I still haven’t gotten back into a real grove with Dora. I finally went to the doctor and learned that I have a nasal polyp, which is why it seems like I can’t shake this cold. My doctor is trying me on steroids, but I may need to have it surgically removed. In the interim, I’m feeling a bit run down.
I did take Dora to gymnastics this week. I may not go to this gymnastics school anymore, however, as they have a whole bunch of junk food machines right outside the door of her class. Dora doesn’t even like candy and so forth, but the bright colors are a major temptation to her. I’m not super health conscious, but I have some issues with taking my child to exercise at a place that has candy, chips, soda, etc. right outside the door of the classroom. It seems like making a buck is more important to them than promoting a healthy lifestyle – like we don’t get enough of that elsewhere.
I decided to forgo on making play dough this month as Dora just doesn’t seem to enjoy playing with it. Instead, we made flubber, using a recipe from CanTeach. I had thought that we would make it green for St. Patrick’s Day, but Dora insisted on blue. Here is the recipe:
- 2 c. Elmers Glue
- Food Coloring
- 4 tsp. Borax
- Warm water
In one bowl mix in 1 1/2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of Elmers Glue, and food colouring. In another bowl mix in 4 tsp. of Borax and 1 1/3 cup of warm water. Pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture. Do not mix or stir, just wait. Then just lift out the flubber. Store in baggies.
I did find that we needed to wait a bit longer than I expected, before all of the flubber was ready, maybe five minutes. Dora enjoyed playing with the flubber for a while, but like the play dough, not for very long. I think part of the problem is that she is sensitive to textures, so doesn’t really like touching things like flubber and play dough. We went through this with Primo, who actually has Asperger’s Syndrome, which often is associated with sensory integration issues (I also have some pretty major sensory issues).