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Puffy Paint

Mix equal parts flour/salt/and water….add food coloring.  Pour into squeeze jars and enjoy!  Its dries puffy and sparkly. [Things your child can learn from this activity - scooping, pouring, stirring, mixing, counting, smells, colors, textures, etc etc etc]

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Salad Spinner Art

Materials: Salad spinner Tempera paints Paper plates  Hair gel Brush a paper plate with hair gel.  Place the plate inside the salad spinner and squirt 3-4 colors onto plate.  Put the lid on the salad spinner and spin away!  You [...]

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Colored Rice/Pasta

1 Tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol or Vinegar Food Coloring or liquid watercolors  2 cups of Dry Rice or Pasta *Gel food coloring and liquid watercolors will produce vibrant colors. Directions: Add rubbing alcohol/vinegar and color to a quart size bag [...]

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Organization

A lot of you have been asking how we stay organized and have time to do our other responsibilities all while having precious play time with our kids.  Here are a few ideas that we hope help.   1.  I [...]

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Musical Salt

I titled this note Musical Salt because that is what my 2 year old son calls it.  For us (adults), this activity really doesn’t “do” anything, but for a child – well, the exploration can be endless.  Its mostly a [...]

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Sticky Box

Again, the title of this note is child-inspired.  This is another simple activity that allows for great creativity as well as thought provoking conversation and learning.  Things you will need:  a box, razor or knife, contact paper, tape, various items [...]

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Orzo

This recipe is from www.weelicious.com - a great site for recipes.  We love this one, in particular… Carrot, Broccoli & Cheese Orzo (serves 4) 1 Small Garlic Clove 1 Small Shallot 1 Cup Baby Carrots 1 Cup Broccoli Florets 2 Tbsp Unsalted [...]

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