Recipes & Resources
Other Parents Recommend:
- “Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms” is a children’s book for the imaginative, active preschooler. One of my all-time favorites that features local illustrator, Mike Reed.
- “1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline For Children 2-12” – a parenting resource that really works!
- “Baby Signs” – another parenting resource. This book brought my family months of happiness as we enjoyed communicating with our toddler. Easy to teach, wonderful tool.
- Earobics – This computer program breaks down the writing skills necessary for beginning/struggling readers
- BOB Books – Another resource for beginning/struggling readers.It develops skills with simplicity and consistency. Look for them in the Scholastic Book orders too!
- Magnatiles – Toys – Little builders love the unique designs that can be made from these manipulatives.
- Star Prairie Trout Farm – Local Excursion – Beautiful setting right across the border in Wisconsin. My boys had the best time even on a rainy day. They caught more than enough fish to feed our family. Reasonably priced and tons of fun!
- All You Need is Love – Children’s music that is enjoyable for everyone!
- Snap Circuits – Toys – If your child can follow Lego instructions, they can build these circuits.
- KinderSite.org – An online catalog of educational games for children.
Ms. Sara recommends:
- Highlights – Publication – High Five, ages 2-6.
- Sandra Boynton – Children’s books – Ms. Boynton is an author who really knows how to tickle a child’s funny bone. All of her books are wonderful!
- Jake’s Happy Hour – Mom & Dad fun – Cheap and good stuff to eat and drink. Located in Maplewood.
- Parent Tip:When tucking my kids in at night, I say “Tell me 2 good things about your day”.
Ms. Michelle recommends:
- Lillian Vernon – Online Store – I love personalized things. I shop here often.
- Nick Jr. – Website – We’ve always loved the programming on Nick Jr. The website is great too.
- Minnehaha Falls – Local Excursion – Rent a tandem bike or a paddle boat, sit at the cafe or hike a trail. The scenery here can’t be beat.
- Izzy’s Ice Cream – Local Excursion – Who can resist a good ice cream cone? This is the best.
- Choo Choo Bob’s – Train etnhusiasts must visit this store.
Caution: This recipe involves cooking! Be sure to let playdough cool before handling.
This is our favorite recipe. It smells good, has a great consistency and lasts a long time!
Colored & Scented Playdough
- 2 Cups water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 pkt. Kool-Aid Unsweetened
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 Cups sifted flour
- 2 Tablespoons alum
1. Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
2. Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder or Kool-Aid
3. Add oil, flour and alum.
4. Knead until smooth
5. Store in an air-tight container or plastic bag. Playdough will last for 2-months or longer.
Ms. Sara’s Favorite Playdough Recipe
Mix together in a large pan*:
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
Mix in small bowl:
- 1 Cup Water
- 5 Drops Food Coloring
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
Pour liquid into dry ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Knead dough for 2-3 minutes on a clean countertop sprinkled with flour. Store in a container with tight fitting lid. *Electric frying pan works well!