Have you ever stopped to look at how many cleaners you have in your home? And have you ever wondered what harmful chemicals they might contain?
The environment is something that we all want to protect for our children and future generations and with so many things to change in order to do so which can become overwhelming so here are some great tips that Darcy received from The Green House that are simple to do and your kids will have fun making them too!
With just some simple kitchen cupboard ingredients you will no longer need to buy kitchen, sink, bathroom, floor, window, oven and hob cleaners! They are not only eco safe but safe for your little ones to help you about the house! To start your little ones off here is how they can clean all of your kitchen surfaces.
If you have some stubborn stains just make the solution a little stronger by adding more baking soda and lemon or vinegar.
NOTE: For delicate surfaces it is advisable to not use vinegar or lemon juice just use a clean cloth, water and a tiny bit of bread soda.
Want to clean your floor tiles too!
If you would like to clean your floors just add a little more water to the mix in a mop bucket and a touch of Eco washing up liquid and your floors will be sparkling!
NOTE: Don't let Vinegar or lemon juice have direct contact with varnished wood as it can eat through the it, just use baking soda with warm water
So there you go, simple, hygienically clean, chemical free solutions that are not only safe for your little ones to use but are safe for the for the environment too! As you can see my two were only too delighted to get stuck into cleaning and are delighted that whenever we need a cleaner for the house that they can make it themselves safely!
The only time we seem to receive post is on our birthday and we are so excited to open our cards to see who they are from and read what they have to say. Wouldn't it be nice to have this feeling of excitement of opening some post throughout the year! Or better still, to have someone excited to receive post from you!
I have always enjoyed writing letters to my family and friends, I think it is a great way to tell them what I’ve been doing. I know they love to read them too because they write back to me and tell me all of their news!
Have you ever written letters to any of your family? Or maybe to friends who may not live near you?
If not, and you would like to start, just follow the steps below!
What to write in a letter!
When is comes to writing letters you can write them in a traditional style as you see below or you can use your own style of how you would like to write to your family and friends!
You can tell your family or friends maybe some things you have done since they last saw you and if you aren’t ready to write letters, you can draw some pictures! Drawings are great fun to receive!
After you have written your letter and shared all of your news it is time to take care of the envelope! Don't worry, if you are not able to write just yet, you can ask for some help or draw a nice picture.
If someone lives near you, you don't have to do step 3, by adding a stamp to post it, you can always hand deliver it too which is just as fun to do!
I hope that you enjoy writing letters as much as I do and I would love to hear how you are getting on!
This is a great fun experiment for your little ones (and you!) to enjoy and chances are you will have the ingredients on hand in your kitchen cupboard!
What you will need
Step by step guide
1. Fill your tray / container with the baking soda
2. In your ice-cube tray / containers add some vinegar and some food colouring
3. With the syringe or similar, suck up some of one of the vinegar / coloring mix
4. Squirt the mix from your syringe or similar onto the baking soda mix and watch the reaction!
As you can see from the video above our children had great fun doing this experiment with Darcy and I think it is one that they will be happy to do again and again!
Here's the Science bit!
As the vinegar mixes with the baking soda the bubbles and foam that form are filled with carbon dioxide gas known as CO2. This happens as there is an acid/base reaction, The vinegar being the acid and the baking soda being the base.
At the beginning, when they react they make carbonic acid which is unstable but very quickly it breaks down to make CO2 and water.
There's nothing like meeting with friends and having some fun and laughter which yesterday was all about!
Darcy together with some friends had fun in the kitchen making some salt dough decorations for the festive season! This is such a simple activity to do and lots of fun was had making them!
Salt Dough recipe
1 (237g) Cup of Salt
2 (473g) Cups of flour
3/4 (177) cup of water
1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F)
2. Combine the salt and the flour in a large bowl
3. Add the water slowly while mixing together. You want the mixture to be moist, not too wet, resembling a dough like consistency.
4. Kneed the dough, to combine it until smooth in texture.
5. Divide the mixture between each of the little ones so they can make their own little creations.
6. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. The thicker the dough, the longer they will take to dry out on the oven.
7. Once the dough is rolled out, place a hole at the top of the decoration to you can easily hang them and then on a tray ready for the oven.
This recipe makes quite enough dough to keep 4 excited children and Darcy busy!
As you can see, Darcy rolled the rolled the dough fairly thin, about 5mm (1/2cm)
I've collected a number of cutters over the years so there were plenty to choose from. As you can see, Darcy was being seasonal with his choices!
Once all the shapes were cut, before placing them in the oven, we placed a hole at the top of them so they could be threaded to hang them later.
They took about 10 - 15 minutes to "cook". You can check them by touching them on top too see if they feel hard / firm to the touch. Becareful when doing this as they are hot!
Once they were ready, they were left on a tray to cool awaiting for the decorating fun to begin!
For decorating there are a number of ways you can do this such as painting, varnishes or markers which were our choice yesterday. The children were delighted as they had more of a range colours to choose from and there no mixing of the colours as can normally happen with paint.
Once they were coloured in, there was glue and decorations on hand for some finishing touches. As you can see pompoms seemed to be the additional decoration of choice!
With Spring now upon us, Darcy is getting ready to sow some seeds which he can mind inside until the weather gets a little better. Darcy loves planting seeds and plans to grow a variety of seeds including vegetables and some lovely flowers for the bees and butterflies to enjoy. To start, Darcy is planting some peas and scallions (spring onions).
What you will need!
Step by step guide
1. Place some compost in your seed tray, filling just half way
2. Write your labels and place them in the tray
3. Sow your seeds ensuring you have them next to the right label
4. Add some more compost filling it to the top
5. Water your seeds to help them grow
6. Cover your seeds with the clear lid. Don't worry if you don't have one available, you can place the seeds in a clear bag or cover them with some cling film which will keep them nice and snug.
Don't forget when you are finished to tidy up so you've everything tidied away to use again.
Place the seeds you've sown in a safe place where they can get light and also remember to water them to help them grow!
Look already you can see just after a few days how Darcy's peas are already sprouting!
Darcy would love to know how you get on if you sow some seeds so please feel free to share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
tagging @darcythedingo #darcythedingo
Watch the YouTube video below showing you a step by step guide
of what you need to do!
Darcy loves to try and reuse and recycle things as best he can and recently he made seed trays from some empty milk cartons.
What you need
- Empty milk carton
- Seeds / Seedlings
- Stones / turf or similar
Step by Step
- Get your carton
- With an adults help, cut a side of the carton off
- Get your stones, turf or similar and put a layer at the bottom of the carton
- Get some compost and place it into the carton
- Get your seeds or seedlings and place them in the soil giving them room to grow
- Add some more soil to "tuck" them in
- Write out your labels and place them next to your seeds / seedlings
- Water your seeds / seedlings
- Place them in the light and watch them grow
Below is a video of Darcy showing you each of the steps