Monday, October 31, 2011

Snow days begin, EFA, Episode 1.4

It's been years since was had snow like this in October.  Even church was cancelled so our Strong man got to stay home with us. I'm not sure what it does to his preaching schedule, but we loved the extra day together.

Honestly the skier in me is in heaven and already thinking about waxing and sharpening my old skies to teach my littles the sport on our new hill. But since it is October the snow was wet and heavy, not to mention the hoolies are both snot factories, we decided to lay low and spend this unexpected day together being creative.

Here's a supper fun, easy all day craft.  It breaks the day up well so that even the tiniest ones can enjoy it without getting bored.  You will need:
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/4 cups cold water
waxed paper
rolling pins
cookie cutters

Combine the cornstarch, baking soda and water in a medium sauce pan.  Cook until mixture is dough-like. 
Put dough on a cookie sheet cover with a damp towel until cool enough to handle.  About 15 minutes.  Need the dough until it has that smooth dough texture.

Next sprinkle some flour on the waxed paper and begin rolling the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.

Or just flour the table and do things there, as Laughter did.

Once the dough is rolled out cut into all kinds of shapes.  You can either bake shapes at 350 until hardened or place them on a cooling rack and let them harden over night.  If you choose to bake them flip once to make sure both sides harden.  The total cooking time is between 8 and 12 minutes.
If you want to make your shapes in to ornaments use a toothpick to make a hole before backing.

Once the shapes have cooled begin painting.  Any kind of paint works.

The whole family loved it! 

Some good memories were made through this project along with some inexpensive Christmas gifts as well.

In God we have boasted all day long, and we will give thanks to Your name forever.
~ Psalm 44:8

1161.  Snow days.
1162.  Fun projects with the family.
1163.  Working together as a team.
1164.  Imaginations running free.
1165.  Talk of Jesus' birth.
1166.  Man of the woods loving the idea of gift giving and making gifts with special people in mind.

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