This Saturday we had our almost 8-year-old niece Breanne over for longer than usual, so I had a few activities planned out. I'm glad to say it all turned out pretty well! :p I always feel kind of uneasy knowing a child is under our responsibility because I have no experience with kids whatsoever, but fortunately, Breanne as well as her teenage sister are really easy to look after.
The first thing I wanted to do is try out this colorful drink I had seen in this post. It's inspired on Dr Seuss, but I have no idea on what story or character.
It's colorful and super easy to make. I just filled a third of the glass with blue Jell-o and left it in the fridge overnight. I also made a pan of red Jell-o that I later cut into cubes. Once Breanne got home, I filled the glass with Sprite.
She loved to poke perfect holes in the red cubes by sucking through the straw, haha. I should also mention that once she finished the drink, she asked for a spoon so she could eat the blue bottom :p.
We played this sorta laser spy game (?) I made with pink tape I'd bought at Home Depot for 2 bucks and regular tape.
Funny thing: David was in the bathroom taking a shower when I set this up, so when he was done and wanted to come to the living room, he had to crawl on the floor, hehe.
I think she liked this game, because later that night, she asked if she could build her own. Let me tell ya, hers (pic below) was more difficult than mine. My muscles are sore today ... yes, I had to do it, too.
The most important activity of the evening was to bake cookies. We finally got to use our new cookie cutters! They work really well; I'm actually surprised.
She had never made cookies from scratch, so it was quite an experience to have to measure all the ingredients and follow so many instructions. The color and the stamped messages were a cool bonus :).
I have to thank David for having weighed and split so many different things! It was my first time playing with food dye, so it wasn't until I read the recipe that I realized the dye had to be incorporated before adding the flour into the batter! (You can see Breanne playing with her drink, hehe)
She wanted to make purple dye so we mixed red and blue; it looked ok at first, but when we added the flour the color changed and it changed even more after refrigerating the dough! Our blue dough also mutated from baby blue to green. There were no instruction on the box, so we put 4 drops in each batch. I guess I should have looked into it beforehand.
The cookie cutters are fun to play with. Some letters were hard for her to insert, so we had to help her. Oh, and writing messages was a good exercise to practice spelling backwards.
The cookies were cut without trouble and the messages we stamped came out great. She made cookies for two friends whose birthdays are these days, for he parents, sister and dog.
We burnt a couple a little because we left them in the oven 3 minutes too long :/. They didn't look done when we first checked, so we made the mistake of adding some extra time; but all in all, they looked pretty decent.
Once they cooled down, we decorated them with red icing. These are mine, hehe.
It was a very entertaining activity that took longer than I had expected and required a break in the middle, but it was fun for everybody. The time went by fast and she was wide awake the whole time (they picked her up at midnight)! By the time she left, we were very tired and the house was a mess, but it was a happy mess :).
What activities do you guys do when you babysit or look after your own kids?
Hope you're ready to have a fab week! ;D