Airplanes, Watermelon, and Edible Sand

This week was loads of fun for mommy & her sidekicks! Daddy even enjoyed hearing our tales and seeing pictures as we recounted our adventures over dinner!

August 19th was National Aviation Day. To celebrate, I found these little airplanes on Pinterest. (Love me some Pinterest!!)


They were super easy to make. Ingredients as you can see were simple…grapes, cheese, graham crackers, and carrots. I used toothpicks the first two times I made them, but by the third time I got tired of poking the grapes with toothpicks, only to turn around and take them off so the sidekick could dig in. The sidekick isn’t a big fan of raw carrots which made the four-legged sidekick, Indy, very happy! After the first day, we just left the propeller off and fed Indy a few carrot pieces.

Getting the carrots out of the way!

Getting the carrots out of the way!

After our snack, we pretended to fly around the living room like airplanes. Indy even joined in, by chasing us airplanes around barking (I’m sure the neighbors loved that…oops…)

August 3rd was National Watermelon Day. I had planned to celebrate that day with a little watermelon play dough, but with such gorgeous warm weather earlier in August, we took full advantage of the pool. This last week the weather was cooler (and I finally remembered to pick up cream of tarter), so we whipped up a batch. I used the actual watermelon flavored jello mix… boy, oh boy does it smell delicious!

Watermelon Play doughWe did a lot of play with number cutters, and a rolling pin that came from a play dough tub we bought at Kroger several months ago. By the end of the week, the sidekick enjoyed just rolling little pieces into balls, and then into worms. I love pushing his abilities to see what he picks up, and marveling at how quickly he masters each new challenge!

Watermelon Play dough

I took the advice of the blog and stored the play dough in the fridge. We pulled it out several times throughout the week and enjoyed hours of fun.

Edible Sand Bin

We had a little free time on Thursday morning and a pile of graham crackers, so we throw them in the food processor (we made sure to keep out enough for our afternoon airplane snack though) for some edible sand. I throw some dinosaurs and trucks that I found at the Dollar Tree into the bin, but the measuring cups, and can strainer won out. I did get a slight copycat dinosaur roar out of the sidekick between scoops…but try as I may I couldn’t get him to play with the dinosaurs or trucks. Oh well, more toys for mommy to play with 🙂 LOL! He’s just all about the scooping and spilling and transferring from one container to another.


Once the sidekick found out that the “sand” was edible, it was all over. Between scooping it into the measuring cup, fingers found their way to his mouth. It was hilarious to watch! If you have a kiddo that likes graham crackers, maybe keep some bigger pieces, that can be snacked on as play commences.

When we were done playing, I throw the leftover “sand” in a ziplock bag and tossed it into our go to toddler entertainment drawer for future play.


Discovering the world with this little guy…that’s my life! And I wouldn’t trade it for the world!


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