Flowers and Paint Stamping

We had quite a few flowers remaining after our dyed flowers experiment, so we decided to get creative with some flower and paint stamping. 

I offered my little girl 3 colors of paint and 3 flowers to stamp to her hearts delight.

We used poster paints from Woolworths. And the same white sprays we used in our dye experiment. 

It started out neat…

And turned into a beautiful mess…

List of Outdoor Places to Go for Kids/Family (South Africa – Gauteng)

Are you always looking for places to take your kids over the school holidays? Or family outings for the weekend?

I have compiled a list of favourite outdoor places to visit in Gauteng.

  1. The Elephant Sanctuary (R104 road) Hartebeespoort Dam. (012)258-0423 / 0833063770 Elephant Sanctuary Website Programmes:feeding, petting, touching and elephant rides into the mountain
  2. Hartebeespoort Dam and zoo visit the cable way or have a picnic or braai. Restaurant on premises. Hartebeespoort Dam and Zoo Website
  3. Lion and Rhino Park this reserve has cheetahs, lions, rhino, and a number of other game species. Restaurant as well as picnic area and braai facilities. R28 Highway towards Krugersdorp Rhino and Lion Park Website
  4. Lion Park in Muldersdrift Lion Park Website
  5. Strawberry Farm picnics and strawberry picking (012)207-1116 Tangaroa Strawberry Farm Website
  6. Zoo Lake outdoor tea garden, lake to feed ducks and picnic and braai area.
  7. Garden World Garden World Website R28 Highway. Tea Garden, kids parties. Sunday arts and crafts.
  8. Willow Feather Farm Irene. Plant nursery, tea garden, animal farm, swings and play area for kids. Willow Feather Farm Website
  9. Wondercaves (011)957-0106
  10. Groenkloof Nature Reserve Pretoria biking trail, picnic area and fountains. Groenkloof Nature Reserve Website
  11. Acrobranch Pretoria and Johannesburg Acrobranch Website
  12. Pretoria Zoo Pretoria Zoo Website
  13. Johannesburg Zoo Johannesburg Zoo Website
  14. Lory Park Zoo Midrand Lory Park Zoo Website
  15. Montecasino Bird Gardens Johannesburg Montecasino Bird Gardens Website
  16. Cest la’ vie Centurion outdoor playpark. Area for babies and toddlers as well as an area fpr older kids C’est La Vie Website
  17. Irene Village Mall Outdoor Fountains (remember to carry costumes and towels) Irene Village Mall Website
  18. Quad Bikes R55 Laudium/Centurion Zwartkops Quad Rides Website
  19. Serendipity Rosebank. Outdoor play area, arts and crafts and tea garden Serendipity Website
  20. Rooihuiskraal Terrein Pretoria Centurion Rooihuiskraal Terrein Website
  21. Horseriding at Cornerstone Equestria (R55 Laudium/Centurion) 0843507238 or Peppermint Park (Raslouw) Peppermint Park Website
  22. Lasertag and Paintball at Crywolf Irene. Crywolf Website
  23. Zita Park 0724282408 MenloPark Pretoria wonderful paddle pool and slide, picnic and braai area as well as jungle gyms.
  24. Irene Dairy Farm see the cows and buy some freshly delivered milk. Play area. Tea garden Irene Dairy Farm Website
  25. Honeydew Mazes wonderful for kids aged 6+ a must visit. Honeydew Mazes Website
  26. Crocodile Farm Johannesburg Crocodile Farm Website
  27. Gold Reef City Theme Park Johannesburg theme park rides for all ages Gold Reef City Theme Park Website

Sealife and Playdough Invitation to Play

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Sea animals, seashells and pebbles cpupled with playdough make the perfect invitation to play

I love the vibrance and educational benefit that Invitation trays offer toddlers. It gives them a constructive opportunity to explore, create and play.

♡It is a wonderful tool to build their imagination.
♡Playdough offers a great fine motor workout for their tiny fingers
♡They are given the opportunity to explore new ‘little’ worlds through themed trays (like the seaworld one above)
♡Great vocabulary builders (i love the opportunity to talk to my little tot about sealife and introduce her to new sea animals like the octopus, seahorse and turtle)
♡Builds concentration span

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Homemade playdough recipe can be found under search item ‘playdough’.

Flower Planter Sensory Activity

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I set up this sensory planter for my toddler today. I placed the big flower water sprinkler into a pot plant filled with riversand. I then invited her to come and plant the other little flowers. I am sure you can tell that we are trying to soak up as much of summer as we can before winter sets in. I am now going to attach the waterhose to the flower sprinkler for some fun in the sun.

Tiny Little Greenhouse

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Nisha's (my 6 year old) Tiny Little Greenhouse

I set up this tray for my 6 year old for when she got home from school the other day. We have been wanting to plant for a while now and when i discovered this very cute idea from https://www.instagram.com/simplylearning/ i decided we need to do it right away. She loved the authenticity of planting in a bag vs a pot. We taped it to our window and will watch it for the next few days. Excited for sprouts.

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The printable greenhouse template is available at Simply Learning website along with a multitude of other wonderful printables. And it is a wonderful qay to get started on a gardening adventure with little ones. I certainly dont have green fingers although i absolutely love everything fresh and green and for us this was a simple and beautiful way to get started. Projects like these require some level of responsibility, making it a wonderful way to introduce this concept to younger kids.