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Handful of Scribbles

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Oodles of Noodles

Owen loved glueing noodles to cardboard (I cut the side off of a cereal box). The next day, after it had dried he painted it.

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Super Goop

Super Goop
2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch
food coloring

Boil water in saucepan. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add food coloring and stir — adjust the amount of food coloring until you get the color you want. Remove from heat and cool. Let your child squish away.

Owen wasn’t a huge fan of the texture so he didn’t dive in with his hands like I thought he would. But he loved “baking” with it. It’s also safe if your little one gets carried away with his/her pretend cooking and decides to sample it.

When we was done with that I put it in a ziploc baggie and he loved squishing it in the bag.

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Creativity Central

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I’ve tried organizing all of our craft and art supplies before. This time around I made some room on the bookshelves (Ikea!) in our office and so far I think this has been the best solution. I was able to adjust the shelf heights to accommodate different sized containers and stacks of  construction paper, craft foam, felt, etc.  Plus it’s right next to the recycling bin which is full of things that are craft projects waiting to happen!

Owen loves the new craft corner. Everything is much more visible and easy to reach. Plus, everything has a place which makes it much easier for him to help with clean up. There is a great list of basic (and not so basic) art supplies on The Crafty Crow, which is also a good stop when you are looking for projects to create with young people. Okay, I think they are fun too 🙂

Owen's ready to work!

Owen's ready to work!

Who needs fancy containers? (peanut butter jars, tennis ball canisters, spice jars...)

Who needs fancy containers? (peanut butter jars, tennis ball canisters, spice jars...)

play dough, cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc. all on their own shelf.

play dough, cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc. all on their own shelf.

no more hunting for the scissors and glue

no more hunting for the scissors and glue

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Homemade Fun

Cornstarch Fingerpaint
3 T Sugar
1/2 cup Cornstarch
Medium saucepan
2 cups cold water
Muffin tin or small cups
Food coloring
Liquid dishwashing detergent

Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Turn heat on low, add cold water, and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide mixture into four or five portions, spooning into muffin tin sections. Add a few drops of food coloring and a drop of liquid dish soap to each portion. Stir and let cool before use. Store covered.

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Colored Playdough

1 cup water
1 T vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 T cream of tartar
Food coloring
Saucepan
1 cup flour

Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes the dough last 6 months or longer. Store in airtight container or freezer bag. Break out the rolling pin, cookie cutters… cowboys and indians?

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Not-so-mess Watercolors

All those pesky dried up markers.
Cup of water

Dip dried up markers in water… voila! Watercolors. Use until tips turn white, then you can use them as fine tipped paintbrushes. Way to recycle yo!

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ice cube bags

img_4781 I got this fun activity from The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner. All you need is an ice cube tray, water, red, yellow and blue food coloring and 3 ziploc bags.

Before we went outside to play I mixed water and food coloring (enough for 2 ice cubes of each color) and poured it into an icecube tray. After lunch I took the frozen colored ice cubes and places them in ziploc bags. Place a red and a yellow together, a red and a blue cube into the second and a yellow and blue into the third baggie. Owen had fun moving the ice cubes around in the bag and watching what happened as the two colors melted together. “It’s geeeem!” (green).

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Milk Jug and Clothes Pins

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I was running low on ideas the other day when the weather turned nasty and I’d already decided that it would be a no TV day. I gave Owen a clean milk jug and a dozen clothes pins…VOLA! A new game. We counted the clothes pins as we dropped them in. He loved the sound they made hitting the bottom, would shake the milk jug (big hit!), dump them out and start all over again. (I found a bag of plastic clothes pins at the thrift store for $.50. One of these days I’ll pick up some wooden ones from the hardware store).

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