I Had a Little Nut Tree. We introduce the rhyme and practice reciting it out loud to introduce the idea of recitation to our younger children as recitation is a large component of our school in the older grades. My children or new threes and so often-times the recitation part does to happen but that's okay. We still sing songs, read books, and engage in activities to reinforce our rhymes.
Mudworks by MaryAnn F. Kohl. If you have an opportunity to purchase this book, I highly recommend it as it is fuller than full of all sorts of homemade tactile experiences.
Cinnamon and Spice Dough
*1 cup all purpose flour
*1 cup water
*1/2 cup salt
*2 tablespoons cream of tartar
*2 tablespoon cinnamon
*1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
*2 tablespoons silver and/or gold glitter
Add all ingredients except glitter into medium-sized saucepan and mix. Turn heat to low and stir mixture. Continue stirring as mixture will thicken a bit like a pudding. As it heats up, mixture will thicken up more and begin to pull away from the sides of the pan resembling mashed potatoes.
Once the mixture has pulled away completely from sides of pan and formed a clump in the center, remove from heat and dump onto a cutting board or other heat-happy surface. Mixture will be hot, do not allow children to knead until the dough is much cooler to the touch.
After your first round of kneading and after the dough has cooled enough for small hands to handle, dump glitter into center and continue to knead to incorporate. Glitter will stick more to the dough than your hands as long as you keep kneading it (yay for sticky oily mixtures).
After you have mixed in the glitter, the dough should begin to lose its graininess and smooth out. If dough is still too sticky and "wet" add more flour or return to heat and try cooking a bit more. If dough is too dry, add a little more oil. If you follow the measurements above, the dough should come out perfectly. This is a favorite recipe to use in many centers.
If you have no cream of tartar, don't worry. You can still make the dough but it will not last as long and the elasticity will not be a smooth. This dough will last for weeks stored in an airtight container in your fridge or a cool space.