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Tired of eating peanut butter? The kids can play with it too! This is one of the few times it is really okay to play with your food as the play-dough is edible, but only for children over the age of one year.
Peanut Butter Play-dough
In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter and confectioners' sugar. Then beat in the honey and fold in the milk powder. Divide the dough into small portions and refrigerate or freeze until you are ready to use it.
Decorate the house in red, white and blue (how about colored napkins on the table?) Put out an American flag, and serve red, white and blue snacks. Blue and white corn chips with red salsa, vanilla ice cream with strawberries and blueberries or layers of colored Jell-o served with whipped cream.
You need a small toy car and a pencil for each racer and some string cut into equal lengths. Younger children should use short string; older children may have the patience for longer pieces. Tie one end of the string to the front of a car and the other end to the middle of the pencil. Pick a starting line at one end of your room and put the cars down. Now walk away as far as the string will let you. Move the cars toward you by rolling the string up on the pencil. How fast can the car go? The winner is the first racer who gets the car back to where he is standing.
Beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Grease a griddle or frying pan. For each pancake, pour batter into one large circle and two smaller circles at the top to make a Mickey Mouse. Cook until pancake is puffed and dry around the edges. Turn and cook the other side until golden brown. Use chocolate chips for the eyes if you'd like!
Drum: You need a coffee can or a round carton like the kind oatmeal comes in. Poke holes for a string so that the child can wear it around his neck; find two sticks to beat the drum.
Stringed Instrument: Cut a hole in the cover of a shoebox and tape the cover to the box so it doesn' t fall off. Stretch rubber bands over the box and plunk away. Try different rubber bands wide and narrow, tight and loose.
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