Cookless Playdough

Combine in a large bowl:

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbs. Alum

 To this dry mixture, add 2 cups boiling water colored with food dye or liquid water colors. stir until cool. Knead in 3 Tbs. vegetable oil and scent, if desired. A whole lot easier than the cooked stuff, and a great result. Keeps well if stored tightly.

Borax (from the supermarket laundry aisle)
Elmer's Glue
Food Coloring or liquid watercolor


One large plastic jar w/screw lid

One cup

Step "A"
Add together;

1/3 cup Elmer's Glue
1/3 cup Water
Food coloring or liquid watercolor

Shake, stir or mix these ingredients until glue dissolves in water

Step "B"
Fill an empty cup with 1/3 cup of water
Slowly pour in 2 tablespoons of borax, allow to settle for a minute. Pour off excess water and discard the water.

Step "C"
Scrape the wet borax "B" into the jar with mix "A", close lid.
Shake vigorously until the flubber solidifies and the sides of the jar look clean.

Recipe for Faux Snow

With an electric mixer beat white powdered laundry soap with cold water. Add water gradually to produce a substance that holds together, is not runny, and can pack like a snowball. Use to model snowmen. Add twigs for arms, dried peas for eyes and mouth, thick yarn for a scarf, tiny carrot end, or orange pipe cleaner bit for a nose, acorn top cap. Sprinkle with clear glitter for sparkle. Voila! Frosty sans snow.

To Dye For

Dyed Macaroni for necklaces
Dyed rice for the tactile table
Dyed craft sticks for projects

Place a couple of handfuls of the object to be dyed into a gallon size zip lock bag. Add a dash of rubbing alcohol and a dash of food color or liquid watercolor. Zip it up and shake until the objects have absorbed the color. Spread out on layers of newspaper to dry.


.In a large bowl mix together a box of powdered cornstarch with cold water. No specific quantities But.... add the water slowly and STOP exactly when the cornstarch is just barely saturated with water. The consistency should be at a peculiar state of not quite liquid and not quite solid. Provide bowls, slotted and solid spoons, sieves, strawberry baskets and spatulas as play props. Oodles of fun..and easy to clean up after the water dries up and all that's left is dry powder.

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