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Craft Recipes

Here are some great recipes that will keep you and your child busy for hours! Hope that you will enjoy! Let me know if you know of other recipes that would be useful to other parents!



Homemade Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
food coloring

Mix the dry ingredients. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir. In a heavy skillet, cook the mixture for two or three minutes stirring frequently. Knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Stir up several colors and store them in icing tubs.

~My Collection~

No-Cook Modeling Dough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
food coloring or tempera paint
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)

No pots and pans are required for this concoction. Mix the ingredients. Add the oil unless you want the dough artwork to harden.

~My Collection~

Peanut Butter Playdough I

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup liquid honey
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup rolled oats.

Mix together and use.

~World Village Idea Box~

Peanut Butter Playdough II

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. Additions: provide children with various decorating materials, (raisins, chocolate chips, raspberry chips, butterscotch chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit, pretzels, smarties etc.) This is FOOD and children must wash their hands before touching the dough and only touch the dough on their plates. (Recipe #1 is a little bit more grainy than #2 because of the oats but I like it better because I don't care for the taste of powdered milk.)

~World Village Idea Box~

Frosting Dough

1 Can Frosting Mix
1 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
1 C. Peanut Butter
Mix all ingredients in bowl with spoon. knead into workable dough. Model as with any dough.

~World Village Idea Box~

Kool-Aid Play Dough

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

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartara and Kool-Aid in a medium pot Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. Knead until smooth. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

~Kids Crafts~



Pudding Paint

Instant Vanilla Pudding
Food Coloring

Mix pudding according to directions. Add food coloring for desired color. Finger paint on paper plates. Edible.

~World Village Idea Box~

Kool-Aid Finger Paint

2 cups flour
2 packs unsweetened kool-aid
1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
3T. oil
Mix wet into dry. The kids love the color change. Then finger paint away.

~World Village Idea Box~

Jello Finger Paint

any kind of flavored jello
enough boiling water to make it a goo consistency for fingerpaint

Use you normal fingerpainting material or glossy paper. Kids love the smell and the feel of it.

~World Village Idea Box~

Washable Finger Paint

1 cup All-PurposeFlour
1 cup Cold Water
3 cups Cold Water
Food Coloring

In large saucepan mix the flour with the 1 cup cold water. Stir until smooth. Then add the 3 cups cold water. Cook over medium heat, stirring till mixture thickens and bubbles. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute more while still stirring. Divide into three heat-resistant bowls. Tint with food coloring. Cover and cool.

~The Fun Room~

Washable Window Paint

Tempera Paints (powdered or premixed)
Clear Dishwasing Liquid

Mix powdered paint with dish soap until they resemble house paint. Or mix just a little dish soap into premixed paints. Line the window sash with masking tape and be sure to spread newspaper around to protect the area. To erase paint or touch up mistakes just wipe paint away with a dry paper towel.

~The Fun Room~

Corn Syrup Paint

Add food coloring to light corn syrup for a beautiful paint with an interesting texture. Mix up a cup of blue, yellow, and red, and put a spoonful of each on a paper plate. Child paints his plate with the colors. Allow five days drying time. Then your child can trace a design onto the bottom of the plate and cut out the design.

~My Collection~

Soap Flakes Fingerpaint

1 1/2 cups dry laundry starch
1 1/2 cups soap flakes
1 quart boiling water
food coloring or tempera paint

Mix starch with enough cold water to make a paste. Add boiling water and stir until clear. Cool and add soap flakes and coloring. Store in a tightly sealed container.

~My Collection~



Cinnamon Ornaments

3/4-1 cup applesauce
1- (4.12-oz.) bottle ground cinnamon

No baking and simple for kids! Mix applesauce with cinnamon to form a stiff dough. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter. Make hole for ribbon. Carefully put on rack to dry. Let air dry several days, turning occasionally. Makes 12 sweet smelling ornaments.

~Kids Crafts~



Sand Dough

1 c. sand
3/4 c. liquid starch
1/2 c. corn starch

Mix both starches over heat. Add sand. Stir for several minutes until thick like oatmeal. Form into ball. Pat into a mold. Let sit in sun to dry.

Edible Play Dough

Mix together 1 c. smooth peanut butter, 1 c. dry milk, and 1/2 c. honey.

Funny Putty

2 T white glue
1 T liquid starch
food coloring

Mix glue and desired food coloring. Pour starch over top. Swish so that all the glue is covered. Let set 5 minutes. Squeeze off extra starch. Knead till mixed.

Sidewalk Chalk

1/3 c. plaster au paris (quick setting)
3 t. water
1 T. paint
glitter (optional)

Mix all ingredients. Scoop into empty toilet paper tube. Let set for 20 minutes. Peel off cardboard. Let dry for one day.

Spray chalk

4 T. corn starch
1/2 c. water
food coloring

Mix until all lumps are out. Pour into spray bottle.


1 c. water
1/2 t. sugar
1 t. glycerin
2 T. liquid dish soap

Mix water, glycerin, and soap. Pour in sugar. Add food coloring if desired.

Thanks to Kathy Taylor for the above recipes!! She said in her note that her 5-year-old loved them so please try them out!

Here's a no-bake concoction very similar to an expensive toy store solution used to create rubber-like creatures.

What You Will Need:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 Tbs. hot water
2 Tbs. white glue
1/2 Tbs. liquid tempera paint
Assorted candy molds

How to Concoct It:

1. Mix liquid tempera paint and white glue together in a bowl.
2. In another small bowl, mix gelatin and hot water together until gelatin is completely dissolved.
3. Add the gelatin/water mixture to the glue/paint mixture.
4. Stir until the concoction begins to thicken. This can take as long as 6 to 7 minutes.
5. When the mixture thickens, quickly pour it into a candy mold or cookie cutter.
6. Place the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes or until firm.
7. Carefully remove the Kookie Creepies from the candy molds or cookie cutters and allow them to dry for 1 hour on each side. Store in an airtight plastic zip bag.

Tips and Ideas:

- Play with Kookie Creepies just as you would any other kind of rubber-type creature.
- Allow Kookie Creepies to air dry for 2-3 days and they will transform into hard plastic like creatures.

From the Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions, John E. Thomas & Danita Pagel.


I hope that you and your child will enjoy these recipes. If you have others that we might enjoy, please e-mail me and I will post them! Thank you!

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