A few weekends ago
I was avoiding cleaning the house the boys needed something new and different to occupy their time so we decided to make home made playdough!
Ingredients for this classic playdough recipe:
- plain white flour – 1 cup
- salt – 0.5 cups
- cream of tartar – 2 tsp (you can substitute 2 tbsp of baking soda)
- water – 1 cup
- cooking oil – 1 tsp (if you use baking soda, add 1 tbsp of oil instead of 1 tsp)
- food coloring
Directions for this classic playdough recipe:
- Mix all the ingredients together with a fork in a mixing bowl until the mixture is smooth and one solid color
- Pour the mixture into a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Stir until smooth and then until playdough bunches up to form a ball
- Take it out of the pan and allow the playdough to cool
- Knead for a few minutes and store in an airtight container
After I mixed all the ingredients together, it was a smooth texture like this:
and then as it begin to boil it started to thinken and turned into this:
We added some food color (as selected by the artists themselves) and soon we were having a great time creating our masterpieces.
Their ultimate mission ended with creating a long snake that wrapped around the entire kitchen table. It started with this one and then continued on in a variety of colors.
The playdough was easy to make and provided the boys with several hours of playdough fun! This is a project we’ll definitely be doing again soon.
I’ve been seeing these all over Pinterest and I would credit whomever came up with it originally, but I have no idea. I’ve seen it pinned with various photos to various blogs for the past several weeks now and I knew I just had to do this for the boys for their Valentine’s cards.
How cute are they?!
Cheesy grins and all.
Making them is simple. Take a photo with your kiddo’s fist out in front of them. If they have a difficult time with following directions and understanding why they are making a fist with nothing in it (as mine sometimes does), then you can always place a lollipop in their hand, pose them, and then pull the lollipop out of their hand.
Once you have your photo, you can add some simple graphics in whichever design software you use. I use Photoshop CS4, added a heart, a banner and some text. Simple and quick. Then I ordered my prints!
After receiving my prints I added two hole punches on the top and bottom of their fists and inserted the lollipop.
I simply love these. And my boys too of course.
For more Valentine card options, please visit My Hello Designs and let me do the work for you!
I love this idea. How cute will this be hanging in our foyer?
Which one do you like best? I can’t decide.
I like the idea of the image above the clouds since we met on a Delta flight, but I’m thinking I might be leaning towards staying with the whole map theme. I used Denver, CO as the where we met since that is where we were both living at the time and we were both flying back home. Although we really met in Ohio as we both boarded the same flight.
What do you think? Which one would you go with?
Today, Ryan drew a picture of himself wearing headphones.
And then he asked for more paper so he could draw more of his family.
He drew mommy…
He drew daddy…
He drew Owen, but as he explained, he didn’t give him hair because he’s our baby still. And no glasses either because he said he didn’t know how to draw glasses…
And then he drew Grandpa. You know the one that lives with Grandma far, far away (as he explained to me).
And last he drew Grandma. You know, the grandma that lives with that Grandpa (pointing at the other picture); the Grandma with the curly hair (notice the curls on the picture).
I love this kid.
I am over the moon excited to have been asked to participate as a judge for the Strawberry Shortcake Summer Spectacular Drawing Contest! As part of my participation as a guest judge, they are also providing my readers with a giveaway! The gift pack will include a Hasbro Berry Blends Strawberry Shortcake Doll, a Hasbro Lemon Meringue 3” Mini Doll and a Strawberry Shortcake DVD.
The six-week long contest which begins August 3 is a celebration of summer and everyone’s berry best friend Strawberry Shortcake! Whether your child went to camp, the beach or just hung out in the backyard this summer, we want to see it! Simply download a coloring sheet from AGKIDZONE.COM and have your child color Strawberry Shortcake into their favorite activity this summer. Each week a new winner will be chosen and will receive a Strawberry Shortcake prize package of $75 worth of toys, DVDs and back-to-school items. How berry-spectacular is that?
I encourage you all to download your sheets and start coloring!
Now for the giveaway…
The gift pack will include a Hasbro Berry Blends Strawberry Shortcake Doll, a Hasbro Lemon Meringue 3” Mini Doll and a Strawberry Shortcake DVD.
Entering is easy and there are multiple chances to win.
- Follow Typical Suburban Family via GFC, email or RSS feed (all in right sidebar)
- Visit the Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Summer Contest page and let me know that you downloaded the coloring sheet (2 entries)
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- Leave a comment telling me what your favorite summer activity was this year.
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Leave a comment for each of the above that you do. Remember that some of them can be done multiple times for additional ways to win!
This giveaway ends August 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Random.org will be used to determine a winner who will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen. Open to US residents only. Good luck!
Disclosure: American Greetings, agkidzone and DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs provided me with the above prizes for hosting this giveaway. They will also provide the giveaway prizes directly to the winner. I was not compensated for this post or to participate as a guest judge.
Not that long ago, Ryan’s drawings were scribbles. He didn’t understand staying inside the lines and he made the entire page one color.
He would explain to me that a scribble on a blank paper was a whale or train or helicopter. And of course I would ohhhhh and awwwwww over every one of them. My little man was so talented!
