Showing posts with label preschool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label preschool. Show all posts

June 26, 2014

How to Make 5 Minute Play Dough

I've been having a lot of fun this summer doing "Mommy School" with the kids.  My kids are getting a little older and it's really fun to sit down together each day and work on different fun schooly things together.  I used to be an elementary teacher, so these kind of things appeal to me.

I only have school for about two hours a day. I like to have the kids practice writing, doing some math, then we work on some fun project together, they have "recess" aka play outside, then we have lunch together. And that's it.  Fun right?

Well yesterday our "fun project" was making play dough together.

As a kid we used to make play dough all the time and I just loved it.  So it's always fun to do it with my kids as well.

Here's the recipe we followed:


1/2 c. salt
1 c. flour
2 tbs. cream of tartar
1 Tbs. oil
1 c. water
food coloring


Mix the salt, flour, cream of tartar, and oil in a pan.  Mix in water and stir well with wire whisk.  Place pan on stove and cook 2 - 3 minutes on medium heat.  Stir constantly.  When the mixture becomes thick and no longer mixes with wire whisk, remove from heat.  Knead the dough.  
When desired texture is achieved, divide dough up and add food coloring.  Mix well with hands.  Enjoy!  

Then I just let the kids play!

They had lots of fun.
And no, nobody ate any-- just pretending here.

I sat down and played with the kids, too.

Once you're done, wrap these up in baggies and stored in the fridge for another day of fun.

Also, I will note I usually always make my kids do play dough on top of cookie sheets, so there's a lot less clean up after-- but apparently I lost my mind and forgot to make them this time.  I remembered once I started cleaning up-- why I always make them play on cookie sheets.

November 12, 2012

Little Turkeys

One of my favorite decorations each year for Thanksgiving is making Turkeys using my little kiddos hands.  So last week during our preschool time the two youngest and I made these. 

Always a simple favorite.

November 8, 2012

T-Rex and a Snakie

There's a lot of things that are not fun about living away from Grandma and Grandpa.  But one teeny fun thing is that on your birthday, if you're a kid around here, you get sent a special birthday note with a whole $5 bill inside.  Score!

Me and this cute big boy were at Hobby Lobby the other day when he spied just the thing to spent his bounty on.  At $1.99 each, he even had enough money to buy his own paint-- which Mama is a big fan of.  Sometimes I get tired of sharing all my fun art with well meaning, yet sloppy kids. I really liked the paint set we got him because it was meant for outdoor projects so it sealed everything up real nice.

So last week we covered up the table and got painting.   Sister was especially excited to try out the watercolors.  I love the concentration they both devoted to each stroke.

He had Such a great time painting his T-Rex and Snakie.  And now they're all set and ready to play.

What a fun project, indeed.

August 12, 2011

August 8, 2011

Feelings, nothing more than feelings.

Here's my last 'shout out' to Ready! Set! School! that I talked about earlier.
This is also an activity we did two summers ago.  Most of these early posts are of projects I did quite a while ago.  I wanted to share these old ones first-- then I'll get onto the new ones.  So my boy here is once again almost three (he's now almost 5).

One of the activities talks about feelings and how to identify them and express them.

While we were having this lesson we made finger puppets together out of felt to show our emotions.  I cut them out and he helped me glue them together.  I also showed him how I wanted all the mouths to be and he drew them on.

Luckily, most of the emotions I see from this sweet boy is happy and excited.

August 4, 2011


Are you familiar with the website Ready! Set! School! ?
  It's a Really cool website designed to help Utah children get ready for school.  On there they have terrific ideas for activities to do with your child to prepare them for kindergarden.  My oldest will be starting school in exactly three weeks-- Yikes!

One day we decided to do the counting activity.  On there it talks about using a die to count objects around the home.

I could of used a normal die we already had on hand, but I thought it would be so much more fun to make our own.  

We called Grandpa up and asked if he had any extra wood laying around and if he would mind cutting it into a square cube for us.  He obliged and made it far more fancy than I could have imagined, including being perfectly sanded, stained, and having my boy's initials in the side.

Once we got it I added circles on each side, following a real die.

My boy was in charge of picking each color and painting the circles.  I let him use his finger, since he has better control that way, than with a paint brush.

Even though the circles are not quite Exact as I would wish, they show the great personality of the almost 3 year old that made them.  

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood