Friday, November 23, 2012

Stone Painting

Wanna a super cheap (free) painting experience for your kiddos?  Collect some rocks, make your own paint (HERE is a super, easy recipe using sugar, corn starch, water and food coloring), and there you go!
We read the story Stone Soup, made some stone soup using veggie broth, celery, carrots, potatoes and corn. Then we painted with stones to round out our theme.  The kids really "rocked" it! 


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Using Ice for Pre-Writing Skills

I am always amazed how the simplest things can keep children engaged for so long.  The kids in my care love, love, love to use the pipettes (or those little medicine droppers).  It is so great for strengthening those little muscles needed for writing, cutting and all those other fine motor skills they will use so much in Kindergarten.  All I did was put out some ice trays, colored water, and a tub of ice cubes.  They mixed colors, learned about volume, cause and effect, sharing, and loads of language!  So simple and so many skills being used!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Yummy Play Dough

Have you seen these Duncan Hines frosting flavors?  You can add them to frosting to create your own flavor of icing.  Well, I had picked up a couple different flavors (they are .99 at our local grocery store).  While making play dough for class one morning, I remember them sitting unused in the pantry and I imagined the yummy scent they would add to it.   Simply mix into your favorite play dough recipe.  It was a huge hit.  Use any flavor you wish, I didn't even add coloring to this batch.  
Here is my absolute favorite recipe....
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
Duncan Hines Frosting Creations packet
2 tsp cooking oil
1 1/2 cups of boiling water
a few drops of glycerin
Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the boiling water and oil
Mix it all until it forms a ball, you may need to add flour or more water as needed.
When it is all mixed, add a few drops of glycerin (you can find it in the medicine aisle at the grocery store, makes a huge difference in your play dough!  I highly recommend using it)
This play dough will last a long time.  Keep it in an airtight container, I use a zip lock bag!

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