20. Make Play Dough!
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Play Dough Recipe
1 cup flour
1 cup water
½ cup salt
1 T. vegetable oil
2 t. cream of tartar
Stir all ingredients together in a medi-
um-size saucepan. Stir over medium heat
until the mixture pulls away from the pan
(or microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes
stirring every minute until it is too hard
to stir). Knead for a few minutes on a dry
surface. (Be careful! It is HOT!) Store in
an airtight container (reclosable plastic
bag or container with tight-fitting lid).
This play dough is even better than the
store-bought kind. Help each child make
a batch, and experiment with colors.
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cap, cup, basket, small box, jar, etc.).
Then check it out and see who is closest!
17. First Counting Game: Roll a large
die or spin a spinner. Name the number
rolled. Count that number of items. Put
them in a large container. Cheer a lot,
clap, and encourage your child! When
the container is full, the game is won!
18. Dress Up! Fill a trunk or a large
cardboard box with scrounged extra
clothing. Be sure to have wigs, hats, and
scarves, purses, bags, and shoes, as well
as skirts, shirts, aprons, and whatever you
can find. Children will have hours of fun
trying things on and making new outfits.
They’ll add many props over the years.
Keep the camera and camcorder handy!
19. Who can resist a parade? An impromptu parade is always fun. Line up
and march around the house or yard.
Use costumes, decorated tricycles or bicycles, or pets on a leash to make it even