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"Children do not need to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than anyone else could make for them." John Holt

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Arts and Crafts

Baking Soda Play Clay Recipe

Play Clay is homemade modeling clay that will harden after drying and only requires 3 basic ingredients. You can use it to make clay jewelry, picture frames, or store in an air tight bowl in the fridge and play with as an alternative to Play Doh!

You will need:
2 Cups Arm&Hammer Baking Soda (one 16 oz. box)
1 Cup of Cornstarch
1 1/4 Cup of Cold Water
(optional) Food Coloring

1. Stir together the baking soda and cornstarch in a saucepan.'
2. Add water (and food coloring?) and cook over medium heat, stirring consistently until mixture reaches the consistency of moist mashed potatoes ( aprox. 10-15 minutes) Took us about 9 minutes!
3. Remove mixture to plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool to the touch.

                                           Lexi and  Dora make pizza!
 They wanted to save the dough to make more pizzas later, but if you want to keep your creations, just let air dry overnight!
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda can be found at most grocery stores or your local Walmart for about $1 a box.

Finger Knitting

This would be an easy activity that kids could take on a trip, or sit quietly with while waiting in the doctor's office. But before you go thinking this is something just for the girls:

 Ok, hubs was dressed down for the night! I told him if I lose any readers it was because of this pic, lol. But seriously I just wanted to show how it quickly became something every one wanted to try their hand at.
 Even one of my teenage sons made a bracelet or two for his sister.



FInger KnittingWell, last night my daughter and I were going through some art kits we had picked up at a yard sale Saturday and we came across one for knitting. Now, I will be the first one to tell you that I do not know a thing about knitting (or sewing, or crocheting) and the instructions in this kit made for children had my head spinning. But the kit did have a lot of good yarn and I remembered hearing something online about finger knitting so I pulled out my trusty lap top and within minutes found this simple way to do finger knitting, so easy in fact that I believe a 4 or 5 year old could learn to do it! Within minutes my daughter and I were quickly knitting together bracelets! This simple technique kept her busy for over 2 hours, and all it cost was the price of the yarn!