Bird Watching – To attract birds and squirrels, sew a garland of popcorn, grain cereals, and dried fruits to hang in a tree. Or, smear peanut butter on pinecones and sprinkle with seeds.

Number Mobile – This one-of-a-kind mobile can help your child learn numbers.
You need: a hanger, string, paint, a pencil, 1 ½ cups flour, 1 cup cornstarch,
¼ cup baking soda, ¾ cup salt, 1 cup and 1 tbsp. water, liquid soap and wax paper.

Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In the center of the dry mixture, add the water and mix well. Place a few drops of liquid soap on your hands and then knead the dough on wax paper until the dough is soft and workable. Help your child roll it into thin strips. Shape the strips into the numbers from one to nine. Poke a hole at the top of each number with a pencil. Let the numbers dry on wax paper for a few days. Then paint them one side at a time. Cut string of varying lengths, one piece for each number. Thread a piece of string through the hole in each number and knot one end. Knot the other end of the string on the hanger. Hang the number mobile for others to enjoy.

Edible Pretzel Letters – Let your child help mix the ingredients for the dough. Help your child form letters with the dough. When the pretzels have cooled, share the snack with your child. Enjoy!

You will need: 2 bowls, a spoon, measuring spoons, a fork, a cookie sheet, a pastry brush, an oven

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon yeast, ½ cup warm water, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon salt, salt in a shaker, 1 ½ cups flour, 1 egg

Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In one bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the honey and salt. Add the flour. Mix and knead the dough until it is smooth. Break off pieces of the dough and roll them into strips. Form letters of the alphabet with each strip and place them on the cookie sheet. In the second bowl, beat the egg with the fork. Brush the egg mixture on the letters. Sprinkle the letters with salt. Bake for 10 minutes.

Rainbow Snack
Measuring is a good way to practice fractions.
Measure and mix these ingredients for a tasty snack.
--1 cup of fruit-flavored puffed cereal
--1 cup of fruit-flavored cereal shaped like Os
--1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
--1/2 cup of peanuts or mixed nuts
--1/2 cup of raisins and other dried fruits

Put all of the ingredients into a small plastic bag. Give the bag a good shake. Your snack is ready for travel!

Wind Chimes – Create a wind chime by forming thin squares of clay. Poke a hole at the top of each square, and let the clay dry. Put a hanger in a breezy area, and tie the square to it with different lengths of string.

Alphabet Crackers – These tasty treats will motivate your child to learn the alphabet. Ask your child to arrange the alphabet crackers a few at a time in ABC order. Then ask your child to spell his or her name.
You need: ½ c flour, 1/8 tsp garlic salt, 2 tbsp sesame seeds, 3 tbsp cold butter, and 2 tbsp ice water.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, garlic salt, and sesame seeds in a bowl. Cut cold butter into the mixture. Stir until crumbly. Add ice water and mix. Form a ball. Roll out pieces of the dough to form tubes as wide as a pencil. Create alphabet letters with the dough. Place the letters on a cookie sheet, and flatten the top of the letters slightly. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and eat.

Shadow Fun – Help your child make puppets by cutting outlines of people and animals out of cardboard or construction paper. Tape the puppets onto craft sticks. Hang a sheet across a doorway as a screen. Turn out the lights. Have your child hold the puppets while you shine a flashlight on them to cast a shadow on the sheet. Move the flashlight. Have your child observe that the nearer the flashlight is to the puppet, the bigger the puppet’s shadow becomes. This is because as the flashlight gets nearer the puppet, the puppet blocks more light and creates a bigger shadow.

Making a Clock – You will need a piece of paper, a paper plate, crayons, scissors, and a metal brad. Punch a hole in the center of the plate. Ask your child to write numbers on the plate as they appear on a clock. Cut one small hand and one long hand from paper. Punch holes in the hands and fasten them to the plate with the metal brad. Encourage your child to “set” the clock for different times. For instance, ask your child to show what time he or she wakes up, eats lunch, or goes to bed.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
You need:
--pumpkin seeds
--cookie sheet
--vegetable oil

1. Turn the oven to 250 degrees.
2. Wash and dry some pumpkin seeds.
3. Pour a light coat of vegetable oil on a cookie sheet.
4. Spread the pumpkin seeds evenly over the sheet. Put salt on them, if you like.
5. Bake the seeds for about 15 minutes. Stir the seeds so they don’t burn and return them to the oven for about 15 minutes more. When they turn golden brown, the seeds are done.
6. Cool the seeds. Share them with a friend.