HAPPY WORLD PLAY DAY - 28 MAY 2013

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HAPPY WORLD PLAY DAY EVERYONE.

Writing these blogs for the past two weeks has been the most fun I have had for a long time – because, naturally, I have had to test and try many of the activities. My kids have enjoyed it even more than me, I think.
Our very last blog for World Play Day – very sad! But never mind, before we get to the official end, here are our last few activities to make and try…

FAKE BARF – (This one is for the boys)

Barf

This is completely edible and fun for the kids. If you are like me, and don’t do well with vomit, you may want to give this a skip. You were warned…

What you need:

  • 1 pkt unflavored gelatin
  • applesauce
  • powdered cocoa
  • oatmeal
  • raisin bran cereal
  • frying pan
  • kitchen utensils

What to do:

  • Heat 1/4 cup of applesauce in the frying pan over low to medium heat.
  • Stir in 1 packet of unflavored gelatin.
  • Add a pinch or two of cocoa powder. Mix thoroughly and remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle oatmeal over the mixture into an aesthetically-pleasing chunky pattern. You can stir it in a bit, but don't mix too much.
  • Repeat the oatmeal procedure with some raisin bran cereal.
  • Spread the barf mixture onto a plate so that it resembles vomit, adding extra raisins or cereal bits, as desired.
  • Allow the barf to cool completely (couple of hours). Remove it from the plate with a spatula.
  • Have fun!
  • Tip: You may wish to spray your plate with nonstick cooking spray to keep the vomit from sticking.

HOMEMADE LIP GLOSS (for the girls)

Lip Gloss2

What you need:

  • Vaseline 
  • Jelly powder dissolved in a little warm water
  • Vanilla essence
  • Cocoa powder
  • A small mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • Microwave
  • Cake decorating glitter (optional - to add a little sparkle.)
  • A container for the lip gloss:  Find them at your local craft shop. Cooldrink or water bottle caps can also make cool lip gloss containers if you don't plan on carrying them around with you.

What to do:

  • Decide what flavor of lip gloss you want to make before you start mixing things together.
  • To start, put some Vaseline into a (microwavable) mixing bowl and microwave it for about two minutes—until it's a liquid. Try not to let it boil!
  • Lip Gloss
  • If you are making chocolate gloss, add cocoa powder to the base and mix and stir it up to get rid of any lumps. You can add as little or as much powder as you want, (the more powder, the darker the tint will be.)
  • Return the mixture to the microwave for another 20 seconds and then stir again
  • If you want to make vanilla flavored lip gloss, instead of heating the Vaseline in the mixing bowl, just add a tiny amount of vanilla essence to it (like 1/8 teaspoon for every 2 tablespoons of Vaseline).
  • To make colour and flavoured lip gloss, warm the Vaseline in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then stir in some jelly.
  • You can now stir in food coloring to tint the lip gloss or add cake glitter to make it sparkle.
  • Finally, pour or scrape the mixture into the lip gloss containers and let it cool. (If you've been using the microwave, be careful, it'll be hot!)

GLITTER GRAPES:

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This is a fun one for parties, or just to entice a fussy eater...

What you need:

  • A bunch of green seedless grapes, pulled from the stems and rinsed
  • 1 packet of Greengage or lime jelly powder
  • Water

What to do:

  • Rinse the grapes under water until all are clean and wet. 
  • Spread the jelly mix on a plate, about 1/3 at a time. 
  • Place a handful of grapes on the plate and gently roll each grape in the jelly powder until it is covered. 
  • Glitter Grapes
  • Place the coated grapes into a bowl and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients until all of the grapes are covered. 
  • Place the covered grapes into a bowl and let them set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, until the jelly is set. The colder these are, the better they taste!

And our grand finale:

A HOVERCRAFT

Hovercraft1

What you need:

  • a CD
  • a push-up water bottle top/or top of a dishwashing liquid bottle
  • a balloon
  • superglue

What to do:

  • Superglue the water bottle top to the CD right over its center opening to make a valve. If you don't have a push-up water bottle top you can always use one from an old bottle of dishwashing detergent.
  • Hovercraft2
  • After the glue is dry and with the valve in the closed position, blow up the balloon and fix it over the valve in the middle of the CD.
  • Place the hovercraft on a hard and flat floor (not carpet), let go of the balloon and pull the bottle valve to the open position. Watch it hover over the floor as the air escapes from the balloon through the valve.
  • And again – parent points. One can never have too many of those.

As I said in the beginning of the post, this is our last one of the series. It has been fun and I hope that these posts have inspired you to find your inner child, and really play.
Watching children play is an amazing experience, seeing how they lose themselves in the activity, and discover the world, seeing the wonder in their faces, and how their eyes light up at each new discovery. Try to make time to engage with your children, just taking part in their play, being available and present in their lives and helping them grow and develop along the way.

Kids Playing

Make time for play – it is magical.

Keep an eye on tomorrow's blog post for handy tips to keep your child safe - in honour of Child Protection Week - 27th to the 31st May 2013.

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