Category Archives: Cooking

Pumpkin Pie Playdough!

Amber and I made pumpkin pie playdough for the kids.  We added cloves, ginger and cinnamon to the dough and some orange food coloring.   The result was absolutely wonderful and smelled delicious.  The kids loved it and had a difficult time leaving the center to let friends have turns with it!

They loved rolling out the dough and pretending to cook.

Pie tins were filled.

The dough had to be rolled again once it was put into the tins.

After the pie was finished it was time to share the desert!  We’ll have to make real pumpkin pies next week before Thanksgiving.

The playdough recipe we used is one of the best we have ever found and have been using it for years.  It’s very easy and quick to make.  It would be a great project for parents to do with kids at home.

Cream of Tartar Playdough

  • 1 cups flour
  • 1 cups water 
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • food coloring
  • flavorings (0ptional)
Place all ingredients in a large pan.  Cook slowly on medium-high heat and stir until the playdough thickens.  Remove the playdough from the pan and knead on floured surface until it’s no longer sticky.  Playdough can be stored in a plastic bag.

Highlights of our Ball Unit

The children have learned a tremendous amount while studying balls.  A foundation has been laid for measuring and graphing skills which will continue to be used throughout the year as we explore more science topics.  In addition to academic skills the kids just had fun.  Popping balls on the parachute is always a hit with the kids.

Gross motor skills are developed while playing a variety of ball games.

Making melon balls was a lot of work, but fun.  

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Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

The toddlers made strawberry yogurt popsicles to share with their friends.

They blended vanilla yogurt, orange juice, a bit of sugar, and fresh strawberries in a bowl.  The mixture was poured into paper cups and frozen for afternoon snack.

The babies loved the toddler’s popsicles!

The toddlers joined the older kids at the preschool house to share their popsicles.

Strawberry Popsicle Recipe

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 3 ounce paper cups
  • popsicle sticks

Blend all ingredients in bowl until smooth.  Pour into molds and freeze.  Makes 6 servings.

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