Category Archives: Group Play Date Activities

Make Your Own Scratch & Sniff Paint

This is the final post about activities we did in March. Our last craft was creating scratch & sniff paint.
Scratch&Sniff Paint
Here are the directions:

Mix flavored gelatin as directed using very little water. There are many flavors available. We chose strawberry. You don’t want the paint too watery, but instead, stiff and grainy so add very little water.

The first time we made the paint, we used too much water and accidentally ended up making jello, which we threw away because we don’t eat this “frankinfood.”  As you can see from the above picture where A.J. is hunched over the bowl smelling the liquid, we used too much water. The mixture in the the last photo above is a better texture. Simply use the mixture as paint.

From our experience, the dried paint gets really hard which makes scratching the paint very difficult. However the aroma of the “paint” while making it and painting actually smells great!

Scratch&Sniff2Venturing to the library on Wednesdays are a lot fun for us all. Going consistently is a great way to meet new kids and their caregivers. We had an especially good time a few weeks ago when A.J.s friend Yasmine celebrated her second birthday. Her grandmother brought mini cupcakes, goody bags with treats. We also had an Easter Egg Hunt that day, so the day was full of surprises. Instead of hunting for eggs, A.J. was more interested in eating the cup cakes sitting on the tables.

I helped organize an Easter Egg Hunt for our subdivision that turned out really nicely, except I left my phone and digital camera at home. So no pictures. A.J. didn’t have a nap that day and you can guess what happened outside in front of all the neighbors right after I finished praying a grandiose prayer talking about how we want our kids to know that we love them and how they should obey their parents…yada yada yada…and my child starts rolling around the grass screaming because he is now sleepy.

After I dragged and carried him home, he settled down and returned to the egg hunt with his dad like nothing ever happened.

Yasmine's 2nd B-day PartyDo you have any fun paint recipes to share?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

-Asia

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In Bouncy Bliss

LeapinlizardsLast week A.J. and his buddy ManMan enjoyed a leapin’ good time at Leapin’ Lizards. They bounced and jumped around which of course made nap time seamless. Bouncy houses are great for gross motor skills development, too!

Amira giggled and cooed as she excitedly watched the kids bounce. These are pictures of her before we left the house. Isn’t she a cutie!!AmiraleapinlizardsHow did your little one(s) burn off some energy this week?

-Asia

Shredded Paper Play Date Fun

Here are a few photos taken at our group play date. My friend Keisha brought her sons Corey and Sean over for some playtime fun. You’ll be seeing a lot of them on this blog. They have known each other practically all of their lives already!

To add some sensory fun to the day, I filled the bin with shredded paper. In the spirit of the holidays I added red and green toys to hide in the bin. A.J. and the boys had more fun playing with the paper than actually searching for the toys. Even the youngest boy, Sean got into the action. Amira had a good time, too, but tired herself out before I could sit her in the bin.

I enjoy play dates because I learn so much from other moms. Keisha is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She is a wealth of information and shares great tips, resources and strategies to help nurture kids’ growth.

I’m looking forward to our next play group. I know it will be fun! Subscribe to this blog so you won’t miss a thing!

Do you want a play date with me and the kids? Feel free to contact me and we can work it out:-)

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

-Asia