Happy Chinese New Year (Year of the Ram)! – Bottle stamping & cotton ball rams / sheeps


Yes, yes I know. Valentine’s Day is before Chinese New Year! However, this is just too fun and too cute not to make! So I decided not to wait. Plus we’ve got the grandparents coming on Thursday so I’d love to give one to them.

This year, Chinese New Year falls on the 19th of February. The year of the RAM! If you are 1, 12, 24, 36, 48, and so forth this year, you are a ram! I’m a monkey. I’ll let you guess my age.

I’ve been surfing around on Pinterest for some fun CNY activities for the kids. From a few different inspirations, namely a post from Top DIY Ideas.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Plastic soda bottle – any bottle with a floral pattern on the bottom
  • Paper
  • Black marker (or paint if you prefer)
  • Pink paint (or any other blossom colors you prefer)
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue

My little gnomes are still quite young so while they were busy playing on their own this morning, I got a few sheets of paper out and drew black cherry blossom branches and rams on each sheet.


For the rams, I drew their heads, horns, lets and outlined their furry bodies so the kids would know where to stick the “wool.”


Then I set up the paint and bottles for the kids to stamp their blossoms! First they had some practice runs on some scrap paper. Once they knew what to do, I let them stamp the pictures I had prepared earlier.

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After the blossoms were completed, I had them work on the rams’ woolly coats. My son LOVED this part! Maybe because the cotton balls were soft to touch and fun to pull apart. Or simply because how cute the baba sheeps looked!

I help put glue on the paper and he stuck them on. If your child is older, s/he can do all the steps I helped prepare for mine 🙂 They will love the whole process! You can even prepare a sample one so they have some inspiration.


Look at how proud he is of his beautiful work!


And here are the finished products:

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Happy New Year!


Homemade Puffy Paint – using microwave


I’ve seen a post by one of my favourite sites Happy Hooligans where they made puffy paint out of flour!

The ingredients are simple and toddler friendly. Here is their recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp Self Rising Flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Food coloring
  • A little bit of water (start with 1/4 tsp)

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Mix everything together till it is like stirred yogurt consistency. Not thick and not too watery. I personally found for that amount of flour and salt, 3 teaspoons and about 1-2 more 1/4 tsp till you get the right texture. Keep in mind you may need to add a couple of drops of water as you go because the mixture tends to dry and become more solid making it more difficult to paint.

The Hooligans used cotton swabs. Great idea! Our little Gnomes used paintbrushes. In retrospect, cotton swabs might be better as it keeps the paint thicker and easier to puff up when you microwave it. The paintbrushes encouraged our kids to spread the paint out more.

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Even I got into it!

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When you’re ready to puff up your painting, simply put your painting in the microwave for 30 seconds! I recommend placing a piece of paper towel underneath your painting. It helps absorb some of the excess water from your paint. Keeps your microwave clean too.


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We love the way it feels!!


Fun with Daddy’s Shaving Cream! Foam Art Sensory Play

I’ve been looking into some sensory play with materials we have around the house. I recall seeing a few Blogs using shaving cream.

1: Shaving Cream Finger Painting on Aluminum Foil 



  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Fingers
  • Lots of wipes for cleaning up!

Just be extra cautious! I was going to use popsicle sicks because food coloring stains but I knew the kids won’t care for that! So straight into finger painting! What’s a bit of stained fingers for loads of fun??

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Shaving Cream Foam Paint


To continue our fun with shaving cream, I thought we’d try to make foam paint  out of shaving cream. Unsure how it will turn out and what the exact recipe is, we’ve made a foam paint sampler!

I loosely followed a recipe from Meaningful Mama

  • 3/4 cup shaving cream
  • 1/4 cup Elmer’s glue
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • food coloring

She tried a few different recipes to work out her favourite. I suggest you do the same! I found the recipe above was a bit thick so I just added more shaving cream till it was the consistency I wanted for the grommies.


I put about 1-2 drops of food coloring in each small zip bags and then added the foam mixture in to mix with my hands.

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Snip a little hole in one of the corners of each bag to use it like a piping bag!


Then we used little cotton swaps (Q-tips) to paint. Watch out! The little ones won’t be able to resist FINGER painting and putting the glue mixture all over their faces! Make sure you have your wipes ready.

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I think next time…we might try making puffy paint that you can microwave!