Water and Ameya (my little one) are made for each other. Every time he enters the water in his bath-tub or the complex swimming pool, I have a hard time getting him out! And then, didn’t I just write what all moms face with their kids in this scenario? 🙂
So today I will tell you about this incident in the swimming pool last week. We (Ameya, my hubby and I) had a family time in the adults pool area. After an hour or so we took him to the kiddie pool. At first he was not happy to be there but started enjoying in a bit. This was because all the little girls (all elder to him) in the pool came to play with him in the kiddie pool!!
It was a delight to see him play with them. They took care of him and ensured that he didn’t slip or fall. It was like there were small Gopis with a little Krishna in the pool (from Indian mythology)!
Seeing them together, I couldn’t resist and took some pictures and thought of sharing them with you all.
Needless to say, when I tried to get him out of the kiddie pool at the end of another hour he was very unhappy and didn’t want to leave, protesting in his way saying he wanted to stay back in the water! 🙂
This time in the pool surely tired him out so much that after a wash and a snack, Ameya fell asleep for a good 2 hours.
And he was still talking about his time in the pool and the girls while I put him to bed that night! A boy after all I smiled. 😉
My nearly 2 year old loves to make things with Play Dough. This is wonderful, yes, and it also helps bring out my son’s creative abilities. At the same time, I am also (no, was) worried that he would eat the dough and all such things. Was because, I discovered this lovely recipe to make my very own edible (not for eating per se but not to worry if it does reach your child’s throat) fun dough for my son. And he helps me make it too! 🙂
So let me share this one with you – believe me, it is as good as the one we get outside, non-toxic with various edible colours and cheap as well! All this with our regular kitchen ingredients – some plain flour, cooking oil, salt, cream of tartar and of course water, so here goes:
Take 2 cups of plain flour without any rising agents, 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, ½ cup of salt and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar. Mix well with a wooden spoon and then slowly add 2 cups of water into the mixture avoiding lumps. Heat a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water on medium heat, add the mixture into the pan and stir it until it thickens. You will know it is ready when it is no longer sticky.
The prepared dough will be colourless but you can add various ingredients (a pinch or few drops) to the water you mix when making the dough and get different colours! Like; a pinch of turmeric will give you yellow, adding smooth spinach paste will give you green, saffron will give orange, soya sauce will give a black colour, barbecue sauce will give a brown shade and then you can just experiment – as long as you don’t put red chilli powder for a red colour! 😉 Various food colours are edible and can give a large variety of colours to the dough.
Let the prepared dough cool and then watch your child get creative! 🙂 Just remember, the dough dries faster than the readymade one so store it in an airtight box in the fridge. If it gets dry you can add a few drops of warm water to soften the dough.
My son loves this dough as his mom is not trying to stop him from putting it in the dough. It also cleans off faster from the surfaces. So a win-win all the way! Enjoy!! 🙂 🙂