Cooked Play Dough
Ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar,
1 cup water, 1 tablespoon oil, food coloring.
For group settings double the recipe.
Combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Mix liquids
and gradually stir them into dry ingredients. When mixture is smooth,
cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove
from heat and knead until smooth. Can use unsweetened Kool-Aid
instead of food coloring. The Kool-Aid will color it and make it
Purple and orange are fantastic.
This is a very pliable and long-lasting play dough, with a more
elastic consistency than uncooked play dough.
Note: This is something a little extra for playdough to
encourage/develop sensory awareness. Once you have made playdough,
whilst kneading it to a smooth/soft finish, drop in a few drops of
essential oil. (eg/ lavender oil added to purple playdo). Another fun
option is add glitter to the playdough. Sprinkle a little at a time
whilst kneading it 'till you reach the desired affect. This looks
particularly good with black playdough. Contributed By: R . Edwards
Ingredients: 2 cups salt, 2/3 cup water, 1 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup
Mix 2 cups salt and 2/3 cup water, heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from
heat and quickly add mixture of: 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold
water. Stir quickly. Return to heat briefly if too "goopy".
Ingredients: Macaroni, food coloring, small ziploc baggies
An easy, fun non-messy method of coloring macaroni. In a small baggie
add 2 handfuls of macaroni and food coloring. Seal the baggie and
have a child shake the baggie until the macaroni is colored. Lay out
on paper towels to dry. Can play lively music during the baggie
Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup honey, 1 cup powdered milk, 1
Make something beautiful and the eat it!
*Rainbow Stew (non-messy fingerpaint)
Ingredients: 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cup cornstarch, 4 cups water, ziploc
bags, food coloring.
Mix together the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Heat, stirring often
until thick. Let cool then divide and put in ziploc bag. Seal the
baggie and have fun!
Needed:: Shaving Cream ( amount depends on the
size of the group), Food Coloring or paint( Amount depends on the various colors wanted), Bowls, Paintbrushes, Sponges or anything children can use to paint, A pair of hands , Glue
Mix an equal amount of shaving cream and glue.
Add a few drops of food coloring or paint to the
mixture.( Drops depend on shade of color)
Let the fun begin.
Contributed By: Danielle N. Battle
Ingredients: Ivory soap flakes, food coloring, water, ice cube
trays(plastic works best)
Pour 1/8 cup of water into a measuring cup. Fill to the one cup mark
with soap flakes.
Mix until you have a thick paste. Add several drops of food
color(don't have to use much). Press spoonfuls of soap into the ice
cube tray. You can repeat this with several different colors. Let dry
for a few days(over the weekend works well).
*Silly Putty (Slime)
Ingredients: Elmer's glue and liquid starch.
Mix equal parts of Elmer's glue and liquid starch and knead. Don't
give up-you may have to add more glue and knead some more. If it is
sticky add more liquid starch. If it is stringy add more Elmer's
glue. Can add food coloring and store in an air-tight container.
Can leave it white and let the children use markers on it.
Note: This may stick to clothes and hair. Children need to wear paint
shirts. If any of the silly putty sticks to a child's clothes or hair
use white vinegar to remove it. The white vinegar dissolves the silly putty.
Ingredients: 2 cups salt, 1 cup
cornstarch, and water.
Mix the salt and 2/3 cup water in
a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring until
the salt is dissolved. Remove from heat. In a separate bowl, slowly
add 1/2 cup water to the cornstarch. Stir until smooth, then add to
the salt mixture. Return to low heat and cook until smooth, stirring
frequently. Store in a sealed plastic bag.
Place the clay on a tray or paper
plate and have children work outdoors or in a sunny area indoors.
Give children a lump of clay to model. Children may decorate their
sun sculptures with small stones, leaves etc..
Place the finished items in the
sun to dry. Challenge children o predict how long it will take for
the sculptures to dry. When this clay hardens in the sun, it won't crumble.
Ingredients: 1 part flour, 1 part salt, 1 part water, food coloring.
Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water. Pour into plastic squeeze
bottles, such as those used for mustard and ketchup. Add food
coloring for variety. Squeeze onto heavy construction paper or
cardboard. The salt gives the designs a glistening quality when dry.
May want to remind children to make a design and not huge lakes of
Lakes of squeezy glitter take forever to dry.
When using glue explain to children that paper is light and does not need require much glue to make it stick. Little dots of glue is better than lakes of glue.
Food color stains on your hands. Try using lemon juice to
remove food coloring stains from your hands. Hand lotion also works
to remove those food coloring hand stains.