Marble Painting ~ with Unexpected Results

Marble painting. It’s one of those classic painting crafts and it’s all over the blogosphere but we’d never tried it before. R (3) had been asking to do this for some time and so last week we finally tried it out – with some unexpected, but very beautiful results.

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Welcome to the Weekly Kid’s Co-op!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of  the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op!

 I’m sorry it’s been so quiet around here this week. I’ll be back to my usual posting schedule next week and I have LOTS of fun things to share with you so I can’t wait!

So, did you try any of the ideas linked up with last week’s Kid’s Co-op party? Here are just a few of my favourites.

Creeksde Learning shared a wonderful post about raising caterpillars.

Living Montessori Now shared some brilliant ideas for a Montessori inspired Zoo Animal Unit.

Carrots Are Orange shared some useful tips and ideas for Storyelling 101 for Parents and Children.

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Water Painting on a Chalkboard – a Pre-Writing Activity

Here’s a fun pre-writing exercise that I set up for R (3). It was quick and simple to put together and R absolutely loved it. I was inspired by this post at Teach Preschool. It looked like fun and I decided to add some number and letter recognition to the activity since R is all about letters and numbers at the moment!


  • A chalkboard – this is actually optional. If you don’t have an easel or chalkbard, you could simply draw with the chalk on a path or your drive-way.
  • Chalk
  • A paintbrush
  • A container of water

I began by using the chalk to write some letters and numbers on the board. I showed R how to dip the paintbrush into the water and then paint over the letters and numbers with the water. Here he is painting over the “R” that I wrote.

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Getting Messy – Rainbow Spagetti Sensory Tub

Want to put together a fun, messy, sensory play activity for your kids for less than a dollar? This sensory tub cost me 59 cents! Seriously! Read on…..  

Last week, R (3) was looking over my shoulder as I scrolled through Pinterest and he saw my pin for hosting a messy playdate from the lovely Crystal at Growing a Jeweled Rose. Messy play is one thing, I’ve never been shy about getting messy around here, but Crystal is one brave lady to host an entire play date based on messy play! I take my hat off to her. Anyway, the picture R saw was of a sensory tub filled with blue coloured spagetti.  “That looks like fun! Let’s do that!” (Honestly, I think R enjoys Pinterest even more than I do.)

This would have to be the cheapest sensory tub I’ve ever created for R. (Well, apart from the tubs we do which are filled with water, that is.) All  I outlayed was 59 cents for the cheapest packet of spagetti I could find. The other components were items I already had in the cupboard.

Here’s what we created! Fun, right?🙂

So here’s how we made it. So quick and easy!

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Welcome to the Weekly Kids’ Co-op

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Welcome to this week’s Weekly Kid’s Co-Op link up!

We have many new subscribers here at One Perfect Day and you may be asking, “What’s the Weekly Kid’s Co-op?” Well, my friends, The Weekly Kid’s Co-op is a weekly link up party where you can share your favourite kids activities. Each week a plethora of ideas geared for toddlers to pre-teens are linked up and the party just gets bigger and better every week. We are looking for activities that are family oriented, fun, unique and educational.

Each week I feature two or three of my favourites from the previous week. What inspired you last week? Here are a couple that I know we’ll have fun trying out.

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Four Simple Strategies for Positive Parenting

This is not the post I had intended to write today. I had intended to write about some messy fun we recently had with coloured spagetti. That will keep for another time. Today I’m writing from the heart. Today I’m sharing with you how it really is. The last few days have been tough. R’s behaviour has been uncharacteristically difficult and the last two days have brought me to the brink of exhaustion and despair. I’ve been truly at my wit’s end.  So how have I been handling it? In a word, badly. There is a light at the end of the tunnel however, and that’s why I’m writing this post. There are tools I use and continue to learn from every day which I want to share with you. After several days of stress and challenging behaviour, I applied a strategy today which turned everything around in an instant. An immediate resolution. I want to share with you the support system that gets me through the toughest parts of parenting and let’s face it, it IS tough. It’s exhausting. In a nutshell, it’s hard word. But the rewards! Oh, those blessed, life affirming, soul soaring, make my heart sing rewards. To be a parent is to know love and joy on a level I never thought possible. So what went so wrong lately and how did I turn it around?

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{Ice-Skating in the Living Room}

One evening last week, R(3) watched a TV program, I’m not sure what it was exactly, where the main characters were skiing. He began sliding his feet around the living room pretending to ski and repeated over and over that he wanted to go to the snow. I immediately had an idea. I couldn’t make it snow in the living room. I could however, turn the carpet into an ice-rink! First, R would need a pair of ice skates.

I took a plastic shopping bag from the cupboard and used a pair of scissors to cut two large rectangles from the bag. I wrapped them around R’s feet, and used lots of adhesive tape to secure the plastic “ice-skates” in place.

I was working fast to keep the momentum of R’s imaginative play going so they were not fancy to look at. This was just about getting something happening quickly and making his feet sliiiiiide over the carpet like he was skating. He loved it!

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Welcome to the Weekly Kid’s Co-op!

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Welcom to this week’s Weekly Kid’s Co-Op link up. What inspired you this week? Here are a few of my favourites.

Be sure to click on the links to visit the respective blogs and view the complete post.

Creative Family Fun has started a new series – Family Fun Night. I love this idea of family interviews.

Make Do and Friend shared this fun way to play with waterbeads, adding some glow sticks to the fun!

Mummy Musings and Mayhem shared some geat ideas for creating play areas in your home when you don’t have a designated paly room.

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