Monday, October 31, 2011

Make Leaves from Bread or Cornstarch???

Incredible Dough Leaves

Materials Needed:
  • Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue

  • Bread, 1 Slice White or Cornstarch
  • Plastic Cup
  • Craft Stick
  • Small Plastic Bag
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Acrylic Paint for Leaves
  • Paintbrush or Paper Towel
  • Rolling Pin - Optional
  • Wax Paper
  • Leaf

Instructions for Bread Dough: 
1. Remove crust and discard. 
2. Tear bread into small pieces, placing in cup. 
3. Add 2 tablespoons Tacky Glue. 
4. Mix with craft stick until coarse ball forms. 
5. Place ball into plastic bag. Knead until smooth and pliable. 

Instructions for Cornstarch Dough:   
1. Place 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part glue in plastic bag. Close bag.
2. Mush until completely mixed. Add more cornstarch if it's too sticky or add more glue if it's too stiff.

Instructions to Make Leaves: 
  1. Place wax paper on work surface. Flatten dough to slightly larger than leaf with your hands or using rolling pin.
  2. Press leaf into dough with veins on dough. Remove by pulling it straight up. If desired, cut around edges with a knife. Let dry.
  3. Squeeze out a small puddle of paint on wax paper. Paint with brush or dabbing on with paper towel.

Create beautiful roses, sculptures, kid’s crafts and more with this Incredible Bread Dough. Make any size amount of dough using the ratio of one slice of bread to 2 tablespoons Tacky Glue.  Check out more amazing ways to use this dough in the Make Healthy Fun! book, ebook or video.

Fall Leaves

Head out for a walk and gather up fabulous colorful leaves for decorating an unusual part of your home (or office).  Glue or tape the leaves to ribbon and hang from your ceiling for a Thanksgiving celebration! Thumbtacks work great for anchoring the ribbon to the ceiling or add them to your ceiling fan for a fantastic look!  Check out the Make Healthy Fun! book, ebook or video for more recipes and ideas to keep kids busy and healthy.

Happy Healthy Halloween!

Hello my pretties!

I have on my jack-o-lantern socks, ghost earrings and an orange blouse.  Let the fun begin!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Play-Doh's Halloween Treat without the Sweet

I love Play-Doh's Treat without the Sweet idea!!!  Way to go!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Reality TV and Self Image in Girls

Girl Scouts of America released a press release regarding reality tv and tween and teen girls..

As reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike, tween and teen girls who regularly view reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance, according to Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV, a national survey released today by the Girl Scout Research Institute.
Check out the entire press release at:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bundle up the kids, grab a couple of disposable cameras and head out on a scavenger hunt!  It's a great activity to get the entire family out and moving.  For the younger kids, be sure to have supervision for each child.

Make up a list of items the kids need to find.  Have them photograph the item when they find it and keep going for a specific amount of time and then everyone meet back up to see who found the most items on the list.

Make it extra fun by rolling up the list like a pirate's map, attach stickers and tie on raffia.

Don't forget about prizes for whoever photographs the most items on the list!

Download or print the photos and see what exciting shots they got!  Enlarge the special photos for holiday gifts.

Have fun!

Garden Fresh Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh from my garden, sugar snap peas.  Not only are the plants beautiful with their tendrils and delicate looking flowers, the peas are mighty tasty.  They grow quickly too - perfect to keep a child's attention during the growing season!!!  Time to go plant more!