Going nuts with nuts – getting them to play and eat nuts.

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The produce department setup a nut display and the first thing I thought, how much fun would it be to smash nuts with a hammer. So Lil’ M1 & 2 picked out one of each kind, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts.

It’s the first thing they wanted to do even before I could put away all the groceries. I asked them to feel the texture of each one, shake it and then time to smash it. After cracking each one, Lil’ M1 tasted it. (Lil’ M2 has an allergy to nuts but he still smashed them). And his favorite, the almond.

I really enjoyed this activity. My favorite part was his eagerness to taste the nuts. What a great way for Lil’ M1 to try nuts instead of just opening a bag.

My Very Own Paint Your Own Studio

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Forget expensive paint your own studios-make, bake and paint your own salt dough creations at home. When I first took Lil’ M1 to one of these places, it was a bit pricey. He couldn’t make a decision on a piece and after a few strokes he would ask for another. Salt dough your way to an endless supply of “sculptures” to paint. I even had the chance to make each M’s hand print. After the paint dries, I’ll have to see if Modge Podge will seal it. Do it with your kids. Easy to make with only 3 ingredients-flour, salt and water. Paint away!