Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Salt dough/play dough

Tomorrow is playgroup, and I was asked to bring a project for the younger kids to do while the older kids did something different. Immediately, salt dough came to mind. Salt dough is cheap, it's easy, it's non toxic, and it doesn't limit their imagination! So here is my recipe for making salt dough!

1 cup salt
1 cup water
2 cups all purpose flour
Food coloring (optional)

Place salt, water, and flour in a bowl and stir until well incorporated. Should be a thick dough like consistency, but who hasn't played with play dough at some point in their life and knows what it looks and feels like, am I right?!
 I separated the dough into several small balls and places in ziploc bags, then added food coloring to bags. I was really trying to keep my hands as clean as possible, and quickly found out that the kneading color into the dough inside the bags won't work. So, with your hands, work in all the coloring to your hearts desire!
 I then added it back into the ziplocs for storage. Hope the kids have fun with it tomorrow, or I might if they don't!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Additions

Well, after a long discussion as a family, we decided to add a puppy to our family! We knew we wanted a smaller size dog and something that wasn't such high energy like our last dog, so we began our search on Craigslist. We actually already knew we were going to be getting a puppy, and we told the kids such a long time ago, they have been bugging me about when they were going to get one. The dog we were planning on getting has not yet been conceived, so we got one in the mean time to keep the kids busy and eventually serve as a playmate for the puppy we will be adding in a year or so. We are still very much looking forward to getting that puppy too!! But, we started our search on Craigslist and found a lady who had a litter of a bichon/ Boston terrier mix. We drove about an hour and a half away and picked her up the next morning! She is the sweetest little puppy and such a good listener! We named her Denali, after the park in Alaska! She is white and brindle coloring and very very tiny! She is super gentle and somewhat playful! She has also been doing really well potty training! The kids absolutely adore her and will not leave her alone! They want to hug and kiss her all day! We will be taking her in for shots in a few weeks, and will start her obedience training shortly too!