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810-Umcast»r Fanning, Saturday, July 3, 1993
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Farming Staff
EPHRATA (Lancaster Co.)
Kids Can always find plenty to do
outside during the summertime,
but what do you do when it rains?
Here are ideas to have as much
fun inside as outside. ClijJ this
page and show it to an adult who
can help you do some of these
The kids pictured on this page
are cousins who recently visited
relatives in the area for a week of
summertime fun. Zachary Martin,
son of Karl and Patti Martin, lives
in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Stephanie Martin, daughter of
Dean and Eunice Martin, lives in
Birmingham, Alabama. Peter Mar
tin, son of Daryl and Karen Martin,
lives in Berne, Indiana.
Try these ideas and you will find
playing inside can be as much fun
as swimming and roasting hot dogs
You don’t need to buy play
dough at die store. Have your
child help you make your own
play dough, using one of these
Homemade Play Dough
1 cup white flour
'A cup salt
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tsp. food coloring
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Mix the flour, salt, and cream of
tartar in a medium-size saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly (about 3-5 minutes).
Mixture will become stiff. Keep
stirring until the mixture cleans
the bowl like pie dough. Remove
from heat, beat, cool. Knead like
bread on a floured surface. Store
in a plastic bag or air tight
Edible Play Dough
(let your child make her own
Vi cup peanut butter
'A cup honey
1 cup dry non-fat milk solids
l'/« cup graham cracker crumbs
Raisins, pitted prunes, grated car
rot or carrot curls, grated apple,
etc. for decorations.
Combine all ingredients in a
bowl. Mix well.
summertime. Here, Peter Martin takes a bite.
mmertime Fun Indoors And Out
Caution: Do not use honey in
uncooked foods for infants under
the age of one year. Honey may
contain botulism toxins.
Cut individual egg cups out of a
molded egg carton. Scallop the
sides and paint with poster paint in
gay tulip colors.
Fill a paper or plastic container
(cottage cheese carton, etc.) with
sand, gravel or soil and cover
sides with foil. Make stems by
gluing pipe cleaners to bottom of
tulips, press stems into the soil
material in a pleasing arrange
ment. Vary the length of the
stems. Add leaves cut from craft
paper, stiffen by gluing pipe
cleaners down the center of the
Play Dough Prints
Give your child a rolling pin
(real or play) to flatten the dough.
Provide a variety of different
objects to make clay imprints. Try
buttons, seeds, uncooked maca
roni, paper clips, etc.
Have your child roll three play
dough “sticks” in different
lengths. Ask your child which
“stick” is longest? Shortest?
Middle sized? Have her roll four
“sticks.” Ask her to start with the
smallest “stick” and line them up
so each stick is bigger than the one
before it. Gradually add more
sticks to this game.
Write the numerals 1-2-3-4-5
across a sheet of paper. Tell your
child the numerals you are writ
ing. Have him name them with
Have your child make small
balls of play dough. Place the cor
rect number of balls under each
numeral one ball under the
numeral “1”, two balls under the
numeral “2”, etc. Count the balls
with your child and name the
Remove the balls from under
the numerals. See if your child can
place the correct number of balls
under each numeral.
Warm and Cold
Have your child shape the play
dough into two balls. Put one ball
in the refrigerator and the other
outside in the sun for one hour. (If
it isn’t a sunny day, have your
child wrap one ball in aluminum
foil. Place in a warm oven (250 T)
until the play dough is warm.)
Give your child the warm and
cold balls of play dough. Let her
feel them. How are they different?
Similar? What happens as she
works with the cold dough? Warm
Play Dough Shapes
Encourage your child to roll,
pound, squeeze, and pat the dough
into different shapes. Let him use
cookie cutters to cut out different
shapes. Count the shapes he
makes. Group them together. For
example, put all the long ones in
one group, short ones in another,
and round ones in another.
BAREFOOT MARBLE GAME
2 pie tins or flat boxes
Pul the marbles in one contain
er. Let family members take turns
seeing how many marbles each
one can take from one container
and pul in the other by using their
Stephanie Martin watches as her cousin, Zachary Martin, picks up marbles with his
toes in the Barefoot Marble Game.
Swimming pool fun is a favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day.
Game can be played standing up or sitting down.