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DIY Baby's First Christmas Ornament

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Make your own Baby's First Christmas tree ornament with air drying clay When my first child was born a few years ago, I went looking for a Baby's First Christmas ornament to hang on the tree but I couldn't seem to find one that wasn't cheap and nasty or just plain ugly.  So I decided to try and make one myself. Some time earlier I had been excited to hear about air drying clay so when I stumbled across it one day while I was at Spotlight, I bought it.  I'd since forgotten what I was planning to make with it when I bought it, but this project seemed like a good use for it.  From memory it cost around $10 at Spotlight.  If your kids are into Mister Maker , I'm sure you will find lots of other uses for it as well as it is constantly being used on the show.  The brand I bought says it is non-toxic am always heartened to find when I know my kids will be using it.  I first opened the tub in 2014 and it is still in good condition 2 years later for me to make an

Life Hack: Emergency Lint Remover

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Sometimes you misplace the tool you need to do a job and so you put the job off.  But if that job requires a lint remover, it is often something that can't be easily put off such as cleaning pet hair off the clothes you are going to wear to work that day. Emergency Lint Remover  That's where this handy little idea for an emergency lint remover comes in.  I was inspired by the sticky washable lint removers and thought what else is sticky that could do the job.  Sticky tape of course!  Simply wrap sticky tape around your fingers a few times sticky side out and drag or dab your fingers over the fabric.  When the sticky tape looses its stick, cut it off your fingers and wrap some more around your fingers. Emergency Lint Remover After Use You will need to do it a few times to get through most jobs so it doesn't replace a real lint remover, but it is good enough to get you out of a bind.  How effective it is will also depend on the material - I found it didn't

Homemade Paper Mache Kid's Glue

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Homemade Paper Mache Glue My 2 yo has been super excited every time she sees paper mache so today we decided to try it. But with only a glue stick in the house, I had to make up some glue for the project. There are various recipes on the web but here is the one I used. Ingredients: 1 cup plain flour 1 cup water 2 tablespoons of salt to preserve Method: Sift flour to help remove lumps Add water and stir until smooth Add salt and stir Thin with water if desired I just loved this glue!  We made a mess but because it is just flour and water it is REALLY easy to clean up.  The glue on my 2 yo's clothes dried up and flaked off. And glue spilt on the table cleaned up with water and a cloth.  As parents we are always time poor and the idea of making anything that we can buy fairly cheaply from the shops seems like a time consuming hassle.  But this is one thing that is really worth it for little kids.  This glue won't be suitable for all projects but h

Why Trump will Fail

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As the dust settles on the US presidential election we see the world transitioning to a wait and see approach with Donald Trump.  But Trump will fail to be the President that many hope for.  This is not a Republican vs. Democrat argument.  This is not a feminist argument.  This is not an argument for an experienced political leader.  This is not an argument for an inclusive President.  This is about our expectations of an ideal country leader and how we will only ever be disappointed when they are set so high. The world has been transitioning from innocence.  We know that the people who should protect our children, sick, and elderly do despicable things to them.  We know that many people are only out for themselves and don't care who they hurt along the way.  We know and expect most politicians to be in it for the power and not for the betterment of the country.  And yet we expect greatness from the next country leader.  We have grown up and know that the world is not a nice

Blob Painting with Kids

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My eldest is now 2 years old and our activities are now encompassing cooking, science and art.  I am constantly on the lookout for ideas and I'll be posting the good ones here. Today was our first foray into paint.  Yes, very scary with a two year old, but this activity can be very controlled - well ... relatively speaking! Activity: blob painting Category: art Age tested: young 2 yo Verdict: great results and very easy Equipment - Paper for picture - printer paper works fine Paint - non toxic and washable is best for younger kids Plastic spoons - my paint comes in pots Newspaper - to lay out completed paintings and for covering tables and putting spoons down on Baby wipes - great for cleaning hands and little accidents before they turn into bigger accidents Art smock Method - 1. Fold paper in half and the open it again. 2. If your child is young, pour portions of paint into spoons. Older kids might be able to do this themselves. 3. Encourage