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Silly Putty

IMG_6548Silly Putty

3/4 cup Elmer’s white glue

1/2 cup liquid starch

Food coloring

Directions: Put glue in bowl and slowly add starch. Knead with your hands. Add food coloring to make different colors. You need to knead it for a long time. Just when you think you ruined it and it won’t turn out it starts to form the putty. Store in a baggie for continued play.

Warnings about silly putty from wikihow.com website:

1) Keep away from cloth surfaces. Putty sticks to clothing and cannot easily be removed.

2)Avoid swallowing the putty. The ingredients aren’t edible.

3)Some do-it-yourself silly putty recipes call for the use of borax. Be aware that borax has been deemed “toxic for reproduction” and is on the EU’s Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) list.[2]

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The Colorful Balloons Game

IMG_7088 The Balloon Color Game:

Blow up many different colors of balloons. Place scotch tape upside down in a band around the hand taping it to itself. Then yell out a color. Your child(ren) will try to stick as many balloons of that color onto their hands. The one with the most balloons wins. Great way to teach colors and to learn counting.

Variation: try scotch tape on other areas of the body like a leg, foot, or rear-end to make it more of a challenge. Don’t use duct-tape or stronger tape or it will pop the balloons when you try to take the balloon off.

Mattress Slide

Mattress Slide is an activity that my 3-year-old came up with.

We lay his twin mattress on top of the recliner in his room. We have also used an inflatable mattress and leaned it against a couch.

Don’t forget the pile of soft blankets at the bottom or it isn’t quite so much fun.

Mr. Funny Felt Face

Mr. Funny Felt Face is a fantastically fun way to for little ones to figure out parts of their face. 🙂

I cut out felt and as I lay it down I would touch the corresponding body part. I’d say “eye” and then touch his eye. Okay, maybe it was more his eyelid that I touched than eye.

I love how he put Mr. Funny Face together. Future Picasso?

A Children’s Game I Made Up When I Was Bored.

I love workbooks and activity sheets to teach my kids numbers, letters, colors, etc. But for the most part when you have little ones they don’t want to just sit in a chair and work quietly on a sheet of paper. So as I sat there and watched my 3-year-old continue to get into mischief I decided he needed to play a game. We have been working on numbers so it was going to be a number game. I saw post-it notes sitting next to the desk and a marker so I wrote the numbers: 3,5,7,9. I stuck each number to a different wall and had my son stand in the middle of the room. When I called out a number he would have to run to the wall and get to it before I did. If you have multiple kids this would really be a fun game, except my 13 month old didn’t really understand the rules. If you have older children you could yell out addition or subtraction problems and they would have to run to the answer. So many possibilities.

Must Read Monday: What I’m Thankful For

There is no author name or description for this book because you are going to make it. You can use a notebook or construction paper. The title of this book is: What I’m Thankful For. Have your kids draw pictures and you can write down in words what they tell you. The most meaningful book about Thanksgiving is one you make yourself with your kids.

Scrabble for Kids

Scrabble for Kids:

My son really wanted to play with our Scrabble game the other day so we made up a 3-year-old version. I would yell out a letter and he would have to find all the tiles with that letter on it. Afterwards, he would count how many letters he found to get points. If you don’t have a scrabble game you could use Boggle or another letter game or just cut out pieces of paper and write letters on them. What is not fun about this game is when the 3-year-old beats you.

Modeling Clay to Play and on a table Lay and to have a fun Day.

Modeling Clay

(Makes 1 1/2 cups)

– 1 Cup Baking Soda

-1/2 Cup Cornstarch

-3/4 Cup Water

-Food coloring

In a medium sauce pan over low head combine all ingredients except for food coloring. Heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequenting until it thickens. You need to stir constantly toward the end of that time when it begins to thicken. It will look like mashed potatoes. Spread clay on a work surface that has cornstarch sprinkled down. *Careful the clay is hot after being on the stove top!* When cooled, knead it until it becomes clay. You can separate it and add food coloring to make different colors. If you let a clay sculpture dry overnight it will be hard in the morning. Place leftover clay in an airtight container and refrigerate.

If you mix clay like my son did with our yellow clay it makes it look tye-dyed.

Teaching Shapes: Pumpkin-style

Teaching shapes: pumpkin-style is a fun way to put a Halloween/Fall twist on learning shapes. If you child is old enough have them draw the shapes, but if they are too young you can cut out different shapes and ask them to put them on the pumpkin. If you want to go the more messy, more expensive, injury-inducing, ER visit style you can use real pumpkins and a real knife.

Teaching Colors

 This is a fun way for teaching colors to little ones. I cut out people from felt, and then cut out their accessories out of felt. Use all different colors to dress them. You can make 3 different colored shirts, pants, hats, etc. Ask your child to put the yellow shirt on the man. Ask your child to put the purple dress on the woman. Also a good time to discuss some obvious differences between men and women. Hopefully you are more artistic than me and a better tailor since my clothes don’t fit my people.