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Salted Water Color Paintings

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I saw this beautiful technique in an issue of Family Fun magazine.

Material:

Watercolor paper or other sturdy paper. Watercolor paints or liquid watercolors (Click here to see how we made our own liquid watercolors from dried-out markers.) Paintbrushes. (These Crayola ones are my favorite paint […]

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Cloud Dough

Cloud Dough (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea was 5 years old.

 

From: Many people have blogged about Cloud Dough, but I first read about it at Tinkerlab. Cloud Dough is a mixture of flour and oil that creates a really interesting substance. It is somewhat powdery, but easily clumps together when pressed. It is like wet sand, […]

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Child Friendly Kool-Aid Dyed Play Silks

Kid Friendly Play Silk Recipe (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: Play Silks are a type of beautiful toy commonly used in Waldorf education. You can buy them pre-dyed, but at almost $15 each, it is very expensive to get more than a few colors. There are a zillion blog posts about how to dye play […]

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Cooking with Kids: Easy-Peasy Popsicles

Easy Peasy Popsicles (@ Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

From: I often freeze those tubes of yogurt for Sweet Pea. One day, when she asked me to make them, we were out of tubes, but had some yogurt cups, so I offered to try to make popsicles out of those instead and they turned out great!

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Building Words with the Movable Alphabet

Word Building (Free Printable Movable Alphabet and Pink Series Word Cards)

Sweet Pea was about 4 years old when she was introduced to this work.

From: The Movable Alphabet is a set of letters that allow children to build words before they have started either writing or reading. It is a very classic and well-known piece of Montessori work.

Prerequisite: You and your child […]

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Bubble Dough

Dish Soap + Corn Starch = Super Fun Bubble Dough

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

From: I saw this very cool and super easy Bubble Dough recipe from Creative Playhouse and couldn’t wait to try it!

Material:

Mixing bowl. 1 cup Cornstarch. 1/4-1/2 cup Liquid dish or hand soap. (We used Dawn.) Dry cloth and a damp sponge for clean […]

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“I Spy” – Montessori Style

I Spy - Montessori Style

Sweet Pea was about 3 years old.

 

From: “I Spy” is a well known children’s game, but in this version, the clues are sounds instead of colors. This is a classic Montessori activity that helps children begin to recognize phonetic sounds. I first read about it in David Gettman’s book Basic Montessori Learning […]

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Exploding Ivory (Bonus: “How to Make PlaySnot┬« – A New Sensory Material”).

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Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: This quick little activity is from Our Best Bites.

Material:

A brand spanking new bar of Ivory soap. A plate. A microwave.

 

Procedure:

Put the bar of Ivory soap on the plate and put the plate in the microwave. Set the timer for […]

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Edible Marbled Easter Eggs

Beautiful Edible Marbled Eggs (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Many people have asked me if my original Marbled Easter Eggs are edible. I always respond by saying that I don’t recommend eating them. Since the egg shells are porous enough for dye to leak through and stain the egg whites, I imagine that the shaving […]

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Glue Paint and Chalk Pastels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found this cool idea on Mommy Labs.

Material:

A bottle of white school glue. One color of Liquid watercolor or food coloring. A chopstick or thin paintbrush handle to stir the glue. Paper or card stock.

Chalk Pastels

Damp cloth for […]

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