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Aromatherapy Wraps
You can make one of those hot wraps that people use for neck, back, knee, or shoulder pain. Use any fabric that you have laying around. A good size is 2 feet by 1 1/2 feet. You can also make a more contoured wrap for the neck in a U-shape. Cut out two pieces of fabric and place wrong sides together. Stitch the two long sides and one short side. Turn right side out. Fill with regular rice (DO NOT use quick cook or minute rice) and herbs of your choice. Cinnamon sticks, cloves, rose petals, and such make good fillers. Lavender does especially well and is very soothing. Do not over fill. Stitch either by hand or machine, taking care not to spill the rice. To use, warm in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Feel wrap. Heat further in 30 second intervals, so as to not burn the rice. Do not heat for more than 3 minutes. To store, put in a large plastic bag and keep in freezer, which helps the wrap stay fragrant longer.
 

Prophets Memory Game

From lds.org, download pictures of all the prophets. Size them to be small and make two copies of each prophet. Cut out and glue each to a piece of cardboard. Cut the cardboard to fit the picture. You now have a game of "Memory" using the prophets.

Colorful Pinecones

Take some pinecones and put in a bucket. Add water to cover and add a cup or so of epsom salts. Soak overnight, then remove from water and let dry. Throw these in a fire as kindling. The epsom salts will make the fire burn different colors. Kids love these for campfires.

Homemade Craft Supplies for Kids

Play-Doh

3 cups flour

1 1/2 cups salt

6 tsp. cream of tartar

3 cups cool water

3 Tbsp oil

Food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in a big cooking pot. Blend liquids together in a bowl. Combine with dry ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about 5 min.) Turn onto board or counter and knead until smooth play dough consistency. Store in an airtight container.





Cornstarch Finger paint

3 tbsps. sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 cups cold water

Food coloring

Soap flakes

or liquid dishwashing soap

Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cold water and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide into four or five portions (in muffin tins or cups). Add a drop or two of food coloring to each portion and a pinch of soap flakes or soap. Stir and let cool. Store in airtight container.