Make your own free website on Tripod.com
  

Cooking for Fun
 Arts & Crafts
Mother's Day
  Natural Egg Dyes
Finger Paints
Glue & Paste
Paints
Bread Dough Roses
 Magic Garden Crystals
Paper Mache
Playdough
Play Clay
Paper Airplanes
Bubbles
Silly Putty
Oobleck or "Play Slime"
Rice Collage
Pinecone Bird Feeders
Sidewalk Chalk
Macaroni Jewelry
 Cornstarch Finger Paint
Miscellaneous Crafts

Easter Rabbit


Easter Rabbit
1 -20 oz, empty, label removed clear plastic soda bottle (cleaned, label removed, top in tack)
2 bags jelly beans (small)
1 square of white foam craft sheet
1 square of pink foam craft sheet
1 pair of googley eyes
3 large cotton balls
1 small pink craft pompoms
1 medium pink pompom
18 inch styrofoam ball
some colorful ribbon

Remove the screw top and save for later. Now on the white foam craft square, trace out two large rabbit ears and do the same only a little smaller with the pink foam square. Now glue the pink smaller ears onto the white larger one. Next take the white remaining foam and trace a valentine heart. Now do the same with the pink foam craft square, remember to make it smaller than the white. Now glue the pink heart onto the white larger heart. While the glue is drying, fill the soda bottles with the jellybeans. Now take the styrofoam ball and glue on the ears position them as you like. We usually place them very close to each other. Then position and glue the eyes. Now, attach with glue the two large cotton balls a small space under the eyes. Then add the medium pink for a nose. And finally the small pink pompom for a mouth. For the final step, attach the last cotton ball to the back of the bottle with glue. Take the cap and place it on the bottle, and gently push the head on to the cap, making an indentation. Hollow out the indentation with a sharp knife. And glue it onto the cap. Finally tie the ribbon around the neck of the bottle and tie a bow. Happy Easter!

CFF Shared by Carole

COLORED AND SCENTED BATH SALTS
      Here is a Mother's Day craft that is inexpensive and easy for all ages.

      What you need:
      Epsom Salts
      Food Coloring (NOT red!)
      Essential Oils (optional)
      1 lb. coffee can for each color
      storage container*
      scraps of cloth and ribbon

      Directions:  Pour some bath salts into a coffee can. Add a few drops of food coloring (do not use red) and place lid back on coffee can. While holding on to both the top and bottom of can, have girls shake, jump, and dance for a few minutes to mix colors. Remove lid and check color. Be sure to add food coloring only a few drops at a time. Repeat until desired color is achieved. Add several drops of essential oils if desired. Add enough to be fragrant yet not enough to stink. Place a scrap of fabric on top of jar and tie with a ribbon. Baby food jars, the tiny gift jelly jars, and 1/2 pint canning jars work well.

      *With younger children, you might place a drop of glue with a hot glue gun on the center of the lid to help hold the fabric so that the child can tie the ribbon around.

      Back to top

       

      Natural Easter Egg Dyes

      In all cases, eggs should be simmered about 12 minutes and allowed to cool in the pans.  Polish the finished (and dried) eggs with vegetable oil.  Here are the colors and ratios of ingredients to use.

      Gold--3 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 quart water, 4 teaspoons vinegar.

      Blue, Purple, and Pink--4 cups of berries, 2 cups of water, 4 teaspoons vinegar.

      Rose--Hard boil the eggs and cool.  Cut beets into 1" slices and rub on the eggs.  Let dry.

      Marbleized--Wrap dry onion skins around uncooked eggs and tie with a "twisty".  Simmer for 15 minutes and allow to cool in the water.

      Back to top

       

      Liquid Starch Finger Paint

      1/4 cup liquid laundry starch
      2 drops food coloring
      or 1 tsp. tempera paint

      Mix ingredients in small plastic bowl until blended.

