in a large bowl:
1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbs. Alum
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
- Borax (from the
supermarket laundry aisle)
Food Coloring or liquid watercolor
One large plastic
jar w/screw lid
cup Elmer's Glue
coloring or liquid watercolor
stir or mix these ingredients until glue dissolves in water
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.
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.
for Faux Snow
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
Macaroni for necklaces
Dyed rice for the tactile table
Dyed craft sticks for projects
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.
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.
recipes! (link to 100+play recipes)
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