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Home Made Craft Clay

My children absolutely,positively go bonkers over play doh and clay. They go on for hours playing and creating and imagining, it's so wonderful to see them all pitch in and help one another with their creations!

Over the years we have bought so much play doh, I thought today we can try making our own. What a reward they would feel and also nice science experiement to see how liquids solidify!

I should have taken pics of the process,but really this was just a spontaneous experiment so I wasn't so prepared with step by step pics!

First I will share the craft clay recipe we used:


1 cup salt
2 cups flour
2 cups water
4 tbsp oil
4 tbsp cream of tartar ( in baking section of grocery store)
food coloring

Combine, and our in pan over low heat.
Stir constantly until mixture binds together

This recipe I split up to make 4 colors. You will have to split and color before you put in pan.

The recipe is quite easy and comes together well. I will also say that the clay is super soft! I did let my lil 17 month old play with it,watching him closely of course. He was able to manipulate it and play with it just fine.


Here are our pics:




Our octopus growing hair!




Another one of our play doh tools, perfect flower imprint!



Another tool, which this clay worked perfectly in!




Storage suggestions! We are storing ours in old play doh containers that we saved. You could also store in plastic storage bags or even small yogurt containers with lids. The possibilities are endless when playing and storing! This clay can sure be a money saver and a wonderful activity to play when it's cold out or even when a lil one is sick and bored sitting in their room!

Go make some craft clay today and play with it yourself so you can see. You will feel like a kid again, and your kids will love the quality play time!

Enjoy!



                               

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Arabic Alphabet Desk Strip

Since we're working on arabic in our home, I wanted to make it more realistic and keep a visual close to the kids.

We have used the regular English alphabet desk strips in the past, so I thought to make a fun arabic one.

Here is what it looks like:


Here is the file if you want to use it in your classroom too

Arabic Desk Strip

Enjoy teaching!



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Arabic Color Matching File Folder Game


More arabic practice in our house! I put together an arabic color matching file folder game similar to our paintbrush matching file folder.

Here are a few pics of our game:



The entire layout of the game

The pockets that hold the crayons


folder with out crayons in pockets


The crayons


Crayons and pocket up close

I have two versions to offer

Color

Black & White


Enjoy!



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Shoe Tying Practice

Having 4 littles in the house brings many busy days! My 5 yr old has been practicing shoe tying as a quiet activity latley. I didn't like the fact of using his dirty outside shoe to practice , so I did some searching and came up with an idea. I have seen many people make their own cardboard cutout of a shoe and then lace it and have their children practice.


I chose 5 pieces of sturdy cardboard, mine was from a diaper box. I used the end flap which happened to be white for what I used for the top piece.



Hot glue all of the pieces together except the white piece.



Next, you will need to punch holes in the white piece where you plan on lacing your shoelace for the tying practice.

Lace the top piece then hot glue it to the other 4 pieces, make sure you don't glue the end strings!

To make your shoe more fun, you can use fun colored shoelaces. There are so many varieties out there. We chose to use what we already had.


You don't have to do this last step, but I did to make the shoe look more finished.

Cut one or two white strips the width of the sides of your shoe and hot glue around the sides of the shoe.

This is what the sides will look like once the strips are completely glued.


Your ready to start decorating your shoe now!

Here are what our shoes looked like once the kids colored them.

We chose to color with markers, but you can either paint,color,glitter,glue nice beads or anything you can think of to make your shoe stand out and be appealing.


All three kids shoes.







Here are the sides of the shoes:





I think this is such a great alternative for learning how to tie your shoes. Go ahead, try it!



                                 
                                 

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