It's a rainy, homemade play doh kind of day.
Homemade Play Doh:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbls. oil
2 cups of water
food coloring of choice
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and mix over medium heat. Stir
constantly - it takes a bit - until the dough leaves the side of
the pan. Let it cool completely and then knead it out to get rid of
the bubbles. Store it in plastic bags. Use cookie cutters and
rolling pins and have fun!
Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can get you down for
sure. We spent all day yesterday with the kids cooped up in the
house, trying to figure out what to do. They were bored and let
their energy out by fighting with each other. This made us realize
once again that our kids really need a good amount of daily
exercise, and we decided that no matter what the weather, we were
going to go on a hike today.
It was pouring when we woke up, but we were determined to go on
our hike. We prepared with rain jackets and hiking shoes and hit
the trails. The rain was really warm and refreshing, and the kids
loved having permission to get soaked and muddy. It felt so nice to
get some fresh air and exercise, and the pace that the kids kept
reminded us again how much it was needed.
We hiked one of our favorite trails in Corvallis -
the Homestead Trail loop from the Oak Creek parking lot of the
McDonald Forest. It's about 1.5 miles of relatively flat terrain (I
truly believe my kids end up doing an extra mile with all the
zig-zagging and back tracking they do, though), and ends with a
bridge perfect for throwing Pooh sticks.
Here they are, soaking wet and having a blast:
If the winter weather has you and your kids down, make the extra
effort to get out and get some exercise. What is your
family's favorite way to get exercise in the winter?
Sick of hearing the groans when dinner was served, I recently
told the kids that they were responsible for making dinner the
following night. I told them that I'd take them to the grocery
store and they can pick out what they want (meeting certain
nutritional requirements) and prepare it themselves. They
completely loved the idea, and decided on pizza and fruit cocktail,
with caramel apples for dessert. They had a lot of fun and were
quite proud. When dinner was finally served, we had a little talk
about how hard they worked, and how bad they would feel if I
groaned and complained. Alex replied, "Anytime you guys are tired,
we can just make dinner!" I think I might just take him up on that
My kids are a little under the weather today, so we decided to
do a low-key project indoors and make bath crayons.
There are tons of tutorials online on how to do this, but I
primarily used this one from Helium.
Here are the supplies you need: White ivory soap, cookie
cutters, a cheese grater and some food coloring. I received the box
of cookie cutters from my good friend Casey as a bridal shower gift - they are
awesome. Not only are there endless cookie possibilities, but they
are perfect for play doh and, well, bath crayons.
You shred the ivory soap with a cheese grater. We ended up using
3 bars of soap.
Then you take a cup of the soap and mix some warm water (about a
1/4 cup) with it. Stir in food coloring of your choice. You are
supposed to stir until it is stiff. I can't say that these every
got stiff. I also read you are supposed to stir until the soap
dissolves, but my kids were a little too excited to wait that long.
Then press them into cookie cutter molds or ice cube trays. I
set these on a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet. We made
about 12 crayons out of 3 bars of soap in 6 different colors.
We put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, then popped
them out of the cookie cutters. You are supposed to let them harden
for a day or two before using them in the bath. I'll be interested
to see if they really work - I've read that people have had varying
degrees of success. Either way, the kids had a blast making them,
and it was a very inexpensive project. Let us know if you try it,
and if so, how it works!
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