Messy Play

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Veronika’s old enough now for her first messy sensory play, and this little game is a baby’s first introduction to ooblek!

As a reminder, “ooblek” is a fantastic substance that acts like a liquid in some circumstances, and a solid in others.

To make a very basic version, combine 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup water in a bowl. Add just a few drops of natural food coloring.

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I sat Veronika down in her high chair – with sleeves rolled up and bib on! – and got ready for the mess.

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Drip some of the mixture onto the highchair tray. It will drip like a liquid, but solidify once on the tray. You can run your finger through it, and leave neat designs.

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She seemed hesitant at first, which surprised me; this is a girl who loves to get her hands in her food. But soon, her little fingers were squishing through the mixture.

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I very gently spooned some right into her fist. She squished and squeezed!

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Ooblek is fun!

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What sensory play does your baby like? Please share in the comments!

Boomerang Toy

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Veronika hasn’t spent much time playing on her back lately; as soon as she learned how to roll, that was it… My little girl likes tummy play! As a result, I dismantled her play gym, and she spends most of her time playing on her belly.

But today, I wanted to focus on her grabbing skills and hand-eye coordination, so we made this cute boomerang toy.

Simply cut open a strong rubber band and attach to any soft small toy. (Make sure this is tied very securely, so the rubber band doesn’t become a choking hazard).

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While your baby lies on his or her back, bounce the toy above them. Pull down so the rubber band snaps back. Well wouldn’t you know, Veronika went wild for it!

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Her eyes were wide with delight, and she loved grabbing for it.

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Gotcha!

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And kicking it with her feet.

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When I made a silly “boing” sound, she began cackling and giggling.

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What an absolute delight it was to watch her joy.

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You can also purchase toys that mimic this rubber band bouncing. We have an old stroller toy from when Travis was a baby that retracts on a string. This one also elicited lots of giggles and grabbing.

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She got it!

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Here’s a quick clip of that great laughter.

Veggie Rainbow and Ranch Dip

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As I noted in a recent blog post, April showers bring May flowers, and that has us on a continuing quest for rainbows this month! Travis and I kept up the theme with this cute party platter. It’s great to share with family and friends, and will brighten any dreary, rainy day this month!

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Rainbow of veggies
  1. To prepare the dip, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Travis loved smelling the herbs!Veggie Rainbow (1)
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  3. Now select one veggie for every color of the rainbow, and arrange in a rainbow shape on a platter.

Since we were bringing this to share at a family gathering, Travis loved going over which veggie could fit every color of the rainbow, and apportioning them into baggies.

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We ended up with:

  • Red cherry tomatoes
  • Orange baby carrots
  • Yellow bell pepper strips
  • Green cucumber slices
  • Purple shredded cabbage

What will be in your veggie rainbow? Please share in the comments!

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