Recipes that foster creative arts and crafts. (Classroom Idea-Sparkers).
Brilliant Easel Paint
2 quarts water 1/2 cup soap powder 1 cup powder Bentonite 1 pound powdered tempera 3 cups liquid starch 8 teaspoons soap flakes
In a small container, mix 2 quarts of water, 1/2 cup of soap powder, and 1 cup of powder Bentonite. In a medium size container, add about 8 teaspoons of soap flakes and a little water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, using an eggbeater or blender. Put mixture in a plastic container and stir at least once each day for three days. Place in tightly covered containers. Pour and use amounts as needed.
2 cups flour 1 cup salt 1 cup hot water 2 tablespoons cooking oil 4 teaspoons cream of tartar food coloring (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients well. Knead the mixture until it reaches a smooth consistency. Add more flour if mixture gets sticky. Store play dough in a plastic container with a tight lid.
Suggestion: To make different colors of play dough, add food coloring. Mix well.
Scented Play Dough
Prepare play dough (see recipe above), and add a few drops of desired flavoring to separated portions of the play dough mixture. You could use lemon, vanilla, almond, cherry, orange, or coconut. Mix well.
2 cups oatmeal 1 cup flour 1/2 cup water
Mix oatmeal flour and water in a container. Knead well to make a soft, textured dough. Use mixture to make arts and crafts products. Apply paint to product, and varnish if desired.
Peanut Butter Play Dough
2-1/2 cups peanut butter (smooth) 2 tablespoons honey 2 cups powdered milk
Mix all main ingredients well. Add powdered milk until dough feels soft, smooth, and not sticky. Children can eat this dough, if desired. Add other edible objects for decorative purposes, such as raisins, M&Ms, small marshmallows, and sunflower seeds.
1 cup flour 1 cup salt 1 cup water mixing bowl spoon selected tempera paint Styrofoam plate plastic squeeze bottles
In a small bowl, mix flour, salt, and water. Include liquid tempera paint if color is desired. Pour mixture into plastic squeeze bottles. Squeeze mixture onto a Styrofoam plate. Mixture will solidify into a puffy shape.
1 cup dry laundry starch 1/2 cup cold water 1-1/2 cups boiling water 3/4 cup powdered detergent
Put the dry starch in a saucepan. Gradually add the cold water, stirring until smooth. Add boiling water, stirring rapidly and continually. Add the detergent, and stir again until smooth.
Suggestion: Provide children the opportunity to select food coloring or liquid tempera paint to be added to each mixture.
Colorful Floating Bubbles
2 cups liquid detergent 3/4 cup sugar 6 cups water
Mix all ingredients together. Add liquid food coloring to mixture to create colorful designs. Let stand for about 4 hours at room temperature.
Suggestion: Children can enjoy using twisted wire coat hangers to blow bubbles.
Rose C. Merenda, Early Childhood Consultant, Warwick, Rhode Island.
Sharon White-Williams, Department of Education, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.
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