Parenting Hack – DIY mini Lego Table

My son is in LOVE with legos. He is always asking me to bring along his little mini table. It’s a great way to pass the time for him when we are waiting for doctors visits, a restaurant, or even just using his imagination when I am trying to get his sister to sleep.

This is such a simple DIY project you only need three things.

A case( I love using Altoids case because its a perfect size for this project) Legos and a hot glue gun

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First place hot glue around the edges of the lego flat piece. I used two pieces so that it would cover the top of the Altoids Case.

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Once that glue is around the edges then you can go ahead and place the lego piece on the top of the Altoids container and press down so it adheres to the top.

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Once the top has adhered you can then fill the tin container with lego pieces of your liking. I like to put some lego people in there too. This allows for more creativity.

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This is a perfect size to fit in a purse or diaper bag, perfect when you are on the go.

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DIY : Fruit Roll Ups

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I try to limit my sons sugar intake. It’s because as children, his father and I both did not take well to sugar we were CRAZY lol. We both were very hyperactive after eating sugar, my husband was actually sensitive to anything with red food dye.

We don’t ban sugar we just limit the intake. My son has had cookies and a sip of sprite once or twice but I am always on the look out for snacks that we can make at home that are made from real food and not packaged.

I discovered a great recipe that I wanted to try and it turned out GREAT. I wanted to share with you

Ingredients :

2- 3 cups fruit of your choice

1 Tbsp of Honey(or sweetener or your choice i.e maple or agave necture

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Wash all fruit (cut off stems, seed etc)  place all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.

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Pour ingrédients on baking sheet lined with Parchment paper. Using a spatula, spread across backing sheet as even as possible. Fill in thin spots with fruit mix. I pre heated the oven to 225 degrees but depending on the fruit you use you may have to bring temp down lower or higher.

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Bake anywhere from 2-3 hours. Just keep an eye on it. You know its done when it does not stick to your finger when you check it. take out of oven, let cool down. Once cool you can cut it intro strips. There you have it DIY Fruit Roll Ups, even better than the ones you buy pre made.

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Toddler Activity: Felt Book of Shapes

The older my son gets the more crafty I seem to become aka looking through Pinterest and finding inspiration to create or funding tutorials on what to create.

My son is 17 mo and has shown interest in shapes. so I found this awesome tutorial on how to make a Felt book of shapes. I will not go into a lot of detail because it’s all on the blog from Plain Vanilla Mom.

I will say that it was not that expensive. I purchased the felt from Joann’s fabric(total was $5) A hole punch from staples( $1.99) and I already had a needle and thread on hand to do the stitching. I waited until the little one was asleep and got out my adult beverage and began to cut and sew :)

Here is my final product. I am going to go back to Joann’s and purchase a little velcro to place on the back of the shapes so that they stick a little better to the page. Overall I would say this was a success and I love the added pocket on the back of the book to hold the shapes when they are not in use.

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Toddler Activity: Non toxic Homemade Paint

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I am not a big DIY person. However, I looked up a recipe on how to make paint for my son. Yes, I know that I could just go to the store and purchase some finger paint, however, my son is still in the stage that he likes to put everything he touches in his mouth. This recipe is GREAT for the child that still likes to eat what they touch. I should also say that even though this recipe for paint is non-toxic and that it can be consumed it is NOT meant to eat. To make this, even more, BABY friendly all you need is yogurt and food coloring :)

This is very easy to make and the ingredients are things that many of us have in our home already.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic Cups

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 Add 2 Tablespoon of sugar to pan

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1/3 cup of flour next

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1 Teaspoon of Salt

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2 cups of Water and turn on heat to stir mixture together

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Mix continually  until smooth and mixture thickens

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Pour mixture into plastic cups equally. I have four cups for the four colors I wanted to use. (you can have as many as you like)

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Add The color. I wanted them to have a deep color so I added 5-6 drops( I used plastic knife to mix  the color

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Make sure that the mixture has cooled all the way down before letting toddler play.

while it was cooling I set up a play area for my son. I used a trash bag that I cut and taped to the floor so clean up would be a breeze

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I let him have a blast. the food coloring didn’t stain the floor or my son. This is a great activity.

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