While Landon was off traveling in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago, I tried to keep myself and the kids busy so that we wouldn't go crazy on our own! I decided that maybe it was time to try all of those Pinterest activities that I spend half of my free time looking at and NEVER do. So we I invited some of our good friends over and we had a little "Pinterest Playdate!"
idea from here)
This was basically food coloring, baking soda, and cornstarch mixed into condiment bottles. According to the website I found this on, you can use any squeezable bottles, but since the kids were so little, I felt like the see-through bottles really added to this activity. So that's the only thing I bought for the day. I think they were worth it.
Activity number 2 was "apple boats." (idea from here)
I mostly did this one because it was incredibly easy and the little boy we invited over is obsessed with apples, so I knew he'd like it. I didn't bother with the foam, just cut squares of paper for "sails."
The last thing we did was come inside and "paint" popcorn. (idea from here)
Again, super easy. (are you sensing a theme here? I picked the easy ones. :)) Just mix food coloring with milk, pop some popcorn and throw in some marshmallows. Again, all things I had on hand.
Verdict? The boys really liked it. Walt wouldn't have anything to do with the popcorn really but he enjoyed dunking the marshmallows into the colored milk and then eating them. His friend did the same with the popcorn, but wasn't into the marshmallows. So it was kind of perfect that way. It was also surprisingly not that messy! I will definitely do this again - I think it'd be a perfect transition activity for preschool. But for younger kids, I think I'll maybe skip the paintbrushes all together. And if it were just Walt, I'd get bigger marshmallows and stick with that. Or maybe try some other light colored foods that I know he likes.
I think the kids both had a lot of fun, and I felt strangely satisfied when it was over. It was nice to feel like all of those hours I spend browsing Pinterest accomplished something! I want to do another indoor Pinterest Playdate with more friends when the rain comes. It's a great way to give the kids an outlet and get to spend some bonus time with my favorite people!