Eerie Eyeball Cups

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With Halloween a week away, Travis is starting to demand spooky decor around the house. We put together these eerie snack cups, perfect for holding candy or portions of little snacks or dry cereal.

Cut an upcycled egg carton into separate compartments. Decorate half of them as the top of the eyes, with a circle right in the center.

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Add wiggly lines of red marker for the bloodshot veins. (Note: You can use paint, but we preferred marker since there was no drying time).

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For the other half of the cups, omit the iris and just make wiggly veins.

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Fill the bottoms with treats, then stack an eyeball cup on top.

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Sweet Potato Spread

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This sweet potato-based spread is so versatile. Serve it smeared on slices of toast for breakfast, or over graham crackers for a snack. Babies might just enjoy spoonfuls of it plain, too!

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  • 1 cup grated sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy cream cheese
  1. Combine the sweet potato and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the remaining ingredients.

If you like, add a little pinch of nutmeg, too!

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Squish Bags

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I made a floor sensory bagĀ for Veronika some time back; today I added two twists for a new version of the game!

In the first, I added 1/2 cup water and then various small items from our craft bin: translucent pony beads, buttons, and wiggle eyes all fit the bill. I got the idea after noticing how much she loved a drum with floating beads under the plastic at music class.

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I taped the bag firmly to the floor on all four sides, almost like framing it. Now she could squish the items inside, but not move the whole bag.

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The second version was even squishier! This time, instead of water, I squirted in a generous dose of shaving cream. I sprinkled in even more beads and buttons, using lots so they showed up through the thick cream. This one, too, I taped firmly down on all four sides.

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Veronika loved pressing her fingers in! Or scooching her whole body across.

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She could move beads and buttons with one little finger or a whole hand pressed down, and the visual effect was dazzling.

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If you make these while your baby is still young enough to need tummy time, it’s a sure way to keep them entertained!

Learn to Blow

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Blowing is such a gentle and fun sensation for babies, both to feel it from you and to learn! Today, Veronika and I had some fun with this idea in a few ways.

First, I simply took a deep breath in and then blew gently on her cheeks and forehead (you’ll probably want to avoid the eyes). Veronika giggled and thought this was a delight.

You can see she tried to imitate me with her tongue out, so making more of a raspberry sound. But I love that she instantly tried to copy me!

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Try blowing on palms or fingers, too.

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Then I pulled out our pinwheel for more demonstration. She loved watching it go around in the “wind”.

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I hoped she would try blowing on it, too, but her hands proved too tempting to make it spin.

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Then of course we needed the perfect story for learning to blow: we huffed and puffed to the Three Little Pigs!

I set up a Three Little Pigs toyset that’s been around since big brother Travis was a baby, and hung up tissue paper over the houses.

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As I narrated the story, I huffed and puffed on the tissue each time we came to that part of the tale. She loved watching the tissue paper sway back and forth!

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Do you have a fairy tale that you like to narrate in a hands-on way? Please share in the comments!