Best Play for Hump Day - Anzac Day

A potato, red food colouring, black poppy seeds (optional), two tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/3 cup of flour, two cups of water.

Add the sugar, salt and flour to a medium saucepan and mix in the two cups of cold water. Place the saucepan on the stove over a medium heat and whisk together until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth. This should take 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely and then add 4 drops of food colouring.

While the mixture is cooling, use a sharp kitchen knife to cut the potato in half and then cut one of the halves into a rough, four petal shape.

Then just use red paint together make the prints! If they’re old enough, show your baby how to pick up the potato, place it in the paint and then print it on the paper. Either continue helping them or let them try on their own! Continue chatting about what you are doing (“Look at the potato squashing the paint!”, “What is the shape the potato is making? Look at the edges, aren’t they round).

If you’re feeling fancy, add an extra dot of paint to the middle and then sprinkle on the poppy seeds. These provide an extra sensory sensation too - let your baby feel these little, crunchy, parcels and chat about what they can see and feel.

This activity works well if/when your baby is at the highchair stage too!

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