Month: January 2020

Tissue Paper, Stained Glass Activities

Tissue Paper, Stained Glass Activities

Making pretend stained glass can be done any time of the year. That’s one of the biggest reasons I love this concept of creating stained glass. The child’s art can be hung & displayed, which is great for building their confidence. We have hung them 

Plant Based, Vegetable Beef-free Stew

Plant Based, Vegetable Beef-free Stew

As the weather turned from summer to fall and fall to chilly winter, I started looking for new soup/stew ideas. There is nothing like a good stew/soup after playing out in the snow with Izzy. So, typically the way I go about creating a new 

Just Play! How Play Carpets Can Support Your Child’s Development.

Just Play! How Play Carpets Can Support Your Child’s Development.

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Having a play carpets, creates a designated space for your child to play. For parents, it’s also super helpful! If you teach your child to keep the toys in that area, your chances of stepping on a toy are reduced. I know we have all stepped on one too many toys. Play carpets can also inspire new play, depending what is on the play carpet. For example, Izzy’s play carpet has a little town and roads. Izzy’s carpet is a Children’s Factory carpet called, Fun at the Fair. I linked it here and below with some other options as well.

Play carpets establish a clear boundary and designated area for play.

Now that you have a space for play, bring out some simple toys for the child to play with. I wanted to share some child led play that we do on our play carpet.

Playing Cars

Playing with toy cars is developmentally beneficial to your child. I know it seems simple and silly, but sometimes it’s important to just play. Izzy and I have a little collection of so many types and sizes of cars. I linked some options below for you guys.

Cognitive Development: The child is working on problem solving & thinking about different ways to move the cars around on the carpet, they are determining new routes & studying which cars are easier to push, and/or move quickly/slower etc.
Social and Emotional Development: The child is taking on roles and occupations through play such as a builder, a bus driver, a race car driver etc. The child is working on independence, turn taking skills, self expression, creativity, becoming self reliant and their imagination. The child is also building their self esteem & feelings of success when constructing their creations.
Gross & Fine Motor Development: The child is engaging & exploring their mobile abilities. The child is building hand strength and control.
Language Development: The child is learning new vocabulary words needed for different play & life scenarios.

Building with Blocks

I think as parents, we often forget how important play is and how simple activities such as building with blocks can benefit the development of our child. Take it a step further and add in little figures/animals/people, you can further build on the play.

Cognitive Development: The child is problem solving & building spacial sense. The child is also building early mathematical skills (I.e. counting, sorting, patterns). For example, you may model making an all blue block house. You may build a tower that follows a pattern such as yellow, blue, yellow, blue, yellow, blue.
Fine & Gross Motor Development: The child is engaging their mobile abilities. The child is building hand strength and control.
Social & Emotional Development: The child is working on independence, becoming self reliant, increasing their attention span, turn taking skills, self expression, creativity and their imagination. The child is also building their self esteem & feelings of success when constructing their creations. The child is discovering that he/she can have ideas, that they can bring to life. The child is taking on roles and occupations through play such as a builder, a bus driver, a race car driver etc.
Language Development: The child is learning new vocabulary words needed for different play & life scenarios.

Have a blast and remember, sometimes the simplest play is also needed for the development of your child. You don’t always have to set up an activity. Just set up a play space, bring out some toys and play.

XO Eryka

Salt Snowflake Painting

Salt Snowflake Painting

We really enjoy snowflake salt painting. It’s a super fun way to bring art and science together. Another bonus, depending on how you approach this activity, it can also be considered a STEM activity. What You Need: Thick Paper (construction or watercolor paper is great) 

Izzy’s Woodland Themed Bedroom

Izzy’s Woodland Themed Bedroom

Izzy LOVES being outside! She truly lives for it & honestly I do too. So for the days we are stuck inside I wanted to create a woodland themed room for Izzy to grow, play and sleep in. I hope you enjoy skimming through the 

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

My first time creating Gnocchi was over a year ago. I was trying to make
new & fun dinners that were gluten free. This fall I decided to give my sweet potato Gnocchi recipe a twist and use butternut squash. I’ve been enjoying it so much I wanted to share the recipe with you all. It’s super easy, & you only need 2 ingredients. Plus guys, it’s a great recipe to have for the fall & winter. Who doesn’t want a pasta dish in the colder months?

Ingredients

2 Cups Cubed Butternut Squash
1 ¼ Cup Flour


Optional Substitutes:
gluten free flour

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium/large pot with water & turn on high to boil.
  2. Wash the butternut squash, slice and remove the skin.
  3. Chop the butternut squash into cubes and drop into the boiling
    water.
  4. Once the squash cubes are soft enough to mash with a fork, drain
    & blend them. Mash by hand or place in a food processor.
  5. Fill the same pot with water and turn on high to boil. You will cook
    the Gnocci in this pot.
  6. In a bowl mix butternut squash and 1 ¼ cups flour.
  7. Once blended place flour down on your work space & cover your
    hands in flour.
  8. Drop a handful of mixture on your flour covered workspace.
  9. Roll mixture into a long cylinder.
  10. Cut 1 inch pieces and lightly push imprint with fork.
  11. Continue until all pieces are done.
  12. Drop uncooked pasta into the pot. (I cook 1/4 of the pasta at a
    time)
  13. Pieces that float to the top are ready to be taken out.
  14. Use a strained scoop to pull out the pasta & place on a paper
    towel.
  15. Put all of your pasta in a serving bowl. Optional, sprinkle
    with parsley. Serve with gravy or your choice sauce.

Happy Cooking!

XO Eryka