Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Activities for a cold weekend

We recently had to stay home all weekend as it was cold as well as Papa was away on a weekend course. I decided to just take it easy with the children and do some fun activities at home.

Silly Putty

Properties and interaction between liquids is something Ibraheem (10) is studying at school. This was an experiment he did at school. We just wanted to do it again as he was not entirely happy with what turned out at school.

The recipe for this was from Steve Spangler’s Science. We just added some blue food coloring to this recipe.

For the younger boys (well for Ibraheem and me as well) it was a great sensory experience. We all just wanted a blob of that putty.

Being silly with silly putty

Blue beard Zakariyya

The boys had more than two hours of fun playing with the silly putty at the dining table. They did silly things like pretending to have a blue beard, measuring how long the putty could stretch before snapping, trying to make pretend food. Just having fun.

Snow painting

After clean up, we got down to cutting out some paper snowflakes. Then we got dressed and headed outside for some snow painting.




We used the paper snowflakes as stencils to create patterns on the snow. The painted tree was just stunning. The boys even made snow angles and sprayed colour on it.

Frozen Peanut Butter Balls

We made these little treats later in the day. It was from the show In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita on CBC. Zakariyya (4) loves this show (yes, it’s true) and watched it during the winter break. He then would suggest things for us to try to make at home! This was one suggestion.

The recipe can be found here. It is a really simple recipe that allows children to participate.


Ibraheem (10) did the measuring and mixing. They were all having a race and how many peanut butter balls the can roll – fun, fun, fun. Ibraheem got to do the chocolate melting and drizzling. And of course we all got to eat them!

Angry Bird tin can game

The next day, we made these.


The boys own these stuffies. I cut and paste some images of pigs from coloring pages I found on the internet. I sized templates to fit tin cans I had been hoarding for another project. Printed the labels onto green contruction paper.

Of course my little helpers were more than happy to cut and glue the labels onto the tin cans. I did use a black marker to draw the outline of the pigs over the printed images. Printer ink does not seem to do well on contruction paper.

Trajectory, counting, bowling, stack a pig tower – so many possibilities of having fun with some birds and tin cans.

Papa came home to find the boys full of stories of what they had been doing all weekend without him. Operation cold weekend without Papa – success. Alhamdulillah!

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