Kids' kitchen wooden knives.
Here's my Spooky Licorice Play Dough Recipe:
1 C. flour
1/4 C. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 TBsp veg. oil
1/2 C. boiling water or water in which star anise has been steeped (star anise tea)
1/4 C. black tempera paint
a few drops anise oil (found in baking section of craft store)
more flour for dusting
Combine dry ingredients, then stir in veg. oil, boiling water or tea, and paint. Next, stir in anise oil till it smells anise-y (licorice-y). Add more flour 1/8 C. at a time till it doesn't stick to fingers anymore, then knead into a smooth consistency. Store in airtight container. Crafts take a few days to dry, turn to dry evenly. Even after they're dry, they will still smell wonderful! My house has smelled like anise for days!
Laughing Buck Farm is a wonderful place. We didn't even get pictures of the awesome Hay Barn where the kids can swing on swings and climb huge stacks of hay bales, or the orchard where our friend Jesse got to help press gallons and gallons of apple juice. My kids (especially Fynn) have been doing so well this past week, and I think it's because of all the farm-visiting we've been doing. And he's come such a long way since the Artisan Fair last year. Last year he was paralized by fear of dogs and we had a really long, rough day. Today, he did so many independent things and was really stepping up to being an almost-seven-year-old! Thank God!
And thank you Miss Rosemary and Miss Angela and all at Laughing Buck Farm for running such a fun event!