Homemade Foam

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foam1Oscar is a big fan of messy play and sensory activities and loves nothing more than covering himself in whatever we have been playing with; homemade paint, jelly and our latest messy play ingredient; homemade foam!

The foam is really quick to make and gave Oscar loads of entertainment from playing with his under the sea animals in it to covering himself in green foam! But as its only washing up liquid, a quick shower after playing easily removed all the foam from Oscar’s body.

You can use just the foam in the sensory box as its just as much fun on its own, you could even make a variety of colours of it or you could add some plastic toys such as animals and toy people or some kitchen utensils like spoons and bowls. The possibilities are endless! Quick to make and lots of fun to play with!

What you need:

1/3 cup washing up liquid (we used Fairy Liquid)

1/3 water

1 tbsp cornstarch

food colouring

How to make it:

  • Mix 1/3 cup water with 1/3 cup washing up liquid.
  • Add your desired food colouring along with the cornstarch.
  • Mix in a blender for about 3 minutes.
  • Pour out of blender into a plastic box ready for playing.

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Potato Pancakes for Babies

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potpancakesMillie has really been enjoying the banana pancakes that I made her a few weeks back and I love that it made such a huge batch that was suitable for freezing so she tends to have the pancakes with some fruit 3 or 4 times a week. With her love of pancakes a couple of weeks ago I decided to try a new recipe for pancakes so she could have a bit of variety. I found this potato pancake recipe on New Zealand Baby and hoped that my little pancake lover would like them, and I was right! She seemed the enjoy the savoury potato pancake just as much as her banana pancakes and eat 2 of them along with some diced apple in no time! To include a bit of variety you could even top the pancakes with some savoury toppings like cheese, vegetables or some savoury spreads. Or change the salt in the recipe for some different spices. However, they are just as tasty on their own…I may of had one myself too!

Ingredients:

3 potatoes, medium sized

2 eggs

3 tbsp flour

pinch of salt

olive oil

Instructions:

  • Peel the potatoes. Then either diced or shred (we diced) the potatoes and cook them until they are just tender.
  • Drain and mash the potatoes (without any milk or butter)
  • Combine the mash with the eggs, flour and salt.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan, medium heat.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and turn once they are golden on the underside.
  • When both sides are golden, remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel.
  • Repeat with the remaining mixture, adding more oil when necessary.

* Our mixture made 6 decent sized pancakes and are suitable for freezing.

Baby-safe Cloud Dough

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cloud1As you may have seen on our recent posts I have started including Millie in our sensory play activities now she is getting older. A few days ago I began making a batch of one of Oscar’s favourite sensory play activities; cloud dough, when I thought I could make it ‘baby-safe’ and have Millie play with it too. I usually make our cloud dough with baby oil as I love the smell of it when we play with it and it also leaves both mine and Oscar’s skin really smooth after playing with it! But obviously, as Millie is only 9 months old I knew she would put some of the cloud dough in her mouth (as everything goes in there lately!) and baby oil isn’t safe to eat. So I decided to swap our baby oil for olive oil (vegetable oil would work too) to make it an ‘edible’ activity for Millie.

I made the cloud dough during their nap time ready to play with when they woke up.  I actually made half of our usual cloud recipe as we are travelling soon and have been using up our food supplies I didn’t have enough flour in to make a full batch but it was actually plenty for Oscar and Millie to play with. Millie enjoyed tasting it (of course) and feeling it between her hands (and legs and feet!) and as I put a few sand toys in the box, Oscar enjoyed making some ‘pancakes’ and ‘ice creams’ for me and Millie.

What you need:

4 cups flour

1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil

How to make it:

In a bowl simply mix together the flour and oil until it combines. The texture should look like you are going to make pastry but it you sqeeze it together then you will see how it comes together and holds its shape.

*We usually double this recipe when playing with our cloud dough so I would recommend 8 cups flour and 1 cup oil if you want a decent amount of cloud dough but if your child is a young baby then the 4 cups flour, 1/2 cup oil is enough for them to play with.

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Lunchbox: Day 92

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lu1This is going to be our last lunchbox post for a couple of months as in a few days we are travelling back to the UK to enjoy our summer holiday. There will probably be a few lunchbox style meals Oscar will eat but we will probably eat out a lot as well. If you follow us on Instagram then you can keep up with any lunch options Oscar has over the next couple of months (it won’t be every day posts but anything interesting or different). And then we will start our lunchbox posts again in late August. Oscar will also be starting school in September, so the lunches I make for him are going to have to be more ‘school-friendly’ as in lasting long enough in his school bag before he has break time and also filter in the schools rules about food – no nut based products etc.

Day 92:

Capri Sun Mixed Fruit Juice

Water (not pictured)

Hummus

Pita/Arabic Bread

Cheese Twists

Peanut Butter and Banana Muffin (recipe from Crumbs & Chaos)

Green Apple Slices

Supplies:

Blue Bento Lunchbox, from Pottery Barn Kids at the Avenues

Clear Pot, from Mothercare at the Avenues

Pink Silicone Cupcake Cases, from City Star

Chocolate Chip Maths

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mathchipThis is an activity we did a while back but I am only getting chance to blog about it now. I saw this idea via a friend on Instagram (Thanks Amy!).

I set up a cupcake case tray with the numbers 1-6 and emptied some chocolate chips into a bowl. I then showed Oscar the numbers and he repeated the numbers back to me. He is really good at counting but we are still working on recognising the written number. We did a little practice of ‘what number is that?’ with me pointing to each number and then Oscar began counting out his chocolate chips into the correctly numbered case. A great activity that takes a minute to set-up but also makes them ‘work’ for their snack and learn at the same time. We used dark chocolate chips for our snack but you could opt for a healthier alternative like dried fruits or plain nuts.

What you need:

Cupcake  tray

Numbered stickers or paper

Snack to count (chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, sweets etc)

What to do:

  • Place numbered stickers or paper into your cupcake tin
  • Pour snack into a bowl.
  • Ask your child to count out the desired snack into the correct numbered case.
  • Enjoy the snack!

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Mango Lassi for Babies

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mangolassiI first made Millie this simple Mango Lassi not long after we got back from our holiday in Sri Lanka. I had often seen them on the menus in the restaurants and Millie had tried a tiny bit of my father-in-laws and seemed to like it so I thought I would make her a simple one of her own once we got back to Kuwait. It has become one of her favourite breakfasts over the past few weeks and she has it at least once a week for breakfast. I plan on trying a few different fruit combinations over the next few weeks too to see if she is a fan of those too!

This recipe takes 2 minutes to make and is a great, fresh and healthy start to the day. I have said it is a mango lassi for babies, but it can also be eaten by toddlers, older children and adults too.

No mangos? Try strawberries, payaya, melon, raspberries, pineapple….the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango

5 tbsp natural yoghurt

Instructions:

  • Peel and cut the flesh from the mango.
  • Add the mango and the natural yoghurt to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve.

How quick and simple it that?! Our recipe makes 2 portions which should be ok in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Lunchbox: Day 91

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lu5Day 91:

KDD Cocktail Juice

Water (not pictured)

Multigrain Waffle with Chocolate Sauce

Salters Alphabet Crackers

Munch Bunch Squashums Yoghurt (Apricot Flavour)

Toacker Coconut Wafer Biscuit Bites

Green Apple

Supplies:

Blue Bento Lunchbox, from Pottery Barn Kids at the Avenues

Small Clear Pot, from Mothercare at the Avenues

Green Silicone Cupcake Cases, from City Star