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Bring to a full rolling boil:
¾ cup Water
2 tbsp. Corn syrup
1 tsp. White vinegar
In a separate bowl mix:
½ cup Cornstarch
¾ cup Cold water
Stirring constantly, combine both mixtures. Let stand a few minutes to thicken before using.

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Save your Styrofoam meat trays for the children's painting projects. Use a teaspoon of a number of different colored paints on this paint palette rather than using a cup. Easy clean up!

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4 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
1 tsp. Powdered alum
1 1/2 cups Water
Food coloring
Mix all ingredients in bowl. If too dry, work in extra water with hands. Color by dividing and adding food coloring to each portion. Roll or mold as desired. Once molded or rolled bake on un-greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes in 250-degree oven. Turn and bake another 1 1/2 hours. Remove and cool. When done, sand lightly if desired and paint.

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Combine well the following ingredients.
4 cups All -purpose flour
1 cup Salt

Then add:
1 ½ cups Cold water
And mix well.

Knead for at least 10 minutes. (Can be processed in a food processor.) After sculpting, allow to air dry overnight or bake at 200 - 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 - 3 hours. Good for Christmas ornaments be sure to use a straw to make a hole on top for hanging. Best if made 1 day in advance and kept in airtight container overnight.



Shaped sponges can be easily made to go along with any type of theme or art activity. You can cut cellulose sponges to geometric shapes, or you can purchase pre cut shapes. Another idea is to purchase at your local craft supply store the sponges that are condensed flat; you then draw a shape on the flat surface and cut out. When these sponges are submerged in water the shape is easy to use. Younger kids often use them to paint, while older kids use them to print, sometimes creating their own patterns and designs. They can be used in the water too; making prints on the sidewalk is fun! A great party activity!

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Mix together
1 1/4 cups Flour,
1/2 cup Cocoa powder,
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar.
1 1/2 Tbsp. Cooking oil
1 cup Boiling water.
Stir quickly, mix well. Cook over low heat until dough forms a ball. When cool , mix with your
hands. Store in airtight container. It will smell pretty good too.

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3 cups Flour
3 Tbsp. Alum
1/2 cup Salt
2 Tbsp. Cooking oil
2 cups Boiling water
Add 10 drops food coloring to liquid or 2-3 Tbsp. dry tempera to flour. Adjust color intensity as desired. Mix in order given. Can use a dough mixer, mix-master, or stir with a spoon. Knead well. Keeps up to 6 months in a heavy plastic zip-lock bag.

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By definition, the dictionary defines Paste as "a preparation of flour and starch and water, used as an adhesive". It defines Glue as "A strong adhesive substance, a solution for sticking things together." So you will find I have many more paste recipes than glue. I don't propose you will ever need as many paste or glue recipes as I have here. However, different recipes have different uses and I hope you find one that suits your needs. (I also hope you find one you have the ingredients for when you need it!)



Heat 2 2/3 cups water over low heat until bubbly
Remove from heat and add 1-cup cornstarch dissolved in ½ cup cold water.
Stir quickly; mix with hands if necessary. If too dry add a few drops of water.
Pliable like play dough this clay can be left out to dry for 36 hours and it will become very hard and can be painted.

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Your children can make really kewl fossils with this recipe, or mold it like any other play dough.
1 cup Used coffee grounds
1/2 cup Cold coffee
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
Wax paper
Mixing bowl
Objects to make impressions (small plastic animals, shells)
Empty can or butter knife
Stir the coffee grounds, cold coffee flour and salt until well mixed. Knead the dough together and flatten it out onto the waxed paper. Use the can to cut circles or the knife to cut slabs. Press your objects firmly into the dough, when you take the object out, you have your fossil. If you want to hang the fossil, poke holes in to the edge to be able to hang. Let dry overnight and hang.

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Painted Glass

Give your child`s imagination a workout with this simple paint mixture that turns any large-paned window into a canvas for their art masterpieces. Take 2 parts liquid dishwashing detergent to 1 part powdered tempera paint and blend until creamy. Mix up several colors and let them paint right on the window. Be sure to cover the floor if painting indoors - washes up with a sponge and water.

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2 cups Bentonite (powdered can be purchased at most ceramic supply stores)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup Soap powder
Gradually add water to bentonite and mix well with beater. (A blender is preferred. If it is used start by filling the container half-full of water and add bentonite gradually. Turn blender off for a few seconds to check the consistency. Let mixture stand in a crock or plastic container for two to three days- stirring well each day. DO NOT use a METAL container.
Helpful Hints:
1. An extender, like bentonite reduces paint cost and gives the desired consistency. Also can be added to tempera to make finger-paint.
2. Soap makes paint easier to wash out and helps it adhere to slick surfaces like glass and cellophane.
3. Detergent keeps paint from cracking when the paint dries.
4. Alum is a preservative. Glycerin and oil of wintergreen (or clove) keep paint mixtures fresh.
5. Condensed milk gives paint a glossy finish.
For large quantity needs.
6-8 tbsp. Extender (above or other)
1 One- pound can of powdered paint
3 cups Liquid starch
2 Tbsp. Soap flakes
Put the extender in a large container, such as a one-quart plastic juice container. Gradually stir in the powdered paint and liquid starch, mixing well. Add soap powder. Add water until mixture reaches desired consistency. This recipe makes a large enough quantity so that it can be stored and poured out into small juice cans each day as needed. The paint will thicken and will need stirring and possibly more water.



Cardboard Rolls - Bathroom Tissue, Paper Towels, etc.
Take a plain roll; cut it all the way down one side. Do this to several and flatten them as much as possible. Weight them down with a heavy book or other object for a day or two. You have some nice little squares of cardboard for other projects.

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PLAYDOUGH - Strawberry

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package un-sweetened strawberry Kool-Aid
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium saucepan. Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pan, remove. Knead until smooth. Store in a covered plastic container.

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To make this very popular play dough you will need:
5 Cups White flour
1 cup of Salt
4 Pkgs. of Kool-Aid (same color)
6 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
4 Cups of Boiling water
Mix, knead and cover when cool.
This is a large recipe so for me I usually cut it in half. To keep it soft for a maximum amount of time it is a good idea to keep it refrigerated. (Mine has lasted for well over three months of play).



2 cups Salt
1 cups Flour
Powdered paint
Mix salt and flour. Add powdered paint. Gradually stir in enough water to make a smooth, heavy paste. This mix can be used like regular paste. Store in airtight container.



Yep, I said mud. Handy, just go outdoors and get a shovel full of dirt. Place it in a bowl and add a small amount of water. (Remove worms if you are going to allow your child's creation to dry). To dry the mud creations, just set them in the sun!



1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Non-self-rising flour
1/2 tsp. Powdered alum
1-3/4 cups Water
1/tsp. Oil of cinnamon (or Oil of wintergreen)
In a medium-sized pan, mix together sugar, flour and alum. Gradually add 1 cup water, stirring vigorously to break up lumps. Boil until clear and smooth stirring constantly. Add remaining water and oil of cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Makes one pint. Spread paste with a brush. Thin Paste is an excellent adhesive for scrapbooks, collages, and Strip Papier-mâché'. This paste can be stored in a jar for several months without refrigeration.

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Named Nature's Play-dough because you dye it with vegetable juice.
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 cup Water
2 Tbsp. Oil
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
Beet, spinach, and carrot juice
Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over med. heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange.



1 lb. jar Sweetened applesauce
8 oz Cinnamon
Drain jar of applesauce overnight. (Don't skip that part.) Add 8 ounces of cinnamon to this and mix together well. Pat into a ball, press hard to solidify and mix. Then pat out in 1 cup units onto wax paper, push to 1/4" to ½" thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Dry.

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You can make simple dough for your child to make small items with just a slice of bread and some glue!
You will need equal parts of Bread (about 2 slices) and white glue and food coloring (I like the paste kind for this recipe.)
Crumple bread into small pieces Add glue. Mix immediately if too dry or sticky add a few drops of water
Add food coloring This is just like clay, but you need to be careful not to crumble it, or hold it in your hand for too long (it may get sticky and stick to your hand) Takes about an hour to dry.

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1 cup Peanut butter
1 cup Liquid honey
1 cup Powdered milk
1 cup Rolled oats
Mix together and use. A bit more grainy because of the rolled oats but, a different texture and another experience. Great for toddlers, however, be careful there are no peanut allergies. This is FOOD and children should wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their own plate.

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3 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Salt
6 tsp. Cream of tartar
3 cups Cool water
3 Tbsp. Oil
Food coloring
Mix dry ingredients in a big cooking pot. Blend liquids together in a bowl. Combine with dry ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about 5 min.) Turn onto board or counter and knead until smooth play dough consistency. Store in an airtight container.

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1 cup Cornstarch
2 cups Baking soda (a one pound box)
1 1/4 cups Water
Combine cornstarch and baking soda in pan. Add water gradually, stirring until smooth. Place mix over medium heat and cook until thick and dough like in consistency, stirring constantly. Turn mix out to a lightly floured surface and knead well. Cover with damp cloth or keep in plastic bag. This is good for plaques and other models that will be painted when dry.

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This dough smells very good!

1 ½ cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup white school glue

This dough is best if used rolled. A thick or bulky work of art may not dry well.
You will also need wax paper, a rolling pin, cookie cutters and a straw.

Mix cinnamon applesauce and glue together well.
Knead until the mix is a firm ball like clay.
Let the dough sit for 20 - 30 minutes.
This clay is best used at room temperature, be sure to work on wax paper, as the glue makes it very sticky.
Roll dough out to aprox 1/8 of an inch. You will need to flour your rolling pin with additional cinnamon.
Use cookie cutters or a plastic knife to cut out shapes.
Use straw to punch hole in top for hanging.
Place shapes on wax paper to dry, turn often so they dry evenly. This will take about a week.

Great when hung in the kitchen. Leaves a super cinnamon smell!



1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups ground cornmeal
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Mix well.

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1 cup Flour
2 tsp. Cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 cup Water
1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
Food coloring
Cook all ingredients in a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stirring real hard until mixture forms a ball. (About 4 minutes) Remove from pan and let sit for about five minutes. Knead briefly and the dough is ready to use. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. I usually divide the recipe in half, and make two different colors.



1 cup Cornstarch
1/3 cup Vegetable oil
2/3 cup Flour
Pour cornstarch into a bowl and add oil. Stir until it has the consistency of syrup. Gradually add the flour until it forms a thick dough. Knead well and store in airtight container.

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Great for toddlers, however, be careful there are no peanut allergies. This is FOOD and children should wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their own plate.
1 cup Peanut butter
1 cup Corn syrup
1 ¼ cup Non-fat dry milk
1 ¼ cup Confectioners sugar
Mix all ingredients together and knead well. I love the texture of this recipe.

There are two separate recipes here to choose from. I prefer the first one due to its texture.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 ¼ cup nonfat dry milk
1 ¼ cup confectioners sugar

Mix all ingredients together and knead well.

6 tbs. Honey
1 500 gram jar peanut butter
1 cup (or more) of flour
Small amount of milk

Knead well add flour as needed depending on the consistency of the peanut butter.

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Some recipes for dough are not exactly dough. For example, Slime will not hold a shape it is very runny. But these recipes are very popular so I include them here. When coloring these recipes try adding some glitter for a neat treat.

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6 slices White bread
6 tbsp. White glue
1/2 tsp. Detergent or
2 tsp. Glycerin
Food coloring
Remove crusts from bread and knead with glue. Add either detergent or glycerin. Knead until no longer sticky. Separate into portions and add food coloring if desired. Shape and brush with equal parts of glue and water for a glossy coat. Allow to dry overnight to harden. Paint with acrylic paint. Seal with clear nail polish.



To make your own clay, use the following recipe.
4 cups Flour
2 cups Salt
2 cups Water
1 tbsp. Oil
Food coloring
Mix all ingredients together well and knead for 5 minutes. (Children may need help or need to knead longer.) Store clay in airtight plastic bags. When pottery molding is complete, bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit to harden.

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Over the years I have collected dozens of homemade paint recipes. Some are specialty paints, and some are common, and can be found almost anywhere. Remembering that children need a variety of experiences, go wander through this section and see if you can find something new to share with your kids.



Soap crayons are fun to play with in the tub or backyard pool. Try out the soap paint recipe for different a texture experience. As well I've included Soap Balls, that the children can get involved in making with you. They make a great gift for a favorite aunt or babysitter. So do the Homemade Bath Salts that I included here for lack of a better place to put them!

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1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 Tbsp. Alum
1 Tbsp. Oil
7/8 cup Boiling water
Mix together flour, salt, alum and oil in a bowl. Pour in boiling water. Mix well and knead. Store in the fridge.



