Fall STREAM Machine & Home Connection
The October theme for the STREAM Machine is nature and autumn landscapes. This month's STREAM kit includes a bird-shaped cookie cutter. Here are five ways your family can have fun with a cookie cutter:
- Make and decorate sugar cookies. And you don’t have to stop with cookies—use cookie cutters to make edible food art of all kinds (think: sandwiches, shaped mashed potato piles, etc.)!
- Use cookie cutters as stencils and create beautiful works of art.
- Make salt dough decorations using this recipe from PBS KIDS: Make Leaf-Imprinted Ornaments | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents
Use with playdough or clay. Try this recipe for homemade playdough:
Mix 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, and ¼ cup of salt together in a bowl. Add food coloring if desired. Add ¼ to ½ cup of water slowly as you mix until your dough is the consistency you like. If you add too much water, add more flour. Store in a sealed container.
- If you have several cookie cutters, use them to practice sorting. How many different categories can you come up with?
STREAM Machine October Visits
Did you spot the STREAM Machine in September? During the month of September our education team served 165 students and distributed 223 STREAM Kits and 444 books.
Here are some STREAM Machine stops for October:
- October 12: Erie Housing Authority (Bird Drive location)
- October 19: Erie Housing Authority (East Brook location)
- October 21: Eeerie Fall Fest at Gridley Park (11am to 2pm)