Svara is getting old enough to start enjoying crafts, but still young enough to want to put everything in her mouth. Here’s what I’ve been doing to help balance the two variables:
First I made some “edible” playdoh. I got the recipe from here.
Svara didn’t quite know what to do with it at first. I showed her how to cut out shapes with the cookie cutters and then she kept asking me to do it for her. She also enjoyed trying to eat it as you can see.
Unfortunately I probably won’t repeat this as she kept trying to eat the playdoh. Even though it is technically edible, her digestive system wasn’t too happy with eating raw oats and flour. I’ll just have to wait until she’s a little older before trying again.
Here’s another craft: finger paint! I just made a basic pudding with soymilk and cornstarch and added some pureed beets to give it some color. She had fun smearing this all over!
Oddly enough she didn’t really try to taste the pudding. Took awhile to clean up once she was done, but it kept her busy for a good 15 or 20 minutes.
Yay for water play! All we needed was a big towel, a big pot, and some kitchen utensils. She had a lot of fun playing around in and splashing the water. Another plus – she enjoys drinking the water! So now if there’s a day where I feel she didn’t really drink much water I turn to this and make sure to put lots of enticing little cups in the water. This activity is messy (whole kitchen floor gets wet) but easy to clean.
And last not but not least is Svara’s favorite: crayons!
She will occasionally make some marks on the paper, but usually enjoys watching us draw (and telling us what to draw; cats are her favorite!). And of course dumping out the crayons and biting them. yuck! I think all of the crayons have teethmarks in them now. She bites, makes a yucky face, spits out the shaving of crayon she bit off, but then will bite it again. Is it really that irresistible to bite?
I look forward to doing more crafts with Svara as she gets older. It’s a nice way to share something with her, and also I have to admit it keeps her busy for awhile!