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Hey, kids love this stuff! There are so many different kinds of play dough recipes available, we felt that we should share some of each. Play dough is always more fun when you make it yourself. Whether you need to make it now or will use it in the Fall, hang on to all of the recipes compiled here. Try different methods for coloring your dough, as well as adding lemon or orange oil to give it a more fragrant smell - unless of course you're making the edible dough. Cook it, knead it, freeze it, color it, dry it, paint it, you get the idea. Most of all, have fun and be as creative as you can!


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PEANUT ALLERGIES CAN BE DEADLY

One of our readers asks: "I have never had a problem with peanut allergies with my students, but a friend just ran into it for the first time in a VBS. She used something with peanut butter for a prize, and had an irate mother. What do you do about this problem? Is this something we should think about before using ANYTHING with peanuts/ peanut oil, etc? Or is it the parent's obligation to notify us of any allergy?"

In most cases, a parent's obligation to notify the school of such an allergy really doesn't even come into play. The parents we read about while researching the subject were all very active in making sure that EVERYONE who MIGHT come into contact with their child knew of the allergy. A child with the allergy can break out in hives when exposed to peanuts or peanut products, and in the most extreme cases can suffocate and die as their airways collapse. In many schools peanut products are actually banned from the building, and in others they are banned from the classroom of the affected child. Peanut allergies are more common in children. If you are considering using any kind of peanut product in the same building where you teach, take the time to consider the repercussions it may have. Ask your students and their parents if there are any allergies you should be aware of. We also recommend letting the parents of all the students in your room know about the allergy so they may do their part in keeping peanut products out of the classroom.

For more information, check out these links:

Food Allergy Network

Peanut Allergy - Nothing to Sneeze At

Banning Mr. Peanut from America's Classrooms

There is even an
online forum for trading info on peanut allergies.