Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Homemade Play-Doh

Taken from Raising Arizona Kids

Playing with Play-Doh

by John Bomhoff, Art Studio Manager

The Children's Museum of Phoenix knows that you are never too old to play with Play-Doh!

Ages: Preschool and above.

Materials: Play-Doh (recipe follows), plastic cookie cutters and utensils, rolling pin and objects to press into the Play-Doh (sea shells, stones, beads, sequins etc.).

Play Doh Recipe: (coutesy of Josie Young, founding member of CMoP)

4 cups flour
2 cups salt
4 cups water
8 tsp cream of tartar
6 Tbsp cooking oil
food coloring
peppermint or almond extract (optional)

Mix dry ingerdients together in a large pot. Add oil, water and food coloring. Mix throughly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the dough starts to form and pulls away from the side of the pot. Remove from stove and let cool. When completely cool, you can knead in peppermint or almond extract to scent.

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Teachable moments

This activity is an excellent way to introduce children to the primary and secondary colors. If you wish to do that, add the color at the end of the process. After kneading, divide your dough into two halves. Choose two of the primary colors (red and blue, red and yellow, yellow and blue). Color each half with one of the primary colors. As the child works with the dough they will create the secondary colors (purple, orange, or green). If the dough is wrapped in a damp paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag, it will keep in the refrigerator for 10 days. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Church Crazy Carnival

We had a great time today at the Crazy Carnival Day at the church. We were suppose to dress crazy. So people did an exceptional job, we just got some huge glasses and sprayed our hair with glitter. The kids had a great time with the games, balloon pop, balloon animals (swords), and snow-cones! It was a great time spent with family and friends. We were one of the last ones to leave and the kids were sad because they wanted to stay and play with their friends.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

MY little WORKING MAN

While I was sick, the kids spent lots of time with Justin outside. Justin was working on his truck a lot. The other day during nap time, I heard Jeremiah yell out "Mommy, I broke my bed!" I didn't respond because he was suppose to be napping. Shortly after he yelled again "Mommy, my bed broke, but I fix it" Then a little later "Mommy, my bed not fixed yet" I decided to go check on him, and this is what I saw.

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(ha ha… Jeremiah just saw this picture and said “That’s Jeremiah working on Daddy’s truck” So I was right, he had been watching and now copying daddy)

Jeremiah helping Dad

Jeremiah helping dad work on our bookshelf!

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