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Yummy and I explored baking soda clay as a medium the other day.  It didn't stand up as well as the photos where I got the recipe: the Etsy New York Team, but it was a wonderful sensory experience -so soft and silky to work with!  We were able to make it into small shapes (I forgot to take pictures of our clay-working!!).  We shaped the clay into balls and stuck straws through to make a hole.  Yummy also used a couple cookie cutters to make some fish and a heart.  After baking it for about half an hour, we had some homemade beads to decorate for one-of-a-kind neckwear.  
I love making handmade gifts to give at Christmas, and started early so I could involve Yummy in the process this year.  These necklaces will make gifts for her cousins and friends.  But Yummy has claimed the heart for herself.
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I set out the clay beads on trays for the kids, along with plastic lids for paint palettes, paintbrushes, a jar of water, and a bit of paper towel.  Dooter got one fish-shaped bead.  Knowing his reputation for tasting, I knew his painting-with-acrylic-paint wouldn't last long.  

To make this project a bit simpler, you could buy bead wooden beads rather than making your own, and just start at the bead-painting stage.

As predicted, Dooter soon had paint in his hair and was not-so-sneakily dipping the paintbrush directly from the paint palette into his mouth.  
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If these had been natural-based paints I would have let it go on a little longer, but I didn't want him devouring a large amount of acrylic paint.  I washed him up and gave him a small bowl of cheerios to entertain himself with instead.

Yummy painted her beads with care,
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generously doused them in glitter,

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and I coated them in Mod Podge to seal the paint and sparkle.  I poked a toothpick through to make sure the Mod Podge didn't seal the hole.  

When they were dry, Yummy threaded a colourful string through each bead and I tied them off, making sure they were long enough to pull over her head.  
And now we will set them aside in our box of gifts, as we excitedly wait for Christmas gift-giving!
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11/5/2013 05:53:38 am

Nice! Great idea! Somehow it doesn't surprise me that you have started getting ready for Christmas already ;) Maybe if I start now I can be as organized as you... Maybe :) I'm pinning and sharing this!

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11/5/2013 08:44:59 am

Thanks Missy! I can't help it- I love making gifts! And it does take time, so I MUST start early!!

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11/5/2013 10:29:21 pm

These are great! Thanks so much for sharing on the Homegrown Friends FB Page!

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11/6/2013 04:20:46 am

Thanks for stopping by, Meredith! I enjoyed seeing all the posts shared on your page!

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11/6/2013 12:25:16 am

This looks like a good craft for my kids to do during our Sunday Afternoon Craft Time. I'm pinning it to my Christmas Gifts, Crafts, and Recipe Board.

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11/6/2013 04:22:10 am

Awesome, glad you like it, Barb! Thanks for pinning!

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11/8/2013 09:01:04 am

Hi! Thanks for sharing this on Triple T Mum FB page. I love getting to know new to me blogs and I love what you have shared here. I would love it if you stopped by Triple T Mum blog and shared this on the Kids Co-Op link party :) http://tttmum.com/kids-co-op/

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11/8/2013 09:37:04 pm

Hi Amie! So nice of you to drop by and leave a comment! I will definitely link up to the kids co-op party -thanks for the tip.

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