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Table bubbles

This is a repost from last year.  One this rainy day this seemed like just that activity to try again.  This time it was much more fun for my now 5-year-old and 2-year-old.  What a simple activity on a rainy day.

Table Bubbles

We had so much fun making table bubbles.  Not only did my 4-year-old have a blast but my 17-year-old nephew and husband played for at least an hour.  My 18 old month son didn’t care for it so much, as it was hard to blow the bubbles.  But he was more than willing to pop them as you blew them.

Table Bubbles

All that you need is:Table Bubbles

  • 1 med. size bowl
  • 1 dish rag or wash cloth
  • 1/2 cup of dish soap
  • 1/2 cup (or so) of water
  • some drinking straw
  • a table

I mixed the water and dish soap in a bowl with my dish rag.  You then wet the table with the dish rag, make sure you cover any area you are going to blow bubbles on with soapy water.  Next dip the end of the straw into the soapy bowl of water.  Using the soapy end of the straw place it on the wet table and blow away.

Table Bubbles

We were able to blow some huge bubbles.  Next thing you knew my daughter figured out that if you blew a bubble and dipped your straw again, you could go back inside the bubble without it popping.  Have fun and don’t put the wrong end of the straw in your mouth!


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Egg Carton Caterpillars

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Imagine a rainy day in Washington State, I know hard right!  Well to keep the kids entertained we cut up some egg cartons and painted them into caterpillars.  Add some pipe cleaner legs, antennas, and some googly eyes.  As you can we had a variety of ages and ideas working away.  Enjoy another rainy day activity to help keep the kids busy and you from going crazy!

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting

“Did you say we can play in pudding”, asks my five-year-old.  This activity is more geared for young toddlers who wouldn’t know any better than to get paint in their mouths.  Turns out my tidy toddler wanted nothing to do with this but the 3 and 5-year-old ended up covered head to toe.

I prepared as directed a few packages of instant pudding, and placed them in shallow pans.  Put out some spreading tools such as paint brushes, cotton swabs, and popsicle sticks.  In the end the girls were so covered they just finger painted.  The kids either got down to unders or had a swimsuit on, and let them play.  While it was warm outside than they were all ready dirty we had a water balloon fight after the pudding fun. I got a warm bucket of water and a wash cloth to get most of it off before coming inside for a bath.

Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting:

  • A few packages of instant pudding (chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio works good)
  • Paint brushes, cotton swabs, popsicle sticks

Pretend Cooking with Real Food

Pretend Cooking with real foodMy mother-in-law was cleaning out her pantry and had a lot of expired food she didn’t want.  I boxed them up and took them home, but not to eat.  I grabbed a muffin tin and filled each cup with different foods.  Put an old sheet on the floor and let the kids loose.  I gave them each a little pitcher of water and some utensils.  They played for at least an hour before the 18 month old (at the time) started getting bored.  I dumped the food as their mixing bowls became full, and let them create more.

Pretend Cooking with Real Food:Pretend Cooking with Real Food

  • seasoning packets
  • flour
  • sugar
  • sprinkles
  • croutons
  • beans
  • noodles

Use what you have or can spare, it doesn’t take much to fill up a muffin tin.  Make sure you provide lots of different measuring spoons, bowls, pans, pitchers, and whisks.  Have fun and get a little dirty!

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