Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving! We'll be seeing my family on Thursday and then the in-laws on Saturday, so we'll spread out our feasting a bit!

We did spend Monday - Wednesday doing our regular school things. On Monday, we spent time learning about the 5 senses. I found this really cool game at a discount store, for about $1 and we're using it for games we're making up as we go. It has two spinners, and bingo shaped cards and then various picture cards as well....on a very sturdy platic that I LOVE!

I figured since we were working on the senses, I'd incorporate that in as we made homemade pumpkin spice play-doh.

We worked on smelling....

...tasting..

...touching...

....more smelling....

...and a LITTLE more touching!

Seeing was as the dough started to thicken and form while I was cooking it, but I couldn't stir and take a photo at the same time. Hearing was listening to the directions as I gave them the amounts of things to add to the mixture.

Here is the recipe (courtesy of Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations) if you'd like to make your own batch!

~ 2 cups of flour
~ 1 cup salt
~ 4 tsp. cream of tartar
~ 1/4 cup cinnamon
~ 2 Tbsp. cloves
~ 2 Tbsp. nutmeg
~ 2 tsp. ginger
~ 2 cups water
~ 2 Tbsp. oil
To Make:
1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and spices together in a mixing bowl.
2. Add the water and oil to the dry ingredients and mix together well.
3. Transfer mixture to a medium sized saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.
4. The dough will begin to thicken and form. When it becomes difficult to stir and is more solid, remove from heat and carefully knead the dough. {Note: dough will be hot!}
5. When dough has cooled, have fun playing. Store in the fridge to help the dough last longer ~ this is great for the holidays!

This was the final week of ballet until January. Lindsey's little class did a presentation for the parents on Monday night, so here are a few OH.SO.CUTE photos!

Here is Jayden, Gracie and Lindsey, her "bestest friends in the whole wide world EVER!" I love how their pesonalities came out in this photo!

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