       

      Cornstarch Finger Paint

      3 tbsps. sugar
      1/2 cup cornstarch
      2 cups cold water
      Food coloring
      Soap flakes
      or liquid dishwashing soap

      Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cold water and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide into four or five portions (in muffin tins or cups). Add a drop or two of food coloring to each portion and a pinch of soap flakes or soap. Stir and let cool. Store in airtight container.

       

      Flour Finger Paint


      1 cup flour
      2 tbsp salt
      1 1/4 cup hot water
      1 1/2 cup cold water
      Food coloring
      or tempera paint

      Put flour and salt in a saucepan and add add cold water. Beat with a whisk or rotary beater until smooth. Add hot water and boil until mixture is thick. Beat until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and add food coloring as needed.

       

      Laundry Starch Finger Paint


      1 cup laundry starch dissolved in cold water
      1 qt boiling water
      1 cup pure white soap flakes or powder
      Food coloring or poster paint

      Add boiling water to starch and cold water mixture and boil until thick. Remove from heat and stir in soap. Divide into small containers and add food coloring as desired.

      Back to top

       

      Glue


      3/4 cup water
      2 tbsp. corn syrup
      1 tsp. white vinegar
      1/2 cup cornstarch
      3/4 cup cold water

      Mix water, syrup and vinegar in small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Let stand overnight before using.

       

      Homemade Paste

      1/2 cup flour
      Cold water

      Add cold water to 1/2 cup flour until a thick cream forms. Simmer on stove for 5 minutes. Add food coloring or flavoring if desired. Wet messy paint that takes a while to dry.

       

      Paper Mache Paste

      1 cup water
      1/4 cup flour
      5 cups lightly boiling water

      Mix flour into one cup water until mixture is thin and runny, stir into boiling water. Gently boil and stir for 3 minutes. Cool before using. (Use with newspaper/newsprint strips for Paper mache).

       

      Library Paste

      1 cup flour
      1 cup sugar
      1 tsp. alum
      4 cups water
      Oil of cloves

      Mix all ingredients in saucepan and cook until clear and thick. Add 30 drops of Oil of cloves and store covered.

      Back to top

       

      Poster Paint

      1/4 cup flour
      1 cup water
      3 tbsps. powdered tempera paint
      2 tbsps. water
      1/2 tsp. liquid starch or liquid detergent

      Measure flour into saucepan. Slowly add 1 cup water until mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cool. Add 1/4 cup flour paste into small jar or plastic container. Add tempera paint and water for each color. For opaque finish add liquid starch. For glossy finish had liquid detergent.

       

      Condensed Milk Paint


      1 cup condensed milk
      Food coloring

      Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring. This makes a very bright, glossy colored paint.

       

      Frosting Paint (non-edible)

      1 cup powdered tempera paint
      2 tbsps. wallpaper paste
      1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid laundry starch

      Mix tempera paint with wallpaper paste. Add starch, mixing until thick enough to spread - like frosting. Place paint on a plastic lid and use popsicle sticks to spread.

       

      Face Paint

      1 tsp. corn starch
      1/2 tsp. water
      1/2 tsp. cold cream
      Food coloring

      Stir together starch and cold cream until well-blended. Add water and stir. Add food coloring. Using a small brush paint designs on child's face. Remove with soap and water. Store in airtight container.

       

      Face Paint for Larger Areas

      1 tbsp. solid shortening
      2 tbsps. cornstarch
      Food coloring

      Mix shortening and starch together until smooth. Add food coloring. Use a sponge or your fingers to apply to face. Great for turning faces green on Halloween. Remove with soap and water. Store in airtight container.

       

      Egg Yolk Paint

      1 egg yolk
      1/4 tsp. water
      Food coloring

      Mix egg yolk with water and lots of food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint on baked cookies. Return cookies to oven until egg has solidified.

      Back to top

       

      Bread Dough Roses

      Take one slice of white bread...crust removed.
      Two Tablespoons of Tacky Glue.

