Homemade Watermelon Gelato

Summer is heating up! Cool off with some homemade watermelon gelato

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PLAY DOUGH IMPRESSIONS



You can purchase play dough at the store, or make some of your own with flour, salt and water. Add in food coloring if you want to color the play dough you make.

Have your child close their eyes, and press something into the play dough, like a coin, a belt buckle, a watch band - or anything that has a pattern that will leave a mark on the play dough.

Then show the play dough to your child and ask if she can guess what made the mark? If she has trouble guessing, show her how you made the mark in the play dough. Then let her make an impression in the play dough while you are not looking.

She will have a great time trying to make impressions that you will not be able to guess!

Here is a recipe for play dough that does not need cooking! (Very simple)

Mix together:
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup salt
* a little less than 1/2 cup water (just enough for the dough to mix together)

This activity helps your child learn about patterns. When she sees a copy of an object in the play dough, and figures out what it was, she is building her problem-solving and memory skills!

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