March Fun List

March 5, 2011

Since my fun jar post was so well received, I decided to share with you another month's worth of fun activities for you to do at home with small children. 

This month's list has 31 activities, one for each day of the month of March.  (Sorry for not posting it sooner, you'll get to play catch up for a few days.)  For March, I bought a pack of foam shamrock-shaped stickers from the dollar store.  On each sticker, I wrote the numbers 1 through 31.  Every day, we choose the number for the date, and stick it to our counting sheet (this is a great precursor to calendaring for my little one).  After we stick the number to the sheet, we get to do something fun.  At the end of  the month, we'll have done 31 fun things, and a calendar to prove it!  Click here to download my March Fun List.

One of the things on the list this month is called Rainbow Stew.  The instructions for this were found in a library book, Mudpies to Magnets.  My daughter loved it!

Rainbow Stew is perfect for little hands that like to touch, but a lot cleaner than playdough or magic mud.  This colorful, squeezable stew stays in the ziplock bag, and doesn't get all over the carpet.  It's also a great way for your budding young scientist/artist to experiment with mixing colours. 

Recipe for Rainbow Stew

In a medium pot mix:

1/3 c sugar
1 c cornstarch
4 c water

Heat over medium heat stirring constantly.  When mixture is thick, remove from heat and let cool.

 - From Mudpies to Magnets

Once your mixture is made you are ready to play.

1. Separate the mixture into 4 (or more) bowls.  Add food colouring of desired colours to each.

2. Put 2-3 tablespoons of each color into a ziplock bag with a good seal.  You may wish to duct tape the end closed.

3. Play to your heart's content.

4. Hang your child's artwork on the wall or in the window.  Enjoy your beautiful rainbow creation!

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