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1  Ice Cream Dramatic Play Set in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Flip-floP on: May 24, 2014 07:33:35 AM
I'm a preschool teacher and as a fun lesson for my class before they move up into the 5's room, I decided to do ice cream. What could be more fun as a year end lesson than ice cream? But I have very few ice cream toys for the dramatic play center. I looked online to buy some, but the sets I found were 1) pretty expensive and 2) would cause sharing issues for the few parts they came with. Then I realized I could make my own set -- DUH -- and get back into being crafty after a busy year and absence from my hobby.

I found some tutorials from other parents/teachers that made ice cream playsets but those all involved sewing, and sad as it is, I don't know how to sew! (But I would like to because I have been dying to make matching pajamas for the whole family!) So I really had to get inventive with this set because all I had to hold it together was my trusty glue gun.

This is just a quick picture I took to share with a friend, but I will take more later to get shots of the entire playset and individual parts.




So the first part...and most important...the ice cream scoops. I took foam balls and cut them in half. Then I glued felt around the halves. I put the ice cream in tupperware bowls, but I have plans to use old ice cream containers for each flavor.

The popsicles were made with toilet paper rolls covered in felt. I flattened the rolls and then bent them in half to look more like popsicles, then just glued them shut with the sticks inside. The popsicles are kept inside a poptart box that I rewrapped.

I got some tupperware containers for the brown string (chocolate syrup) and red pompoms (cherries). The whipped cream is stuffing. I did clean out a whipped cream and chocolate syrup bottle for them to use, too.

The sprinkles are made from dyed rice and then put inside an empty sprinkles container. I put a piece of contact paper inside the lid and then glued that shut so I won't have to worry about rice everywhere in the classroom, but they will still be able to open it and pretend to shake the sprinkles out.

And finally...the ice cream cones were made out of the remaining tupperware containers that I had purchased to hold the string and cherries. I was having a hard time figuring out how to make ice cream cones that would survive hours (and years!) of play. I tossed around the idea of cutting water bottles down to size, but I didn't know if the plastic would really hold up...and the sharp edges might cut through the felt. So while I'm frustrated and at a loss, because how can I have an ice cream play shop with no cones, I see those tupperware containers just sitting there staring at me. I wrapped them with felt too and an old rewrapped tampon box is the perfect size for the 4 cones!

I found green bowls at Walmart. (I also found matching colored ice cream scoops!) A pack of 4 bowls was less than $2 and the scoops were under $1. I also found a clear tub with matching green handles that the entire set fits into (what everything is sitting on in the picture). I love things that match. This set was so much fun to make!
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2  Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Flip-floP on: May 02, 2013 11:18:24 AM
Here are the cards I received from FairyHazeDesigns. Sorry for the delay in posting them!

I like to make listing journals so she made these for me:

Fronts:


Backs:


Thanks so much! They've really inspired me, already making list entries using those and ideas that  sprang off of them!
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3  Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Flip-floP on: April 24, 2013 10:21:54 AM
I received from Smmart! I apologize if my pictures are a bit funny, the camera on my phone doesn't zoom. It's a basic snap and take lol.

Here are the fronts:


And the backs:


The sideways one reads:
CIRCLE: Draw a wonky freehand circle on your page, large enough to hold whatever you want to write. Write in the journaling circle. Then draw larger and larger imperfect circles around your words, in colored pencil or neocolors. Don't erase. Accept the imperfection.

Thank you Smmart! I know I wasn't meant to receive from you, but I really love your mistake! Cheesy My favorite is the first one. I love the stitching on it. Thanks again!
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Flip-floP on: April 09, 2013 06:04:08 AM
I spent all afternoon yesterday reading through the posts and coming up with ideas of what crafty projects I've been wanting to make would fit into which category. I'm so looking forward to joining in this. I haven't been as crafty lately as I'd like to be, although I've been stockpiling various items for future projects so hopefully this will help me get all those projects finished...I have a feeling it will also give me plenty of reason to run out to my craft store and pick up more goodies too. Smiley

Here's my first assignment!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Baked Mac & Cheese
Brief Description: This is a version of the macaroni and cheese my mom use to bake. She created her own recipe, based off of what she liked and thought would be good -- never wrote the recipe down or really used any measurements, so unfortunately I cook the same way. I made some alterations to her recipe though, because I decided to try to start eating a little bit healthier. Her recipe used elbow macaroni, 2 8-oz bags of shredded sharp cheddar (1 in white and 1 in yellow), milk, salt and pepper. My slightly healthier version includes whole grain macaroni and nonfat milk - and that's as far as I went for healthy eating lol. I did change up the types of cheeses, though, I only used 1 bag of the sharp cheddar and then 1 bag of the macaroni and cheese blend.

So I cooked the pasta first, and while it was cooking, I melted half a bag of each flavor of cheese in a saucepan with milk. I flavored the milk with a dash or two of pepper. I also eyeballed the amount of milk I needed, based on how much pasta I used. You want the cheesy-milk sauce to cover all your pasta. After the pasta cooked and all the cheese melted in the milk, I drained the pasta then poured the cheese sauce over top of the pasta to coat it evenly. Then put it into a baking pan. I used the remaining 1/2 bags of cheese to coat the top. Baked at 400 for about 20 minutes. I had a hungry boyfriend waiting for dinner so mine was only in the oven for about 15 minutes and didn't get as crispy on the top as I would have liked, but it was still delicious - even if it was partially healthy! Smiley
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