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 Thursday, May 14

Here are some DYI recipes for fun kid crafts! Inexpensive and fun! Um except for maybe the clean up after the kids get done! Isn't it worth it? Wait, even better send the recipes with your kids to overnight stays with Grandma;)

Recipe 1
Mix 1 1/2 cups starch with enough cold water to make a paste. Slowly add 4 cups boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook until clear, avoiding too hot a fire. While still warm, stir in 1 1/2 cups soap flakes. Add 2 tablespoons glycerin. Add food coloring to portion which will be used immediately and store the remainder in the refrigerator in a covered jar. These paints work best on glazed paper such as shelf paper.

Homemade Chalk

What You Need:

  • Toilet tissue tube (or an ice cube tray to create smaller chunks)
  • Duct tape
  • Aluminum foil if you are using a toilet paper tube (or petroleum jelly if you’re using an ice cube tray)
  • Disposable plastic container
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Liquid tempera paint
  • Spoon


Now What:

Cover one end of the toilet paper tube with duct tape. Loosely roll an 8- by-41/2-inch piece of aluminum foil and slip it into the tube so that it lines the inside, fitting snugly. (Or coat the inside of the ice cube tray with petroleum jelly.)

Set tube upright (duct tape side down) on protected surface.

In a disposable plastic container, help your child mix 1 cup plaster of Paris with 1/2 cup water. Stir slowly and thoroughly until plaster is dissolved, about 1 minute.

Immediately add 2 tablespoons paint (or more for brighter chalk color, but be careful it can stain). Mix thoroughly.

Spoon into the tube (or ice cube tray). Tap gently so mixture settles to the bottom.

Let dry overnight before using.


Play dough

3 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tarter
3 tbsp oil
3 cups water
  1. Dissolve salt in the water.
  2. Pour all ingredients into a large pot.
  3. Stir constantly over medium heat until a ball forms by pulling away from the sides.
  4. Knead the dough mixture until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes).

Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months


Silly Slime

What you Need(Corn Starch, Water)

Mix 1 cup of corn starch with 1 cup of water. Use your hands to mix it until it is a smooth texture. You can change the texture by adding a 2ND cup of corn starch. You can also add food coloring!

Store in a covered container. It will keep for several days.


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