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From my notebook…

Happy Rolls
Measure 1 cup warm water into a bowl and sprinkle 1 package of fast-rising yeast onto the top of the water. Let it settle into the water.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup of cooking oil, 3 cups of flour, and a dash of salt. Add the yeast and water mixture and place the dough on a floured board. Show your children how to knead the dough, and allow them to take turns.

After kneading the dough for about 10 minutes, place the ball of dough into a greased bowl. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled. Take the dough out of the bowl and punch down. Knead for several more minutes and then divide into 12 to 15 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place on a greased cookie sheet. Let the dough rise again until doubled. Bake at 450 for 10 to 12 minutes.

From my notebook…

Tree of Thanks

Cut open a large grocery bag so it lays flat. Cut out a tree trunk and branch shapes. Use colored paper and cut out leaf shapes. Have your children write what they are thankful for on the leaves and then add them to the tree.

From my notebook…

Paper Collage Turkeys
Cut turkey shapes out of brown construction paper. Give your child the shape and scraps of colorful construction paper. Let your child tear the paper into small pieces. Glue the torn pieces on the turkey’s hindquarters to make colored feathers. Add eyes and other features with a marker.

From my notebook…

Show your child how to choose a new screen saver to suit the season or a current interest. We like to put seasonal “Waldorf” pictures in a folder and choose that folder for the screen saver to cycle through. You can also choose the marquee option and type a message. We sometimes enter our Bible verse for the week.

Glueless Collages
When I was teaching toddler preschool, I loved doing this!

Tape a piece of clear contact paper, sticky side out, to a table or wall.

Set out bowls of “stickables”–felt scraps, tissue paper squares, crepe paper streamers, ribbon pieces, magazine pictures, foam pieces, feathers, etc.

Let your child explore the sticky paper and place the objects on the paper.

Preserve the collage with a second piece of contact paper on top of the first.

These make great suncatchers!

From my notebook…

Vibrant Play Dough
1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 c. water
4 tsp. baby oil

Cook over medium hear, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool and then knead until smooth. Divide the dough into 4 portions. Put on rubber gloves and then pour about 2 tsp of liquid watercolor into each ball. Knead until the color is evenly distributed. Store in an airtight container and put in the fridge for extended storage.

From my notebook…

Five little chickadees sitting on the door.
Hold up hand.
One flew away and then there were four.
Put down one finger at a time.
Four little chickadees sitting on a tree.
One flew away and then there were three.
Three little chickadees looking at you.
One flew away and then there were two.
Two little chickadees sitting in the sun.
One flew away and then there was one.
One little chickadee sitting all alone.
He flew away and then there was none!

From my notebook…

Cheese Pretzels

1 cup warm water
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) dry yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
3 cups flour
3/4 cup grated cheese (cheddar, American, or parmesan)

Proof yeast in water. Mix in remaining ingredients, adding cheese last. Knead well and divide into 18 portions. Roll into worm shapes, alphabet letters, pretzel shapes, etc. Place on a cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

From my notebook…

Pumpkin Cookies

1 C shortening
1 C sugar
1 C solid-packed pumpkin
1 egg
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Cream the shortening, sugar, and pumpkin together with a mixer. Add the egg and mix well. Sift together the dry ingredients and then add them to the creamed mixture. Drop rounded teaspoonfulls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

OK, the shortening part isn’t so great (but do you know they make organic shortening? So it’s OK, right? Because it’s organic!) but these are really, really yummy.

From my notebook…

I rake and rake the leaves into a great big heap.
Pretend to rake
Then into the leaves I jump and take a great big leap.
Jump and squat.
I cover myself with the leaves and hide from you.
Then I jump up and, “Peek-a-Boo!”
Jump up!
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