• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup salt
• 1 tsp. Vegetable oil
• 1/2 tsp. Cream of tartar
• Food coloring (for color) and unsweetened Kool Aid (for Scent) optional
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

Step 1:
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until
the mixture holds together (keep mixing or it will stick to the bottom of the pan).
Step 2:
When the clay is cool enough to touch, your child can knead it on a floured
board.
Tips:  
This recipe's long drying time makes it most satisfying as a play dough (it's
easy to roll into ropes and balls), but sculptures will dry eventually. If stored in
an airtight container, this dough will last, refrigerated or unrefrigerated, for 2 to
4 weeks.  

Cinnamon Bear
You need:
simple bear shape (precut for younger ones)
cinnamon
sugar
liquid glue

Instructions:
1) mix sugar and cinnamon
2) have older children cut out bear shape
3) children can place glue anywhere on the bear and add cinnamon and sugar
mixture
4) glue poem to middle of bear so they can share with their parents

Cinnamon Bear Poem
Cinnamon, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Bear
Sitting on a kitchen chair.
Cinnamon sugar in a shaker.
Shake, shake, shake it Like a baker.

Sprinkle it on buttered toast.
It's the treat You'll love the most.
Cinnamon, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Bear,
Do you think that we may share?

Winter Crafts:

Make a Snow Gauge
Take an old clear plastic soda pop bottle and cut off the top half. Mark the
outside in centimeters or inches with a permanent laundry marker and place it
outside in a place where it can collect the falling snow. Measure how much
melted snow it takes to make water. Collect some snow in a container and
record the level of snow on the container. Let the snow melt. How much water
is there? Are you surprised at the difference?

Sparkle Snow Paint
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Mix together and put in a squeeze bottle. Squeeze doughy paint out on to black
construction paper. Make anything snowy, snowflakes, snowmen, - we made
snow covered mountains with the moon and northern lights. Let dry thoroughly
and it will sparkle. May also be painted (when dry) and allowed to dry again.
This is a great 3 dimensional effect for snow.

March
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' Birthday

The Cat in the Hat: Activities

Balance it
We read cat in the hat book - balanced the book then a tea cup and a few other
small items on our heads like the cat. Kids really loved this (they are only 3)

Cat in the Hat Hats
We also made Cat in the Hat hats out of paper plate (cut out middle and use
as the rim of the hat)and construction paper (white paper with cut out red
stripes) We did this activity on a rainy day.  

Cat in the Hat Relay
We make hats using black construction paper, and tails using old black
pantyhose, and then I give each child a paper plate and a paper cup on top.
Each child then carries the plate and cup with one hand to a specific point and
back, and then places their plate on top of the next person in line's plate, and
they carry two, and so on. The children love to practice balancing, and even
figure out how they can switch places, so that the older children carry more, so
they can make it through the whole line! Pretty smart!

Green Eggs and Ham: Activities

Breakfast
Before breakfast read Green Eggs and Ham; then show the children you only
add food coloring to the food and then prepare the food. Talk about how the
food tastes. Is it any different because of the coloring?  

Musical Hats
After reading "Cat in the hat" you can play musical hats. This is a quieter
version of musical chairs. The kids sit in a circle and while the music plays
they have to put the stocking cap on and pull it over their ears and then take it
of again and pass it to the child next to them. Who ever has the hat when the
music stops gets to start and stop the music for the next round. This way all
the kids are involved and nobody has to sit out. The kids also like the way their
hair stands up after they pull of the hats!!!  


St. Patrick's Day
Leprechaun Ladders
Need per child: white or clear plastic straws cut into 1-inch sections,
shamrock shapes cut out of green construction paper and punch holes in the
centers (holes need to be smaller than the straws), green yarn.

Make leprechaun ladders to use as room decorations.

Let the children string the shamrock shapes on pieces of yarn with a straw
section between each shamrock. When they have finished, hang their
leprechaun ladders from the ceiling or in the window.

For a fun surprise, sprinkle a light dusting of flour and gold glitter on the
shamrocks for the children to discover on St. Patrick's Day. The "magic dust"
was left by leprechauns as they climbed and danced on their ladders!

Spring:
Mobiles
Since spring is typically a wet season have the kids make an umbrella mobile
and hang blue raindrops from the umbrella or maybe a collage with a rainbow,
raindrops, umbrella, ducks all those spring things. OH and don't forget spring
flowers.

