Homemade FUN With KIDS

I had a wonderful time recently playing with my 31/2 year old great niece Alayna.  I introduced her to Shadow Play. We both had a blast. All you need is a bright light (a good strong flashlight will work) and a white sheet.   Hang the sheet taut (we took a fitted sheet and stretched at around a couple of dining room chairs) and place the bright light behind you. Then make hand shadows or use the whole body!
Homemade Playdough (2 recipes)
All of the playdough recipes below are for children aged 2 years or older and require adult supervision at all times.

Rubbery Playdough

2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cornstarch

Mix with a fork until smooth. Boil over medium heat until thick. Spoon onto plate or wax paper.

Nature’s Playdough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
beet, spinach, and carrot juice

Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the playdough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange.

Things We Learn From Kids

Yeah, we learn a lot in school. And in life. And from reality tv.

  • Ten years old is apparently not to young to wear makeup. Anywhere.
  • When grocery shopping, your child must get a “treat.” Luckily, a parent can talk a child into believing a treat can be something you’d buy anyway, like cereal or yogurt.
  • Dresses are fancy – shorts are not. Therefore, shorts are not allowed.
  • Oriental Trading catalogs are a mom’s best friend: they’re free, they pass a great deal of time, and even if your kids decide they have to have something from one, it’ll probably only cost you 14 cents.
  • Sports are a good way to learn teamwork, but really, they’re just another good excuse to play dress up. And it’s called a soccer costume, not a uniform.
  • Kids will voluntarily wake up no earlier than 8:00 am, unless it’s a weekend or other day you would be sleeping in. Then, the wake up call comes at roughly 6:45.
  • Treats from the dentist’s “Treasure Box” are more revered than the present mom had to stake out at Toys R Us for two months leading up to Christmas.
  • The difference between big kids and little kids is simple. Big kids take showers, little kids take baths.
  • The difference between showers and baths is simple. Roughly 7 gallons of water on my bathroom floor.
  • Name brand Popsicles may cost twice as much as store brand ones, but the real Popsicles have jokes on the sticks. This, plus avoiding the tantrum that occurs when there’s no joke, makes it worth spending the extra $2.
  • Everyone – regardless of age, should have a birthday party. And it should have a theme. And streamers.
  • Spagettio’s is better than any other spaghetti anywhere. Don’t even try to convince them otherwise.
  • Raising young kids is like the ultimate math test. For example, be prepared to answer “What percent cute was I when I was 2?” and “How many times have we eaten Fruity Pebbles this summer?” followed by “How old will I be when you are 100?” and “Will I get my ears pierced when I am 8 or 14?” in rapid succession. Also be prepared to remember the answers for the next time.
  • Family laundry now consists of whites, darks and pinks.
  • “The Deep End” at the pool is scarier than any monster movie.
  • When left alone, two children can turn a perfectly clean house into a disaster zone in less than 3 minutes.
  • The Disney Channel could promote color bars for a month and those color bars would still be must-see-tv.
  • Nowhere, not even in the deepest part of your brain, is there an adequate answer to ‘Why?”

I’m sure you’ve learned a lot more than this but this is a start. Hope you’re having a great start to the workweek. – Justin


» “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toe nails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8

» “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

» “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

» “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

» “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

» “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

» “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7

» “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5

» “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7

» “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

» “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

» “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8

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