Misty is having a rough time of it lately. His mouth is cranking out about 4 molars at once, so as you can imagine, he is not his usual chipper self. Seriously, these teeth are MASSIVE. They seem to be taking up a lot of real estate inside his head. It’s gotta be causing him some mega pain. Not cool, not cool. As a result, he doesn’t really want to eat solid food. We’ve been ploughing through heaps of Misty Milk that’s for sure.
Misty does love going to our weekly playgroup though… particularly as there is a certain red plastic ride-in car there that he is obsessed with. Obsessed to the point that he is very protective of it, trying to sit in it for the entire hour and a half of play time. I feel bad as there are two other little ones that love the car as well, but they are way more polite than Misty. He squeals and shoots them the “rage face,” if they come near him/the car. One little boy was already sitting in the car today, so Misty simply climbed in and sat on top of this poor dude until he gave up and got out. Misty is a bully.
I’m not very good at “Baby Activities” – I tried to make slime (corn starch and water) for Misty the other day, but he just wasn’t interested. Boosty ended up eating the whole bowl full. Is corn starch bad for Boosty’s? Never mind. Every time I try and engage Misty in some sort of activity, he runs away and starts playing by himself in a corner. Shunned. Shunned by a 16 month old.
Anyway, the following was my “activity” for playgroup… stick with what you know, they say, and I sure know how to make weird things out of food.
(Tasty) Edible Play Dough:
(Vegan, wheat/gluten/nut/corn/soy/cane sugar free)
- 1/2C coconut flour
- 1C chosen fruit/vegetable*
- 1/8t sea salt
- 1T coconut oil
- 1/8C water
- Sweetener (optional) 2t honey/agave/rice syrup/sugar if you want a sweeter taste to entice the babes to eat it! JUst don’t give honey to kiddos under 12 months.
- Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor.
- Depending on what fruit/vegetable you use, you may need to add a little more water/oil… it all boils down to the water content of the fruit/vegetable. Add slowly and test the dough by squeezing it – it’s not exactly like your traditional play dough, more crumbly, but when you squeeze it together, it is pretty malleable.
- Chill in the fridge until ready to play!
*Other ideas to use for colourful/nutritious play…. peas, cooked sweet potato, raw chopped apple or pear, avocado – anything really. Tumeric is great to add for a nice yellow colour… especially if you use plain bananas because they will turn brown.
Spices would also be a nice addition to introduce little ones to different flavours. I’ve made this with sweet potato and cinnamon, and Misty loved it.
Sultanas and corn for additional smooshing + face making skills.
As you can see, Misty decided to eat the marker pens instead. Dude, black lippy doesn’t work for anyone.