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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Project Fun Friday

Imaginative Play

We all know that wet weather and children inside for days usually creates a lot of pent up energy.

A creative mind and a house full of items can turn an afternoon into an expressive, fun-filled time.

A kitchen ladle, a broom stick, cordless telephone or remote control, bed sheets hung over a rope and some of mom or dads fancy clothes and you have got the workings of a KARAOKE NIGHT CLUB.

Just add some fun music and you are off to a great start.

You might have the next American Idol in the making!

A small tent set up in the living room becomes a BIG ADVENTURE!

Add blankets, pillows, books, a tackle box filled with juice boxes, gold fish and apple slices and your little adventurer is set to go.

This is the perfect place to nap too! Don't have a tent? Use blankets draped over two twin beds or the dining room table also makes a great tent-like structure.

How about a MAGIC SHOW?

A cool hat, cards, magic wand, a colorful scarf, a bow tie, a small stool and a table cloth or towel draped over it and you
have the makings of the perfect magic show.

Let your little magician entertain you!

A big stack of cards, any cards, makes the perfect time to practice eye hand coordination and build the perfect HOUSE OF CARDS.

You may have to give your little one some help on this one, but I am sure it will only make it even more fun for your child.
No cards? Use blocks.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Project Fun Friday - Floaters & Sinkers

A large clear bowl or
2 liter soda bottle, 4" cut off of the top
Items that float
Items that sink

This is a basic science project that will require items you already have in your home and will engage your child to use their thought process to determine which of the items will float or sink.

Have your child choose one item from the tray.

Before they place the item in the bowl ask them questions about the item.

What is the item you have chosen?
How do we use this everyday?
Is it heavy of light?
Do you think this will float or sink in the bowl?

Have you child place the item in the bowl.

Ask more questions.
Did the item float or sink?
Where you correct about your original guess?

Record the results on your chart.

The great thing about this project is that its FREE, it doesn't require you to purchased anything, it takes little time to prepare, and it is a fun project your little one will like and best of all it gets them to think.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Project Fun Friday ~ Pumpkin Pie Squares

Pumpkin Pie Squares

1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Rolled Oats

2 Eggs

3/4 cup Sugar

1 ~ 15oz can Pumpkin

1 ~ 12 oz can Evaporated Milk

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar.
Mix in flour. Fold in the oats.

Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes, until set.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the white sugar.
Beat in the pumpkin and evaporated milk.

Mix in the salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
Pour the mixture over the baked crust.

Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, until set.

Let the pie cool before cutting into squares.

I make this recipe the night before I want to serve it. I cool it and cover it with Saran Wrap and I cut it into squares the next day. The squares come out of the pan with a very nice cut edge with this process.

If you don't like the idea of the oatmeal try using the same measurement with a ground graham crackers.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Project Fun Friday - Play Dough


2 Cups White Flour
2 Cups Water, tinted with food coloring

1 Cup Salt

2 Tablespoons vegetable Oil

1 Tablespoon Cream of Tarter
1 Set of Plastic Gloves

Plastic Bag or Air Tight Container

Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat; stirring constantly until the mixture holds together.

Remove the pan from the heat and set aside until the play dough is cool enough to handle.

Turn out the play dough on to a waxed-paper-lined counter top or stain resistant surface and knead the dough for 2 to 5 minutes.

Store in a plastic bag or air tight container for up to 2 weeks or less.

* Cream of Tarter can be found in the spice aisle of your supermarket