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slime?!Pinterest has been the bane of my existence. At first, I was sooo excited at all the inspiration, the creativity, and the awesome ideas of what I could do with my preschool children. Then I tried some ideas. And failed. Quite a lot.
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By training I’m a scientist (Ph.D. in Biology), and with each unsatisfactory attempt at making finger paints that cracked, or colored sand that stayed brown, I got frustrated that the proportions of the ingredients were not great, and that I didn’t know what the variables were that would make each recipe a success.



So my children and I started testing and experimenting. I am compiling all the recipes I have tested and optimized into a handy, boxed collection: Recipes for Disaster. My plan is to produce this as an actual physical product by fall 2014.

Meanwhile, Last year we stayed at the very kid-friendly, arty Searsport Shores Ocean Campground for a week.  Read my blog post of our trip here.  This year, we will be back showing fellow campers some of the trick and lessons we have learned.

During my week as Artist-in-Residence at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground (July 6 to July 12), I will have a different theme each day. I will show you how to make colored sand, pasta, rice, and sugar, several different kinds of paints, doughs, clays, slimes, and BUBBLES. We will measure and cook and mix all these recipes from scratch and I will have several suggestions on what to create from our concoctions – making marbled paper, making your own bouncy ball, a colorful salt mandala…

My sessions will be perfect for all ages – we have been trying  these recipes since my children were toddlers. At the same time, using some of these basic materials is only restricted by your creativity. I will be taking pictures to add to my blog Playground Hunt, so please join us in making some of our Recipes for Disaster art.

Awesome Stuff I found on Pinterest

Arts & Crafts on Any Budget!Here is a round-up of my favorites pins I found during the last week on Pinterest… Follow Me on Pinterest

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final color discs


Sine I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about what happens if you mix not just two color, but three (think “what color do I get when I put together yellow and blue and green”) I thought it was time for some more independent investigation…

I found some plastic ring binder dividers, cut out some circles by tracing a cup, and used a pipe cleaner to tie the circles together.

Totally worth the 2 minute investment for a 5 minute toy 😉

ingredients for color circles

Ingredients for making color circles: plastic ring binder dividers, pencil, cup, scissors, pipe cleaner


Plastic discs cut from plastic binder dividers. I used just yellow, blue, red.

color discs tied together

I tied together the color discs by bending a pipe cleaner – I used my pink Leatherman – swoon

final color discs

Looking at the finished color disc contraption – look at it against a light for best effect