Summer boredom busters

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When I was a teacher, just like those performing their teaching magic today – I had to have a bag full of tricks ala Mary Poppins.   Plus, these little activities had to cost virtually nothing.  So that meant finding solutions that could be made with everyday materials.

And that means that some of these teacher tricks can work beautifully when summer boredom sets in.  So as our temps really begin to soar, pull out some fresh, fun activities to keep the whining at bay!

Here are the recipes you’ll need – tuck them away in that magic bag of yours!

Frosting Dough
1 can of frosting
1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of peanut butter
food coloring

Go ahead eat it!  Mix all ingredients together, knead it all until it forms a dough.  Mold like you would any other dough.  Perfect for just playing around or make scultures to top cupcakes, cookies or any dessert.

Toothpaste Putty
This is a great clay that is super easy to mold yet dries hard as can be.  Perfect for keep-forever sculptures or making beads to string.

1 Tbs white glue
2 Tbs cornstarch
½ Tbs water
½  Tbs toothpaste
1-2 drops of food coloring

Mix glue, cornstarch, food color and the toothpaste in  a bowl.  Add the water until it turns into a lump of putty.

Use it quickly.  It’ll begin to harden in about a half hour or less and will be completely dry in a day.

Putt Putt Boat
Here’s what you’ll need for the water putt-putt boat. 
1 plastic 16 oz bottle with cap
¼ cup vinegar
1 Tbs baking soda
plastic straw
white glue

Poke a hole at the bottom edge of the bottle.  Insert the straw allowing about 1 inch to extend out.  Put glue around the hole to seal any air cracks.  Let it dry completely.

When ready, pour vinegar into the bottle.  Add the baking soda and quickly put the cap back on.  Put it in water and watch it go.

Old Fashioned Rock Candy
2 Cups of Water
4 Cups of Sugar
food color if desired
Cotton String
Glass Jar

Add water to a small saucepan.  Add the sugar and stir to dissolve as much as possible.  Then place it on the stove, med high heat, continue to stir the solution until it is all dissolved.  Allow to cool. 

Meanwhile, take the string, tie one end to a pencil and measure the length to hang down into the jar so that the string hangs above the bottom of the jar. 

Now dip the string into the sugar solution and then into some extra sugar to “seed” it.  Place the string into the jar and fill with the sugar solution.  Now be patient and watch the candy crystals grow over a period of days to 2 weeks.  The more patient you are the more you’ll grow!


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