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Kids Motherhood

developing Max’s fine motor skills

October 20, 2017

Max is very easily frustrated when he can’t figure how to do something with his hands. Coupled with the fact that it’s hard to understand him through his whining, has made for a difficult situation. I don’t take developmental milestone charts too seriously. Kids are kids, they are learning at different rates, some will be faster, some will take more time. It’s unhealthy to get wrapped up the percentages your kids are supposed to be at or comparing them to other children who seem to know much more. But, with that said, I have noticed Max’s fine motor skills aren’t quite up to speed. When I recognize a “problem”, I will try to find ways to help. If he is frustrated all the time, it’s not fun for anyone involved.

Here are a couple fine motor activities we’ve been working on at home and that he enjoys. Hope this gives some ideas to help develop fine motor skills. Even if there is no reason for concern, these are fun activities to add to your playtime rotation! As always, if you are concerned about your child in any way, little or big, contact your Pediatrician and start the conversation. No worry is ever invalid when it comes to your own babies. Continue Reading

Food Kids

sugar cookies with toddlers: tips and recipe

October 16, 2017

Baking with toddlers. It’s going to be messy, might even be frustrating. However, if you learn to let go of expectations, accept that your kitchen will be covered in flour, it can be a great time! It helps nurture their creativity and improve their fine motor skills. Being in the kitchen with my kids are some of my fondest memories. Here are some tips to make the activity more seamless and sharing one of our favorite sugar cookie recipes!


This recipe comes from my dear friend Emma. What are the odds of meeting someone who lives next door to you, is the same age as you, who has the same hobbies and has a child the same age as your own?? Those odds are slim friends and I hit the freaking jackpot. My neighbour is better than your neighbour. Just sayin’.

Emma’s sugar cookies are thick, fluffier and has a cake like texture due to the sour cream. Another thing I like about this recipe is it’s not very sweet. I find sugar cookies use a lot of royal icing and that alone is very sweet. A cookie base that is less so makes for an overall more balanced cookie eating experience. I will also share a thinner, crispier sugar cookie down the road but for now, try these!

Emma’s Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
3/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Variations
1) No sour cream – use 2 1/2 cups of flour
2) Substitute 1/4 flour with 1/4 cup cocoa or add 3 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate

Method
– Mix dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder. Put aside.
– Cream butter, sour cream, and sugar.
– Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
– Add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Mix until soft dough forms.
– Divide dough into two batches. Mould into two round discs, cover with plastic wrap.
– Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400F
-Flour table surface and rolling pin. Roll dough to 1/8″ or thicker. Thicker cut makes for nicer cookies.
-Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 6-8 minutes or until edges start to lightly brown.

I used this icing recipe for my cookies. Its a straightforward royal icing for sugar cookies. Click here.



Tips on decorating cookies with toddlers

  • To minimize mess, use different containers for sprinkles, decorative candy, and sanding sugar. Use one container at the time.
  • Use shaker bottles for sugar and sprinkles. Keeps the flow slower and hopefully, more clean.
  • Have them decorate their cookies on cookie sheets (I used two small quarter sheets). It helps catch stray sprinkles. Afterwards you can dump leftover sprinkles into a container and reuse.
  • My kids were too young to pipe their own cookies, so I piped the icing for them. But you can buy ready made icing in tubes that they can squeeze onto their cookies.
  • Alternately, you can also put little bowls of icing, give them a spoon and help them spread.

Their cookies won’t be the prettiest but it will be made with so much love. And they will be so proud at their creations. Let go, expect a mess, and have fun! Enjoy!

 

Motherhood

mommy tips: paint day!

March 31, 2017

The boys are 2.5 years old and at an age where they can sit still enough to paint. I bought some supplies, covered everything as best as I could and hoped my home wouldn’t be completely destroyed after. It turned out so fun and was an actual success! I’ll share how I got everything set up.

–  Equipment Needed –
Disposable paper plates to hold the paint
Paintbrushes
Kid friendly, toxic free, washable (very important!) paint. We bought Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint, 10 pack
Painter’s smocks or in my case, kitchen garbage bags
Saran wrap or tablecloth
Painting paper


– Some Tips –
I really admire moms who do sensory activities with their kids, I always imagine the mess they’ll make and shy away from them. I needed to learn to let go and let them be kids. Kids get dirty, get messy and if they have fun or learn something in process than what is a little clean up? But with that said, I try to keep the mess sort of contained. Well, I try anyways.



– I Saran wrap the surface of the table. I find it better than a table cloth as the saran wrap clings and doesn’t move. And after you’re done, pull up the saran, wrap all the disposable items and you’re left with a cleaner table surface!

– I didn’t have painter’s smocks so I used what I had: garbage bags! I took smaller kitchen bags, cut holes for their arms and legs and then loosely tied the bottom so they wouldn’t trip over it. They still got pretty dirty but it helped keep them more dry and it was pretty cute seeing them in bags for some reason. 🙂

– I bought paintbrushes with larger handles and brush heads to help their smaller hands grip and paint with. I also bought Crayola brand ones because it was right next to the paint.

– I used calligraphy grade paper that I already had at home. It held up really well under the paint and being painted over and over. Small canvases would also work!

That’s all, give it a go and have fun! And then throw everyone into the tub afterwards!


Have fun and good luck!
xx, CiCi