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  • Use colored tape to create different car tracks on your floors and have your children follow the tracks around the room
  • Tape a paper towel roll to a plate, so it is standing up. Cut the center out of paper plates or find ring shaped objects in your house and play ring toss. 
  • Put various pieces of tape or string diagonally across a hallway and have your children work their way through it, think laser beams that spies have to climb through! 
  • Paint rocks and decorate your garden with them. 
  • Put beads in the bottom of empty water bottles to help stabilize them and create an indoor bowling activity. 
  • Use tape or string to outline a hopscotch area in the house. 
  • Try to keep a ball or balloon in the air as long as possible. 
  • Hula hoop contest
  • Freeze dance 
  • Make up a story together, tell the story of your day and draw pictures of the activities that you did, read books, have your child use the pictures in a book to tell you a story. 

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Recipes We Love


Play Dough Recipe #1

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • A splash of food coloring (*optional)
  • A few drops of essential oils for specific scented play dough (*optional)

    Directions:
  • Mix dry ingredients.
  • Add oil and water stirring quickly. 
  • Store in an airtight container.

Play Dough Recipe #2

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 ¼  cup salt
  • 1 ½  tbsp cream of tartar
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil/vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ cups boiling water
  • A splash of food coloring (*optional)
  • A few drops of essential oils for specific scented play dough (*optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Add oil and water stirring quickly.
  3. Store in an airtight container. 

Oobleck Recipe (a non-Newtonian fluid)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp tempera paint (*optional)
  • A copy of Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss (*optional)

Directions:

  1. While it will take some trial and error to get the best consistency, start by mixing 1 ½ cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water. You can add 3 tablespoons of tempera paint to give the oobleck a color other than white. Remember the tempera paint is optional and not necessary. Do NOT use food coloring, as this will cause staining to all objects that come in direct contact with the colored oobleck, including hands, clothing and and other materials.
  2. Mix ingredients using your hands, adding more cornstarch and/or water as needed. You’ll know you’ve got the right consistency when it feels similar to molasses/honey, while it breaks apart or tears when you drag your fingers across the surface as it vacillates between the states of solid and liquid.
  3. Please store the oobleck in a covered container for reuse. If separation occurs, simply re-mix the ingredients stirring by hand.

Slime Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white school glue
  • 2 cups liquid starch
  • A splash of food coloring (*optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together until the desired consistency is reached. 
  2. Add more glue and/or liquid starch, as needed.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

Apple Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½  salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped, peeled and cored apple

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups with liners or 24 mini-cups.
  3. Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together milk, egg and butter. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Fold in chopped apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ can of pureed pumpkin
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1/3 cup milk or non-dairy product
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix ingredients
  3. Bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) plus 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt (*optional)
  • 3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  5. Add oats and raisins; mix well.
  6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.
  9. Cool completely.
  10.  Store tightly covered.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies. 
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes

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