Ten Minute Play Dough; Endless Fun

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Play Dough is a daily activity at our house.  We use cookie cutters, rolling pins, toothpicks, and even hot wheels to create, mold, and let our imaginations run wild!

This Ten Minute Play Dough recipe requires five ingredients that you likely already have tucked away in your pantry, requires no cooking, and is easily ready for endless fun in just minutes…



A Salty & Sweet Treat

Two ingredients.  Twenty minutes.  Salty & Sweet Goodness.  YUM.


– 1 Box of Ritz
– 1 Large Bag of Rolos

Preheat Oven to 350*
Layer Ritz crackers on baking sheet (bottom side up); Unwrap Rolos and place one on each Ritz cracker; Bake at 350* for 3 minutes.  Remove from oven and place additional Ritz Cracker (bottom side down) on Rolo then lightly press down to sandwich.  Chill to set.
Enjoy!  – T

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“Hand” Made Flag T-Shirts

aIMG_2878Last year me and my little guy made flag      t-shirts for him and his big brother.

These Patriotic shirts turned out perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, & Independence Day.

My teen still wears his regularly however my tot has grown a few sizes since last summer and with a Marine Boot Camp Graduation in our near future as well as Flag Day and Independence Day we made him a new one this week that fits.

To create this Flag T-shirt you will need five items …
*White T-Shirt  *Blue Fabric Paint  *Red Fabric Paint  *Paint Brush  *Small Hand


Instructions:  Prewash t-shirt; Place a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt so that the paint does not bleed through to the back of the shirt; Start with the blue hand print before adding the red stripes with a paint brush; Allow time to dry before wearing and washing.  Wear with Pride.

aIMG_2849And one more suggested instruction:  if your little one is anything like mine I recommend you pull out an old t-shirt from the Goodwill box in the Garage and some washable paints to paint while you work on the red stripes.  My tot loved every minute of painting a t-shirt “just like Momma” and was extremely proud of his finished product.

Cute, right?
– T

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Grilled Pizza

This is a fast & easy and almost completely mess free kid friendly grilled meal.  Perfect for summer time and individually made so that each pizza is just the way you like it.

aIMG_2594Begin by making your dough.  Mix the first four ingredients in a medium size bowl.
– 1 Tablespoon Yeast
– 1 Teaspoon White Sugar
– 1 Teaspoon Table Salt
– 1 Cup Warm Water
Stir until yeast & sugar blend.

– 2 1/2 Cups Flour
– 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Beat Flour & Oil in with the first four ingredients then let dough rest for five minutes.
– Preferred Pizza toppings
– 2 Cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese
– 1 Jar of Pizza Sauce

Preheat BBQ Grill to a Medium heat. 

Roll out dough to preferred size – smaller is easier to maneuver on the grill.  (If possible, place on baking sheet and chill for a few minutes; the cooler the dough the easier the placement is on the grill.)

aIMG_2580Place pizza dough on grill, cover with lid,  grill for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from grill. 

Top the cooked side of Pizza with Sauce, Cheese, and Toppings then return to grill raw side down.  Cover & grill additional 4-5 minutes.

Tip:  For ease of use, spray spatula with cooking spray to prevent dough from sticking.

Happy Grilling!   – T

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Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder

Crayola defines Color Wonder markers as “inks that color only on special paper and won’t color on skin, furniture or fabric”; it is “mess free”; for “ages 3+”; and is “the magic of color without the mess!”

tagipedia defines a 3 year old as an active, smiley, cuddly being who loves the outdoors; trusts there is “good” everywhere; asks why, then asks why again, and again; thinks Daddy can fix anything that is broke; believes a hug from momma can cure the worst moments & pains; lives for adventure and trying new things; finds happiness in minor and major accomplishments; is great with paint, play dough, and imagination; and can create a mess in record time.

IMG_0294-aAs I’ve mentioned before I have a three year old.  A three year old who is defined above.  When I came across Crayola Color Wonder a year or so ago I thought, “Mess free?  What a concept!  What an unbelievable concept.”  However, doubting the idea like waterproof mascara and superglue, I bought into the advertisement.  Crayola’s colorful packaging and big bold “mess free” logo spoke to me.  I bought it.  And I quickly found out with my then two year old that Color Wonder is mess free and magical.

Color Wonder markers ONLY work on Crayola paper.  The variety of colors mark in the specified cap color when coloring on the special paper and they do not mark on anything else.  The tips are white in color yet the actual marking appears clear when placed on skin, walls, furniture, or anywhere else a two or three year old might find themselves being creative.  Color Wonder is a perfect car ride and airplane activity, doctors office visit and restaurant activity, or even a busy time activity on Momma’s bed while she gets ready for the day (as pictured).  There is no concern for distracted fingers moving markers across clothing, bedding, or furniture.  They are magic.

I highly recommend Crayola Color Wonder for those needed busy activity times that less supervision is available.  My personal opinion is that Color Wonder is ideal for ages 2-4.  Note: the packaging states “3+”.  The markers are “fat” and easy for tiny hands to maneuver.  They make a great gift for those creative little ones in your life who might have plenty of crayons, paints, stamps, and stickers.  And this gift doubles as a break for their parents who you adore; might they take a moment for themselves, sit down with a cup of tea and breathe while their tot puts marker to paper and makes magic.  Color Wonder is available in many designs, activity packs, and characters.  And they work for my little guy and me this Wednesday.

Wishing you a colorful and magical day!
– T

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No Sand Box? No Problem. Sand fun!

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At our last house we had a wood sandbox complete with an attached blue & white striped umbrella.  It was quite the gathering spot for my morning tea with my little man as well as play dates with his friends.   Unfortunately the wood didn’t hold up so well and neither did the umbrella in the valley of the sun.  Our current home is on a hillside on stilts and rather than a grassy back yard we have two separate large wood decks.  We have a beautiful view that my older son’s friend refers to as a “casual forest” and outside of missing the grass and the sandbox we really enjoy our days and evenings on the deck amidst the Eucalyptus trees.

My little guy loves building sand castles, roads, and sand race tracks.  He spends the majority of his time during our days at the beach playing in the sand while ignoring the ocean waves and water play that his big brother partakes in.  To bring some sand castles and road construction into our daily life I came up with a very simple solution.  A tub o’ sand.  That’s it.  A tub + a bag of sand = FUN.

This perfect solution sits out on the deck off of our family room and serves as my tot’s chosen play place several times throughout each day.  Because there is a lid there is no worry that cats, squirrels or anything uninvited will find it’s way into the sand.  The cost is just at ten dollars to purchase the tub & sand and most importantly, this tub o’ sand serves as learning and sensory time too.  Remove the buckets and trucks, then burry magnet letters off of the refrigerator and you have a place for your child to work on fine motor skills while sifting through the sand (shovels optional).  As the letters are uncovered discuss the letter, sounds it makes, and objects that begin with that letter.  Do the same with wooden puzzle pieces – shapes, farm animals, numbers, etc.  Depending on the age of your child they can guess what is in their hand before pulling it out of the sand and revealing the object.  Sand play is a great sensory activity for developing fine motor skills and makes for a fun learning time for little ones.

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Here’s to days on the beach with sand between your toes and days on the deck with sand between your fingers!
– T

Note:  On rainy days that we stay indoors we fill a tub with colored rice to enjoy sensory play by burying objects in rice – if you put a sheet down first the rice mess is easily collected.  Enjoy!

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