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Sidewalk Chalk

Reminder: Never pour plaster down sink.

What you need:
2 C. Water
2 C. Plaster of Paris
2 T Tempera Paint (Wet or Dry)
Toilet Paper Tubes
Duct Tape

What to do:

1.Seal one end of each toilet paper tube with duct tape.

2.Mix all ingredients and let stand for 5 minutes.

3.Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or foil.

4.Place tubes upright on paper with open end facing up.

5.Pour mixture into holders.

6.Allow to stand until almost firm.

7.Remove holders and dry approximately 2 more hours, depending on humidity.


Edible Finger Paints

Pudding Finger Paint

Make vanilla pudding (instant, cooked, or homemade-according to directions on cornstarch box) and add foodcoloring as desired. Paint on plates or paper plates.


Kool-Aid Finger Paint

Mix 2 cups flour, 2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid or other drink mix powder, and 1/2 cup salt. Add 3 cups boiling water and 3Tbls. vegetable oil. Mix well until workable consistency and use.


Jello Finger Paint

Mix any flavor jello with a small amount of boiling water. Continue adding water until it is the right consistency for finger paint. Paint on glossy or fingerpaint paper as you would with regular fingerpaints. Smells and feels good.



Mix 1 1/2 c warm water, 2 c white glue, and foodcoloring in one bowl, mix 4 tsp. Borax and 1 1/3 c warm water in another bowl (preferably glass-so you will see the flubber form.) Dissolve both well. Then just pour the first solution into the second solution, DO NOT MIX OR STIR! Just lift out flubber. Store in baggies. If you half the recipe, you only need to half the first solution and it will work the same.


Craft Clay

Combine 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups baking soda (1 lb box) in a pan. Add 1 1/4 cups water gradually, stirring until smooth. Cook on medium until thick and doughy in consistency, stirring constantly. Knead well. Cover with damp cloth or keep in plastic bag. This is good for plaques and other models that will be painted when dry.


No Cooking Playdough

Easy Playdough

Mix 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1 1/2 t powdered alum in a mixing bowl. Add 1 1/2 t vegetable oil and 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir vigorously with a spoon until well blended. Dough should not stick to the sides of the bowl and should be cool enough to handle. Add food coloring and knead into dough until color is well blended and the dough is the desired tint. Makes about 1 cup. You can double this recipe for larger projects. This is an excellent play dough. It has a smooth texture, takes about 15 minutes to make, and dries to a hard finish overnight. You can make lovely dough flowers as well as animals and other figures with it. Store in an airtight container. Dough will keep .


Peek-a-Boo Apple Plate Pattern

Give your child 2 paper plates and have them color the outsides red. Put the plates facing each other so that the outsides are showing. Punch 2 holes in one side and tie together with yarn. Open up "apple" and glue apple seeds in the middle of the place. Cut out a stem and leaves and from green construction paper (or sheet of paper colored with a green crayon) and glue them to your peek-a-boo apple.


Giant Blowing Bubbles Recipe

1 c. liquid detergent
4 oz. glycerin
½ gallon water
1 T. sugar.

Mix ingredients together and place in jar. Use a plastic pop can holder or a wire twisted into a circle to dip into the bubble mix. Have fun!


Clay Recipe

2 c. baking soda
1 c. cornstarch
1 ¼ c. water

Mix ingredients in pan and cook 5 minutes over medium heat or until mixture has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Put on lid and set in the refrigerator 45 minutes. The clay will be lukewarm and ready to use. Store in a plastic container when finished to prevent drying out.


Homemade Silly Putty


2 parts white glue
1 part liquid starch

Mix ingredients and let dry until workable. Add more glue or starch if necessary. May not work on humid days. Store in airtight container or better yet, in a "plastic egg" just like the "real" version of Silly Putty!


Crayon Soap

1 cup grated ivory soap
1/4 cup warm water
food coloring
ice trays or cookie cutters

1. Mix water, soap, and food coloring together in a medium bowl. Stir until it begins to stiffen.

2. Remove the mixture from the bowl and knead until it is the consistency of a very thick dough.

3. Spoon into ice trays or cookie cutters.

4. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

5. Pop the crayons out and allow the to dry overnight or until hard.


Paint for Kids

1. Mix 1 tsp. water and 1 tsp. dishwashing liquid with 1/2 tsp. liquid food coloring.


2. Mix evaporated milk with enough food coloring to achieve desired hues. This pait is glossy when dry.