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Month: December 2011

Easy Homemade Play Dough

December 29, 2011
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What you need: •1 cup flour •½ cup salt •1 cup water •1 tablespoon cooking oil •food coloring or tempera Optional: 1 tablespoon cream of tartar or alum (Cream of tartar gives the play dough a silky texture. Alum is a preservative that will allow your play dough to be kept longer.) What you do: Mix all…

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Family Traditions- Are They Meaningful?

December 20, 2011
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Family traditions are those little rituals that are passed down from generation to generation.  The greatest thing about family traditions is that they don’t need to cost a dime.  It’s the little things, not the big things that are remembered over time. I fondly remember helping my grandmother make Springerle cookies at Christmas. It was…

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Building with Gum Drops

December 14, 2011
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Want to try an unconventional building material for play? Gum drops, marshmallows, thin pretzel sticks, spaghetti and straws are all great building materials that challenge children to try making structures in a new way.  The softness of the gum drops and marshmallows make them easy to work with as connectors, and the ability to break…

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Decorations

December 6, 2011
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One very simple but beautiful decoration comes straight from the great outdoors. Gather a small piece of a bush or weed, approximately 12-15 inches tall, whichever has the most branches, and bring it indoors. Place it in a piece of planting mud or an old piece of Styrofoam. Spray it with snow and let it…

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The Picky Eater

December 1, 2011
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Who among us hasn’t encountered a picky eater at some time in our lives? A long-time friend of mine tried this trick when each of her children began eating table food. She would put food that children may turn their noses up at, only on hers and her husband’s plate. You know the foods. Broccoli,…

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