January 2009


13) Play Dough

Materials: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup salt 2 TB. cream of tartar 2 TB. vegetable oil 2 cups water food coloring

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a pan and stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture forms a ball and sticks to the spoon. Cool and knead. Store in plastic bags or covered containers.

14) Play on with Play Dough!

*Add oil of mint or other extracts to play dough to give it a fragrance. (Pumpkin pie spices are fun in orange play dough at Halloween. Cocoa can be kneaded into uncolored dough at Valentine’s to make chocolate dough.) *Use 2 TB baby oil or massage oil in place of the vegetable oil. *Unsweetened Kool-aid mix can be used in lieu of food coloring. The flavor will add a sweet aroma! Hint! Have children play with dough and clay on plastic placemats or cookie sheets. Add scissors, cookie cutters, play dishes, birthday candles, and other cooking props.

15) Goop

Materials: 1 cup cornstarch ½ - ¾ cup water

Directions: Place 1 cup cornstarch in a bowl. Slowly stir in enough water (½ cup to ¾ cup) to make a thick liquid. Hold the goop in your hand, then turn your hand over and let it run back into the bowl. How is it like a liquid? How is it like a solid?

Hint! You can add a few drops of food coloring to your goop if you wish.

16) Flubber

Materials: 2 cups white glue 1 ½ cups water, food coloring 2 level tsp. Borax soap 1 cup hot water

Directions: Combine the glue, 1 ½ cups water, and food coloring. Set aside. In another large bowl, dissolve the Borax in the cup of hot water. Slowly stir the glue mixture into the Borax. It will coagulate and be difficult to mix. Pour off the excess water; then let it sit for several minutes. Drain off the remaining water. Store flubber covered in the refrigerator when it is not being used.

Note! Borax is toxic and needs to be supervised with young children.

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