      Put the two ingredients in a zip lock back and knead the material together until it loses its tacky-like finish. It will form into a pliable dough. This material then can be shaped into beautiful flowers (roses) and then allowed to air dry. To add color, a small amount of paint can be added to the dough or it can be painted when dried. Place a sealer or finish on the roses to preserve. A think layer of tacky glue or any other type of sealer can be used.

      Back to top

       

      Magic Garden Crystals

      4 tablespoons salt
      4 tablespoons water
      1 tablespoon ammonia
      2 pieces charcoal, smashed into small chunks
      food coloring

      Find a small disposable but waterproof container.  Add the charcoal and  spread out evenly.  Combine the salt, water, and ammonia in a bowl, and pour over charcoal.  Sprinkle a few drops of food coloring over the whole concoction.  Place the container on a shelf low enough for children to see, and let them watch it grow.

      Back to top

       

      Paper Mache'

      1/3 cup White Glue
      1/3 cup Water
      Newspaper

      Mix glue and water. Tear newspaper into one by 4-6" strips. Brush the glue on, then put a paper strip.  Smooth strip with fingers. Continue on laying down 3-4 layers of strips. Let dry for 2-3 days.

      Back to top

       

      Playdough

      2 cups flour
      4 teaspoons cream of tartar
      1 cup salt
      1 1/2 - 2 cups boiling water
      3 - 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
      Food coloring

      Add oil and food coloring to boiling water. Combine remaining ingredients, and mix well. As you knead it, the dough will get smoother. Store in airtight container. Very pliable and easy to roll or sculpt.

      Oatmeal Playdough
      1 part flour
      1 part water
      2 parts oatmeal

      Mix all ingredients until smooth. Knead. Non-edible but not toxic if eaten by mistake.

       

      Uncooked Playdough

      1 cup cold water
      1 cup salt
      2 tsp. vegetable oil
      3 cups flour
      2 tbsps. cornstarch
      Tempera paint or food coloring

      Mix water, salt, oil and enough paint to make bright colors. Gradually work flour and cornstarch to consistency of bread dough.

       

      Koolaid Playdough

      1/2 cup salt
      2 cups water
      2 tbsps. salad oil
      2 cups flour
      2 tbsps. alum
      Koolaid for color

      Boil salt in water until salt is dissolved. Add Koolaid for color. Add salad oil, flour and alum. Knead or process until smooth. Keeps for two months or longer.

       

      Colored Playdough

      1 cup flour
      1 tbsp vegetable oil
      1 cup water
      1/2 cup salt
      2 tsp. cream of tartar
      Food coloring

      Mix all ingredients in saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly until ball forms. Knead until smooth.

       

      Salt Playdough

      1 cup salt
      1 cup water
      1/2 cup flour

      Mix ingredients and cook over medium heat. Remove from heat when thick and rubbery. As mixturecools, knead in enough flour to make a workable dough.

       

      Simple Playdough

      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.

       

      Potato Dough


      4 or 5 potatoes
      1 - 1 1/2 cups flour

      Bake 4 or 5 potatoes, in the skin, until soft inside. Peel, and disgard peel. Mash potatoes, use a potato ricer to get a nice fine, even texture. Combine 1 - 1 1/2 cups of flour to every 2 cups of mashed potato and form a dough. It has no raw egg in it, and leaving it out for a bit, there is nothing in it to spoil. The color will grey 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.

       

      Creative Dough

      1 cup flour
      2 teaspoons cream of tartar
      1/2 teaspoon slat
      1 cup water
      1 tablespoon vegetable oil
      1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
      about 15 drops of food coloring, color of your choice

      Cook all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, stirring real hard until mixture forms a ball. About 4 mins. Remove from pan and let sit for about five mins. Knead briefly and the dough is ready to use. Store in airtight container n refrigerator. Half the recipe and make two different colors.

      Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

      1/2 cup peanut butter
      1/2 cup honey
      1 cup powdered milk

      Knead until smooth.

      Kool-Aid Enhanced Playdough

      Try a variety of Kool Aid flavors and colors (grape & orange are our favorites). Also, adding a little alum to the dry ingredients preserves the playdough for a longer time.

