The following is by contributor Christen Babb of Nurture Baby.
Are there certain times of the day when you are not able to give your children your undivided attention? I confess to having those times. For example, times when I’m preparing dinner or nursing my six-month old son, I can’t have both eyes on my three year old.
The thought of dragging out the entire craft drawer to keep her company while I’m preparing dinner (read: disastrous kitchen table at 6 pm) makes me break out into hives, but giving in and turning on the television for a couple hours doesn’t make me feel good either.
So what’s a mom to do?
We’ve put together some easy recipes for homemade play dough and silly putty as a remedy for those “in-between” times. These handcrafted, squishy globs will foster your toddler’s imagination, inspire creativity, hold their attention, and here’s the kicker, do so with a minimal mess.
My three year old daughter can sit at the table and safely squish away while I’m preparing a meal for the family. She currently likes to make “pretend waffles for the whole family” as seen in photo above. [Read more…]