This is my place for writing down ideas for teaching kids. You'll find things I have tried, things I am thinking about trying, and reviews of educational products. My own kids are young so most of the information is for preschool age children. I hope you find it useful.

Monday, February 1, 2010

play dough

I've been a bit lazy with the art lately, but I have done a few fun projects with my girls. One of the most fun has been homemade playdough. Once I convinced my two year old that it wasn't a snack... and that it wasn't gross to put your fingers in it... and that it isn't a fun idea to break it into bits and throw it on the floor... it was super fun. The best part is that it lasts for a long time once you make it. So you get lots of fun for a very small time investment. Here is the recipe that I used. I've been really happy with it. Be warned in advance that it takes a ton of salt.

You'll need:
Flour 3cups
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2TB.
Cream of tartar 1TB.
Food coloring few drops or unsweetened "Kool-Aid" 1pkg.

Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away
from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.
Store in an air tight container. (I use a zip-lock bag and it works great)

I got this recipe at I haven't explored their site too much but it looks like they have a lot of other fun stuff too. I must explore it eventually.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Green monster growls!

  This morning I've been learning how to make pop-up books. This type is super easy and fun! It took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and the results are delightful. You feel like you have made something so fancy! It looses something here because you can't see it in 3-D, but trust me. Here is a really good set of instructions. Have some fun with your kids today.