Miss Hannah had a Teddy

How To Play the Action Song
(words in red, action in blue)

Miss Hannah had a teddy, who was sick, sick, sick.
(fold your arms and rock them as if you were holding the sick teddy)
So she called for doctor Yanic to be quick, quick, quick.
(put one hand to your ear and use the other to dial)
The doctor came with his bag and his hat,
(pat your head to show your hat)
And he knocked on the door, with a rat-a-tat-tat.
(pretend to knock on the door)

He looked at the teddy and he shook his head,
(shake your head)
And he said, " Miss Hannah put her straight to bed".
(wag your finger)
He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill.
(write with a finger on the palm of your hand)
That will make it better yes it will, will, will.
(nod again to show that teddy will get better)

String Paintings

(string painting by Thomas, 2 years old)

What You Will Need

white paper sheet
string (one piece for each paint colour, about 6 inches long)
non-toxic paints, approximately 2 tablespoons per colour


1. It works best if the paint is spread in a swallow dish or bowl. Dip a piece of string in the paint, saturated it well.

2. Drag and drop the string against the paper.

3. Repeat with the other paint colours.

Additional Details

Use strings of different textures and widths for a varied effect.

Fold your paper in half to make a pretty card.

Purple Moos

What You Need

3 cups of vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 can of frozen grape juice (concentrate, not diluted)
1.5 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 cup of milk


1. Place yogurt, grape concentrate, lemon and milk in a blender.

2. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Additional Details

This makes about 4 cups of Purple Moo.

This is so tasty that adults will enjoy it just as much as children.

Five Fat Peas

How To Play the Action Song

(words in red, action in blue)

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed
(hold hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did the rest.

(put thumb and all fingers up one by one)

They grew and grew and did not stop
(move hand up very slowly and stretch fingers apart)

Until one day when the pod went POP!
(clap hands together at the word POP)

Paper Mache Bowl

What You Will Need

1 recipe Paper Mache Paste

bowl (to mold)
scissors (big ones for you, safety ones for the kids)
an assortment of non-toxic paints
a paint brush
scotch tape
piece of thin plastic wrap (big enough to cover your bowl)


1. Cut strips from the newspaper - about 1 inch wide, 2 inches long.

2. Cover the bowl (to be molded) with a plastic wrap. The wrap will allow the bowl to be removed easily when the project is complete. Tape the wrap into place. Turn the bowl upside down on your work area.

3. Dip the paper strips into the paste. Put the covered strips between your thumb and index finger. Slide your fingers down over the paper, with an easy pressure, to remove excess paste.

4. Place the strips on the bowl in a crisscrossed fashion. Make sure you overlap layers. Be certain to give good coverage to the sides of the bowl as well as the bottom.

5. Let your project dry, sitting it in a dry, warm place. It will take about 48 hours for the project to be well dried.

6. Carefully remove the paper-mache form from the original bowl.

6. Peel away the plastic.

7. Any excess, or uneven edges may be trimmed with scissors.

8. Paint your masterpiece and let dry.

(painted by Nicholas, 7 yrs old)

Additional Details

Light paint colours let the newsprint show through as in the photo below.

Use dark coloured paints if you do not want the newsprint to show.

This is a messy project but very fun to do and the end result is well worth the effort.

Coloured Celery

What You Will Need

celery stalk
1 cup of water
12 drops of dark food-colouring


1. Put the food colouring in the cup of water. Mix well.

2. Cut the end off the celery stalk.

3. Place the celery in the cup, cut side down.

4. Set the cup/celery aside. It will take approximately 18 - 24 hours for the celery to become coloured.

Skunk Stump Stunk

A comical tongue twister...

A skunk sat on a stump
and thunk the stump stunk,
but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Kool-Aid PlayDough

What You Will Need

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water


1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.

2. Add the water and oil.

3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Stir constantly. When the mixture forms a ball in the pot, set aside to cool.

5. Knead until smooth.

Additional Details

Store the Kool-Aid playdough in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

This playdough has the same consistency as store-quality playdough.

This playdough smells wonderful.

Craft Glitter

What You Will Need

1/4 cup table salt
12 drops of food colouring (any colour)


1. Add food colouring to salt.

2. Mix well.

3. Microwave the salt on a plate for 2 - 3 minutes.

4. Store in an air-tight container.

Paper Mache Paste - Easy

What You Will Need

1 cup flour
2 cups water
2 teaspoons of salt
fork or whisk to mix


1. Mix the flour, salt and water.

2. Mix well to get out all the lumps.

3. The paste should have the consistency of thick glue. Add more water or flour, if necessary.

Additional Details

This paste will last a few days, refrigerated and covered.

That's it!
Super easy.

Ladybug, Ladybug

Getting Ready For the Game

Have the children stand several feet from each other.

How To Play the Action Song
(words in red, action in blue)

Ladybug, ladybug,
(move fingers)

Let me see your crawl,
(crawl slowly on all fours)

Hurry after those harmful bugs
(move quickly on all fours)

But be careful, do not fall!
(fall over)

I Thought A Thought

Fun tongue twister... try it 2 times, fast...

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn't the thought
I thought I thought.

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn't the thought
I thought I thought.

Ooblick - Crazy Sludge

What You Will Need

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
a few drops of food colouring
a mixing bowl


1. Dump the cornstarch and baking soda in a bowl. Mix well.

2. Pour the drops of food colouring into the water.

3. Slowly pour the water mixture into the dry mixture.

4. Mix with your hands. At first the Ooblick will be crumbly until well mixed.

Additional Details

Ooblick is crazy stuff. It acts like a liquid (it will pour and splatter) and a solid (it will shatter, crack, crumble) at the same time.

The ooblick doesn't last long, maybe an hour before it looses it properties, so have your fun immediately!

Wait for the mess to dry for easy clean up.