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Old Mother Hubbard Went to Her Cupboard

You don’t have to look far to find some great indoor activities to keep the kids busy on a cold January day – just open up your kitchen cupboards to find the supplies for the following activities.


*Mix equal parts cornstarch and water to make a goopy material that changes from liquid to solid

*Stack sugar cubes to make a “snow fort”

*Make smelly playdough (Mix 3 cups flour, ½ cup salt, and 2 packages unsweetened Kool Aid.  Add 2 cups boiling water and 3 tablespoons oil.  Knead.)

*Build a structure using toothpicks and mini marshmallow connectors

*Use chocolate pudding as a safe, edible way for your youngest ones to fingerpaint.

*Bake a 3-ingredient batch of cookies (Mix together 1 cup peanut butter, ½ cup sugar and 1 egg.  Roll into balls and flatten with fork on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 F for 15 minutes.  Makes about 24 cookies.)

*Fill a plastic water bottle with oil and water – they don’t like to mix

*Experiment with natural food dyes (eg. dip paper into tea to give it an aged look)

*Use alphabet noodles or alphabet pretzels to spell your name

*Cover cardboard with tinfoil to make a princess crown or knight’s shield

*String an edible necklace using Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Life Savers, etc.

*Fill an old margarine container with rice, flour, dried beans or oats – how do they sound different when you shake them?



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