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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Peanutbutter Playdough

Homeschooling is going well and the kiddos are enjoying it.  Conner is working on first grade and Ramya on Kindergarten.  I throw Madi in the mix as well when she's not at preschool or in respite and/or therapy.  We are going on a month of homeschooling and we are finally in a good groove.  The first few days were hard as Conner got used to more work and Ramya got used to having set activities and following directions.  The first few days she was in and out of time-ins, it was no fun at all.  Thankfully she is not only participating and listening (mostly ;)) for now, she is also enjoying schooling.  Whew!  I thought I'd share one of the kiddos favorite activities... peanut butter play dough!  Of course, we are a peanut-free house, so we actually make sunflower nut play dough, but you get the idea.  We also use the dairy-free recipe, as we can't do powdered milk over here.  The recipe we use is...

- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups powdered sugar

You just measure it out and mix it all together and... bam.... you have a cooking/math lesson, some work on fine motor skills, something fun to play with, and happy kids, all in one!  This was Ramya's first time making the play dough and she loved it! 

We store ours in the fridge and then I put it in a baking pan (metal) for the kids to play with.  I give them rollers and cookie cutters and all kinds of fun things to use with it.  They also love to eat it, though it's not low in sugar, so I do limit how much they eat per sitting.  I tell myself that because we use local, raw honey, it's not *quite* so bad ;).


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