I was able to take a day off of work and snuggle up with a blanket to sleep or watch all the daytime shows. Once I had children the idea of resting or getting better became foreign. They still have school, activities and the need to be active. A couple of days into being sick and reminding them that 'momma doesn't feel too good', I came to realize children don't know how to adjust when parents are sick. In their minds they feel fine so why shouldn't we. For their sanity, I continued to do crafts with them. I choose ones where they would be occupied for awhile and I could sit and watch. The 'pin' I got longevity out of was the bankable dough. There are so many options and the kids had a great time shaping and painting them. This activity will be done again for Christmas when they make presents for teachers or family members. An awesome, cheap and easy craft.
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1 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Parchment PaperCookie cutters, rollers- basically anything you'd use for play dough
Optional- string for ornaments, magnets or glitter
1. Mix salt and flour.
2. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water. It's a bit of trial and error to make the dough the best consistency.
3. Knead until the dough is smooth and similar to play dough.
5. Let the kids be creative. I'll list ideas below if you're stuck. If you're going to make ornaments, be sure to put a hole in them before baking.
6. Bake at 250 for 1-1 1/2 hr. Keep checking on them to make sure they don't burn.
7. Let them cool completely before painting.
8. My girls used their paint because my 19 month old still puts it in her mouth but if I were making jewelry I would use acrylic paint. You can also modge podge them after they dry and sprinkled them with glitter.
9. Add ribbon through the holes for ornaments or magnets on the back.
Hand or foot prints
10. To store extra dough, I plastic wrapped mine and put it into a zip lock bag.