Fun Craft Recipes

Play Dough
1 cup of flour
2 teas. Cream of Tartar
½ cup Salt
1 cup cold water
1 TB. Vegetable Oil
About 10 drops of food coloring

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan (non-stick, if you've got it).  Place on medium heat and stir until it gets thick and hardened, about 4 minutes or until mixture forms a ball.  Remove from pan and allow to cool on the counter for at least 5 minutes.  Knead the dough for about 30 seconds or until its smooth and blended.  Cool completely and store in an airtight container.  Refrigeration isn't necessary, but will help preserve it for longer.  Allow to warm to room temperature before playing.

2 cups cold water
1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups of flour
Newspaper, cut or torn into strips

Mix water and flour in a large bowl with a wire whisk until smooth.  Mixture should be the consistency of heavy cream. Coat your mold (such as a inflated balloon) with one layer of the newspaper strips that have been dipped in water.  Then dip strips into flour mixture and lay over the first layer until mold is well coated.  Allow to dry completely until your mold is hard.  If desired, add another layer of newspaper strips that have been dipped in the flour mixture and allow to dry.  Paint over the strips in any design or color of your choice.

Finger Paint
1/3 cup of cornstarch
3 TB. Sugar
2 cups of cold water
Food coloring

Mix the cornstarch, sugar and water in a medium saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes, or until thickened.  Remove from heat and divide into separate cups or containers.  Tint mixture in each container with a different color and stir until well blended.  Allow to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.  (This paint works best if you use it the same day it is made.)

Peanut Butter Play Dough
1 cup smooth peanut butter (not reduced fat)
1 ½ cups powdered skim milk
3 TB. Honey

Mix ingredients in a medium bowl until dough is smooth.  Store unused dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Great fun and tastes delicious!

Applesauce Cinnamon Dough
½ cup cinnamon
½ cup applesauce (not chunky)

Pour the cinnamon and applesauce into a small mixing bowl.  Stir and knead until the mixture turns to dough.  Roll out and cut shapes with cookie cutters.  If making hanging ornaments, remember to make a hole at the top with a plastic drinking straw.  Allow to dry for approximately 12 hours or until hard.  You may need to turn over after 6 six hours to assist in the drying.  These creations make nice ornaments or sachets.

Sidewalk Chalk
1/3 cup quick-setting Plaster of Paris (may be purchased at a craft   
1 TB. Powered tempera paint
3 TB. Water
Toilet paper tube that has been sealed with plastic wrap on one end 
     and secured with a rubber band or duct tape

Prepare your toilet paper tube mold and set aside.  Mix the plaster powder and tempera paint powder together in a small bowl or glass measuring cup.  Add water and stir until blended.  Quickly spoon or pour the mixture into the mold that has been prepared and allow to dry.  Immediately wipe out your bowl or measuring cup with a paper towel, being careful to remove all of the plaster mixture.  Wash with soap and water and set aside.  After 30-45 minutes of drying time, gently peel the paper away from the stick of chalk before use.  (If you want to create an assortment of colored chalk, each mixture must be made separately because the plaster sets up so quickly.)

Bubble Solution
2 ½ quarts of water
½ cup glycerin (may be purchased at a drug store or substitute with 
     light corn syrup)
1 cup of dish washing liquid

Mix the water and glycerin together until completely blended.  Gently stir in the dish washing liquid, trying not to create suds.  Store in an airtight container for several weeks, no refrigeration needed.

Bubble Painting
½ cup water
¼ cup powdered tempera paint
2 tsp. Dish washing liquid

Mix the ingredients together in a small, shallow bowl.  Have blank pieces of white paper nearby.  Using a plastic drinking straw, carefully blow into the mixture until a dome of bubbles form over the bowl.  Create a bubble print by placing a piece of paper on top of the bubbles and gently pressing down.  The bubbles will pop against the paper, leaving an interesting print.  Allow to dry.  If desired, mix together several colors of bubble-paint mixture in different bowls and repeat the process in several colors on the same paper.  Voila, rainbow bubble prints -- quite a beautiful effect!

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