Messes Make Memories

Want some good family fun? Make a mess.

“Kids love a good mess and a mess is often a sign of a good time,” says award-winning author Donna Erickson. Simple activities like playing in a big pile of leaves or splashing in puddles after an afternoon shower become family traditions that kids remember.

Families can enjoy endless indoor fun, too, without giving messes a second thought. Erickson’s favorite activity this time of year is making apple-cinnamon clay. Adults and kids can stir up this unusual concoction to make decorative, aromatic ornaments or cool jewelry.


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When hands get sticky, Erickson suggests using Kleenex Moist Cloths to make clean-up fun. It’s the next best thing to washcloth clean, she says.

Apple-Cinnamon Clay

What you’ll need:

1/2 part applesauce

1/2 part cinnamon

Mixing bowl

2 sheets of waxed paper


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Rolling pin

Cookie cutter shapes of all sizes

Mix equal parts of cinnamon and applesauce together. For a small batch, use 1/2 cup of each. If the mixture becomes too sticky, add more cinnamon; if it’s too stiff, add more applesauce.

Scoop onto a piece of waxed paper.

Place the additional sheet on top.

Use the rolling pin to roll out the mixture until it’s about 1/2-inch thick.

Decide what shapes you would like to create. Press the cookie cutters on top of the clay and trim away the extra dough.

When complete, place shapes on a cooling rack.

Take a moment to clean the kids’ hands with Kleenex Moist Cloths.

Allow the shapes to air-dry for about 24 hours or until hard.

Decorate with paints or glitter. Use your imagination. For instance, glue a clasp on the back to make a pin or add ribbon for a necklace.

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