It’s been a bit of a miserable week (other than that short lived tropical morning on Tuesday) so we are back to afternoons indoors and finding toddler activities to keep Amelie, our creative toddler amused.
If you read my blog regularly you’ll know we have written about our rainy day activities before. In that first post we made biscuits, rainbows with playdoh and had sensory play with pasta.
This week we have been baking again and using up old potatoes to do some potato painting.
What you need:
- A few old potatoes
- A knife (for the adults to cut shapes)
- Lots of baby wipes!
Amelie loved telling me what shapes to cut into the potatoes – luckily she chose easy things like stars, suns and circles and not a fire engine (which she asked for in toast before)!!
She loved using the potatoes to make shapes and then using her fingers to make borders.
It was a great activity and something different to just paining. Daddy had lots of presents when he got home!
We love to bake in this household. Our favourites being shortbread and fairy cakes.
Today we’ll share our recipe for fairy cakes.
What you need
- 110g/4oz butter
- 110g/4oz caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 110g/4oz self-raising flour
- A tablespoon of cocoa power
- Half a bag of chocolate chips (or whatever your toddler wants to throw in)
Amelie likes her cakes plain but if we are having guests I’ll make up some butter icing and then make butterfly cakes.
Making these are fairly easy and it’s great to get toddlers involved (Evie loved watching as well).
First you mix the butter and caster sugar until you have a smooth paste. I add vanilla extract here in case the butter is hard as this can help mix the two ingredients.
Then you add the beaten eggs and soon after the flour, chocolate powder and chocolate chips. Quickly mix this so the mixture doesn’t split.
Then use teaspoons to transfer into cake cases.
Then bake for 20 mins in a 170 oven or until golden brown.
I am hoping for less rainy days and more play outside but until then we hope these ideas for toddler activities help for those afternoons where you need some activities!