Sibling Fun: What to Do When Baby’s on the Way
Kool-Aid Play Dough
Vibrant colored craft dough is simple to make with a surprising ingredient—Kool-Aid. To make the dough, put the following ingredients into a medium-sized saucepan:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 1 envelope of Kool-Aid (unsweetened).
Cook the ingredients on medium heat for three to five minutes—the dough should start to pull away from the sides of the pan to form a ball. Cool so that you can knead the dough on a slightly floured surface. Once the dough is kneaded for a few minutes you’re ready to start sculpting with your little artist. Store the dough in airtight containers.
Shoe Box Shoes
Trish Kuffner, mother of five and author of the popular Busy Book series, which includes hundreds of crafts and activities for little kids, offers this fun game: Use two shoe boxes per person. For each box—or each “shoe”—make a hole in the middle of the long side at the top.
Once the hole is made, run a strong string or cord through the hole as a handle. You will have a string handle for each side. Make the string loops long enough so that you can hold the string standing up. Tie the two loops together for a handle and you’re ready to race. Pull the string handle to move yourself forward or come up with silly dances wearing your new shoes.
Kids love to coat their fingers with paint and smear the colors into pictures, but cleaning up afterwards isn’t fun. The solution? Pudding—an edible, easy-to-clean paint. Mix the pudding with slightly less milk than the package directions, then let your child paint on fingerpaint paper, waxed paper, or even construction paper. (Let your child know that too much pudding will soak construction paper.) The pudding paintings will dry overnight. Best part—your child can lick her fingers clean and eat any extra paint.
Activities to Get Ready for Baby
Books for Big Brothers and Sisters
There are plenty of book titles that will help prepare your little one for becoming a big brother or sister. Beloved fictional characters can gently teach your child what it might be like to have a new baby in the house. During and after reading, discuss your child’s concerns. Ask at your local library or bookstore for classics and new title recommendations for big siblings-to-be. Visit your favorite publisher online and type in “big sister,” “big brother,” or “new baby” for good titles.
Bubble Paint Baby Announcements
For unique pictures, Kuffner suggests combining one-quarter cup dishwashing liquid and liquid tempera paint (mix it until you reach your desired consistency—the more paint, the more vivid the color) in a shallow dish, such as a pie pan. Place a plastic straw into the liquid and gently blow into the paint until the dish fills with bubbles. Lightly place construction paper or cardstock over the bubbles until a few pop. You can do various shades and designs. This technique makes for creative baby announcements—just purchase plain stationery and add your bubble background.
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