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P'once a little time there was a girl. This girl grew up to be a Mamma to three little girls all very much like herself. And this little Mamma knew she just had to have a place of her own to keep all things home school right at her fingertips.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Things to Try out of Kid Concoctions by John & Danita Thomas

'Greenhouse' in a Bag

Place 3 wet cotton balls in a zip lock bag along with 2-3 large seeds or beans. Seal up the bag and tape to a window for sunlight. Allow seeds to grow at least an inch before transplanting it to soil.

Homemade Bubbles

2 1/2 qts. water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup liquid dish detergent

Mix water and corn syrup together first, then gently stir in detergent. Will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.

Varied Homemade Paints

Scratch & Sniff Water-colours
Mix 1 Tbsp Powdered Drink Mix with 1 Tbsp Warm water

Sidewalk Paint
Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water and 6-8 drops of food color

Face Paint
Mix 1 Tbsp cold cream with 2 Tbsp Corn Starch and water until smooth. Divide mixture for different colors, add 3-4 drops of food color per. Apply with brush, remove with soap and water.

Glitter Paint
 Mix 1/4 cup Corn Syrup with 4-6 drops of food coloring. Add Glitter slowly while mixing. 

Glass Paint
Mix 1/4 cup White school glue with 1/4 cup liquid tempera paint. Paint on windows with brush, remove from glass with razor blade.

Homemade Party Favors
Lip Gloss

2 Tbsp solid Shortening
1 Tbsp Powder Drink
small container

Mix over heat until it turns to liquid. Pour mixture into container and refrigerate until firm.

DIY Stickers

4 Tbsp hot water
2 Tbsp flavored gelatin

Have ready small pictures or cut-outs from magazines. Blend ingredients and brush mixture on the back of images. Allow to set until dry. 'Stickers' need to be moistened before use.

Treasure Stones

1 c flour
1 c used coffee grounds
1/2 c salt
1/4 c sand
3/4 c water

Mix the dry ingredients together. Slowly add the water until consistency of bread dough. Break off a piece large enough to hold a small treasure. Make a hole inside the ball large enough for your treasures, fill it, and seal it with extra dough. Air dry it for 2-3 days or until hard.

'Edible Ocean'

Fill a clear plastic party bag with blue colored gelatin. Place an orange gummy fish in the center of the gelatin and tie the bag shut with a ribbon.  This can also be placed inside of a goldfish bowl with many gummy sea creatures inside.

Chocolate Spoons

Melt a cup of chocolate chips. Dip plastic spoons into chocolate. Lay flat on wax paper to harden. Wrap with plastic and a ribbon for a party.

Candy 'Clay'
1 pound powdered sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup margerine
1 tsp vanilla extract
5-7 drops food color 

Use this to make candy lollies, or other edible decorations for birthday cakes and treats.


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