Make Volcano Eggs

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Yesterday Travis and I tested out a few ways to dye plastic Easter eggs. We had another batch of eggs (this time more properly ceramic rocks, which are meant to be painted), so although we know the results wouldn’t show up that well, we still wanted to have fun with the process!

In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons baking soda, 10 drops food coloring, and just a bit of water until you have a thick paste.

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Dribble the paste over the eggs – I recommend using a baking sheet or other craft bin as a base, because you’re about to have a mess!

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Drizzle 1 tablespoon vinegar over each egg, and watch the colors run!

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Travis couldn’t get enough of the fizzing.

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This was so fun we mixed up a second bowl of color and repeated the process.

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Bubble bubble!

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As with our previous egg crafts, the color didn’t really set on the fake ones, but a few streaks were left behind. I’d love to hear if you have great results with real egg shell!

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Bath-time Fun!

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Two months ago, I posted about Veronika’s switch to the big girl tub (well, big baby tub anyway). Now that she’s able to sit up for short spells on her own, we can make bathtime even more fun! As always, never leave your baby unattended in the tub, even for a moment, and keep a supporting hand on a baby even once they’re able to sit; everything is slipperier in the water!

One great new toy we have is a puppet washcloth. You can find these adorable washcloths with animal heads just about anywhere (ours is from Target), and they make bathtime truly entertaining. Veronika’s little fox likes giving kisses to toes and knees and tummies!

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She also loves to pat at the bubbles in the water.

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I pat my hand in the bubbles to add to the fun. You can do this rhythmically along to a song or nursery rhyme. Row Row Row Your Boat is a go-to in our tub.

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And as always, she has her plastic tub toys to play with; she’s getting much more dexterous at holding them even with slippery hands.

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At this age, I recommend skipping any fancy battery-operated toys. As long as its plastic and watertight, it can join baby in the water.

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Happy bathing!

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Exploring Taste & Texture

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Your five month old may have just begun solids, or tasted a few purees by this point – and even if he or she is still only drinking milk, babies this age love mouthing everything. Taste is such an important way in which little ones learn about the world, and this game lets them explore with the mouth safely!

I sat Veronika comfortably in her high chair and placed a few curated objects in front of her: a wooden spoon, a rubber spatula, a frozen teether, and a few toys.

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She got to pick what came first. Hmm, the wooden spoon looked so interesting…

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…but it was hard and probably not very nice in the mouth.

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The rubber spatula came next. Aah, this was a bit softer. I talked about the texture as she gnawed, as well as its bright bold color.

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She always loves her frozen teether, and that got picked up next. This time I talked about its cold temperature, the soft nubby texture.

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If you’re supervising closely, let your baby have a piece of banana to explore. Veronika loved holding this. It smelled good too!

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She seemed very surprised when she put it in her mouth and found that it was really food. Be careful, since you don’t want a five month old biting off chunks. I did then smoosh some onto her tray for her to play with.

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Any other small toys work great for this game, too. Talk about the different textures of each as you play, and help your baby learn so much about the world!

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Easter Egg Maracas

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Here’s a great use for any extra plastic Easter eggs you have lying around this time of year! You can make the maracas after the hunt on the holiday, or set aside a few and make them beforehand; they look beautiful among other Easter decorations.

First, scoop a little rice into plastic Easter eggs. Good scooping practice!

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Place two plastic spoons around the egg, and secure with decorative washi tape. Any color will do, but I looked specifically for colors and prints that evoked springtime! Whoops – Travis thought it was funny when he taped my thumb in for a moment.

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Now continue wrapping in washi tape until the egg and the spoon handles are completely covered. This step got a big frustrating for Travis, so finishing up became a mama job.

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Turns out little sister Veronika loved the maracas, too!

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In fact, perhaps more so than Travis.

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But they were still great for shaking and grooving to music.

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Add these to your table centertop for an Easter decoration, or just enjoy them during any music play.

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