Fun Activities to Try at Home

Pom Pom Launchers

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   Make a snowball launcher
   1.  Cut the bottom out of a paper cup
2.  Tie the end of a balloon in a knot
3.   Clip the very top part off of the balloon to make a hole
4.  Pull the balloon over the cup and tape it in place
5. Load your launcher with a pom-pom or marshmallow
6.  Pull the balloon knot and release!

 Warning: Addictive family fun ensues!
Please note: Balloons are a choking hazard for children.  Supervision is  required

Best Playdough Recipe Ever!

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You will need:

Dry ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt1 Tbsp alum (available at a drug store) or cream of tartarWet ingredients:
2 cups boiling water
3 Tbsp oil
1 package of Kool-Aid (use 2 packages for a deeper colour)

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  You can let your child count, measure and pour the dry ingredients.  Combine oil and boiling water in a large measuring cup.  Add the Kool-Aid to the water  (it makes a cool tornado!) Mix and then add to the dry ingredients.  Stir carefully.  Kneed playdough to combine (it will be hot so an adult should so this.)  If it is sticky, add more flour.

When done playing, playdough can be kept in a ziploc bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.


Shaving Cream Snow Painting

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Create a picture of a cool, snowy afternoon without having to step outside! A great sensory activity for children of all ages!

You will need: 
· Shaving cream (foam)
· White glue
· Construction paper
· Food coloring (optional)
· Small plastic bowl (one per color)
· Small paintbrush (or Q-tips)

What to do:

  • If you’d like your snow painting to have color, mix a small amount of glue with a drop of food coloring in a plastic bowl. If you’d like your painting to appear white, do not add any food coloring to the glue.
  •  Add an equal amount of shaving cream to the colored glue.
  •  Make a new mixture for each color you’d like to paint.
  •  Use the paintbrush or a Q-tip to paint pictures with the shaving cream on a piece of construction paper.
  •  Let the picture dry.


When the picture has dried, the shaving cream will be puffy — just like real snow!


GOOP!

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You will need:

Cornstarch
Water
Food Colouring

This is a simple activity that provides hours of exploring and tactile enjoyment.
Add coloured water slowly to cornstarch and stir. The consistency should be solid when held, and gooey when released. As it dries you can add more water.

You should contain goop to a bin with 4 sides to reduce mess.  


Evan’s Granola bars

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Evan’s Mom brought these to a Mother Goose pot-luck and they were a bit hit!  Easy for kids to help make, nutritious and delicious!

In a large bowl mix:
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup slivered almonds (or pumpkin seeds)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips

Add 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter and 1 tin of low fat sweetened condensed milk.  Mix well.  Spread out on a greased cookie sheet.  Pat down.  Bake at 325                                                                          for 20 – 25 mins.  Cool and cut into squares or rectangles.