Monday, June 24, 2013

100 Days of Play Presents: Ice & Lava Sensory Baths

Have you been following the 100 days of play?  If not, it's not too late to start.  This terrific blog hop has been put together by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo in order to inspire and challenge you to spend more time playing with your child(ren).

For my day of play I'm sharing one of my son's favorite activities: shaving cream in the bath.  He would do this every day if he could.  Our last round consisted of creating an ice bath one day and a lava bath another.

All you need for either bath are shaving cream and food coloring.  The shaving cream I purchased at the dollar store.

 For ice, mix blue food coloring with the shaving cream.  
Add some blue coloring to the bath water then let them go wild with the water and the shaving cream.
 My son, splashed around in the "cold" water.  He often wears goggles so he doesn't get water in his eyes.  
After playing with the shaving cream, the residue floats around in the water.  My son thought it looked like snow.  He's pretending he's "frozen".

My son does his own thing but you could add Arctic/Antarctic animals to your bath.  If you have easy access to foam sheets, cut some irregular shapes from white foam, creating icebergs for the animals to float on.  If it's a hot day, add some ice to help them truly cool down.    

Of course after taking a "cold" bath, the next night my son wanted to take a "hot" bath.  He asked me to make him some lava.  I mixed red and yellow food coloring into the shaving cream.  More red, then yellow.  
I also added red and yellow color  to the bath.  
It wasn't long before he painted himself with the lava.  

He had some dinosaurs join him in his lava bath, but my son is a fickled one.  He wouldn't let me take any more pictures.  His dinosaurs got very clean that night though.  

Now go, have a bath!  What will your kids imagine the shaving cream to be?  

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New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/20.  

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Chalk It Up To It's Playtime

Drawing with sidewalk chalk is classic outdoor the same time, gets old quickly.  Shared on previously on It's Playtime, here are some new ways to explore and learn with sidewalk chalk.  

Reading Confetti posted their recipe for Frozen Popsicle Chalk.  If you don't have popsicle molds, try simply making Ice Chalk.  

Train Up a Child shared their post, Top 10 Ways to Learn with Chalk.  Here you'll find some great learning games and play ideas for kids toddlers through school-age.  

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These activities plus more can be found over on the It's Playtime Pinterest Board.  Happy Pinning! 

Now, on to this weeks play date! 
It's Playtime is a community and Thursday link-up hosted by:

* Rachele : Messy Kids (That's me!)
* Rachel & Holly : Quirky Momma
* Jillian: A Mom With a Lesson Plan

How to Play :
* Link up a post about a playful learning experience enjoyed by kids.
* Give us love and pop a button into your post/blog. Invite your readers to the weekly play date!

* Stop by one of our blogs every Thursday and add your link about play. Your link will show up on each of the blogs in the It's Playtime community.
* Each week the playtime hosts will choose favorite posts to feature. (By linking you are giving us permission to use an image and link to you, if featured.)
* Be sure to visit some of the links that catch your eye. Commenting on posts that you find interesting or inspiring is a wonderful way to develop your own playful community.

By linking up you give us permission to grab a picture and feature you here, on a site we write for, on FB or Pinterest.   If we share your link, we will always credit you, send people to your original post and use only ONE photo.


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