      2 cups flour
      4 teaspoons cream of tartar
      1 cup salt
      1 1/2 cups boiling water
      3 - 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
      Kool Aid

      Add one package of Kool Aid mix, oil and food coloring to boiling water. Combine remaining ingredients, and mix well. As you knead it, the dough will get smoother. Store in airtight container. Delightfully scented, very pliable and easy to roll or sculpt.

      Back to top
       

      Bakeable "Salt Clay"

      Use cookie cutters or mold Salt Clay by hand, then bake in a 300 degree oven for use in creating refrigerator magnets, jewelry, ornaments, keychains, necklaces, and more.

      Stir together:

      2 cups plain flour
      1 cup salt
      1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
      2 tablespoons cooking oil

      Knead well until it forms a soft ball. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, make the shapes you want, and bake in the oven at 300 degrees or until hard (about one hour). You can use food coloring to color dough before you bake it, or paint it afterwards. A finishing coat of shellac or clear acrylic will make your salt clay products last longer.

      No-Bake Craft Clay
      1 cup cornstarch
      1 1/4 cups cold water
      2 cups baking soda
      Food coloring
      Paint

      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.

       

      Cookie Clay

      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.

       

      Baker's Clay

      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 ungreased 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.

       

      Bread Clay

      6 slices white bread
      6 tbsps. white glue
      1/2 tsp. detergent or 2 tsp. glycerine
      Food coloring

      Remove crusts from bread and knead with glue. Add either detergent or glycerine. 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.

       

      Modeling Clay

      2 cups salt
      2/3 cup water
      1 cup cornstarch
      1/2 cup water (cold)

      Stir salt and water over heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch and cold water. Mix until smooth, return to heat and cook until thick. Cool before using. Store in plastic bag.

       

      Play Clays

      Baking Soda Recipe
      2 cups Baking Soda
      1 cup Cornstarch
      1-1/4 cup Water

      In medium saucepan, stir together baking soda, cornstarch and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it resembles mashed potatoes. Place in bowl and cover with damp cloth until cool.
      Store in sealed container.

       

      Cornstarch Play Clay

      1 cup Salt
      1/3 cup Water
      1/2 cup Cornstarch
      1/4 cup Cold Water
      Food Coloring

      In medium saucepan, mix salt and 1/3 cup water over medium heat, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes.) Remove from head and add cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Will resemble mashed potatoes. Stir till thickens, cool, then knead. If it's too sticky, add a little more cornstarch. Store in sealed container with piece of damp sponge up to two weeks.

       

      Cooked Play Clay I

      1 cup All-Purpose Flour
      1 cup Water
      2 tsp Cream of Tartar
      1/4 cup Salt
      1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
      Food Coloring
      Waxed Paper

      In medium saucepan, mix all ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When doughbecomes harder to stir and gathers on spoon (about 5 min.) dump onto waxed paper, cool until able tohandle and knead 10-15 times until smooth. Store in sealed container, keeps up to two weeks.

       

      Cooked Play Clay II

      1 cup All-Purpose Flour
      1 cup Water
      1/2 cup Salt
      1 tsp Vegetable Oil
      1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
      Food Coloring

      In medium saucepan, mix all ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool until able to handle and then knead on a floured surface. Store in sealed container, keeps for 2 to 4 weeks.

       

      White Bread Clay

      1-2 slices White Bread, crusts removed
      1 tbsp White Glue

      Rip bread into tiny pieces in bowl. Add glue and mix with fork till all crumbs are moistened. Roll into ball. If too wet add a little more bread. Knead until smooth. If dough dries out while working, add a few drops of water and knead. Store in sealed contained in refrigerator up to a month. Air dries in 1 to 3 days. For a semigloss finish; brush on equal parts water and white glue.Good for detailedprojects-won't crack when drying.

