic Kit

Plants vs. Zombies Magnetic Kit

FREE Printable Student Planner and Reading Log

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Printable Student Planner

Whether you are a homeschool family or your children just need a little help organizing their assignments and schedules at school this FREE Printable Student planner and reading log is perfect for helping your student stay organized! I know my boys need ALL the help they can possibly get in that department! And I love the bright colors! Print out a week at a time and laminate it so that you can use dry erase markers and wipe clean each week or print out enough for an entire year and place it in a 3 ring binder! It would even be cute for helping a blogger or teacher to stay organized and look ahead! OR simply use it to record music practices each week! PLUS the bonus reading log is great for keeping track of books your child has been reading throughout the week!

PRINT HERE ==> Printable Student Planner and Reading Log

Check out some of our other FREE Back to School Printables Below!!

Alphabet Letters A - Z Printable Practice Book Practicing Shapes Printable Preschool Book Alphabet Letters A to Z Occupation Coloring Worksheets

Minecraft Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

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Minecraft Printable Valentine's Day Cards

I thought I had prepared myself for the possibility of a full blown Minecraft obsession in my house when I had finally agreed to let my boys begin playing it last year. I was wrong, oh so wrong! But that’s ok – it’s actually quite educational and I’m one of the many parents that “get” what a Creeper is or know who Stampeycat is. SO an ode to all of your Minecraft lovers out there – you can print for FREE of course these awesome Minecraft Valentine’s Day Cards below! Let the kids decorate them with stickers, draw a picture, or write a message! Below I’ve included links to our many other Minecraft printables, NO SEW toys, free e-books list and more!

PRINT HERE ==> Minecraft Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Minecraft NO SEW Pillows (most popular on Pinterest!)

FREE Unofficial Minecraft e-books for Kids

Minecraft Printable Chore Chart for Kids

Minecraft Creeper T-shirt Tutorial

Printable Minecraft Creeper & Sheep Gift Tags

OTHER Printable Valentine’s Day Cards:

LEGO V-Day Cards 

Penguin V-Day Cards

Monkey V-Day Bookmarks

Monster V-Day Cards

The Mystery of the Candy Caper – Making Memories with a Pillsbury Brownie Mix

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The Mystery of the Candy Caper Pillsbury Brownie Adventure

BRING IT ON GAME DAY! My middle son especially is really branching out lately into trying out a variety of sports so I’m excited to share his passion this year for the big game! Last year it was soccer, he’s currently on a basketball team and he wants to check out football and hockey next! I have a creative knack for turning educational ideas into fun memories with my kids. I thought this would be a great way to mix up a moment and to spark my kids imagination and curiosity while baking in the kitchen together during game time! I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company encouraged me to create some unique ideas for their brownie mixes and that is just up my alley!

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I enlisted the help of one of my kids to run with me to Walmart to pick up some Pillsbury brownie mix! Grocery shopping isn’t my boys favorite thing to do in the world so I try to let them share in the choices of what we pick out, and sometimes I like to surprise them! Not only was my son excited when I stopped so long in the baking aisle but when I told him to pick out FOUR boxes of Pillsbury brownie mix he couldn’t contain his excitement! Then of course he got that gleam in his eye and begged for some Pillsbury frosting to go with it. (I feel a story coming on! – If you give a kid a brownie mix, he’ll ask for some frosting to go with it….) Recently I’ve been using the Ibotta app to save money on our groceries and there’s a Pillsbury coupon to “clip” that you can access right here!

The mission? A TOP SECRET Game Day Mystery and some awesome brownies for our teachers lounge for Valentine’s Day! As much as I’d love to always make everything from scratch it’s SO much easier with the kids to grab some extra box mixes – and they are inexpensive to stock up on too! On occasion my kids ask if we can bake something so I like to have a few extra boxes on hand.

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One day when the kids came home from school they arrived at home to find this on the dining room table! The mystery was about to begin! The kids enjoy watching the sports game with my husband for a while but it doesn’t hold their interest like it does the rest of us adults so I came up with a plan for us to all enjoy a treat and keep the kids occupied for a while on the side. BUT FIRST – the kids were in charge of making the brownies!

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  Getting kids in the kitchen is so important and I love that they can easily read the ingredients off of the back of the brownie box mix. Since it’s shown in both writing and as an illustration it makes it easy for both kids who can and cannot read. It also teaches them how to follow directions and learn about measurements! Both of my boys LOVE baking and creating their own goodies in the kitchen! This was a team effort.

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We decided to take turns adding and mixing the ingredients and then I pulled out two smaller square bans for baking so that they each had their own batch.

