Corn Meal to Explore

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It’s getting too cold for outdoor sandboxes, so today I made one for Veronika indoors… with corn meal! I simply dumped an old container of corn meal on a pizza pan, set out a few scoops, and let her begin to explore.

The scoops themselves seemed to delight her with their bright colors, First she just wanted to play with these…

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…but soon found her way over to the corn meal.

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Unlike anything gloppy, she had no hesitation getting fingers in dry corn meal. She picked up little light fingerfuls and watched it rain down into a cup, then dumped them out and started over.

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What fine motor skills! Next, I added cars, because you can make great tracks through cornmeal. If you have any toy construction vehicles like dump trucks or diggers, this is the perfect way to use them. But for Veronika I added a few favorites: a fire truck, school bus, and mail truck.

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She loved vrooming them in the corn meal, especially once she had a thin layer of it on the floor.

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I let the happy play continue until we had to leave the house.

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To clean up, I dusted off her pants, swept the cornmeal into the dust bin, and that was that!

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Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

This two-ingredient recipe will introduce your baby to a taste of the tropics!


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  1. Peel the sweet potato and cut into wedges. Arrange in a small baking dish.
  2. Cover the sweet potato with the pineapple chunks and drizzle with any juice from chopping.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes, until the sweet potato is tender. Best served warm!

Rainbow CD

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If a gray day has you wishing for rainbows, make some at home with this easy craft! It’s just one of several ways Travis and I have made light after dark, lately.

We made our project a bit whimsical by turning it into a sort of “hunt” for the rainbow at the end of a pot of gold. That meant we wanted to decorate our CD with shamrocks. To make them, use a heart-shaped hole punch.

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For every shamrock, fit 3 hearts together into a clover-shape. Tape the hearts to the back of a blank CD.

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Now head some place dark, and shine a light!

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Travis loved holding the flashlight and seeing the rainbows appear on the wall. We experimented with different angles; if he held the light directly over the CD, the rainbow was like a laser line on the CD itself.

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If he held the light close to the floor, the rainbow appeared on the wall, growing bigger or smaller as he altered the angle.

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Note: there’s no need to decorate your CD to make this craft work, but it does add a nice touchy of whimsy!