2 cups Joy detergent
6 cups water
¾ cup white Karo corn syrup
Combine the ingredients and let stand at room temperature. Make individual bubble wands for the children by twisting the end of a pipe cleaner into a circle.
Tear the newspaper into tiny pieces and soak in warm water for 10 minutes. Put the newspaper pulp in the blender and blend for 10-15 seconds. Squeeze out the excess liquid, then pat flat on the screen. Set the screen on rocks or bricks in the sun and dry.
- Paint or decorate with ribbons, foil, buttons, etc.
- Experiment by using funny papers, construction paper, wrapping
paper, foil, etc.
- Add food coloring or glitter to the paper pulp before drying.
- Add small leaves and flowers to the pulp.
Hint! A spatter screen for frying pans works well to dry pulp.
1 bag of rice
4 plastic bags
Divide rice into the four bags. Add 1 TB. rubbing alcohol and a squirt of food coloring to each bag and shake. Dry on wax paper. Mix together and use for sensory activities.
- Color alphabet pasta and use for making words or crafts.
- Color tube pasta and string into necklaces.
Put a large glob of glue (1-2 TB.) in the middle of the paper. Add a drop of blue, yellow, and red food coloring to different corners of the glue. Roll the paper around to create colors and designs.
- Glue globs are also fun to make on paper plates.
Shaving Cream Painting
shaving cream (non-menthol)
Squirt a pile of shaving cream on a non-wood surface and let the children squish and play.
Hint! This is a great way to clean up tables and desks!
Cook spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain the noodles. Add a few drops of food coloring to the noodles and toss. Children can take the noodles and arrange them on a piece of paper. (No glue is needed because the starch in the noodles makes them stick to the paper.)
Flour and Salt Paint
Mix ½ cup flour with ½ cup salt. Stir in 1 cup liquid tempera paint. (Add more or less paint depending on the thickness you desire. Apply to heavy paper with brushes, fingers, or Q-tips.
Hint! If you use dry tempera, you will obviously need to add water.