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 This is where the MYSTERY began, however. As the kids were decorating their brownie batches I instructed them to take note of the colors and shapes they were spreading into the pan and to hold onto that thought for later. My kids know me well enough that when I start talking cryptically that means there’s something fun around the corner!

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Once the kids had their batches of brownies ready I popped it in the oven for them and handed them this printable writing prompt.

The Mysterious Candy Caper Printable Writing Prompt PRINT HERE ==> The Mysterious Candy Caper

By the time their brownies were done baking they had spun an entire imaginative tales about their mysterious creature. The boys are very involved in playing Minecraft and love that every element is used for a specific purpose. So I decided to section off a grid of brownies from a batch that I had made previously so they could practice their excavating and archeology skills at acquiring each of the candied colors in the “dig”.

The Mysterious Candy Caper Pillsbury Brownie Mix Adventure

We then imagined that each colored candy had a specific purpose and decided to graph our acquired skills (via candies!) into the a chart which we labeled with each color’s special use! Overall it was a fun and extremely simple watch to spend some family time together crossing over both our love of sports and some imaginative stories for the kids to create!

STAY TUNED – I have an easy and decorative way to spread the love to teachers with some Pillsbury Brownies for Valentine’s Day coming up soon! And in the meantime I KNOW you want to make something yummy! Check out this mouth watering Pinterest board for some new ideas!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Smart Apps to Beat Winter Blues

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Smart Apps to BEAT Winter Blues

I lived in Florida for almost 25 years of my life and I am pretty much meant to melt in the sun. But now I live in the Midwest and have a really hard time adjusting to the cloudy overcast days and below freezing temperatures. You can’t replace warm sunshine and beaches but there are a few ways to help get you through those tough months that bring the winter blues!

I’m so glad that I’ve partnered with U.S. Cellular because this is an awesome topic with lots of great suggestions that they’ve provided! We’re in the HOME STRETCH – spring is hiding just behind the corner! My Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is my life source and there are so many awesome apps out there to help you get out of your winter funk when you need a mental break whether you use the Google Play store or the Apple Store! And if your child has a phone check out this free parent/kid contract agreement to help establish phone boundaries! 

Keeping the Winter Blues Away

“Smart” Apps to Melt Winter Blues

There are SO many awesome free apps out there to keep you busy, occupied, and bee-bopping through the winter. Here are just a few fun ones to try out!

Classic Board GamesMonopoly, The Game of Life, Yahtzee

Trivia AppsGuess the Song, QuizUp, Trivia Crack, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Classic Kitchen AppsFood Network, Just Recipes

Amateur Chefs & Mixologist AppsTea Making, Chinese Recipes, Italian Recipes, Christmas Recipes

Brain Stimulating AppsElevate, Fit Brains Trainer

Build a Snowman AppsMake a Snowman, Snowman Maker Plus

Exploring Outdoors? Make sure you check out these specific apps for the outdoors!

 

 

Submarine Crafts & Book Ideas for Kids Roundup

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Submarine Crafts & Book Ideas for Kids Roundup

I’ve seen SO many fun “under the sea” beach and ocean themed crafts and activities for kids but I rarely see ideas for SUBMARINE crafts and activities! My boys have always held a fascination for this cryptic mode of transportation – it’s so mysterious and for most kids not an easy vehicle to actually board in real life! Whether you’re a young kid pretending you’re a spy, using a periscope and playing submarine, or studying the velocity and buoyancy of such a machine there are plenty of ways to enjoy this subject if you’re creative enough! I’ve found some FANTASTIC submarine related ideas, costumes, crafts, reading corners, books and toys that would make any kid excited!

The two featured in the photo above are the Submarine Paper Plate Portal Hole created by Pattern Me Mommy and the Submarine Costume Under the Sea designed by Alpha Mom – both my ABSOLUTE favorites! A special thank you to these ladies for allowing me to feature their posts with the above photos. Make sure you check out their posts – both are full of detailed photos and instructions to make some pretty killer submarine activities.

SWEET Octopus Wall Decal - Click for product!

SWEET Octopus Wall Decal – Click for product!

