The weather here on the Pond has been ghastly. First it was snow, snow, snow. Now it is rain, rain, rain. As a result, the Froglets are going stir crazy and so am I. Today we decided to do something fun and mostly non-school related (although polymers are a lot of fun). We had tossed around the idea of play-doh- but this Mama Frog is being stingy with her flour. So instead, we got out school glue, the liquid starch and the food coloring. I added essential oils because the smell of slime make me want to barf (real barf and no that of the harpy variety).
The recipe for slime is incredibly simple. 1 part starch to 2 parts glue and coloring and oils (if using) to taste (well you know what I mean- get the right color and cover up that smell).
What happens when you add the starch to the glue is the fun part. The science of it can be found here (fantastic educational resource based for kids). But basically it goes all gooey and wonky and looks liker you have ruined the whole thing and should toss it all in the bin.
However, if you perservere you will get this:
Yep you read that right…You get Unicorn Boogers, Harpy Puke, Mermaid Mucus and Troll Snot. Carry on.
I realize from my delving into the Waldorf culture that most Waldorf toys are knitted. This Mama Frog however does not knit. What I do, is crochet. Since we are adopting a hybrid Waldorf-inspired curriculum this year, especially for learning math, I decided that while I may not be able to provide my little Frogs with authentic Waldorf materials, I could at least inspire them with some Waldorf-inspired manipulatives. One of the manipulatives I have been working on are rainbow colored beanbags. Also on the list are Math Gnomes and a set of alphabet stones. Not authentic Waldorf for sure, but my little Frogs don’t care, and I have decided neither do I. Here at the Pond, we do the best we can with what we have. Our focus is on fun, creative and learning, so we take what we like and can use and don’t worry so much about the things we don’t and can’t. That being said, I thought perhaps, someone out there might have the same philosophy that we have, let’s call it the Philosophy of the Frogs for lack of a better term. If that fits you, and you happen to crochet and happen to be looking for a square beanbag pattern for whatever reason, I have the pattern for you. The beanbags I am making are nothing more than crocheted pockets filled with beans and stitched shut in a double row. These particular beanbags will serve many purposes on our homeschooling journey, from color recognition to counting to games etc. There is really no limit to their uses.
Small amount of yarn (for the samples below I used Acrylic but any yarn could be used)
Hook to match yarn size
Needle large enough to sew end closed
Handful of beans or other filler
1: SC in each chain until end, turn work and SC up opposite side
2-14: Working in the round SC around
Fill lightly with beans or other filler and stitch end closed.
Okay, hopefully lauding this as a free pattern doesn’t leave anyone feeling ripped off :). I just wanted an easy and sturdy pouch for my beanbags. These could be made any size by increasing beginning chain length and # of rows. One word of caution is to make sure that your stitches are tight. We had one of these actually make it through the washer and dryer and it seems to be no worse for the wear although I would show caution in washing them in a machine. Spot washing would work much better I should imagine, although at the Pond, if an item is not sturdy and washable it doesn’t last too long.
2 filled beanbags and a yellow one, awaiting filling