A Little Every Day

A blog about crafts, kids and making time for the little things

Fizzing Baking Soda Paint Volcano

A little while back, I decided to try making baking soda paint with my kids. We combined some baking soda and liquid watercolours, took out some paintbrushes and white cardstock, and had fun watching our paintings fizz as we dropped some vinegar onto them. The result wasn’t exactly something you’d want to hang on your wall, but the kids had a lot of fun, so I made a mental note to try it again.

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13 Low-Prep Activities to Channel Your Toddler’s Destructive Energies

If you have a toddler at home, you know how destructive they can be. If you turn your back for a minute and they suddenly go quiet, it’s probably not a good sign! So instead of fighting their destructive instincts, why not help your child channel them productively? Below you’ll find a list of 13 activities to control the destruction—because if they’re busy destroying the things you want them to, they’re leaving everything else alone! And although these activities are mainly aimed at toddlers, older kids will probably love them too!

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese (Lactose-Free!)

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? The combination is so simple, but there’s something so comforting about it. It’s definitely a favourite in our house, and it disappears so quickly that I’ve gotten into the habit of doubling the recipe just so we can have leftovers. Thankfully, the recipe I use is so easy to double that making two dishes takes about the same time as making one. So whether you have a large family to feed or you’re planning on freezing one of the dishes for a busy weeknight, it’s sure to save you some time!

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Marbled Shaving Cream Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card (with Free Printable!)

Shaving cream marbling was one of the first activities I tried with my kids when I became a stay-at-home mom. I had seen it on Pinterest, and it looked so fun and so easy to set up that I placed it at the top of my list. We were not disappointed. The resulting swirling pattern was so gorgeous and it doubled as a sensory activity once we were done creating the prints!

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Homemade Iced Cappuccino

My body doesn’t tolerate caffeine well. I can eat small quantities of chocolate, but if I drink anything caffeinated, it’s not long before I start feeling nauseous, shaky and light-headed. I’ve never really had the chance to learn to enjoy coffee, but my caffeine sensitivity is so bad that I can’t even drink regular tea, so we have to buy decaf or herbal. There are worse things to be sensitive to, but it can get a little annoying at times.

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DIY Tear-Free Hair Detangling Spray for Kids (Plus 8 Tips for Managing Tangled Hair and Making Hair-Washing Stress-Free!)

Did you know your baby’s hair can be visible on an ultrasound? Neither did we, yet as it turns out, not only is it possible, but we’ve now experienced it during all three of my pregnancies. Our kids have always had a lot of hair. They were all born with a full head of hair and now that they’re a little older, since they all happen to be girls, their hair is long, thick, wavy and prone to tangling. None of them inherited my tight curls, which makes their hair slightly more manageable than it could have been, but we’ve still had to develop strategies to make bath time easier for everyone. So if you’re struggling to untangle your child’s hair without yelling or tears, this is the article for you!

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Cloud Dough Colour Mixing (Taste-Safe!)

If you’ve never made cloud dough (it’s also referred to as “moon sand”), you should definitely give it a try! It’s a little messy, but it’s easy to make and has a really fun texture. It is soft and crumbly, but holds its shape when pressed together. And you probably already have all the ingredients you need to make your own taste-safe version of it at home!

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Glow-in-the-Dark Water & Oil Mixing Experiment (with Taste-Safe Ingredients!)

Did you know that tonic water glows under black lights? I had no idea until recently! I love glow-in-the-dark experiments, but we have a two-year-old at home who puts just about everything in her mouth, so I was a little worried about using glow-in-the-dark paint or pigment around her. The fact that we can now do these experiments using edible ingredients is such a relief!

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