|Kids love to get gift baskets too. You can
use a basket, a metal lunch box, or a child’s travel cool pack as a
presentation for your gifts. There are so many things you can include
– a paint apron, paints, markers, crayons, stickers and sticker book,
modeling clay, fancy scissors, a book, a video, rubber stamps, fancy
punches, coloring book, bubbles, construction paper, etc. Here are
recipes for a couple of homemade items to include. My cousin, who is a
nanny, sent these.
Colorful Creative Salt Glitter
Add 8-10 drops of food coloring to 1/2
cup household salt. Stir well. Cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes and
spread on waxed paper and let air dry. Store in airtight container. Use
to make all kinds of pretty pictures with the kids.
Edible Peanut Butter Playdough
4 T. peanut butter
4 T. honey
Mix ingredients with your hands, adding
powdered milk little by little until dough has texture to where it won’t
stick to your fingers. Shape into desired forms and play with. If you
want, you can roll it out and use cookie cutters and eat as desired.
My sister-in-law, who has taught
kindergarten, suggested that you include a recipe for dinosaur food.
Kids love to make this!
2 c. crushed bones (sugar)
1 stick fat (margarine)
1/2 c. swamp water (milk)
3 c. dried weeds (quick cooking oats)
1/2 c. dirt (cocoa)
1/2 c. squashed bugs (peanut butter)
Combine crushed bones, fat and swamp
water in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for one minute.
Remove from heat. Add dirt, squashed bugs, and dried weeds. Mix well.
Drop the dinosaur food by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Allow to cool.
Makes 36 cookies.