Sensory Bags are a great way for kids to expand their sense of touch, creativity, and adventure. Giving your child the chance to play with different types of textures and objects helps them to build new ways of talking about the world. Suddenly the tree is more than a tree, it’s a sapling with smooth bark or it’s a pine tree with rough bark and a sharp-pine scent. Water isn’t just wet, it can be rough (waves) or slippery with bubbles or cold and translucent when frozen or clear and still. Squishy bags allow small children to experience the fun of “squishing” gel in their hands as well as exploring small objects and other items with their sense of touch.
Bottle of clear hair gel
Ziploc bag (quart size freezer bag works well)
(You can easily switch up the trinkets that you put in the bag to keep sensory play interesting.)
1. Put all the hair gel into the bag.
2. Add one or two drops of food coloring.
3. Next, add the beads, sequins, buttons and other objects. Close the top of the Ziploc bag and make sure there is no air in the bag.
4. Finally, seal with a strip of duct tape across the top to prevent leaks and make it more secure for little fingers.
How do you get your kids involved in sensory play? – Cute Beltz
Spring is finally here, which means no more mittens! Phew. It also means it’s time to get your nails looking their best. But why stick with a traditional manicure when there are so many easy ways to take things to the next level? Check out our 3 most loved trends for this Spring!
Cool Ombré Trend
Ombré patterns have been everywhere this season. The French word ombré means “shaded,” and in fashion it refers to pretty much anything that starts out one color and then slowly morphs into another. So, why not ombré nails? They’re easier than you’d think.
How-To: Start with shaped and buffed nails. Clean nails thoroughly with acetone polish remover. Do not use a base coat, as the blending for the ombré look will not work as well over a base coat. Work with one nail at a time so polish is wet enough to blend. Starting at the cuticle area, apply a blue polish in a thick layer, using a dabbing technique, about 1/3 of the way up the nail. Using a lighter, metallic-blue shade, immediately polish, starting where darker blue ends, and “drag” the end of the darker blue polish up the nail to the end with the lighter blue to create an ombré “fade” (so the colors look like they fade into each other). Continue this application with all nails. Seal nails with a quick dry-top coat.
The Glitter Trend
After years of sticking to subtle shimmer on our nails—more flicker than glare—we’ve found ourselves besotted with the new mega-size glitter polishes. A little bit rebellious and very luxurious, this trend is flashy in the best possible way.
How-To: Working with one nail at a time, apply a layer of brush-on nail glue, then dunk your finger into a container of craft glitter. Shake off the excess and re-dip as necessary to get the glitter to cover the entire nail. Once all your nails are finished, apply another layer of glue to hold everything in place, then top with clear polish.
Half Moon Trend
One of the easiest and quickest looks to re-create is the half moon. This trend focuses on the moons of your nails (the half circle on the base of your nail). Instead of highlighting the tip of the nail, try showing off the half-moon shape near the cuticle of the nail. You can switch it up by using two contrasting colors or by leaving the half-moon completely clear. It looks tough to make but following my DIY steps you will realize it’s super easy and looks killer! Let’s try together:
How-To: Leave the moon (the white, half-moon shaped part of your nail closer to the skin) of your nail bare (you can use half of a hole perforator to cover), and coat rest of nail with two coats of plum polish. Do high-arched tip in one coat of black polish (note: to achieve full effect, nails should be a pointed, triangular shape). Finish with a shiny top coat.
Incorporating bright colors and fun patterns into your home can be a perfect way to prepare for the upcoming warmer weather. It also brings excitement, energy, and movement to the room and all the designers are crazy about it. Experts say that typically, you should have at least 3 different patterns going on in one space to make it interesting.
Stick with a color scheme
The safe way to experiment with patterns is to choose a color scheme. Selecting a common color palette can go a long way in coordinating patterns. Stick with similar hues to draw your eye to the color – not the varying patterns. However, this doesn’t mean all of your colors have to be the same hue. Try out multi-colored fabrics, but use a color that is similar throughout all the patterns for a cohesive look. In order to make an effect, you have to use at least three different patterns. If you have too many competing patterns, it confuses the eye and can make your space seem cluttered. The successful way of mixing is to vary the patterns’ scale skillfully – from small to large. Save the large-scale pattern for the focal point of the room, such as wallpaper or patterned curtains.
Mix big and small prints
It’s impossible to make a mess of mixing large, medium, and small-scale patterns when you stick with a subdued palette, like the grays and yellows here. A unifying color theme keeps even florals, stripes, plaids, and geometric patterns in harmony.
The Role of Fabrics
Fabric also plays an important role in the venture of mixing and matching the patterns. The feel of fabrics helps making the ideal mixing recipe for a pattern-loaded room. In fact, adding some textures is a very effective and nice option to enhance the patterns’ effects. The fabric “package” will almost always include a stripe or plaid, a floral and a couple of solids. Use those prepackaged coordinating prints as a learning tool to see why the mix works, then go out and make your own combination.