Mama Miller Parenting

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Valentine Play

on February 14, 2013

The kids are finally asleep, Andy is still at work, and I’m force-feeding myself a few pretzels in hopes of lessening the nausea.

Because Andy had to work tonight, we did our date night yesterday. My in-laws graciously agreed to babysit and we got to enjoy amazing Thai food, a bubble tea slush, and adult conversation.

I wanted to make today special for the kids. When they were napping I whipped up some homemade Playdoh. (This is my favorite recipe.) I made blue for K and pink for E. I added a splash of vanilla to make it smell yummy. I set up their little table with small cups of glass stones and beads.

Here is E playing and squishing beads into her dough:

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Her “art”:

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K finally woke up and joined us:

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This entertained them for almost an hour and a half! They loved it. They squished in beads and dug them out. They filled E’s little tea cups with “dough tea” and K made “smoovies”. We rolled balls, made roads, and even mixed a little pink and blue together to make purple.

I also filled our cute little heart ice trays (Target $1) with water and added one drop of neon food coloring to each heart. I used blue, pink, and purple.

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For bath time I dumped all of our frozen hearts into a bin…

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I set the bin in the bath with them. They had fun dunking them in the water and watching them disappear and color the bath. We eventually had a purple bath. The ice hearts only lasted a few minutes but they really enjoyed it.

No pictures of my ice hearts in action. My kids splash and move too much for bath pictures.

We worked on E recognizing the color purple and the shape of a heart. K and I talked more about color mixing and the states of matter with our ice play.

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5 responses to “Valentine Play

  1. Valerie says:

    Adding beads/stones is a GREAT idea!! Thanks for sharing – I will totally be doing this with Samuel next time we pull out the playdoh! 😀
    *Hope you feel better. xx

  2. I love the colored ice in the bathtub idea! easy and different!

    • In warmer weather we’ve also done it on the sidewalk. I filled a couple small glasses with colored water and a small plastic toy inside. We froze them and took everything outside with a couple toy hammers. Baby E just had fun playing with the small colored ice and smashing it. K had fun excavating the toys out of the big blocks.

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