Home made play dough!

It’s raining and the troops are restless, what is The Tot Army to do!?! Quickly I scavenge the house only to find we are out of paint, low on construction paper, and have very little glue.

Well turns out play-dough is super easy to make. Best part is if your soldier has a tendency to eat play-dough, the homemade stuff is totally safe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
  • Food coloring, optional

All you need to do is mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar together in a pot. Add water & oil and stir. If you are using food coloring go ahead and add it. Toss the pot in the stove and stir constantly until it hardens into a ball. This only takes a few minutes.

Let cool a little on wax paper. When cool enough knees until smooth.

Screen time, how to pull them away

I thought this one was funny, I mean who has a stack of newspapers laying around? Who still reads a newspaper at all? Still some good ideas here if you are trying to find substitutes to an iPad or Kindle.

 

https://qconline.com/lifestyles/pull-kids-away-from-screens-with-these-activities/article_1d90d5de-6bdd-5a58-9061-40be272a06e1.html

Do you want to build a snowman

So if you are like me and have been forced to watch Frozen 5000x than your answer is hell no! 

But this little activity is fairly clean, very easy, and some serious festive fun. Also, if you lost half your Christmas decorations in the divorce you can start to build some new ones with memories to accompany them! 

Ingredients

  • Mens white socks, you will need one per snowman (women’s socks are too tight and have a stronger shape)
  • Cotton
  • Cotton balls (for buttons, can be colored)
  • Rubber bands
  • Google Eyes
  • Fabric Glue
  • You also need anything you want to use to decorate your snowmen such as glitter, pipe cleaners, etc.

Directions

  1. Stuff socks generously with cotton
  2. Use rubber band to separate head from the body, head should be smaller and located toward the open end of the sock
  3. Use rubber band to close top/open end of sock 
  4. fold over top/open end of sock and fold up the band to make snowman’s stocking cap
  5. Glue on google eyes 
  6. Tie ribbon around neck to block rubber band and make a scarf (we forgot to buy ribbon and used pipe cleaners
  7. Glue on cotton balls to make buttons

Out of This World

The oldest member of The Tot Army and i have taken to star watching at night, she stays up a little later than the younger two, we stare at the sky, I get an excuse to eat M&Ms, and we have some nice bonding time.

This has led to some in depth conversations, or at least as in depth as a 7 year old can get, about the solar system. So here is how to make one yourself!

  • clear glass jar with a lid
  • water
  • tempera paint
  • glitter
  • cotton balls
  • a spoon to push the cotton balls down

1. Fill your glass jar with a little water.

2. Add a little tempera paint and stir.

3. Add cotton balls and then glitter.

4. Keep adding layers of water, tempera paint, cotton balls and glitter, pressing down the cotton balls with a spoon until you reach the top.

5. Screw on the lid and your Nebula Jar is all set!

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Box Trolls!!!

Here is a really simple way to pass the afternoon and have a whole lot of fun!

First you have to watch the movie Box Trolls which is on Netflix, get some popcorn, relax with the troops and enjoy a funny and visually stunning movie.

The next step is easy: get a box or one box per kid and cut out two arms holes, a head hole, and the short side of the box for the legs.

Duct tape the open front/top of the box and wallah you have Box Trolls!

Lt.P was asleep for this one but CPT & the BG had a blast.

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Out of This World

The oldest member of The Tot Army, BG and i have taken to star watching at night, she stays up a little later than the younger two, we stare at the sky, I get an excuse to eat M&Ms, and we have some nice bonding time.

This has led to some in depth conversations, or at least as in depth as a 7 year old can get, about the solar system. So here is how to make one yourself!

  • clear glass jar with a lid
  • water
  • tempera paint
  • glitter
  • cotton balls
  • a spoon to push the cotton balls down

1. Fill your glass jar with a little water.

2. Add a little tempera paint and stir.

3. Add cotton balls and then glitter.

4. Keep adding layers of water, tempera paint, cotton balls and glitter, pressing down the cotton balls with a spoon until you reach the top.

5. Screw on the lid and your Nebula Jar is all set!

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Egg carton Flowers

If you are like me feeding the troops can be a full time job! And lord knows The Tot Army rips through eggs like it is nobody’s business. So other than making fire starters for camping what else can you do with those egg cartons?

Materials

  • 1 egg carton
  • Scissors
  • tempera paint
  • paintbrushes
  • scrap paper
  • hot-glue gun
  • pompoms
  • craft needle or pushpin
  • green pipe cleaners

Directions

  1. Cut off the top half of the egg carton, leaving just the bottom.
  2. Cut and separate one individual egg cup and trim the outside edges; they can be rounded and smooth or pointed and jagged.
  3. Select a color of paint and coat the entire cup, inside and out.
  4. Once the paint has dried, use a craft needle or a pushpin to create a hole at the base of the egg cup.
  5. Thread a green pipe cleaner through the flower and bend it inside the cup to secure it.
  6. Use a hot-glue gun to cover the center of the flower with a pompom.

Continue cutting and painting egg cup flowers (as many as you want) to create a beautiful bouquet you can place in a vase, or tie them together with a ribbon.

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Slime Time!

Ingredients: 

  • 7 oz of Elmer’s  glue
  • 3/4 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoons of contact lens saline solution (or more, add as needed)

 

  1. Pour 12 ounces of glue into a container to mix your slime in.
  2. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix together.
  3. Add drops of washable glitter paint. This won’t stain your hand like food coloring will! Mix together again. You can even add more glitter if you’d like. It says inside the slime!
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of saline solution.
  5. Mix the saline solution into your slime until it starts to form together

I suggest using glitter glue or colored glue but you can also use food dye or washable paint

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