Thursday, July 30, 2009

Make An Ocean In A Bag

I love simple crafts
that keep the kiddos busy
during "arsenic hour".

By "arsenic hour", I am referring to that
window at our house from 5-6ish
waiting for dad to get home from work,
while dinner is finishing
and mama and babies are tired!

This is one of those random crafts
that just popped into my head
during a recent "arsenic hour"
and it was such a big hit,
I wanted to share it with all of you.

I helped each of my girls make an
Ocean In A Bag.

We grabbed two of our re-used
gallon zip lock bags
(yes I wash and save mine
like my grandma washes and saves bread bags!)

Mom peace-making tip:
I labeled them with a sharpie
so there wouldn't be fighting among the girls
about which one was theirs.

Then, we raided my art room stash
and found foam ocean critter stickers
(dolphins, starfish, fish, etc)
to stick inside AND outside the bag.

Then we added a
small scoop of mini seashells
(also in my stash from making ocean boxes)

Followed by a
scoop of dry sand
from our sand table.

Then we added several pumps of white hand lotion
and a few drops of blue food coloring.

We zipped them shut,
the girls started gently massaging their bags
and viola, instant
ocean in a bag mini habitat
that is also a sensory experience.

You can trace letters/shapes
in the sand goo through the plastic bag.

Be careful not to pop them
(don 't leave too much air)
and sharp shell edges can rip
so, I wouldn't do this on white carpet or a couch!

Kept them busy for the 45 minutes I needed
harmony and peace in our home.

This was a great activity
because BOTH girls (ages 6 and 2.5)
could fully participate in it!

(Mini-Saurus adding shells to her bag)

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