Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jessica's Back!

Jessica was on vacation last week so no playschool. But she is back this week. You should have heard the squeals of delight when the kids saw her arrive. They know that it means three solid hours of messy fun ahead.

This week they played in a big tub of flour - possibly their favorite 'sensory activity' so far. Each week they have been exploring something new. Jessica says that most kids will want to touch whatever is in the tub first but that Lily always just jumps right in. She has an adventurous spirit.

They pasted glitter on toilet paper tubes and added colorful tissue paper to make a festive thingy that they strung along the lights in our yard.

This week was also the messiest I have ever seen them. By the end they had flour, glitter and paint over almost every square inch of them. And big smiles. I'm so glad Jessica has the energy to come over and do this with them. Each week I wonder if she will really come back and pleasantly surprised when she returns.

I'm getting great ideas from her like this homemade kool aid playdough.

Fruity Playdough
(this is a recipe I found, assuming it is the same or similar to the kool aid playdough Jessica makes)

1 cup flour
1 package Kool-Aid (any flavor)
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup boiling water

Mix all dry ingredients in bowl then oil, then pour boiling water in and mix thoroughly.

Wrap in cellophane or air tight container and store in fridge. The play dough should last a few months.


MaryBeth said...

We tried that playdough last week and it was amazing. So nice to not worry if they put it in their mouths or not, and it doesn't stink like the store bought stuff.

Smooch said...

those festive thingys - rockets.

Jennifer said...

oh, rockets. thanks jenny.

i guess that is why lily's is 'flying'.

i love that the rockets have glitter and pastel tissue :)