Ballers. Cotton Ballers.

“The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said how we wish we had something to do.” Dr. Seuss

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We’re euphoric in the glow of Gammy and Poppy’s house, but even that needs some reinforcements.  Especially on a rainy Tuesday, so… Activities On the Road edition.  (Yes, my daughter has food on her face.  Yes, it’s Nutella.  Yes, that was her lunch.)

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Materials? Cotton balls, flour, food coloring, water.  And, the food coloring is optional so this activity is as bare bones as they come.  Shout out to this blog for the idea snagged off Pinterest.

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There are two phases to this project as ‘cooking’ is required.  (By cooking, I just mean putting something into an oven.)  For the first phase, I rallied my troops and had them each put 1/2 cup of flour into a bowl.

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Then, they each put 1/2 cup of water into the same bowl.  Share and share alike.  We stirred the mixture until it was like pancake batter.  My mom happened to have food coloring so we divided the batter into 4 ramekins and added our colors.

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My kids don’t embrace mess the way I’d like them to, but the next step involves dipping the cotton balls into the mixture until the entire thing is coated.

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Place your soggy colorful cotton ball lumps onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about an hour.  (I made one letter with the cotton balls stuck together so they could also pull them apart after baking.)

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When finished they’re like little paper mache walnuts.  Oliver was insistent that these were for eating.  Eleanor liked pulling them apart and exploring what was inside of each one.  (I’ll give you one guess…)

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For those of you who want to add another element, you could stick something non-flammable into each cotton ball before you cook it as I’m sure that would be super fun for the kids to find something other than cotton inside each little morsel.

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xo

Charlotte

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