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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Water, baking soda, vinegar and slime

Uploaded: Aug 24, 2016
It's not always easy to find activities, projects and crafts that are appropriate for both preschoolers and toddlers. Some supplies, such as scissors, glue and glitter, require a lot more parental assistance for a toddler. Some are too complicated for a toddler but too simple for a preschooler. And many projects take lots of time to prepare, are too open ended, or are too focused on the end result.

A few months ago my mom mailed me two books by Asia Citro. As a parent of a toddler and a preschooler, these books couldn't have arrived at a better time. I just love how her activities get kids thinking about what they can do with materials lying around the home.

When we flip through her books, filled with pictures of kids having fun with different doughs, slimes, water, and baking soda/vinegar reactions, the ideas just start flowing.

Most of the projects in her books take minutes to put together. And, most of the time, the projects interest both of our kids. I love how our son remembers lots of activities from the books and can combine them into one big project. And our daughter can grab measuring cups, figurines and other items to continue playing and experimenting as she chooses.

We've loved trying out the activities in these books on our own and with our friends this summer. And I'm looking forward to continue using them during the school year when we just want to spend some time playing together.
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