This recipe is meant to be rolled out, cut with cookie cutters, and left to dry. Great for ornaments.
2 cups Salt
2/3 cups Water
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Cold water
Mix salt with water in saucepan. Stir and boil. Add cornstarch and cold water. Keep heating if it does not get thick. Roll out dough on board floured with cornstarch. Dry and decorate ornaments.

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1 cup Peanut butter,
1 cup White corn syrup,
1 cup Powdered sugar,
3 cups Powdered milk
In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, corn syrup, and powdered sugar together. Add powdered milk and knead until smooth. (Add more powdered milk if you need to.) The children can mold dough into any shape they wish. Great for toddlers, however, be careful there are no peanut allergies. This is FOOD and children should wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their own plate.
Provide your children with various decorating materials, (Raisins, Chocolate chips, Raspberry chips,
Butterscotch chips, shredded Coconut, Dried Fruit, Pretzels, M & M's etc.)

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6 tbs. Honey
1 500 gram jar Peanut butter
1 cup (or more) Flour
Small amount of milk
Knead well add flour as needed depending on the consistency of the peanut butter. Great for toddlers, however, be careful there are no peanut allergies. This is FOOD and children should wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their own plate.



3 cup Lint (from laundry dryers)
2 cup Cold or warm water
2/3 cup Non-self-rising wheat flour
3 drops Oil of wintergreen
Old newspaper
Put lint and water in a large saucepan. Stir to dampen all parts of the lint. Add flour and stir thoroughly to prevent lumps. Add oil of wintergreen. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture holds together and forms peaks. Pour out onto several sheets of newspaper to cool. Use as you would papier-mâché pulp or shaped over armatures (boxes, bottles, balloons, and so forth) or press into a mold. This material will dry in 3 to 5 days to a very hard, durable surface. When wet it has a felt-like consistency. It can dry smooth or rough, depending on how it is used. When pressed into a mold, a hard, smooth finish is obtained. Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for several days.

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18 oz. Peanut butter
6 tbsp. Honey
Non-fat dry milk
Cocoa for flavor
Mix all ingredients, adding enough dry milk to give make dough pliable.
Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat! Great for toddlers, however, be careful there are no peanut allergies. This is FOOD and children should wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their own plate.

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I feel this is the dough recipe that the most resembles the original "store-bought" Play Dough. Let me know what you think.
1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 Tbsp. Powdered alum
1/2 cup Salt
2 Tbsp. Vanilla
Food coloring
Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading.



1 cup Cornstarch
1 1/4 cups Cold water
2 cups Baking soda
Food coloring
Mix all ingredients except paint in saucepan over medium heat for 4 minutes until thick (like mashed potatoes). Add food coloring to water before mixture adding for color. Remove from heat, turn out onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool. Knead like dough. Store in airtight container.



Combine equal parts of white glue, cornstarch and flour.
Knead and then roll out to 1/8th inch thickness.
Using cookie cutters or butter knives cut out shapes.
Allow dry on aluminum foil for 10 to 14 hours, turning occasionally.
Paint, then when dry, and brush with a thin layer of white glue to seal.
When glue is dry they can be painted. These are beautiful (on the Christmas tree) when you paint with thin layer of glue and dip in clear sparkles. (See squeeze bottle glitter for these too.)

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Place one drop of food coloring on the end of a Q-tip. Allow them to dry from 30 - 60 minutes. I use a pegboard to hold the cotton swabs upright as I drop the coloring on the end and it also allows them to dry quickly. ( I usually make a box of Q-tips at a time and store the extras in Zip-Locks for later). When ready to paint all you need are smocks, paper, and a bowl of water. Dip the end with the color in water briefly (less time in the water -- the brighter the color) and let your imagination run wild.

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1 Can Frosting Mix
1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Peanut Butter
Mix all ingredients in bowl with spoon. Knead into workable dough. Model as with any dough. This is FOOD and children should wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their own plate.

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4 c Un-sifted all-purpose four
1 c Salt
1/4 c Instant coffee
1 1/2 c Warm water
Dissolve the coffee in the warm water. In another bowl, mix the flour and the salt. Make a hole in this and add 1 cup of the coffee water into it. Mix with a fork or hands until smooth. Add more coffee water if needed. Dough should be smooth and satiny, not sticky or crumbly. Store in a plastic bag to prevent drying of the dough. Bake finished designs in a 300-degree oven for 1 hour or more (until hard). Add 2 coats of shellac to preserve.

