CRAYON 6: Play with Your Food

28 10 2009


I use to play with my food and if I remember correctly it was not frowned upon. As long as I ate it I was free to build forts out of mashed potatoes and make faces out of breakfast bacon and eggs. Now I never really got into full face dives with piggy oinks, like that of the Randy in Christmas Story.


I did however, use to take flower and water and mix it in bowls pretending I was a chef and loved it.  I used food coloring, fake spices, and even dog treats for color.  I didn’t eat it I just had fun with it.  Play-doh was originally homemade flour,water and salt with food coloring right?  Why not get creative again with food for both play, eating, and presentation?   Playing with your food can be more than a way to delay eating food that you would rather not taste.  I urge you to play with your food. You can have a Souper hero spoon, a face to decorate, make sculptures, turn a boring hotdog into redneck octo-sushi.



You can play tic-tactoe on toast and more.  


Sometimes the food you play with might not even be edible…Bacon band-aides anyone?  


Next time you sit at the table or want to make dinner a bit more interesting, drop the salt and pepper and play with your food.  If you get to sling gooey rainbows of culinary slop at everyone at the table, like in the movie hook, Bangeranggg to you!

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CRAYON 2: Build a Fort or Tent!

20 10 2009
So I had 3 chairs, 1 table, about 5 bedroom linen sheets, maybe a sleeping bag or two, and a flashlight.   What I really had was a wagon covered river raft just like in the game Oregon Trail.  With a friend, we sailed the high seas, braved the Amazon and Congo, floated through monster infested waters that occasionally turned into molten lava.  We even managed to wire a TV with a VHS to watch Labyrinth or Goonies on the tented raft  Top it all off with junk food, soda pop, and pixie stix and it was bliss.  
Some how we were able to sleep in the tent, interrupted only by the occasional collapsing of the tent in the middle of the night, which was just the monster “Three Horn” playing tricks on us.  So I challenge you as an adult or parent to build a tent in doors out of sheets and other found objects, watch a movie and bring the junk food.  Oh yeah and flashlights are an effective way to scare off “Three Horn.”  Trust me.    

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CRAYON 1: Play a Board Game

19 10 2009








Here is a quick single crayon to smell. Go grab a board game, for that matter go grab one that is not meant for adults. No really, do it, and play it with a friend or two. The key here is to choose a game that you use to play as a kid and see what happens. My favorites were Clue, Operation, Mouse Trap, Win Loose or Draw, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Candy Land, Battleship, and the others below.
 
Remember Ants in the Pants and Cooties? They are so simple and brought me right back to being a kid. My sister loved Mystery Date, but I chose to use that game board and her Easy Bake Oven as a torture chamber for my G.I. Joes. 
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