Saturday, November 25, 2017

Not Store Bought: For the Younger Set

Make your kids or grands some fun things to play with and be the super mom or grandma.

Play Dough:

3 cups flour.                   1 1/2 cups of salt.                   6 tsp.  cream of tartar
3 cups cool water.         3 tablespoons oil.                   food coloring or unsweetened                                                                                                 Koolaid for very vibrant colors

Mix the dry ingredients in a big saucepan.  Blend the liquids then combine with the dry ingredients.  Cook over medium heat, making sure you stir constantly.
Cook about 5minutes until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan.  Remove from heat.  Knead until smooth.  Store in an airtight container.

Note:  This keeps well for up to a year.  If it gets sticky over time, knead in a little more flour.

Bubble Solution:

9 ounces water
1 ounce dishwashing liquid, name brand works best
1/2  ounce glycerin, available at drugstores

Mix and let sit at least a week before use.  For some reason, letting it sit makes it work better.

Finger Paint:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Dishwashing liquid

Soak the gelatin in some warm water to cover.  In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch and sugar.  Add the cold water a little at a time and cook over low heat until everything is blended.
Remove the mixture from the heat and add the softened gelatin.
Divide the mixture to make different colors.
To the different colors add a Drop or two of dishwashing liquid then food coloring until you have the color you want.

You can store this in the refrigerator for about a month.

Sidewalk Chalk:

Plaster of Paris
Food coloring
Toilet paper tubes

Mix two parts plaster of Paris with one part water.  Mix in the color you want.  Pour into the tubes (make sure to have sealed the bottom opening with duct tape or such).  Let dry completely.  Drying may take a few days, depending on the humidity.  Remove from the tube and let the artwork begin.

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