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Posted on: August 26, 2009

I’ve been slacking on the blog again.  🙂  Last week B started on his first official week of preschool.  Besides being easily distracted, he’s been doing pretty well!  We’re doing Sonlight again (this year is more structured that the first– lots of getting ready for kindergarten).

P1290021P1290022P1290023He’s working on his hand writing.  For the last two weeks I’ve been constantly saying ” hold your crayon correctly”.  I wonder how long until the new habit is formed?

L insists the entire time on coloring until I give in, and then what she really wants is to play with the box of crayons.  You guessed it!  Dumping them on the floor!

My friend Morgan was kind enough to post her recipe for Bath Crayons on a previous post. So, instead of retrying my recipe (which I’ll post below), I used her recipe. I didn’t have much luck with it either to be honest.  Did yours work Mo?

Here they are mid-stir.  I got impatient and didn’t quite let them harden as much as I should’ve.  I must have stirred the dumb things for 10 minutes! I figured they’d dry out on their own.  Nah.  2 days later, and they are still soft.  I recommend that if you dye them as dark as I did mine: don’t add as much water as the recipe calls for.  My original recipe only called for 2 Tablespoons for a little less soap.

They turned out pretty, but one was actually supposed to be blue-green instead of double the blue. Oh well.  I let B use the one that’s just rolled up into a big crayon in the bathtub.  Despite all the food coloring I used it did not work very well.

Here is the next project we did from the same page as the original recipe.  I’m going to have to get Morgan’s recipe for this too, because it didn’t turn out as well as hers seemed to on her blog.  Here’s where I got my info:

A page I ripped out of a magazine probably 2 years ago trying to plan ahead for B. I randomly found it a few days ago while looking for a recipe in my unorganized binder.

Soap Crayons:

1 cup unscented soap flakes or a bar of soap, grated

2 Tbs hot water

Liquid food coloring

1. Mix soap and hot water in a plastic bowl, then divide into small bowls, one for each color.  Add 12 drops (at least) of liquid food coloring to each bowl. 2. Stir mixture until it thickens and becomes hard to stir.  Scoop up by the tablespoonful and roll into thick log shapes.  Let dry 1 to 2 days.

Finger Paints

2 cups cold water

3 tsp sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

Liquid food coloring

Small bowls or jars with lids

1. In a small pot, stir water, sugar, and cornstarch.  Whisk over low heat for 5 minutes until mixture is thick and clear.  2. Stir in corn syrup.  Pour paint into small containers with lids.  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each and shake until color is well mixed.  (I had to stir mine– too thick for shaking).

Speaking of Morgan– I got a package from her with late birthday gifts!  Check out this awesome apron she made me!  (sorry for the terrible photography)

B and I tried to make bath crayons tonight. I guess we’ll have to try again after I find soap flakes. I tried to use the ivory soap I have chopped up in the food processor (just like when I make laundry detergent). The Ivory was too soft, so it didn’t get into small enough chunks. I’m still going to have B try these out in the tub tomorrow morn. Surely they’ll at least color the water. That and a couple stories is all that we got done today for school, so art and literature. 🙂 We’ve managed to get some school fit into a little more than half of our days, so that’s pretty good for preschool! Life is his classroom.

We officially started school today.  Not that you wouldn’t find us doing similar activities on previous days, but I made more of an effort today. 🙂  Our subjects today were Bible, Social Studies, and Art.


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