It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Poppy Cat around here. Every time a new episode airs, my kids suddenly want to go on a big adventure. Trying to figure out new things to do and games to play is hard, but it’s so much fun for them when I figure out some way of “making everyday adventures extraordinary.”
So when we were asked to review the new Poppy Cat app, my kids were only too happy to try it out. I was especially impressed with how much fun Daniel had with it! At 22 months old, he’s not yet great with his hand-eye coordination, so I thought he’d be very frustrated at his inability to help the different fruits and vegetables back into their bins… but while this proved difficult, he had SO much fun repeating the various words in Spanish that he never got bored! He kept a big smile on his face the whole way through!
The app itself is more suited to a slightly older child. Dexter was thrilled with it, as he LOVES playing games on phones. And since there’s no time limits in place, he never gets frustrated, simply playing through each vignette happily. It’s funny because while he has the hand-eye coordination that Daniel lacks, he is not quite as good at repeating the Spanish words. It’s when they play together that my heart soars.
In an effort to be more like our gal Poppy, we recently tried our hands at a holiday craft. Since I promised the kids lots of snow this year, they’ve been highly disappointed that with only 2 weeks until Christmas, we’re still seeing nothing but green and brown! So we decided to make our own snow!
This is such a simple little thing to do with the kids. All it requires is two ingredients, and you will have super happy children. We made ours inside a disposable foil pan to try and keep the mess limited. And they were only allowed to play with it in the kitchen since it has linoleum floors that are easy to clean.
Want to try making it yourself? All you need is 2.5 Cups of Baking Soda and 1 Cup of cheap hair conditioner. We bought some $1 a bottle coconut conditioner. It made the “snow” smell amazing, and it kept the cost down. Plus, it’s what we had on hand!
Amazingly, the texture is very snow-like. If it is too crumbly, you can add more conditioner. Too wet? More baking soda. I’m not sure what causes it, but it also stays quite cold! Not frost-bite cold, but very cool to the touch, adding that realistic feel.
Dexter and I made the snow while Dan was down for his nap, and by the time he woke up, there was quite a mess. I put it away for a while so I could clean it up. The great thing is that it stores very well. You can put the snow in a ziploc bag or just do what I did and place the whole tray into a spare grocery bag! Easy!
If you want to be inspired to make everyday adventures extraordinary, too, then don’t miss Poppy Cat on Sprout! It is all about imaginative play, physical activities, crafting and having fun outdoors! We never miss it! And download the app from the app store! You won’t be disappointed.
This has been a sponsored post on behalf of Poppy Cat. All opinions are my own.