I can’t believe it’s already been one month since Ontario declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 outbreak. Marc and I are currently navigating the challenges of working from home while entertaining a bossy and energetic toddler. Although I’m enjoying the added family time, it’s very difficult to keep Peanut engaged without relying on technology and screen time.
Marc and I have definitely adapted the way we work so that we can get things done and also keep the little one happy, active and well-fed throughout the day. Things are far from perfect, but at least we now have some tricks up our sleeves to get Peanut playing by herself. For example, I find that when I block off one-on-one time to play with Peanut, even for a little, she’s better at independent play afterwards and won’t fight for my attention with my work colleagues (but no guarantee that they won’t hear her rendition of Baby Shark in the background haha!) Oh and snacks. Always have snacks.
One thing that Peanut really enjoys these days is homemade playdough. It keeps her entertained for a good half an hour and she smells like heavenly coconut oil afterwards. Best part is, it’s simple for me to whip up and the playdough is totally edible, with four simple ingredients: marshmallows, coconut oil, tapioca starch, and food colouring. This means no need to worry about any unapproved “taste testing”.
Below is the recipe I used from One Little Project. I substituted corn starch with tapioca starch and it worked just fine. Full disclaimer, this homemade version is somewhat less malleable compared to the Play-Doh you buy.
- 6 Large Marshmallows
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch (or corn starch)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- Food Colouring as needed
- Heat the marshmallows, starch and coconut oil in a pan on the stove until marshmallows are soft (you can also put them in the microwave for 30 seconds)
- Add in food colouring and stir
- Once you can’t stir any further, kneed to combine, but be careful since it might be hot
- Optional: add in a second food colouring to the playdough and kneed to achieve a marbled look
If you are working from home with small children around, please comment below and share your tricks and tips on how you’re managing your day! This mama needs more tricks in her bag 🙂
Thanks for reading et à la prochaine!