Indoor Play - Shaving Paint

The gross cold bug that's been going around has made its way to our household. Actually, it's more like it moved in here around Christmas and decided to stay a while. I've been sick for almost two weeks now and finally went to the doctor yesterday and I officially have a sinus infection and a mild ear infection. Yuck. I'm the last of us to get truly sick this season. Every single one of us have been prescribed antibiotics in 2017. This fact is, to quote my dear husband, "Crazy. And gross."


I am all about silver linings and I have two for this bout of ick.

1) I hate being sick but love sick days. And I'm taking one right now. After filling up my entire work trash can with tissues (so gross) and seeing the doctor, I decided it was time to take one full day of rest. So here I am, in my quiet house. Resting. And hopefully healing. (Antibiotics, werk!)

2) This sick day has given me time to update the blog with all of the indoor fun we've been having.

So without further ado, I give you shaving paint.

Here's what you do:

1. Gather materials. You'll need:

  • Shaving cream
  • 2 colors of paint
  • A large zip top bag
  • Masking tape
  • Postage tape

2. Squirt two different colors of paint into the corners of the bag, one color on each side.
3. Squirt the shaving cream into the bag.
4. Seal the bag.
5. Tape the top for an extra secure close - I used masking tape followed by postage tape but duct tape would work too.
6. Let your kids go to town.

This activity allows kids to experiment with color mixing and completely eliminates the risk of getting paint everywhere. No mess, no problem.

This is what we started with. One bag for each kid.

And this is what they did with them.

And then they really started to have fun.

As you can see, this activity yielded tons of giggles and close to an hour of play time. Both kids loved it! It's not always easy to come up with things that Wells loves at 20 months and Elia loves at 3 1/2 but this one was a complete winner. I'll definitely be pulling it out again.

Oh, and our final products.

Yes, there are three bags. I made one for myself too.

The colors didn't mix completely but the shaving cream creates a marbled effect and you could definitely see the mixing in person. Elia's is in the middle and her colors actually mixed quite well.

I hope you try this fun activity and enjoy it as much as we did! Be sure to check out my first post in the Indoor Play series, Sticker Tracing, too.


indoor play - sticker tracing

Here in Michigan, our winters can stretch for months, sometimes from November to March, sometimes even into April. We've had a fairly mild winter so far, including a glorious 60 degree day last weekend but it's very possible that that day was the last time we'll get out of the 30's for the next month.

Our weather doesn't allow for regular or predictable outdoor play and, let's admit it, I'm not super enthusiastic about playing in the snow. Or being cold. This means I've been spending time on Pinterest lately looking for indoor play ideas and trying them out with the kids.

We've been having so much fun trying these new activities out and I'll be sharing them all here on the blog over the next week or so. I hope they inspire you and your family to play in new ways this winter.

First up... Sticker Tracing!


sick day, er...week

Well, our 2017 is off to a bit of a second rate start. Not awful, just not first rate.

First, Wells got sick. My happy little guy was just not quite himself and when daycare called to tell me he was "just so sad" I knew something was up. Turns out he had a double ear infection. Ick! Thankfully his course of antibiotics have worked wonders on him and he's back to normal again.

A few days after that call from daycare, Elia started coughing like crazy one night. The next night, it was worse and barky so I suspected croup. I took her to the doctor the next morning and they thought it was just a bad cold. We hunkered down for a sick day from school with lots of snuggles and rest time. Three full days of fever later, we were back at the doctor and it turns out she has pneumonia. Oof.


christmas recap

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is off to a bright start.

I thought I'd do a quick holiday recap before we get too far into January. Plus, I need to share all of the adorable photos I took over Christmas, right?

Are you ready for photo overload? Here we go.

The kids met the big guy at a Breakfast with Santa this year. One of them was more interested than the other.


holiday cheer: christmas brunch

This holiday season we are blessed to have almost all of our family coming to town. My brother, sister-in-law, and sweet nephew arrived this week from Cairo (yes, THAT Cairo), and my brother and sister who both live in Seattle got in yesterday. Todd's brother, our sister-in-law, and niece and nephew will be in from Denver next week and we cannot wait. The only ones missing will be my brother-in-law and sister-in-law-to-be and we will miss them dearly but can't blame them for wanting to enjoy a sunny vacation this year.

Needless to say, all of the family in town means that we get to spend a ton of time with them and these two weeks are going to be family packed and the best kind of busy.