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Homemade Play Dough

Store bought play dough is fun to play with but you can make your own at home for less
and part of the fun is making it with the kids. Here is a easy to follow recipe that can be
made on the stove or in the microwave:

* 1 cup of flour
* 1 cup of water
* 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
* ½ cup of salt
* 1 tablespoon of oil
* Food coloring (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a pot or microwave safe dish and mix until it is lump-
free. Then on the stove stir over low heat until the mixture starts to thicken being
careful that it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom. Stop when it is the consistency you
want for the play dough. When making the play dough in the microwave cook it in
small increments on a lower power setting. Take it out and stir at least every 45
seconds. Again, you are done when the play dough has reached the desired
consistency.

Let the children play and build whatever they want. If they don’t already have toys
designated for play dough let them use some kitchen utensils such as cookie cutters
and a rolling pin. It is food safe and easy to clean-up afterwards.

If something is sculpted or made that the child is particularly proud of, set it in the
sun for a day or two and let it dry out. It should harden nicely and they will be able to
keep it for some time.

Charge the children to use the dough to find different textures around the house or
outside. Gently press the play dough into the textured surface and see if the children
can guess what it came from (like the bottom of a shoe or a cheese grater).

 

The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.

Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest

Climate types
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:

Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.

Humidity
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.



Summertime Picnics

Summertime, kids, and picnics are meant to go together. Having a picnic doesn’t have to be reserved for a day out at the beach or park. Kids love to eat outside, especially if it means they don’t have to stop playing to come inside and get cleaned up. If you are going to have a picnic during an outing, be sure to practice food safety and have icepacks in with the food or cooler. Summertime Picnics


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