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Gift Ideas for Special Occasions
Playtime Basket

Playtime BasketKids 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
Powdered milk

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!

Dinosaur Food

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.



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