Friday, October 26, 2012

Home Made Fun

         Home-made Playdough - I found this recipe on the internet.  My mom always made us playdough when I was a kid but she used cream of tartar. I haven't been able to find that. What I really like about this recipe was that I could use lemon juice instead of the cream of tartar.  Here is the recipe:
1 c flour
1 c water
2 tsp of lemon juice
1/4 c of salt
2 tsp of oil
Mix together, should look like pancake batter.

Separate into bowls for the number of colors you want to make.  I made two colors with the amounts in this                                           recipe. Each girl got 1/2 a color for their own use and it was plenty.

Add as much food coloring as you like to each bowl to get the color you wish. ( I did green and orange to make pumpkins for Halloween.)

One color at a time, pour mixture into a sauce pan and heat on medium for 5-10 mins until it balls up.  If it is really sticky, keep cooking. It may still be a little sticky but should get less as it cools. It will be hot!!!

Place on a plate to cool. Then it is time to play!

A few notes:  Do NOT get it wet or it will get very sticky and make a huge mess. It will get on your hands so if you need to wash them in the middle of playing be sure to dry them extremely well.

If the playdough does get a little wet or just gets really sticky, you can add a small amount of flour to the work surface and roll the ball of playdough in it.  Be aware if you use too much flour it will dry out and get hard.

Store in an airtight container like a baggie. It will still eventually get hard, but it's easy to make so throw it out and make some more.

To get the remnants off of the work space, it will stick to a work space so choose your work space carefully, rub your hand over the playdough stuck to the surface to ball it up and then use the big ball of playdough to pick up the little pieces.

Sorting and Opposites

              I cut and colored the pumpkins and cut out the fence and glued them all to a green paper. Then I put one large pumpkin at the top and one small pumpkin at the bottom for examples.  Next I picked a pumpkin, varying the order and used a glue stick on the back to make it sticky.  I asked Gosling if it was big or little and Where does it go? She then placed all of the pumpkins in the correct spot all by herself. I was one very proud Mommie!