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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Digger Dough - dirty play dough sensory fun


#MamaMayIMake Digger Dough! Inspired by my little ones love (obsession) with DIGGERS! Remember that cocoa play dough we made earlier this week? You can add coffee grounds for an extra gritty texture and a few diggers to scoop, push, and excavate. A little digger's slice of mud pie!



You can add coarse salt instead of coffee after it's made and a few drops of lavender essential oil as a great activity to pair with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site !!


http://www.amazon.com/Goodnight-Construction-Sherri-Duskey-Rinker/dp/0811877825/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443562197&sr=8-1&keywords=goodnight+goodnight+construction+site


We use these diggers ALL the time!


http://www.amazon.com/Toy-State-Mini-Machine-Pack/dp/B00LQXHBAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443562574&sr=8-1&keywords=Cat+construction+trucks


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

When I don't want to isn't an excuse


I did not want to do this. I did NOT want to do this. At 7:15 at night. I did not want to start a project, help her pull out her sewing machine and get to work. I DID NOT.


But then...


I remembered that she used her nice words to ask me...


And I remembered that, if I didn't help her, no one would.


That she is sometimes at my mercy...to say okay. To say yes. To do the little things to make it happen.


And so, I said "okay, I will help you." 


If I want a child that is nourished and thriving... If I want her to do things other than sit in front of a screen... I need to be doing them, too. And when she asks for help ( until she gets her complete competence in whatever said task may be ) it is my duty to follow through and help her along HER WAY.


It is so much easier to sit on my couch. I was working, veging, relaxing ... (And sometimes those things are absolutely okay and sometimes they are also absolutely necessary)


But when I get back to my roots - of being a YES family ... Not saying no just because it's convenient or "I don't wanna".... There is so much joy in that connection. In that showing up. In that mindset of, I'm here for you. Even if it's to help thread your needle or to draw a pattern with you - talk through which spaces need to be left open.


I never want my children to stop asking for my help if they need it. So I need to be available to them when they ask.


Seriously, this took maybe 20-30 minutes of our time from set up to clean up --- and those minutes are so incredibly precious to her oodles of self esteem, confidence, and just pure excitement.


<3



Mama May I Make Fall Smelly Dough


Looking for some Fall Sensory Fun?  


Play dough is so easy to make and keeps Lincoln bussssssy !! Thank goodness! Pair with some Popsicle sticks or cookie cutters every once in awhile to change up the task. 



Looking for #Fall #Sensory fun? Turn your favorite Fall Favorite Smells into #Sensory #Smelly #playdough !! #MamaMayiMake #MamaMayi #MamaMayiShop


1 cup flour

1/2 c salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 Tbl oil (we used almond oil)

2 tsp liquid glycerine

3/4 c boiling water (add food coloring to water if you want to color it)

Add kitchen spices or extracts or essential oil to your desired aroma (we used about 1 tsp)


Combine and smoosh until desired consistency. If it's too wet, add a little bit more flour - if it gets cracked or crunchy add a little bit more oil or glycerine.