Easter Crafts:
Cupcake Basket
A tisket, a tasket...they'll gobble up these Easter baskets!  
What You Need:
1 bag DOVE® Brand Dark or Milk Chocolate Eggs
1 bag STARBURST® Brand Jellybeans Tropical Fruits
1 bag MILKY WAY® Brand Minis for Easter
1 18.25-oz. Box your favorite cake mix
1 16-oz. Can vanilla frosting
Green food coloring
12 pink licorice twists
12 green licorice twists  
2 cupcake pans  
24 paper cupcake liners
Resealable plastic bag

What To Do:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake cups with the paper
cupcake liners.
2.  Unwrap and chop 2 cups of MILKY WAY® Brand Minis for Easter. Prepare
the cake mix according to the package instructions, and fold in the chopped
candy.  
3.  Bake until golden (about 15-21 minutes). Remove from the oven, transfer to
a wire rack, and let cool completely.
4.  Tint the frosting green and transfer to the resealable plastic bag with a
snipped corner. Pipe dots of frosting on the cupcake tops to look like grass,
and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5.  Insert both sides of a licorice piece into each cupcake as handles. Arrange
STARBURST® Brand Jellybeans Tropical Fruits on top and DOVE® Brand
Dark or Milk Chocolate Eggs around the base.
Makes 24 cupcakes

I just found this on another group. I thought some of the ideas
sounded pretty cool.  The sand/water table provides for many hours of great
sensory fun.  This table can be as simple as dish tubs or Rubbermaid storage
containers.  Through sensory play children get to feel / smell / hear / see, and
sometimes, taste the media they are using.  Almost all thematic curriculums
can be incorporated into your sensory table. If no set theme is being used, the
options are still unlimited.  Sensory tables allow children to extend play and
experiences from other areas of the classroom or home. The following
is a list of items that can be placed in the table for play and
manipulatives that can enhance it.
Cars With Bubble Wrap:
Add bubble wrap, old cars, and a little bit of water to your sensory
table.  The children drive their cars over the bubble wrap to make a
popping noise.  The little bit of water just adds extra sensory fun.
Dinosaur Bones:
Hide clean chicken bones in sand. Have the children dig them up.
(You can sanitize bones by boiling them in a mixture of bleach and
water.  Leave out overnight to dry thoroughly.)
Sensory Table Garden:
Fill the table with topsoil and add plastic flowers and plastic
plants.  The children can use child size gardening tools.
Tearless Bubble Play:
Use tearless baby shampoo in water. No one cries when they get
bubbles in their eyes.
Mashed Potato Fun:
Stir water into instant mashed potato flakes. Then add food
coloring.
Oooey Gooey Fun:
Use shaving cream and food coloring in the sensory table.
Oooey Gooey Fun 2:
Pour white glue into your table. Start adding liquid starch to the
glue, a little at a time, until it starts to become blubbery. For
even more fun, add rock salt to the mixture.
Oooey Gooey Fun 3
Cook Knox gelatin according to the recipe on the box. Refrigerate
until firm.  Add the wiggly mixture to your table.
Cleaning
Have the children wash their toys in the sensory table with soap and
water.
Water Fun
Add turkey basters, empty plastic bottles, and funnels to the water
table.  You can color the water with food coloring.
Cornstarch Goo
Make a large batch of cornstarch goo for the sensory table.
Dirty Fun
Add dirt, toy cars, and Legos to the sensory table and have the
children build their own little towns.
Hot Weather Fun
Add ice cubes in the summer. You can freeze small toys inside the
ice cubes as well.
Measuring Fun
Add assorted dried beans with measuring cups, bowls, spoons, etc. to
the sensory table.
Sorting Buttons
Put buttons in water and have the children sort them by color, size,
or whatever. They can use tweezers to pick them up with.
Colored Water
Add food coloring to the water in your water table.
Dinosaur Dig
Add plastic dinosaurs to the sand and have an archaeological dig.
Easter Time
Fill the table with Easter grass and add plastic eggs and baskets.
Rice Play
Fill the table with rice for a new feel.
Colored Rice: Each child gets a little plastic bag with rice, he
selects 1 or 2 colors of food coloring, adds color with dropper,
then I add a little alcohol and seal the bag. The child then mixes
the rice around until he's happy with the color. After the children
are gone empty all the bags onto newspaper to dry.
Swamps:
Put a little sand in the bottom of tub and fill with water, add
green food coloring and plastic snakes for a swamp
Ocean Play
Add sea life figures to the water table.
Hiding Game
Ask 2 or 3 of your children to make mounds in the sand at the sand table.
Then have the children close their eyes while you hide a small plastic toy in
one of the mounds. Have the children open their eyes and search in the
mounds of sand for the toy. Let the child who finds the toy first hide it the next
time.
Working On the Railroad
Show your children how to draw railroad tracks in the sand with
craft sticks or unsharpened pencils. Have them make the tracks go up
hills, down valleys and around corners. Then give the children small
toy trains to run over the tracks.

