Dried Rice (or
- fun as a
tactile activity, when it's too wet to play in the sandbox outside. Great
for scooping, pouring, digging and measuring.
Play Dough Recipe - an
excellent, easy to make recipe that lasts a long time when stored in a sealable
container. Made with ingredients from your kitchen, this is edible and
non-toxic, but not tasty.
Various Art/Craft Recipes (original author
2 cups flour
2 tsp salt
2 ½ cups cold water
2 cups hot water
Mix the flour and salt. Add cold water. Beat until smooth and gradually add hot water. Boil until clear, beat until smooth and add food coloring.
Edible Finger Paint
Pudding made with ¾ the amount of liquid called for in the recipe, or Baby food, or Whipped cream and food coloring
1 cup Ivory Snow, Dreft or Cheer
Beat ingredients until like cake frosting. Use enough water to receive the desired consistency. Add food-coloring. Use brushes or fingers to paint on table, aluminum foil or paper.
1 part liquid starch
1 part elmers glue
Pour glue into starch. Work with hands until it becomes smooth and stretchy and all liquid is absorbed. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
1 ½ cup water
Combine all ingredients and cook until it boils and forms a clay-like consistency. Knead. Cover with a damp cloth and cool. Form shapes, dry and paint. Keep unused portions in refrigerator covered with a damp cloth.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups water
Mix with hands and knead 6 minutes (add more flour if too sticky). From shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
1/8 cup water
1 cup soap flakes (Ivory Snow)
Food coloring or powdered tempera paint
Make a soap paste with water and soap flakes (add more soap flakes if needed) for a pliable clay-like consistency. Add 30-40 drops of food coloring or some powder paint and mix well. Form into sticks and let dry in a warm, dry place until dry to the touch. Use in a bathtub or water table.
2/3 cup Dawn or Joy dishwashing liquid
1 gallon water (distilled works best)
1 tablespoon glycerin (optional)
Tip: age the solution for at least 5 days
2 cups salt
2/3 cup hot water
1 cup cornstarch
Add salt to water and heat 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cornstarch, cold water. Stir until smooth, cook mixture until thick.
Add colored water slowly to cornstarch and stir. Should be solid when held, gooey when released. As it dries add water.
2 cups white glue
2 cups water
1 tsp borax soap
1/3 cup water
Mix glue, 2 cups water and food color, stir until smooth. In separate bowl, mix borax and 1/3 cup water. Add to glue mixture. Repeat this step 3-5 times until moisture is gone.
¾ cups water
1 pkg Knox Gelatin
Stir together, cook over low heat until dissolved. Leave clear or add color.
1 cup cornstarch
4 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
Cook ingredients until thick. Add color.
1 cup water
¼ cup dry tempera paint*
2 squirts dish detergent
2 cups plaster of paris
*You can substitute liquid paint by adding one capful of vinegar.
Make the mold: Cut toilet paper tubes in half. Then use masking tape across the bottom and part way up the side. Mix the water, paint and detergent first; then add plaster. Put the mixture in the mold and let dry, then peel away the tube. To make rainbow chalk, add the water slowly to a mixture of paint, plaster and detergent. Keep the mixture thick and somewhat dry, like the consistency of clay (you won't be adding a full cup of water). Pack different colors of the mixture in the mold in layers and let dry.
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