Submarine Reading Corners & Books for Kids:

Yellow Submarine Box Reading Corner displayed on SparkleBox
Submarine Outlaw (YA)
Oceanology
20,000 Leagues: Stepping Stone Reader

Submarine Crafts & Activities:

Submarine Perler Bead Pattern
Toilet Paper Tube Submarine 
by Crafty Morning
Scuba Diving Kid’s Photo Opp: by Be Different Act Normal
Submarine Coloring Page
Yellow Submarine Oatmeal Container

Submarine Toys:

Green Toys Little Kid's Submarine Toy

Submarine Hanging Mobile (can easily be made and altered!)
Toysmith Submarine Diving Science Experiment Toy  
RC German U-Boat Submarine 
Green Toys Little Kid’s Submarine
Submarine Bath Spray Station
LEGO Submarine Building Kit

Submarine Home Decor:

Submarine Shower Curtain
Submarine Reusable Ice Cubes
Submarine Wall Decal
Submarine Wall & Ocean Decal

Submarine Treats & Snacks:

Submarine Twinkies

Featured:

Submarine Paper Plate Portal Hole by Pattern Me Mommy
Submarine Costume Under the Sea by Alpha Mom 

Under the Sea Preschool Printable Worksheets Under the Sea Ocean Beach Kid's Snack Recipe

DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors

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DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors

Remember that Pinterest Fail turned awesome ooey gooey Homemade Slime Recipe we discovered? That same weekend I also made tons of batches of homemade play dough searching for a non toxic edible recipe that was toddler friendly and this is the one we settled on! (And just for the record, if you have a cat that likes to eat weird things I recommend storing this inside of a plastic sealed container instead of a Ziploc bag – our cat attacked ours!!)

Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe:

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp. Canola oil
1/8 cup Salt
1/4 cup boiling water
1 pack Koolaid

Mix all ingredients together well. Add flour if sticky. Make sure it is COOLED off before handing to child!

DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors

I wanted to make rainbow colored play dough for the kids to enjoy with St. Patrick’s Day activities and then to go along with science prism lessons (and of course summer rainy season fun!) so I opted for using Koolaid packets instead of food dye. (except the light BLUE color you see above was achieved by adding 2 drops of food dye since the “blue” Koolaid I purchased actually ended up being red!). Play around with the colors and have some fun! I tried both Grape and Purplesaurus colors for the purple play dough and they both turned out roughly the same color. The same for the Cherry and Tropical Punch flavors for the red color.

DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors
I know our local daycare/preschool is HUGE into sensory play so if you have extra consider giving your local daycare a call and asking if they want some extra homemade play dough! Add a few rolls of your play dough into a container with some plastic animals, dinosaurs, trucks, or other items to encourage more fun!

DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors

Do you have a “go-to” homemade play dough recipe that you use? I’d love for you to share it with us in the comments! I love this recipe because it’s so smooth and soft and smells seriously amazing! This recipe absolutely offers a strong smell for sensory play since you are using Koolaid! And for those of you interested I took a photo below of the specific flavors of Koolaid that I bought and made!

DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors

Obvious Disclaimer – this homemade play dough recipe is NOT meant for your child to eat or snack on!!! It is simply made with regular household kitchen ingredients and will not harm a curious toddler who goes in for a lick!

Bird’s Nest Spring Paper Plate Craft for Kids

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Bird's Nest Spring Paper Plate Craft for Kids
Paper plate crafts for kids are quite popular and another favorite of mine as paper plates are so cheap to buy and one pack of paper plates can easily cover a whole myriad of crafts! This birds nest paper plate craft is cute and pairs well with our no sew bird felt toy tutorial!  Coordinate it with a children’s book like The Best Nest for story book circle time or just use for a spring craft. It’s also a great hands-on activity to go with school lessons like this Birds, Nest & Eggs Guide book!

Bird's Nest Spring Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Bird’s Nest Paper Plate Craft Materials:

Paper Plate (1 per nest)
Tacky Glue or hot glue
Brown Paint or Markers (I used acrylic)
Brown paper (construction paper or paper bag)
Scissors
Optional: Felt Bird (tutorial here)

Bird's Nest Spring Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Bird’s Nest Paper Plate Craft Directions:

1. Paint or color a paper plate brown on the bottom side. 
2. Cut the paper plate in half.
3. Cut thin strips of brown paper and fold back and forth to give a crinkled look.
4. Apply tacky or hot glue to each end of the crinkled brown paper and press firmly onto one side of your brown paper plate. This will feature the covering of your nest.
5. Add tacky or hot glue onto the white rim of the paper plate and press the two plates together to form a pocket as shown in the photo above.

Bird's Nest Spring Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Add a bird, dried (oven baked to kill bugs!) or craft moss inside, fake bird eggs, or anything else you are planning on doing with this nest! If this is a classroom or preschool activity that needs to go home the same day I recommend pre-gluing the plates together and using brown markers instead of paint.

Below are the books I mentioned earlier to go with this activity.

Birds, Nests and Eggs Guide Book for Kids The Bird's Nest Children's Book for Story Circle Time