The Explorer Magazine Winter/Spring 2022 - Page 15

JUNIOR

E PLORERS

SNOW DOUGH
In a small bowl , stir 2 cups cornstarch into 1 / 3 cup vegetable oil . With your fingers , knead in 6 tablespoons iridescent white glitter . If the dough is too dry , add more oil one tablespoon at a time , up to two tablespoons , until the dough is soft , but a little crumbly . Makes 2 cups of nonedible dough .
Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to enhance your snow dough fun !
CARDBOARD TUBE BIRD FEEDER
Use a popsicle stick or butter knife to spread vegetable shortening , peanut butter , or coconut oil on a toilet paper roll .
Roll the toilet paper roll on a plate filled with birdseed .
Slide the seed covered roll on a branch for your back yard bird friends to enjoy !
Idea and photo by Fireflies & Mud Pies www . firefliesandmudpies . com
WOULD YOU RATHER
NEW YEAR ’ S EVE NATUREFETTI
Collect a variety of natural ingredients , such as leaves , flower petals , seeds , and other pieces of nature . Using a paper punch , punch out flower petals and leaves . You may also tear or cut your leaves and petals into tiny pieces . Collect all your punched-out pieces , mixing them all together and set aside .
Cone - Using a piece of paper , roll the paper along the widest side to form a cone shape , making sure to completely close the bottom of the cone . Tape in place . * Tip – You can substitute recycled paper to use for your cone
Fill the cone with your nature-fetti mixture you set aside earlier . Now you ’ re nature-fetti ready to ring in the new year !
Have an extra finger or an extra toe ?
Watch a good movie or have a good dinner ?
Eat chocolate for every meal or eat tacos for every meal ?
Build a snowman or build a sandcastle ?
Time travel through history or time travel to the future ?
Smell like a skunk or oink like a pig ? Fly with the birds or swim with the fish ?
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