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Oobleck Anyone?

July 9, 2011
Oobleck Anyone?

Looking for something fast and very fun?  I’ve never had a group of children (or adults) that don’t enjoy playing, touching and experimenting with this mixture.  It has many names; Oobleck, Slime, Glurch or Goop and is like Silly Putty. The name Oobleck comes from Dr. Seuss story “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. Reading the...
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Totem Pole Animals

July 7, 2011
Totem Pole Animals

Totem Poles Whether it is done simply for the fun of it or to learn more about history of other cultures making a totem pole is easy and fun to do.  Your child can pick animals they feel give them strength, courage, wisdom or just their favorites to make for their totem pole. Or...
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Cooking With Your Kids!

February 22, 2011
Cooking With Your Kids!

Animal House Monkey Peeler from Amazon.com Cooking with Kids I just read an article about cooking with your kids and the unknown benefit this mom found in March 2011 titled Eat, Play, Love! in Parenting Magazine.  The author had “tried everything: encouragement, wheedling, bribes, threats, explanations.  Nothing worked!”  She stumbled upon putting her son...
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Colonial America Cooking – Boston Brown Bread and Churned Butter

December 20, 2010
Colonial America Cooking – Boston Brown Bread and Churned Butter

This is a classic all-American bread recipe. Materials: 4 x 8 loaf pan, grease and flour the pan 1/2 t. baking soda 1/2 c. rye flour 1 t. baking powder 1/2 c. cornmeal 1/2 t. salt 1 c. all-purpose white flour 1 c. buttermilk 1/3 c. molasses 3 T. melted butter 2 eggs Steps...
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A Chef Hat to Help Create the Mood

December 9, 2010
A Chef Hat to Help Create the Mood

Chef Hats for our Cooking Adventure We made chef hats together with our students.  They loved wearing them and they were so easy to make. Materials: a piece of stiff white paper (we used paper from the Scrap  Box) big enough to around the head a piece of white tissue paper stapler clear tape...
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Colonial America Craft – Soap Whittling

November 29, 2010
Colonial America Craft – Soap Whittling

Soap Whittling Whittling wood was a past time in colonial times that required nothing but a knife and a stick or piece of wood.  In this version we are using a bar of soap and a plastic knife to make it soap whittling, perfect for children. Materials: Bars of soap Plastic Knives Steps: Using...
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Harry Potter – Trading Cards

November 26, 2010
Harry Potter – Trading Cards

Harry Potter Trading Cards My reading group is enjoying reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and to capitalize on their interest we are making trading cards for the characters.  The group discussed what is usually on a trading card and how they should do them.  It was interesting to watch them decide to...
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Colonial America Craft – Sampler

October 31, 2010
Colonial America Craft – Sampler

Samplers Samplers were a way to show how well a child could sew. Learning to sew and embroider was necessary for making clothes, napkins and linens. Samplers usually had a short verse, the child’s name and date on it and were finished with a border using a variety of stitches. There are 2 versions...
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Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

October 30, 2010
Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

  The Art of Stenciling Paint was scarce in colonial times. Stenciling was a way to decorate bare walls and furniture that didn’t require much paint. The pineapple was a traditional symbol of colonial hospitality. Materials needed: Colonial pineapple pattern paper plate for the paint scissors sponge -cut into 2 for 2 colors or...
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Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris

October 19, 2010
Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris

Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris Materials: the “board” can be made on the sidewalk, in dirt or on cardboard 9 playing pieces for each person – stones, seeds, buttons… Steps to make the game: The game board can be drawn in the sand, with chalk on the pavement or on cardboard. The...
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