Kids in the Kitchen

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah,
Someone's in the kitchen I know.
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah...
Strummin' on the old banjo...


Fee fi fiddly i oh,
Fee fi fiddly i oh-oh-oh-oh
Fe fi fiddly i ooohhh...
Strummin' on the old banjo!

~ Bubbles ~ Cinnamon Dough ~ Corn Starch Goo ~ Finger Paints ~
Ivory Snow Person ~
~ Kool-Aid Play Dough ~ Paste ~
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Mix 2 T Joy dishwashing soap with 1 C water.  The secret to tough bubbles is adding glycerin.  (This is available at any drugstore ...
I promise.  Its cheap too.)  Start by mixing in 1-2 t.  Add more if you want super bubbles that can bounce.  Pipe cleaners can be bent into good bubble wands.

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(non-toxic and  inexpensive)
Mix 3 C flour and 1 and 1/2 C water together in a bowl.  Store in a resealable plastic bag.

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Corn Starch Goo
(non-toxic and  inexpensive, brushes away from fabric when dry)
Not a practical mixture at all, it just feels really cool....

Pour a half a box of corn starch into a shallow cake pan.  Slowly add water while your child stirs the mixture with her hands.  Add some food coloring if you like.  This is just a toy.

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Home Made Finger Paints
(non-toxic and really inexpensive)
Simple, simple simple.  We should have figured this out for ourselves....

Keeping the consistency of finger paints in mind, combine enough flour and water to reach the correct quantity of 'paint' for your needs.  Add a little salt until the texture feels good--the salt cuts the stickiness and changes the feel of the goop.  Mix in food coloring by drops.  (Using LOTS of color might lead to stains--encourage pastels.)  More intense colors can be achieved with paste food coloring.

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Cinnamon Dough
This is really cool stuff, trust me.  Mix up the dough and use cookie cutters or molds, or candy molds, to create fragrant decorations.  These are wonderful for hanging in the kitchen.
*Buy the cinnamon in bulk at a food co-op or warehouse store to keep the cost down.  Buy generic applesauce and non-toxic glue.  The dough smells so good that little helpers are likely to lick their fingers.

4 parts ground cinnamon
3 parts applesauce
1 part white, household glue

Mix the ingredients in a bowl.  Dust a flat surface with flour or cocoa powder.  Roll or pat dough to approx. 1/4 inch thickness.  Dip cutters into flour or cocoa or dust molds.  Use a plastic straw to cut a hole at least 1/4" (1/2" is better) in from the edge.  Allow ornaments to dry for at least 2 days, while resting on waxed paper, before threading with narrow ribbon.  Use as tree ornaments or give as gifts.

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Ivory Snow Person
(Another fun project recipe)

2 C Ivory Snow Laundry Soap
1/2 C water
for trimming the snow person, gather:
tooth picks
cloves, twigs, felt scraps, tiny buttons, pipe cleaners and/or beads

In a bowl, mix soap and water with an electric mixer until doughy.  It will appear kind of grayish and dingy.  Shape the dough, with your hands, into three balls. (You know how to proportion them don't you?)  Stack the balls gently, using toothpicks inserted halfway into each ball to hold them together.
Dress the snow person with the odds and ends you collected.  As the soap dries, it will become bright white.

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Kool-Aid Play Dough
(This is easy, inexpensive, non-toxic, and deliciously fruit-scented!)

2 1/2 C water
1/2 C salt
2 regular packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid or Wyler's drink mix

3 T salad oil
2 C boiling water
(yes, I know oil & water don't mix but give it a swish anyway!)

Add liquid to dry and mix well.  You will want to knead it to proper consistency.  Store in airtight container.  Tastes awful.  May stain skin or clothes but it is better than regular food coloring.  Gains color and scent from the powdered drink mix.

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