messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Cinna-Bunnies

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Easter is right around the corner (so strange in March, but oh well!) and we are pulling out our fun Easter activities.  For snack today my kiddos wanted cinnamon buns, so to usher us into the Easter holiday I turned them into Cinna-Bunnies.  Very easy and yummy!  All you need is

Roll of Cinnamon Buns (I prefer Pillsbury)

Non stick spray

Cookie Sheet

Pop open your tube of cinnamon buns and separate them into rolls.  Instead of then placing them in the pan as a roll, unroll each one into a rope.  Take your rope and first break off a small piece at one of the ends and roll it into a ball (this will be the bunny’s tail), then take the rest of the rope and make a figure eight, leaving a bit of each end sticking out of the top of it.  At the ends squeeze the loose pieces into a point for the bunny ears.  Place the ball of dough in the bottom circle of the figure eight (this is the bunny’s butt).  Place them on the cookie sheet you’ve sprayed with the non stick spray and bake according to the package.  My kids really liked these and had fun using the frosting to create bunny fur on their bun.  Have fun and eat up!

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Mermaid Tails

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My daughter loves to play dress up, mostly with my clothes and shoes, but every now and then she makes a special request.  We just read “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet” so of course this meant she needed to dress like a mermaid.  At first I panicked and wasn’t sure how I would go about creating a mermaid tail, for her and then I realized I was trying to make it too difficult.  Here’s all you need

Bath towel

Elastics

Safety pin

Hold the towel vertically and wrap one of the short sides around you little one’s back toward their belly so the corners meet at their belly button and fasten them together with the safety-pin.  At the opposite short end take each corner and wrap an elastic like your making a pony tail a few inches down each side to create the tail effect.  That was it, nothing fancy, but she adored it and now keeps the towel safely tucked into her costume box!  Have a great day watching you little one use their imagination!

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Cat in the Hat Parfait

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Tomorrow, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!!  Every year at my house we celebrate this event with a salute to this wonderful author!  Usually we make a batch of Oobleck (the recipe is here under Sensory Activities), but this year I decided to add a Cat in the Hat inspired treat to the day as well.  Here’s what you’ll need

Sliced Strawberries

Vanilla Yogurt

A tall clear glass ( I used  a mason jar)

Spoon

With your spoon simply layer the strawberries and yogurt to create the Cat’s hat for your little ones to snack on.  If you prefer a sweeter snack substitute the strawberries with red jello and the yogurt with Cool Whip.  I will tell you, you’ll need a steady hand to not get it all over the inside of the glass, but really could an activity get any simpler?!  Hope you enjoy Dr. Seuss’ birthday and read lots of his great works on March 2nd!!

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