Friday, November 20, 2009

Mixing up some fun and creativity

And maybe some fine motor skills too!

Here are some great recipes for creative (but non-edible) fun!

1 tsp. Borax powder
1 c. water
1/2 c. Elmer's glue
1/2 c. water
food coloring

Mix all together; remove from liquid and form with hands.

Sidewalk chalk*
1/3 c. quick setting plaster of Paris
1 Tbsp. powdered tempera paint
3 Tbsp. water
Glitter (if you want)

You can use toilet paper tubes or muffin pans. Mix everything together. If using toilet paper tubes, tape the end of the tubes. Spoon mixture into the tube or muffin pan; let sit for 45 minutes. Pop out of muffin pan or peel toilet paper tube away. Have fun coloring!

Gooey Goop*
1/2 c. water
2 c. cornstarch
food coloring

In a large bowl, mix together water and cornstarch until smooth. Add food coloring and stir. Play with goop on a plastic covered surface or on a newspaper.

Play dough*
4 c. flour
1 c. salt
4 c. water
4 Tbsp. oil
1/2 c. cream of tarter
Food coloring (optional)

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan. Once thoroughly mixed, you can add food coloring if desired. Cook and stir over low to medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before playing with it. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.

Variations: You can add one package of unsweetened powdered Kool-Aid to the play dough to give it color and make it smell delicious (but don't eat it).

Moon Sand*
9 c. colored sand
3 c. cornstarch
2 1/2 c. water

Mix sand and cornstarch. Add water, start with 2 1/4 cups then mix. Continue adding more until your desired consistency. Store in a sealed container and add a few drops of water when you use it again.

Please share some of your favorite crafty recipes!

*obligatory fine print: all recipes are non-edible.


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