Sensory Play with Lemon Scented Rice

Sensory play with lemon scented rice {Octavia and Vicky} Last week we found ourselves with a beautiful spring day and a tree full of lemons, so we decided to make some lemon scented rice for sensory play. I’d love to say there was an exact science to our recipe, but we just made it up as we went along. I’ll try and give you an idea, so that you can make it at home too.

Lemon Scented Sensory Rice

You will need:

  • white rice (we used about 8 cups)
  • lemon zest (we used 4 lemons)
  • lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • yellow food colouring (about a teaspoon)
  • 1 large zip lock bag
  • 1 large baking tray

How to  make it:

  • Pour the rice, zest, juice and colouring into the zip lock bags (or any large container).
  • Mix it around and around until all the rice is a lovely, lemon yellow.
  • Add more yellow if you want more colour, but be warned that it might turn orange if you add too much!
  • Add more zest if you want more lemon scent.
  • Tip the rice into the tray and leave in the sun to dry….. or just start playing right away like we did. You might get a little yellow on your hands, but it washed off easily enough :)

Sensory play with lemon scented rice {Octavia and Vicky} Sensory play with lemon scented rice {Octavia and Vicky} Sensory play with lemon scented rice {Octavia and Vicky}Imaginary sensory play - lemon scented rice {Octavia and Vicky}

We tipped the rice into Pebble’s play table and she added some bark, flowers, rocks, a bowl of water and a few of her favourite toys. She sat under the lemon tree playing happily, chatting her herself and telling stories. It really was a very pleasant way to spent a morning.

Do your kids like playing with rice?

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 Pebble – 3 years, 8 months – one thing that is just amazing us (as her doting parents) each and every day is Pebble’s growing vocabulary. When she hears a new word it just becomes a part of her daily chatter, and these big words are popping up in her sentences constantly. She’s talking SO much that I’ve stopped writing down the things she says. That probably doesn’t make much sense. Somehow when they were rare tidbits I’d be motivated to write them down, but now her words are a never-ended (seriously!) stream. I really should get in to the habit of recording her words again.

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Rocky – 29 weeks – Rocky is still keeping us up at night and in demand of cuddles, but I think the cause may be revealing itself. He’s very drooly and mouthy, more than normal, so more teeth may be on the way (did I tell you he has his first tooth?!). He also has a snotty nose, weepy eyes and raspy voice since last night. I cuddled him all night like my own little teddy bear. It’s been a bit of a game of musical beds around here, but we’re making it work.

How are your kids going this week? What’s new?

12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

The Answer is Cake! 12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

Mmmmm, cake!

I come from a long line of cake lovers. I’m raising little cake lovers. When I’m feeling a little blue, I bake a cake. When I’m feeling a little bit happy, I eat a cake.

The answer is always CAKE.

12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

The Answer is Cake! 12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake

 

Triple Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake
Triple Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake

Upside Down Pear Cake

Upside Down Pear Cake
Upside Down Pear Cake

Mum’s Banana Cake

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and Vicky
Mum’s Banana Cake

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Birthday Cake

Teddy Bear's Picnic Birthday Cake
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Birthday Cake

Mango Cheesecake

Mango Cheesecake
Mango Cheesecake

Four Ingredient Cup Cakes

Four Ingredient Cupcakes
Four Ingredient Cupcakes

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Cake
Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Five Minute Carrot Mug Cake

Five Minute Carrot Mug Cake
Five Minute Carrot Mug Cake

Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes
Rainbow Cupcakes

What’s your favourite kind of cake?

New Adventures

In a gentle way, you can shake the world

In a gentle way, you can shake the world

Hi there! Thank you for reading this blog! ‘Octavia and Vicky’ is my hobby, my escape, my creative outlet, my memory box and my passion. I love it dearly, and I love that each and every day readers old and new come to visit.

I also love that this blog has given me some new opportunities. I’m excited to share that I’ve been invited to join the Kidspot Village Voices community over the summer, and look forward to sharing summer play ideas over there. I’m also working on a collaborative project with a lovely bunch of bloggers, which will give something back to a cause that I feel very strongly about. I look forward to telling you all about it! It’s going to be a full summer and I’m so grateful for these new adventures!

I look forward to continuing to give you all something too, as I share more kids activities, yummy recipes and giveaways along the way. Thanks for coming along for the ride :)

I’d love to know more about you. Do you come here often? Perhaps you’ve never left a comment to say ‘hi’? Please tell me a little something about yourself. Or tell me what you’re grateful for.

 

Play Ideas for a Tired Mama

Play Ideas for a Tired Mama

Play Ideas for a Tired Mama
We’ve been keeping things simple around here lately. Rocky is teething, I’m super tired, and Pebble… well, she’s still three and still FULL of energy. Here are some ideas for simple play that you can try with your kids, even when you’re super tired.

Play Ideas for a Tired Mama

Play with water

This simple water play was set up using a bubble gun, some bottle tops in a container of soapy water and two buckets ready for filling and pouring. I didn’t expect this to end up where it did – nudie runs around the back yard! Perhaps it’s cooler weather where you are? You could try making rainbow puddles or some fun bath play. Water play can be set up in minutes – all you need is a tap, bath or hose. No fancy stuff.

play with water

Get outside

Go for a walk, visit the park, play in your back yard. Or try one of these outdoor play ideas. We are very lucky to have this big space right across the road from our house. Sunshine will boost your mood too, no matter how tired you are.

get outside

Walk on the beach

I know I said that I hate the beach – I hate swimming in the sea. I do love walking and playing on the beach. It can feel like a big effort to get the kids into the car, but once you’re there you will feel so relaxed. The kids can put their toes in the sand, make natural sculptures from shells, seaweed and other treasures, and splash about in the shallows. We have a lovely beach just 20 minutes from our house. If you don’t live near the sea try finding a local river or lake to visit instead.

walk on the beach

Play pretend animals

Put on some dress ups, play charades, make some animals from recycled bits and pieces or just use your imagination. No equipment needed, no time required to set up, just start barking like a dog and see what happens (you’re already feeling barking mad from lack of sleep, right?).

Aussie Animals Charades - children learn about Aussie Animals with this role playing game

Build a house for the toys

Pebble and I made this house using old nappy boxes. It’s nice to be able to put them to good use. If you don’t have any large boxes at home try asking at your local supermarket. They often have a big collection of boxes that would love to be turned into something creative. If you’re looking for some inspiration for making creative structures with cardboard, take a look at this Cardboard City over at Paint on the Ceiling. I love this idea because you can apply it to whatever bits and pieces you have at home – even if it’s just the box from the chocolate chip cookies you opened for breakfast.

build a house for the toys

Or try one of these cool ideas from the The Kids Co-Op

(ideas will magically appear after 1:30pm Adelaide time on Thursday, 26 September!)