       

      No-Cook Play Clay

      1 cup All-Purpose Flour
      1/2 cup Salt
      1/2 cup Very Warm Tap Water

      For Kids who want to make it themselves. Mix flour and salt, then pour in water and stir well. Knead for 5 minutes, adding in color as desired. Store in sealed container, keeps up to a week. Air dry, or small or thin pieces can be baked at 200 degrees for 2 hours.

       

      Play Clay Tips

       * If clay gets too dry, renew it with a few drops of water.
       * If clay is too sticky, knead in more flour, cornstarch or baking soda.
       * Cover extra clay with a damp cloth while working to prevent drying.
       * To color clay: either knead in food coloring or cake-decorating coloring paste.
       * Most clays can be colored with acrylic paints when dry

      Back to top

       
       

      Paper Airplanes 

      Starting with an 8 1/2 x ll" sheet of paper, fold the paper in half lengthwise. Next, fold down the corners as shown in the figure at left below. Then fold each side down to the center again, and then again as shown in the illustration below. If desired, planes may be decorated with crayons, markers, stickers, etc.

      Back to top

      Bubbles

      1 cup water
      1/3 cup dish soap (Joy, Sunlight, etc)
      2 Tablespoons light corn syrup

      Combine ingredients and enjoy. If you don't have bubble blowers around the house, be creative and try using different objects from your utensil drawer, (e.g., apple corer, potato masher, handle of a basting brush, etc. They work.)

      Back to top
       

      Silly Putty

      1 part Sta Flo Liquid Starch
      1 part Elmer's White Glue*
      Food coloring (optional)

      Mix glue and starch together until it feels like a putty. If desired, add food coloring and mix thoroughly. When not in use, Silly Putty may be stored in an airtight container. 

      * Important Note: Be sure to use Elmer's White Glue, NOT Elmer's "Washable" or "School Glue." Otherwise, you'll just get Gak!

      Another Silly Putty
      2 parts white glue
      1 part liquid starch

      Mix ingredients and let dry until workable. Add more glue or starch if necessary. May not work on humid days. Store in airtight container.

       

      Yet Another Silly Putty

      This is really kind of a tricky recipe because it's like making bread. You gotta make it a few times to get just the right texture. Also, cheaper brands of glue may not work as well because they have too much water in them.

      Combine approximately 2 parts glue to 1 part liquid starch. Stir it up and it will stick to whatever you're stirring it with. If the mixture sticks to your fingers, add more liquid starch. If it won't stick to itself, add more glue. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If you want the mixture to get tougher and thicker, let it dry out a bit in the air. If you get it just right (wich is rare) it will pick up newsprint like the store bought stuff.

      Silly putty is lots of fun to cut with scissors. Also use some playdough toys with it, or ice cube trays, muffin tins, plastic strawberry baskets, etc.

      Caution: This often sticks to clothes, hair, furniture. Wear a smock and play with thisstuff in uncarpeted areas! If you get it on fabric, use vinegar to get it out.

       

      Blubber

      Again, watch out for cheap glue that has too much water in it.

      Mix 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup glue In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup water with 2 T Borax (You'll find this hidden away in a tiny recess of your detergent aisle) Now, while stirring the Borax mixture constantly, add the glue mixture. It should immediately glump up and look like blubber (Or at least what we imagine blubber to look like.) If it isn't really glumpy and tough, mix up more Borax mixture and add that to it. Use the same toys as with silly putty. This does not stick to things as much as silly putty.

      Back to top

      Oobleck or "Play Slime"

      Corn starch
      Water
      Food coloring (optional)

      Put cornstarch in bowl. Add enough water to make a paste. If desired, you may also add food coloring. This makes a messy slime that goes from liquid to solid, and is great fun to play with. This recipe (or green playdough) is especially fun to make after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss!

      Back to top
       

      Brighter-than-Ever Rice Collage

      1 cup rice
      Approximately 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol
      Food coloring
      Paper
      Elmer's glue

      To color rice, add a few drops of food coloring to alcohol in a jar or ziploc bag. Add rice and shake. Let dry on waxed paper. (Caution: This makes a MESS! Wear an apron and cover work area with newspaper.)

