Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dollar Tree Find

Bingo Markers!!

I saw this posted on several different sites...what a great idea. Use them for stamping out letters, numbers, words---use them for coloring with toddlers, or designing your own picture. I think I will use them as a spelling center activity. Here's a link for pages with sight words ready to be stamped.
http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/BingoMarkerPages.htm

Activites at Home

1) Make your own play dough:

1 c. flour

1/2 c. salt

3 tbsp. oil

1 sm. pkg. Kool Aid (any color)

Combine flour, salt, oil and Kool-Aid. Add 1 cup boiling water. Stir together. Knead mixture until it forms a soft dough. This play dough will keep indefinitely if kept sealed when not in use. I keep mine in a baggie in the refrigerator at home.
*You could also add 1 tsp. tartar (which is to keep it fresher longer)--NOTE: Play dough holds in germs...sanitize before and after each use.

2) Make more play dough:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 Tbsp cooking oil

1-3,1/2 oz. pkg unsweetened jello

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry. Allow the dough to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container or plastic bag. (I haven't noticed a difference in play dough if I don't use cream of tartar. I think it's for longer shelf-life. Again--remember to sanitize when using play dough.)

3) Make your own bubbles:
6 c. water

4 c. of liquid detergent

1 c. corn syrup

Combine all ingredients in a big container and allow it to sit for at least 6 hours.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome!

I have been looking for new ideas for my classroom, and a lot of them come from these wonderful blogs. I thought that I would try making one as well. There's so much to learn from them. I wish I could make it a little cuter, easier to navigate, but I'm still learning. Hope you enjoy looking around!!!

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