Then the other day he casually walks up to me and said, “Momma. I drew a picture of me and O-wee**. See?”
OMG! When did THIS happen? When did your pictures start looking like the person, animal or object you say is in it?
Seriously? When did you grow up Ryan? I feel like it happened overnight…
** Side note: the first one is Owen and Ryan was a little frustrated because he tried to draw glassed on him and he said it was too hard and messed up the picture. The second one is Ryan and he gave himself rosy cheeks because it was hot outside and he was running around like a crazy boy. Love it!
How cute is this Spring craft for Disney Family Fun? What a great little gift for teachers, a neighbor or a friend… a bouquet of lollipop flowers!
- Scrapbooking paper or card stock
- For each, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock.
- Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.
While I have been busy preparing Jeremiah’s “school year” (he is 3 1/2 so it’s pretty loose, focus on basics – ABCs, 123s, colors (secondary ones, he knows all primary and few others), shapes (again, knows the basic ones) and starting some writing; I have found the coolest websites ever!!
It is sooo hard to start mentioning any that I have recently subscribed to/bookmarked for fear of leaving out someone. But I will always give credit where credit is due.
I already knew what I wanted to do this year. It’s just that I was bookmarking so many sites for each thing. Then I found everything I wanted in one place. How cool is that? Erica has developed Letter of the Week Curriculum. And I absolutely LOVE what I see. For each letter, there are tons of activities. And I especially love the writing printables. They include a pre-writing exercise, a phonetic picture and then the upper and lower case letters with the directional arrows to help. Not overwhelming and all on one sheet. I decided to buy the download which is only $10 and I get it now. I am pretty impatient. Plus, if I get so much resources from one place, I like to pay them something, otherwise, even if it’s free, I feel like I am stealing. But she clearly states they are free and you can daily go and print what you need. I just like to get it all done at once and have it in one place.
Then I found how to make one of our favorite all time toys – an I Spy shaker. I remember years ago finding this cool toy at a toy boutique and bought it for an upcoming trip. Kept the kids busy in the car for hours. This is a homemade version and I put all the letters of the alphabet and numbers 0-9 in it. This awesome idea came from Mama-Jenn here.
First, I laid out all the goodies: an empty plastic jar, glue, rice and what you are going to put in the shaker. I found these plastic alphabet charms (realized when opened, they also contain numbers!) at Walmart. I think it was less than $4 and I have enough to make bunches. (I am thinking door prize at my next homeschool mom’s meeting, and Christmas presents for the nephews).
Then of course, you have to dig out the entire alphabet letters. Here, I discovered that I also had numbers and grabbed those out too. Fill the jar about 3/4 with rice, then add your letters/number (think shapes, animals, whatever else you can find – it’s like a scavenger hunt in a jar!). Screw the lid on and determine if you need to add more rice, remember there needs to be room to shake the rice around. I opted to leave about 1 inch of space.
Then I decided that I really like the charms. I didn’t like the little holder on top but these were all I could find. So I tried to see if I could cut of the tips. And I could!! very easily too.
I ended up adding the tips back to the jar just to add a little extra color.
Once it is exactly how you want it, glue the lid on. You really don’t want a preschooler opening this and spilling it out everywhere.
I am soo,soooo, sooooo happy with this. Even the older kids are having fun with it.
Thanks Mama-Jenn for the fabulous idea. And she has tons others!!
This was posted by guest blogger Adena. Adena blogs over at Food, Fun and Fotos (http://www.foodfunandfotos.com/) and is a homeschool mom of five kids (ranging from 4 to 21!). She is trying to juggle being a part time college student, working at home and all of her varied hobbies – sewing, crafts, baking, photography. Right now she is consumed with a weight loss challenge – 100 lbs to lose, please send encouragement to her!
Thanks for your guest blog post Adena. I cannot wait to make this with the boys. They’ll love it!
Since it was 74 degrees in Atlanta yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate to finally write up our snow globe adventure. I mean, 74 degrees and snow globes go hand in hand don’t they??
This is one of the projects we took on while we were snowed in. And earlier this week I realized I never shared this with you all.
I had been wanting to make them for awhile, but every time we would attempt the project something would go wrong.
First it was the hot glue gun was not charged.
Then I couldn’t find the glitter.
And so forth.
But being snowed in for a week allowed us to accomplish one of our winter craft projects.
We started with the following supplies….
It’s a great way to recycle some old baby food jars. I’d been saving a bunch for the last few years not sure when I’d use them or what I would need them for. This was the perfect little project!
Then we glued our animals to the bottom of the jar.
We added glitter (a little too much actually). And we had a slight accident.
Weeks later I’m still finding glitter in the hardwood floors. Luckily I’m not still finding it on Owen. I thought our supervisor would have done a better job by not allowing such an accident, but I was wrong.
We added water and glued the lid on tightly. Then we glued on some fabric and cut it to fit.
And wa-la! Our very own snow globes.
Disregard the sleeping goat. He quickly came unglued when we added the water because only his for hooves were glued down. I recommend using something that has a solid base that can hold more glue.
All in all a fun little project to do on a rainy (or in our case snowy/icy) day.