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I've been working on ideas and things for the Junior Sprockets to do, researching things children did in the ears that Steampunk harkens back to and hen steampunking them up.

One thing was building sand castles at the beach. The first mention of sand castles in print as in 1838 and by 1900, sand castle building competitions were common at seaside resorts.

So - steampunking up sand castles...

There's a modern "toy" called "moon sand".

Add in aether ships that fly between the planets and stars, and suddenly, we have a steampunk idea  - sculpting the sands of the Moon.  That means we can make it in bright, non-sand colors, and the Junior Sprockets can make it themselves.

Basically, it's half, half, and half - 4 cups play sand, 2 cups cornstarch (or tapioca starch if cornstarch is an allergen), 1 cup water. Mix the water and cornstarch until it's smooth, then add to the sand and mix until it's fully incorporated. Then mold and play.

Another version is to mix flour and baby oil: 9 cups flour and 1 - 1 1/4 cups baby oil.

Powdered tempera paint can be added to either for color, the amount depends on the color you want to get. I'd start with 1 tablespoon and work up.

It can be stored in zip lock bags or an airtight container.

So I have to mix up both at the same time to compare them and see which feels more "moon-y". And compare costs to find the cheaper one.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:07:07 PM PST

  •  dryer than expected here on Sunday, s'posed (8+ / 0-)

    to be mostly clear tomorrow, too.

    Sunday is day of rest. so we went to a movie (Wreck-it Ralph), and since I found Chinese take-out at the mall where we went to the movie, we all got junk food for dinner.

    oh yeah, we did go to the flea market; amazing to get there before noon (!). my DH found me a hard-copy of a favorite Xmas book (Jules Feiffer's hilarious Edwardian Twelve Days of Christmas), and a stone-building book for himself. we also stopped by an antiques mall that has been set up in a former Hollywood Video store! didn't find anything there, but it's fun to listen to the loudmouth cockatoo cackling away, 8-)

    So, yes, the dryer is dead. So DH gets to pull it out and dig in its innards tomorrow. Cross fingers that it's just a sensor he can manually re-set, rather than having to send off for a replacement part! I'm going to have to schlep baskets of wet & damp laundry off to get them really dry, whee. Oh well, at least it's not the washer; laundromat washer prices are ridiculous these days, dryers are much more reasonable. (I hope! it's been several years since I've had to "make do" at the laundromat.)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:56:16 PM PST

    •  I'm lucky; my new bride got me to move in (8+ / 0-)

      to her brother's house,
      and it has a great four-wire clothesline out back.

      I'm about to do laundry right now,
      and hang it on the clothesline.

      Makes me think of your sig line:
      "real" work: hanging three big loads of laundry
      on a clothesline.

      •  hanging 3 loads = conducting a big orchestra (2+ / 0-)
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        FloridaSNMOM, Noddy

        I heard somewhere that one of the reasons the big-name conductors tend to considerable age is that they spend a LOT of time waving their arms around at shoulder-height & above. very good for the aerobics & circulation, 8-)

        I'd love to have a clothesline, or one of the upside-down-umbrella types, but I have a light industrial operation that messes out particulate something nasty real close, so... I sometimes wonder about our garden soil, but after 20 years here, if we're poisoned, we're poisoned.

        Well, that's something we'll consider at the next place... clotheslines AND checking on the "neighbors" a LOT more closely!

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:12:05 AM PST

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  •  No ice. (6+ / 0-)

    That's the good news.  The other good news is that the snow prediction is down to only 4-6 inches.  Now, I'm crossing my fingers for one more bit of luck: that the timing of the snow allows me to have choir practice tonight.  

    I just can't let my old people* drive in the dark if it's too snowy.  No amount of begging them to use good sense will keep them away.  They will come out in any weather unless I cancel.

    *Old is a relative term here.  I am 63, but many of my folks are in their 70s and 80s.  :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 04:28:44 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (5+ / 0-)

    Chilly, chilly this morning, but supposed to go up to the 60s this afternoon.  We'll see.

    Going out to breakfast and shopping.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:03:00 AM PST

  •  Good morning, all (5+ / 0-)
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    weck, broths, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, chimene

    Laundry, then the struggle to get my lecture notes to line up with my slides while I try to remember to eat something before I get on the 12:45 PM bus to Santa Clarita to teach. The typical Monday.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:51:52 AM PST

  •  Morning! well, afternoon. (3+ / 0-)
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    old wobbly, Noddy, chimene

    Chilly morning today, but it's supposed to start warming up today at least. I've been working on getting my son's school work for the week in order this morning as well as getting some cleaning done.
    The dogs are driving me nuts this morning, I swear I've taken them out 6 times already. They want to go lay in the sun while I stand there and shiver and my toes ache LOL. But if I don't take them out I risk an accident in the house if they really have to go. Blah. Tomorrow it will be warmer and I'll sit outside with them a bit.

    Rent is paid, the landlord came and picked it up this morning, and we talked to him about the little things that need to be fixed. All is well on that front. Now to wait and see what the electric and water are going to run.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:12:41 AM PST

  •  oh, a handy person is handy to have! (1+ / 0-)
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    teh DH spent the morning crawling around the icy garage floor taking the dead dryer's guts apart and finally figured out what was wrong, then we actually found somewhere in town to get the part! oh frabjous day!

    it was more expensive, but no shipping, no time delay (=> no week$$$ of laundromat drying!), and support your local mechanic (well, appliance mechanic). AND we got the whole assembly to replace, not just the diagnosed dead segment. appliance store probably right about it's a thingie that benefits from being changed out COMPLETELY, all at the same time...

    Himself is so tickled, too, 8-); as he says, not as if he ever trained at appliance repair!

    and we have cold blue sky and sunshine today. 28 last night, rain coming tonite @39!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 03:23:04 PM PST

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