Not Just for Kids
Vol. 9, No. 29
July 19-25, 2001
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Summer Recipes for Fun

Summer recipes can be gastronomical (having to do with the art or science of cooking and eating) or recreational (having to do with having fun). Playing with these recreational recipes is almost as fun as concocting them. Squishy, powdery or lighter than air, each one is a textural amalgamation (blend) that begs to be touched. So get your hands into these tactile treats!

Sidewalk Chalk
Draw on any hard surface, like a sidewalk or driveway. But make sure the owner doesn’t mind! Chalk will wash off in the next rain; or use a water hose to clean your “canvas”. Do not dump plaster mixture into indoor plumbing!


  • 1&Mac218;2-cup warm water
  • 11&Mac218;2- cups plaster of paris
  • 2-3 tbsp powdered tempura paint
  • empty toilet tissue tube
  • wax paper
  • duct tape

Sprinkle plaster into warm water in mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly. Mix in powdered paint as desired. Cover one end of tube with duct tape. Roll a piece of wax paper and insert into tube to create a liner. Place tubes, sealed end down, on a flat surface. Pour plaster mix in, tapping side of tube to release air bubbles. Let dry without moving for 1-2 days. To use, simply peel off tubing and paper. Rinse container and spoons outside or in a container of water.

Lighter than air Bubbles!

  • 1 cup dishwashing soap
  • 3 cups water
  • 7 tbsp corn syrup

Mix ingredients in a large container. Let mixture settle for an hour or two. Create bubble-blowers by using cut off plastic cups, plastic six-pack rings, string loops or whatever you can find. Now blow some bubbles. Let them float in the breeze. Dance after them to pop them!

Certainly the most disgusting of recipes. Is it a liquid?
Is it a solid?


  • one box cornstarch
  • water

Dump cornstarch into a large bowl. Add water slowly, stirring, until it makes a jello-like mixture. Now pick up a handful. You can break it in half, or let it ooze through your fingers. The feeling is incredible!

Kids Calander

Hug a Shark - Sat. July 21 (10am-5pm) Pin-the-fin-on-the-shark, videos, fossil demonstrations, T-shirt printing, the “biggest bite” contest and canoe rides (if you dare) are only part of the fun at the eighth annual Shark Day. Calvert Marine Museum. Regular museum admission: 410/326-2042.

Noodle Doodle Box
- Sun. July 22 (3pm) Take in a play to discover that true friendship means sharing not only possesions but imagination too! Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, Studio Theater. $:410/636-6597.

Get Hooked! - July 23-27 & other dates – County and state DARE officers team with State Natural Resources Police to show how fishing is more fun than taking drugs. Kids ages 7-16 learn about marine life, water safety and fishing at this free clinic. Patapsco Valley State Park. rsvp: 410/260-8890.

Free Book to Readers - Aug. 14, 15, 16, & 23 (7-8pm) Postulate and theorize on Leonard Calvert and the Maryland Adventure by Ann Jensen at Family Book Club. Get your free copy when you register at one of four Calvert Library locations. free; rsvp early: Fairview: 410/257-2101; Prince Frederick: 410/535-0291; Southern: 410/326-5289; Twin Beaches: 410/257-2411.


Honor Your Mama - Tues. July 24 (10:30 am)–Join mama, author and illustrator Kate Sternberg as she reads from her book Mama’s Morning. Ages 3-5. Borders Books Bowie. free: 301/352-5560.

Wings and Things - Sun. July 22 (2-2:30pm) Flutter away with a nature story, led by Sherri. Ages 3-5. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp. free, rsvp: 410/535-5327.

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