Activity ideas using pool noodle

We made a quick Dollar Tree run over the weekend and picked up few stuff for Sammy’s activities. First thing that caught Sammy’s attention¬† was a pool noodle. She was thrilled to see it for some reason. So, I had to bring it home and do a quick Pinterest search and found so many awesome ideas. Here are a few that were tried, tested and loved by a 18 month old. For all the activities below, you need to cut the pool noodle into smaller rings like in the picture below. All the activities need adult supervision and some help initially till they get the idea. These activities helps with fine motor skills, gross motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, learn numbers/alphabets in the process of having fun is always a BONUS ūüôā¬†

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Mexican Rice in Instant Pot


I love me some Mexican food twice a month atleast. We make paneer tacos, veggie enchiladas quite often. Last week when I made tacos, I made some Mexican rice and oh boy, little did I know that my toddler would love it so much and it’s safe to call it our family favorite. I love how simple it is yet so flavorful and it’s so easy to make! Win, win, win!! I made this in my instant pot, you can make it in a pressure cooker.¬† Here’s how I make it.¬†¬†
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5 activities to do with animal figurines.

During my last visit to India I got Sammy a lot of toys, books, puzzles, flashcards and this animal figurine set. She’s so fascinated by them and always picks them over other toys. Sammy is currently¬†18 months¬† and these are some of the activities I have tried with her using the animal figurines. The list of activities can be endless, let your (or your kid’s) imagination run wild and have fun playing with the animals. This helps with your toddler’s fine motor skills and also learn animal names and their characteristics but mostly it is just another fun activity to entertain your clingy toddler.

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BLW | Sweet potato Rice Pudding

Sammy is not a big fan of veggies and I try hard to sneak it someway or the other. In this recipe I’m adding sweet potato(duh!) to rice pudding and I can’t say it was a hit but she did eat quite good. Another way to sneak in sweet potato is¬† by adding the puree to pancake batter. I’ll post the recipe for that one of these days. But for now here’s how I make sweet potato rice pudding.

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Sweetcorn Soup

We are three months into this year and we have been sick for the third time this year already. Sammy and I are so sick of being sick. We have lost the appetite and just find comfort in warm fluid food aka milk/coffee/soup. Speaking of soup, I made this sweetcorn soup sometime last week and my toddler loved it so much so that I almost made it every other day. I loved it too, nothing fancy, no big deal, but this soup is soul food especially when you have cold, more so in Chicago Winter. Make this soup and your tastebuds will thank you me later. Here’s how I make it.


You will need 

1. 1  tbsp butter
2. 1 cup sweetcorn + 1/2 cup sweetcorn
3. 1 tsp minced garlic
4. 1 tsp minced ginger
5. 1 green chilli (finely chopped)
6. 1 carrot (finely chopped)
7. 1/2 cup green peas
8. 3 cups water/broth
9. salt and pepper to taste
10. green onions to garnish


METHOD

1. Heat a pot on medium heat and add butter to it. Once it melts add in chopped ginger, garlic and green chilies.
2. Grind 1/2 cup of sweetcorn with 1/2 cup of water into a roughly smooth paste.
3. Add in all the veggies, sweetcorn paste and some salt and pepper and let it cook for a minute.
4. Add in water/broth and close the pot and let the veggies cook.
5. Make sure the veggies are cooked and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Garnish with finely chopped green onions.