Sink or Float

Corks, Styrofoam, Ping-Pong balls, Golf balls, Rocks, Twigs,
Leaves,
Toys, etc.

Sensory Table Fillers

1. Packing Peanuts
2. Bird Seed
3. Snow
4. Ice Cubes
5. Glitter In Water
6. Glitter With Flour
7. Pumpkin Goop
8. Deer Corn
9. Corn Meal

WATER PLAY
One & Two Year Olds

Pouring
Water Wheels
Squeezing - bottles, basters, sponges
Filling bottles - screwing & unscrewing caps, matching caps
to
bottles
Spraying - add food coloring to water in spray bottle, child
can
spray onto paper
Blowing bubbles
Sorting - 10 sponges cut into shapes, sort into different
containers
Sensory (warm/cold) - add ice cubes colored with food
coloring and
watch them melt. Add dishwashing liquid and beat to a foam.
Floating toys
Washing babies, dishes, chairs, etc.

Three & Four Year Olds

Pouring - -back and forth, filling containers

-pouring into glasses without spilling
-draw a line with a marker on the outside of a container and
have
child fill to the line
Measuring - how many scoops/cups fill this container?

- How many large scoops/cups fill this container?
- filling same size clear cups to the same height
- filling a series of clear cups in a sequence of highest to
lowest

Pouring and Mixing Colors
Squeezing and Filling Bottles/Basters

- concept of air pushing out of container and making bubbles

Spray Art Murals
Blowing Bubbles
Tongs Transfer - pick smaller items out of water with tongs
and
transfer to another container

Sponge Shapes
- circle, triangle, square etc.
- sorting
- squeezing

Sink or Float Experiments
Make boats
Water wheels
Washing babies, washing and hanging up doll clothes

variety of items for sink and float activities
- corks, Styrofoam pieces
- ping-pong balls
- golf balls
- rocks, twigs, leaves, etc.

Art Supplies

Pick up Cotton balls with clothespins
Cut Wrapping paper and scissors
Packing peanuts
Cut Wallpaper sample book pages
Shaving cream
Rice
Corn
Science
sunflowers look at with magnifying glasses
Snow with magnifying glasses

More Items To Use In Your Table

rice
cornmeal
colored pasta
buttons
shredded paper ( Hide plastic spiders in it for Halloween)
salt...for snow
water with colored ice cubes
cornstarch & water
pom-poms
garland & scissors
large, medium and small size pine cones
multicolored popping corn
lots of old potpourri
bay leaves
regular dried corn
colored rice
colorful tinfoil pieces /only for ages 3 and up/
dry cereal
sand
chow mien noodles
spaghetti (cooked or dry)
leaves
oatmeal (wet or dry)
whip cream
cornmeal and colored wagon wheel macaroni
wet and dry sand
water softener salt
shaving cream
ice
snow
things that are light and heavy
plastic eggs and straw
cotton balls
pudding
dry beans
beads
feathers
grass
scraps of material
Jell-O
flour
cut up pieces of felt
carpet samples cut up
sand paper
cars
insects
monopoly houses
sifting toys
scooping toys
plastic astronauts and rockets
teddy bear counters
water
water with boats and teddy bear counters
cups, basters and pails
bubbles
float/sink activities
cold/hot tubs
rubber ducks
plastic fish etc.
cold/warm water
coffee grounds
magnets and magnetic materials
marble tower
potato flakes
cornmeal
birdseed
tongs/tweezers with marbles
popcorn and soap suction cup things
wash doll clothes
Bathe dolls
wash dishes
car wash

Looking for more?  Try these sites for ideas and printable
activities:

Family Fun Magazine
First-School Preschool Activities and Crafts
Author Jan Brett's Home Page
DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids
Coloring.ws