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Pantry Play! {2 easy & inexpensive toddler activities}

Moving house is stressful. There is so much to do; all these little (and big) jobs that need to be done. Isn’t moving house the third most stressful thing after divorce and a death? I believe it. On Saturday I had to have a cup of tea and lie down after a trip to the hardware store to choose paint samples. (Seriously, how many shades of white can there be??)  I’ve needed to keep Addison entertained in order to get things done, so I’ve been pulling random items out of the cupboards on a whim hoping they’d be well received. Luckily, they have been and I found the two most successful activities to be simple play with pantry items. You probably have all the items I used in your own cupboards; and you can always find something similar to use anyway.

Saucepans, measuring items and pasta.

Smushy loves transferring items from one place to another. She has also developed a fondness for tongs. This activity kept her occupied for ages and was great for her fine motor skill development. Afterwards we collected all the pasta up together and stuck it in plastic bottles for noise makers. (Not my greatest idea, though she loves it.)

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Rice Bubbles (Rice Krispies) in a tray.

Yes, it’s messy, so lay down a mat or do it outside. This is a great sensory activity! Loads of crushing, smushing and tasting. Smushy loved moving the cereal from one part of the tin to another. She also enjoyed spreading it all over the table and carpet. Good, easy, messy fun!pantryplay3 pantryplay2 PantryPlay1

 

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Yummy Veggie Packed, Egg Free Mini Sausage Rolls {Recipe Printable}

So we’ve gone completely egg free in this house due to Addison being diagnosed as allergic to them, both stand alone and in baked items. We’re prepared with her epi-pen and have the products containing eggs list seared into our brains. Luckily she didn’t test positive for nut allergies, but as I am allergic to all tree nuts, we don’t keep them in the house anyway. Add fish and eggs to that list and we’ve eliminated another lot of foods!

I’ve been compiling a whole lot of egg free recipes over the past few weeks and have found some to be great, some not so much. I’m not buying the egg substitute products for baking as I feel there are easier ways to get around using them. And to be honest, we don’t need to be eating cakes and biscuits that much anyway.

I am also trying to get as many veggies into Smush as I can; unsuccessfully. The kid can sniff them out a mile away, I swear. I’ve had to go all covert with them and so I figured a sausage roll sneakily filled with veggies would probably work. I tweaked my basic sausage roll recipe to lose the egg and the results were great. The tomato sauce and heavy processing of the meat and veggies bound the whole mix together really well. And using milk as a ‘wash’ was fine. Smushy loved them! Perfect toddler food.

(I’ve created a recipe printable if you wish to have a hard copy, the link is just down below!)

Egg Free Sausage Rolls Perfect for Toddlers

500g of Mince (I used lean beef as it was all I had, but lamb would work well too!)

1 diced onion

2 diced carrots

1 sliced zucchini

Cup of corn

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon

Generous squeeze of coriander paste. (Use fresh if on hand)

2 tbsp of Tomato Paste or Tomato Sauce

4-5 sheets of puff pastry

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line baking trays with baking paper.

Pop meat, veggies and spices into food processor and pulse till meat and veggies are finely processed. (This helps bind it together really well)

Cut the pastry sheets into 4 even squares. Place even amounts of the mixture along the edge of the pastry and roll the sheets up, pushing the seam down. Place the rolled up pastry seam down and cut into 4 small pieces and place on the baking trays. Continue until there is no mixture left.

I cannot use an egg wash obviously, so I washed the pastry with milk. If you are dairy free, use rice milk.

Cook for 15-25 minutes until golden and puffy.

Enjoy!

Sausage Roll Printable

Print the recipe here!

I hope you and your little ones enjoy this recipe!

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Fabric and Paper Sensory Boxes {Terrific Toddler Activities}

We went to a wedding recently and were given awesome favours in these great white boxes. I had to keep them as I knew they would be perfect for little sensory boxes. I chopped up all my extra fabric scraps, added some paper and popped them into the boxes.

Smushy loved it. I left them on the table for her to play with throughout the day and she kept coming back to them, doing some sorting, some scrunching and then moving on. It was a really cute little activity.

You could use any fabrics or papers you have on hand. Grab some boxes and you’re ready to go. No need for expensive equipment and easy to create and clean up.

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