January 2009



Kool-Aid Play Dough

          1 package Kool-Aid
          1 TB. oil
          ½ cup salt
          2 cups boiling water
          2-3 cups flour

Mix the first four ingredients together. Slowly stir in the flour until a smooth consistency. Store in a zip bag.

Non-cook Dough
          3 cups flour
          1 cup salt
          ¼ cup Joy dish detergent
          1 ¼ cup water (approximately) food coloring

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a zip bag or covered container.

Ornament Dough (This will harden.)
          1 cup flour
          1 cup salt
          ½ cup water

Mix the ingredients to make dough. Let the children mold the dough or flatten so it is ½” thick and cut with cookie cutters. Let the dough dry for a day. Turn the dough over and dry another day. Paint with tempera paint and spray with shellac.

    • Dissolve 2 TB. instant coffee in ½ cup hot water and add to the flour and salt. Your ornaments will look like gingerbread cookies.

Hint! Shorten drying time by baking in a 250 oven for 5-10 minutes.  

Mud Pies
          water Mix 4 parts dirt with 1 part flour.

Add enough water so it will mold. Dry in the sun.

  • Decorate with sticks, leaves, seeds, and other natural objects.

Sand Castle Dough
          4 cups sand
          2 cups water
          2 cups cornstarch
          large, old pan (This mixture might scratch your pan, so use an old one!)

Combine the sand, water, and cornstarch in the pan. Heat on low, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Set aside and cool. Mold into castles, animals, and other shapes. Allow to air dry or bake at 300 for 10 minutes. *You can tint the mixture with liquid tempera. You can also decorate with small shells or other natural objects to make gifts.

Street Chalk
          small paper cups
          plaster of Paris
          craft sticks
          dry tempera paint

Put ½ cup of plaster of Paris in a cup. Add a heaping teaspoon of dry tempera and stir with a stick. Add a little water at a time as you stir until it is like thick gravy. (Add a little more plaster of Paris if it’s too runny.) Let it harden for several hours, then peel away the cup. You’re ready to be sidewalk artists!

Giant Bubbles
          2 cups Joy dish detergent
          ¼ cup glycerine
          10 cups water

Mix the ingredients in a large pan. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for one hour. Blow bubbles with fly swatters, plastic rings from drink cans, or berry baskets.

  • Make a giant bubble wand out of a straw cut in half. Thread an 18” piece of string through the straws and knot ends. Holding a straw in each hand, dip in the bubble solution, then slowly pull the straws through the air.

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