Youngest dd wanted to make some dog biscuits to take to a dog-themed Christmas Party. They were taking the gifts (dog items) to a local dog shelter. Isn't that a cool idea? Anyway, we used this recipe and just made a half-batch. That was enough dough for us to take some and make some more later. She chose Christmas cookie cutter shapes. Oh, and it's such an easy recipe that we were able to mix, roll out, and cut in less than 10 minutes! This could definitely be a practical life activity for youngers :).
Basically, it was 2 C wheat flour; 1/2 teaspoon baking powder; 1-1/2 tablespoon oil; and 1 C water. Our dog taste-tested the first one and it was a hit. I'd like to try it again with better fat instead of the oil and some garlic powder. Maybe some DE also??
Youngest dd is on Presentation 3 from Lisia's long division presentations using the Stamp Game. This is going to lead perfectly into the racks and tubes because for one of her problems she was tired of counting out 10s of whatever for her exchanges. It got tedious when we had a divisor of 17 because of the higher remainders within the problem and more regrouping. We skipped presentations 1 and 2 because she was already doing 3-digit divided by 1-digit numbers to abstraction.
Regarding the Multiplication Checkerboard, dd needed it for a problem the other day, but rather than pull out the materials she drew one on a laptop chalkboard that we had been using and placed the bead bars on her drawn checkerboard. Interesting... and funny because our checkerboard is one of my best-made materials and is quilted - go figure!