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Paper Mache' Hot Air Balloon
Need: small cardboard box, newspaper, pipe cleaners, 15 inch round balloons, flour & water, tempera paint, duct tape, twine

Mix flour and water to make the paper mache' paste. Tear newspaper into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Blow up the balloon and paper mache' covering all of the balloon. Cover the balloon 2 or 3 times and let dry over a weekend.

Cut 4 short pieces of twine and 2 long pieces of twine. Take the 4 short pieces of twine and tie to a small box. Then tape onto the sides of the balloon to hang below the balloon.

Tape the 2 long pieces of twine near the top of the balloon and tie the 2 pieces together to use to hang the Hot Air Balloon. Paper mache' the balloon with 2 or more layers and let dry.

When dry have children paint their hot air balloons. The children can use the pipe cleaners to make people to sit in the box of the hot air balloon or hang from the box. When dry hang from the ceiling in the room.

Paper Mache' Ant Hill
Need: 2 liter soda pop bottles, paper plates (or cardboard), newspaper, paper mache' paste, masking tape, paint.

Cover the tables with newspaper and then wax paper. You will only need the top part of the pop bottle. Cut the pop bottle in two or how tall you want the ant hill to be. Place the top part of the bottle in the center of a paper plate. Tape the pop bottle top to the paper plate. Now run strips of masking tape from the top of the bottle to the edges of the paper plate. It will now look like a hill.

Paper mache' covering the masking tape and the top part of the paper plate that it is taped to. Leave the hole in the top of the bottle open. Don't paper mache' the bottle opening. After the first layer is dry add 2 to 3 more layers of paper mache'.

After the paper mache' has dried paint your ant hill. Brown would work good or any color you would like it. Take some pipe cleaners and let the children bend them to look like ants to place on and around the ant hill

Indoor Greenhouse
Need: bottoms of clear 2 liter soda pop bottles, sand, dirt, seeds.

Each greenhouse will use 2 bottoms from soda pop bottles. Cut the bottles to have one bottom about 4 inches high (bottom of the greenhouse). Then cut the other bottle so that it is about 9 inches high (top of the green house).

In the 4 inch greenhouse bottom place a small amount of sand. You could also add some small rocks to help drainage. Add soil and seeds. Water then slip the 9 inch bottle over it to create a greenhouse. Place the greenhouse in a sunny spot. Depending on the seed you used plants should appear in 2 to 5 days.

The Walking Stick
Need: one stick per child (large and tall), sandpaper, string, feathers, beads, and paint.

Have children gather dry (not green) fallen branch's from a hardwood tree (maple, ash, or hickory). Each child needs to find a stick that feels comfortable. Usually just a little higher than the child's waist and easy to grip.

Peel away the bark on the stick and sand it with sandpaper. When it feels smooth the children can paint their sticks.

To personalize the stick more children can take a string about 5 to 6 inches long. Tie a knot at one end of the string. Put beads on the string and tie a feather on the end. Tie the end of the string that does not have a knot in it to the stick. One great looking walking stick!


Perfect For A Picnic©
By Kimberly M. Hutmacher

A baby blue sky
A bright golden sun
The perfect blanket
For afternoon fun!

Print the poem "Perfect For A Picnic" by Kimberly M. Hutmacher. After reading the poem have the children complete the illustration for the poem.
From the ebook "Poetry Play For Preschoolers" by Kimberly M. Hutmacher.

Click here for a printer friendly version of the poem "Perfect For A Picnic." A new window will open.



Green Refreshing Drink
Need: lemonade and blue Kool-aid

Make a colorful and refreshing summer drink. Mix lemonade and blue Kool-aid together to get a radioactive green summer drink.

Banana Nut Pudding
Need: 3 bananas, 1 1/2 cups applesauce, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 6 paper cups, blender.

Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Save some banana. Spoon into cups. Place a few bananas on top. Then refrigerate before serving.

Fresh Fruit Juice
Need: fresh fruits, stocking, blender, 1 cup water, bowl

Blend fruits and 1 cup water until it is fully mixed (about 30 seconds). Place a stocking in a bowl. Pour the juice from the blender into the stocking and squeeze the stocking until all that is left in the stocking is the remains of the fruit (peel, seeds, or pulp). Pour juice into cups and drink.

If your juice turns out on the tart side, you can sweeten it naturally with honey, pitted or chopped dates, raisins, grapes or juice. You could also use the traditional method- add sugar.

Contributed by: Bridgett Lewis

Sun Baked S'mores
Need: graham crackers, foil pie plate, aluminum foil, chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows.

Have children place graham crackers flat in a foil pie plate, sprinkle with chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows. Then lay another graham cracker on top. Cover the pie plate with aluminum foil (label with child's name). Place the covered pie plates outside in a sunny hot place. Check after about 10 minutes. They are done when the sun has melted the chocolate and marshmallows.

Sunshine Dessert
Need: Canned pineapple rings, yogurt and squirt syrup

Have each child place a pineapple ring onto a large paper plate. Fill center hole with flavored yogurt. Have children draw "rays" coming out in straight lines away from the pineapple ring. Contributed By: Jerie

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