d is for dog bones

“d is for dog” week had many dog bone moments.


first of all, we had an ongoing list of things we know dogs need.  dog bones came up more than once.

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this was not my plan.

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i have a hard time using food products for art projects.  and while dog bones are not people food, we made them inedible for the dogs.


my plan was to sacrifice about 10 of the dog bones for us to make prints using paint.  the rest we would share with our dog visitors.



i left the bag of dog bones near the paint table (to show the children the package, etc.).  within moments, the bag had been opened up and children were hand painting the bones.


i brought out paint brushes, quit trying  to make excuses of why we were painting perfectly good dog bones, and let them enjoy the process.


we glued them to old foam board and sent them home.  by the way, if your dog does eat them, the paint is officially non toxic.


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we made our own dog bones one day.

the recipe was very simple (and good enough for people to eat too):

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1/2 c corn meal

2/3 c meat broth

6 T oil

2 c whole wheat flour

Mix ingredients well.  (we smooshed it by hand)

Roll out to 1/4″ thick. (we each took a clump and flattened it with our hands)

Cut into shapes with cutter. (we shaped them by hand)

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min. (we overbaked them each day but the dogs still ate them)

Cool on wire rack.  (we left them on the pan to cool because we had to hurry to show and tell time)

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some of our snack friends brought dog bones for people to eat!



when we get prepackaged snack items, i like to put the scissors on the table (preferably only a few pair per table so problem solving and sharing comes naturally) so they can open their snack on their own.


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2 thoughts on “d is for dog bones

  1. well waffle enjoyed the treats you baked.
    and then found the dogbone art….AND HE ATE THAT TOO! big dork.
    i thought the painted dog bones were totally adorable. it looked like pop art i thought.

    i would never have guessed that was not the plan. :)


  2. I have decided that I want to be you when I grow up. Seriously, girl. You are A-mazing! Keep up the incredible work. Those are some lucky kiddos!



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