Joanna Anastasia

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DIY electro dough kit

Let your child play with light and sound while discovering science! Such a fun way to teach your kids about electricity while playing with play dough!

While I really enjoy playing with my daughter, what I love even more is helping her learn and discover while playing. That’s why I’m always on the look out for new and inspiring activities. And today I’m really happy to share with you my new favourite one!

Whenever you’re a homeschooling parent, or just a mom who’s looking for fun, rainy day activities, this DIY electro dough kit is definitely something that you’ll enjoy as much as we did! It’s a great tool for helping children understand how electricity works and it lets them build electric circuits, while playing with light, sound and play dough.

Electro dough kit

But if you’d ask me if I liked science while I was at school, I’d tell you that I hated it (let’s keep that a secret from my kids though). And that’s exactly why I want to raise my daughters differently! I hope they’ll feel as comfortable with science in the future as they do with play dough now.

The DIY electro dough kit comes with instructions on making your own play dough, and many cool accessories to build your own circuits. However if you’re a busy parent (or if you just don’t feel like it) you can totally use a regular play dough, juts like I did.

Electro dough

We started by creating a simple electric circuit with LEDs, and Lili understood pretty fast how to place the LEDs “legs” and how the direction does matter. I had as much fun as she did, and we were both pretty exited when it worked for the first time!

This lit lets you experiment with light and sound while playing play dough! Great educative toy!

Then we’ve made a simple “button” with play dough, and Lili was pretty amused with the fact that it’s not the switch, but her little hand touching the play dough, that controls the LEDs:

This electro dough kit is such a great reasons for homeschooling parents! It lets your kids discover how electricity works, while playing with play dough!

And then she asked me if I could make her some figurines. I did my best, though as you can see they turned out a bit clumsy:

Electro dough

We used the LEDs as if they would be little lanterns: Lili was imagining that her figurines are dancing and singing while holding lanterns, and she even made up a song about it. (Don’t you love it when your kids make up songs? I do, unless they repeat them over and over again.. And then when you go to sleep you still have a weird version of “The wheels of the bus go round and round” in your head! )

Great kit for experimenting with electricity while playing play dough

We’ve spent almost two hours, creating, experimenting and laughing. (Except of the moment when I had to remodel all of the figurines for the third time, because she wanted them bigger and bigger! It’s hard work playing with play dough..)

This kit lets your kid discover hoe electricity works while playing with okay dough, so cool !

I’m sure we’ll be playing very often with our DIY electro dough kit, and I hope that I inspired you to try it too!

Disclosure : I received this product free for review, all opinions remain my own.

Art with babies

Art with babies

I know you’ve been all waiting for some art with babies ideas, right? For sure I was very impatient to introduce my baby Rose to painting and sculpting :)! But much less egar to deel with the mess that comes with it. So I came up with three art activities that are perfect for a baby and for a lazy tired mom!

First imagine this : a no-mess-painting activity! Sound like a dream, right?

Easy baby art ideas

What you’ll need :
A zip bag
Paint
Tape
Baby seated at a high chair.

Easy baby art ideas

So, if you’ll lock all the paint in the zip bag, and if you’ll tape this zip bag on to a table, then I guarantee that there will be no mess at all! And your baby will get to play and explore colour mixing! While keeping their hands clean! How convenient ;)!

Art with babies

Now, I thought that my one year old is too young for play dough. I was scared that she would eat it and then get sick. But if you’ll buy the non toxic,eco-kids Dough then it’s all good (although I still make sure that she’s not eating it). And it turned out that she really loves playing with it!

Art with babies

As you see I prepare her a bunch of play dough balls, and then she’s happy with segregating, squeezing and changing their shape.

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Another genius idea is edible baby paint! Yes, they can paint with it, massage their hair with it and then eat it. Just like all real artist do, right 😉 ?

Easy baby art ideas

What you’ll need :

Thick Greek yoghurt
Food colouring
Paper
Tape

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Mix yoghurt with food colouring, tape a piece of paper to the table wher your baby is seated, and let them explore the art of hand painting!

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And at what age did you start introducing your kids to art? How did it go?