      Children put some glue on a piece of paper and sprinkle rice onto it. 

      If you don't have the time or the patience to make colored rice, kids can also make great collages using any number of everyday items. If you have noodles, beans, split peas or other dry goods in your cupboard, you have the makings for a fun and interesting collage.

      You can use this recipe for dying any type of pasta noodle as well.

      Back to top

      Pinecone Bird Feeders

      Large pinecones

      Peanut butter (Birds prefer chunky over smooth!)
      Shortening

      Cornmeal
      Birdseed (optional)

      Fishing line, string or yarn

      Wrap and tie string to top of pinecone. Mix peanut butter, shortening, (such as bacon fat or melted suet), and cornmeal. Then, spread the mixture onto a large pinecone. Hang your bird feeder in a spot where you can watch the birds eat. Note: If you use smooth instead of chunky peanut butter, you may want to mix in a little bird seed for added interest and enjoyment.

       
      Did you know? Birds have trouble digesting peanut butter! It can also get stuck in their beaks. This is why bird experts recommend the addition of shortening and cornmeal when preparing homemade birdfeeders of this type.
      Back to top
       
      Sidewalk Chalk I


      3/4 cup Warm Water
      Toilet Tissue Tubes
      1-1/2 cups Plaster of Paris
      2-3 tbsp Powdered Tempra Paints
      Container for Mixing

      Cover one end of tissue tube with duct tape. Place a loosely rolled piece of wax paper into the tube to create a liner to keep the plaster from sticking to the tube.

      Pour water into mixing container then sprinkle plaster; a little at a time, into the water until plaster no longer dissolves (approx.1-1/2 cups). Stir thoroughly. Mix in 2-3 tbsp. tempra paint.

      Place tubes sealed end down on a flat surface. Pour plaster mix in. Tap side of tube to release air bubbles. Let dry 1-2 days, pull off mold and have fun drawing!

      Be sure to rinse container and spoon outside or in a container of water to avoid clogging indoor sink drains.

       

       Sidewalk Chalk II

      Water
      Plaster of Paris
      Large Plastic Container for Mixing
      Small Plastic Containers for Molding
      Water Base Paints (Washable Tempra)

      Fill mixing container 1/2 full of plaster of paris and slowly add water. Stir until plaster resembles pudding. Add paint until you achieve the desired color. Pour into molds and let set for about a day or until dry. When dry turn containers upside down, hit on hard surface until chalk pops out and have fun drawing.
       

      Back to top
       

      Macaroni Jewelry


      Dyed macaroni--especially stars, small short circles or any other small pasta shapes that have holes through the middle, can be made into colorful jewelry by dropping them into food coloring, dredging them out and letting them dry on newspaper. Don't let them soak as it might soften the pasta.

      When dry let the kids string the colored necklaces or bracelets. They should be made long enough to go over the head or wrist so no clasp is necessary. Turquoise is lovely (half blue, half green), lime green (yellow and green ), lavender, lilac, one can go on and on. It's wise to dye a whole batch and use up the dye in one color before doing another color or a mess is guaranteed.

      Back to top

       

      Pasta Dye

      1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
      Food coloring

      Mix alcohol and food coloring in bowl. Add small amounts of any type of pasta to liquid and gently stir. Dry on newspapers covered with wax paper. Do not allow children to eat pasta or drink alcohol.

       

      Great Goop

      2 cups water
      1/2 cup cornstarch
      Food coloring

      Boil water in saucepan - add cornstarch stirring until smooth. Add food coloring and stir. Remove from heat and cool. Child can play with the goop on any plastic covered surface.

       

      Whipped Snow

      2 cups warm water
      1 cup pure laundry soap or flakes
      Electric mixer

      Put water and soap in large bowl and beat with mixer until very fluffy. Add food coloring if desired. This can be molded into shapes and left to dry.

      Back to top

       

       If you have comments or suggestions, email us:

      Webpage designed and maintained by Leilani Devries