Making marshmallows!

Picked up a wonderful book at the library: A Kid’s Herb Book for children of all ages. Delightfully written, it has stimulated a new interest for me. On page 27, we discovered that we could make our own root beer using sarsaparilla! How fun! We set out on a quest to several different natural food stores to find this root. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any of it; however on the same page we saw that we could make our own marshmallows if we found some marshmallow root powder. Yah! Only one store carried it and it was not root powder, but the root itself. So borrowing a mortar and pestle from our friend (thanks Robyn!) we crushed and ground the root up in order to make our marshmallow root powder.

Today we mixed the ingredients and baked the ‘marshmallows’ for an hour at a low temperature. The marshmallows were basically little meringues. The marshmallow root added  … well… a unique flavour, shall we say. My husband described it as a cross between a “moldy” and “the smell of an old person’s home” kind of flavour.  The verdict? We will not be making our own marshmallows anytime soon, however we are glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

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Easter Eggs, the paper mache way!

This morning I felt a little bit frazzled by all the mess surrounding me on all sides. I didn’t have a well-thought-out plan for the morning either, besides our usual music, math and phonics time. One of the kids suggested making paper mache balloon eggs to celebrate Easter! My first thought was, “Ugh! Mess! Do we really need more mess??!”  and my second thought was, “Hey, why not?!?” I had not attempted paper mache since my own elementary school days, so after a quick Google search we began. We used flour and water to make our paste. It was goopy and goo-y and so much fun!  The only catch is that due to the necessity of creating several layers of gooped-up, pasted-on newspaper strips, we have to dry our balloons in between. This means several days of goopy, messy, pasty mess before the layers will be done. But, as I’m just along for the ride here, may as well enjoy it, right? 🙂

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Easy Fall Decor

Easy! Fun! So much fun that we spent over an hour on something that I imagined would take all of 15 minutes!

Supplies: crayons or pastels, paper, leaf to trace, scissors and tape!

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Happy fall!



Easter egg fun

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Countdown to Puerto Rico!

Hubby and I were headed to Puerto Rico for an Earthwatch Expedition in the rainforest. I made a big poster with the kiddos with pictures of things we might see in Puerto Rico. It doubled as a way to count down the days until our return. We listened to videos of the coqui frogs that we were on our way to study, as well as Puerto Rican style music! So festive and so much fun! The kids each coloured a flag of Puerto Rico to place on or near the poster.

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Random Creativity

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