Make Ice Cream in a Bag with Your Toddler!

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The following is a simple way to make ice cream in a ziplock bag with your toddler at home:

Things you will need:

Gallon zip lock bags

Sandwich zip lock bags

Half and Half

Sugar

Vanilla

Crushed Ice

Salt (rock salt is best if you have it)

In a mixing bowl, have your little ones help you put in

1Tbsp Sugar

½ cup half and half

¼ tsp vanilla

Mix this and pour into 1 ziplock sandwich bag

In the gallon bag, place 1/3 cup rock salt and 3 cups crushed ice and the sealed sandwich bag. Seal the large bag and play a game of toss with the bag. As you grab the bag, have the person holding it squish and squeeze it a few times. In about 10-15 minutes you will have soft homemade ice cream. If you are doing several at a time, each person can hold and squish their own and you don’t have to play toss with it—this will strengthen hand muscles as well. This game helps children use both hands equally as well.

Have fun making ice cream in a bag with your toddler–or all the kids in your home! This was a year-round favorite in our home!

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Side-lying play for your baby

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailLate last night I received a frantic email from a lady in California. She was very concerned about her baby not staying in side-lying position and he has developed a flat head. She was at a loss about how to work with him.  I immediately sent her to my tummy time page and told her to check in tonight as I will post a large section on  side lying and soon will post on torticollis (wry neck) and head flattening (many fancy names but the sort common type that you may hear is plagiocephaly). As always, don’t despair as you are not alone!! These are common problems that I hope to clarify in a simple and easy to follow post. See my Side-Lying page here.

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Easter Egg Hunting

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailDon’t forget to get those eggs out now and practice! I remember when my first child was little getting swamped by the kids who knew how to get the eggs. My child was more like a spectator than a participant!

For years I have used dump and fill activities and particularly egg hunting, but forgot to get the eggs out way before for my own child.

Now I use Easter Egg hunting WAY before to help kids get the idea while at the same time accomplishing strengthening to their legs and core.

For Toe Walkers: this gets them going up and down more to help them (hopefully) get into a deep squat to stretch their heel cords

Make this a regular activity–use just about anything to “hide” and seek!

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