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Add 3/4-cup water to 1/4-cup coarse salt (for canning), then mix with 2 or 3 tsp. water. Mix it up and you have a texture experience.

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The plastic that the bacon lays on is the perfect material for stenciling.
Meat trays are good for a paint palette.
Makeup sponges are great for stenciling.
Put your paintbrushes, bristles up, in Pringles cans, or store upside down in floral foam.
Protect your paintbrush bristles by storing them in small straws.
Use a tooth brush holder with the four or more holes at the top and store your pencils and pens in them. Or better yet, put your paintbrushes in them, bristles up.
Take a margarine tub or yogurt cup and cut a x in top, middle of the lid to hold a paint brush, fill with water, if the kids or yourself spill it, it will only spill a little rather then the whole paint cup.



I think Paper Mache may be a lost art. When my children were young we made a number of projects with paper mache. From a simple bowl, filled with apples and pears made from paper mache or a mask to a piñata, be sure to explore this art with your children. Tape together balloons, shoe boxes, paper tubes, corks and other materials to form a base. Encourage your children to use their imagination. Adding details is easy with the Soft Pulp recipe. Be sure to allow the items to dry thoroughly between layers for the best result.

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For quick and easy storage of children's play dough, I personally like to keep my play dough in a zip-lock-type bag, which I place, inside of a large plastic container with a lid. Inside the tub I keep old cookie cutters, plastic knives, old rolling pins, and a roll of wax paper or a vinyl tablecloth. By keeping everything together, your children will be ready to be creative at a moment's notice! Clean up is easy, too.

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4 or 5 Potatoes
1 - 1 1/2 cups Flour
Bake 4 or 5 potatoes, in the skin, until soft inside. Peel, and discard peel. Mash potatoes, I use a potato ricer, so I get a nice fine, even texture. Combine 1 - 1 1/2 cups of flour to every 2 cups of mashed potato and form thick dough. Kids can eat the scraps. It has no raw egg in it, and leaving it out for a bit, there is nothing in it to spoil.
The color will gray after a while, but if you add food coloring, when you make it, you won't even notice. If you have extra, roll it is balls and press your thumb in one side, and roll it across the back side of a fork. Cook in boiling water for 1 min. and serve either with tomato sauce or butter or even brown gravy. They taste great.

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Here are a number of recipes for various play dough. Some have a bumpy texture, and some are smooth. Some smell great, some smell like play dough. Some are for molding and some are for rolling. Some are edible and some are not. I have tried to list them by their outstanding ingredient or feature. Have fun exploring the different dough recipes with the children in your life.



You can make containers for your watercolor paints by gluing plastic bottle caps onto Styrofoam plates, or use a Styrofoam egg carton. These are good make-do substitutes for the commercial product, but tend to be powdery.

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3 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Salt
6 tsp. Cream of tartar
3 cups Cool water
3 tbsp. Oil
Packages of Kool-Aid mix (without sugar) in desired colors
1. Mix dry ingredients except Kool-Aid together in a big cooking pot. Blend all liquids together in a bowl.
2. Combine with dry ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about 5 minutes).
4. Turn onto board or counter and knead until smooth and play-dough consistency.
5. Divide into portions and knead in desired play dough colors. Store in airtight containers.
Note: If making only one color, the easiest way to add in the Kool-Aid is to mix it into the liquid ingredients before cooking.

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Mix 21/2 cups of flour with 1 cup of cornmeal.
Add one tablespoon of oil and 1 cup of water. More or less water can be added to make desired texture. Dough has a grainy texture. Use for pretend baking and cooking.

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1 part Flour
1 part Water
2 parts Oatmeal
Mix all ingredients until smooth. Knead. Non-edible, but not toxic if eaten.

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1/2 cup Salt
2 cups Water
2 tbsp. Salad oil
2 cups Flour
2 tbsp. Alum
1 pkg. Kool-Aid for color
Boil salt in water until salt is dissolved. Add Kool-Aid for color. Add salad oil, flour and alum. Knead or process until smooth. Keeps for about two months or longer.



There aren't any crayon recipes to make from scratch from home. But I can help you recycle crayons by making interesting marble rubbing crayons. Or combining those tiny scraps into a more useable shape.

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