It’s been a tough week for our family and being a parent during this time has been difficult. The hardest part about mourning as a parent is also having to be emotionally and physically present for your child. Calvin reminds me that life continues to happen no matter how much I want to stop time. So in the mist of sadness and grief we did a this DIY Lava Lamp. He was so amazed and loved it, we know our dearest Tia Ada would have loved watching videos of this.
Added half the cup with water and oil, then added some food coloring drops. Calvin choose the color blue.
After I had him put the pieces of seltzer in the cup, I’ve enjoyed having him help during these projects. I’ve been using it as a time to practice active listening.
The bubbling was really amazing to see! He loved it!
This experiment is pretty quick and easy, so I would say doing at least three jars at a time. You definitely need lots of oil and consider using taller plain water bottles. It’s perfect for a toddler and great for building conversations.
Some questions I asked him and things I had him identify as we did the lava lamp:
What is the oil? , what is the water?, what colors do you see on the table ?, what color is the water turning?, what color is the seltzer tablet?, what is happening now that we put the seltzer inside?
If you’ve done this DIY before let me know how your kiddo love it or what you did differently.
I’m not a crafty mom, I love crafts but kid crafts can be a little messy for me! Does ANY mama feel me? This quarantine has taught me a lot about using my imagination and finding activities to do with Calvin while we’re stuck at home. Every week I’ve been trying to do at least two Pinterest sensory/ toddler activities. Some have been a failure, but some have been amazing. I had a few mamas ask about today’s activity and since I documented today’s fun, I decided to share it here.
Today’s Pinterest activity was making “fluffy slime”. I’ve never made slime before and until recently Calvin has been fascinated with playing with different textures. He usually dislikes things on his hands but he’s been adventuring his hand motor skills. These activities have been so great for our bonding time and also challenging because it requires I have a lot of patience and little control. Allowing toddlers to freely play is so important for their development, but if you’re anything like me it’s definitely hard to accept. He’s in a “helper” stage and constantly asking to help around and do things on his own. During our activities, I try to give him the freedom to do so even if he makes a mess.
Below you will find the recipe for creating your own “fluffy slime”. Enjoy!
Foam shaving cream
Elmer’s Glue – 4oz bottle
Food coloring or Watered down paint
He loved getting to do this activity and I was so amazed that he played so much with the slime. I definitely want to create more colors with him and put them together. Hope you enjoy creating some slime with your kiddo!
Where are you from? – This book is a great conversation starter to teach your children about answering the question ” Where are they from?” Take the opportunity to teach them the history of their race and family.
Why exposing children to more diverse books matters? It matters because it teaches children about other people’s race, ethnicity, beliefs, and values. It gives them an opportunity to look outside of what they’re surrounded by. It’s also important for black and brown children to see themselves be represented in books they read. Representation matters in books and exposing children to books that can encourage and empower them to change the way they are reading, learning, and empathizing with others.
What are some of your favorite diverse books right now? Share them in the comments!
Hey mamas! As promised, I wanted to give you guys a list of things to do in the city this summer with your kiddos. I’ve found so many cool places you can attend whether through apps or simply attending for a reasonable price.
Children Museum of Manhattan & Brooklyn Children’s Museums
Both of these museums are amazing for kids. They have a water area where kids can play and splash. These museums are great for walking toddlers. They will have a lot of fun touching and running around.
Price: Manhattan – $15 per child and adult ( children under 1 free )
Brooklyn – $11 per child and adult.
Thursday’s and Sunday’s are donation base from 2-6 pm Thur & Sunday’s 4-7pm
Domino Park – Brooklyn NYC
This place is one of the best city parks. The park area is terrific for kids and they even have a water area where the kiddos can splash through. It’s the perfect place for a family outing.
City Tree House – Upper East Side (Use with Kidpass)
I love this place. So many different activities for kids to do and crawlers. Here a few things they have, water sections, treehouse, playroom, Art room, and soft playroom.
The original price for the open play is $30 ( 3 hours ), however, using the @kidpass you get a discount. I’ve shared my link below for you to get $20.
The Art Farm in the City – Upper East Side ( Use with Kidpass)
I discovered this place through the app @kidpassAnd surprise!!, it was one of the funniest and cutest places. The location is for open place and they have small sections for crafts and puzzles. But the best part is their section to pet animals! Yes, animals! Calvin had so much fun petting the rabbits, turtles and all the other creatures there.
Mini-Land Play – Queens, NYC
Price weekdays unlimited play $15
Weekends 2 hours limited $20 ( One Adult + Child)
It’s an indoor playground for babies and toddlers between the ages of 0 -5 years old. The whole place is covered with foam and mats to protect the kids from getting hurt. That’s a plus for me! They have slides, sensory areas, dolphin rides, and a ball pit play area. This place does an amazing job of serving parents. They’re clean and even provide a changing area for parents to change their babies.
Bronx Zoo – Bronx NY
Price: Adults: $39.95
Child 3-12: $29.95
Children 2 & Under: Free
Wednesdays: Free for everyone – Donation base
Growing up in the Bronx and living near the Bronx Zoo was one of my highlights of living in the boogie down Bronx. The Bronx Zoo is the biggest zoo in the city and they always have different exhibits for you to enjoy. I’ve been waiting to take Calvin and for this place… I may have to pay. As much as I would do Wednesdays for FREE, it’s summer and every summer program goes on a Wednesday! I’m not sure what it looks like going there in the summer with a toddler.
The petting zoo area allows children to pet and feed the animals. I’m pretty excited to take him and watch his reaction when he sees the animals. You definitely need a day just for this zoo, you want to take your time and wear comfy shoes and bring a lot of snacks.
( The food can be a little expensive)
This place is just one ferry away. This is my favorite place to go to during the summer. So much history and activities for families to enjoy together. Once you get to the island you can rent a bike and ride around. Around the island, you’ll find a lot of art and projects created by talented artists. You can even have lunch at the vendors located on the island! How great is that! The view is also just amazing, such a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy the summer breeze.
Coney Island – Brooklyn, NY
This spring we took Calvin to Coney Island for the first time. He had a ball sitting on daddy’s shoulders and watching the rides. They have a small section for kid rides. It’s definitely worth taking a trip to the beach and hitting the fair.
Central Park – Manhattan, NY
I love Central Park! There are so many things you can do. Hit the kid’s playground on W 59 street or the great lawn for a picnic. Central Park always has events going on, either movie nights, festivals or activities.
Seaglass Carousel – Manhattan, NY
Who doesn’t love carousels? I’ve been obsessed with visiting this carousel since last year. It’s just too cool! I’ve been told that it’s even more beautiful during later hours. If you enjoy carousel’s and you’re hanging manhattan pass by.
I hope you get to enjoy these places in the city and if you pay them a visit, tag me on Instagram @transparentcitymama. Also, to get discounts on activities to do with your kids in the city use this link https://kidpass.com/join/rramirez1 to download the Kidpass app. You won’t regret.