Fun Children's Home Made Craft Recipe's
Including a Playdough Recipe!

These are inexpensive children's crafts that you can make at home or at preschool.
Learn how to make playdough,slime,fingerpaint,goop,soap paint,flubber,silly putty,bubbles,crepe paper paste,soap crayons, craft clay and ivory snow flakes.

If you would like to add your favorite recipe, please send me an email and let me know!


Rubbery Play dough

2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cornstarch

Mix with a fork until smooth. Boil over med. heat until thick. Spoon onto plate or wax paper.

Nature's Play dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 T oil
2 T cream of tartar
beet, spinach, and carrot juice

Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over med. heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange.

Bumpy dough

Add 3/4 cup water to 1/4 cup salt, then mix with 2 or 3 tsp. water.

Bread dough

Cut the crusts off slices of bread and mix with diluted white glue. Form into shapes, animals, etc. When dry, paint and/or shellac.

Paper Mache Paste #1

1/2 cup non rising wheat flour
1/4 cup powdered resin glue (available at hobby shops)
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups hot water
4 drops oil of wintergreen

Mix the flour and resin glue in a saucepan. Slowly pour in the warm water. Then add the hot water and stir vigorously. Cook over low heat stirring until paste is smooth, thick and clear. Should be used in 2-3 days.

Paperhanger's Paste

1 cup non rising wheat flour
1 T powdered alum
1 T powdered rosin (yes, rosin)
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 1/2 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups cold water
8 drops oil of cinnamon

Mix the flour, alum and rosin in a saucepan. Then add the warm water, stirring until smooth. Pour in the hot water and stir vigorously. Place over low heat and boil until the paste becomes thick and clear. Thin with cold water. Add oil as a preservative, if not using immediately.

"GUM" for stamps and paper labels

1 (1/4 3 ounce packet) of unflavored gelatin
1 T cold water
3 T boiling water
1/2 tsp white peppermint extract
2 drops boric acid solution

Sprinkle the gelatin into the cold water to soften. Pour into the boiling water, stirring until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

To use glue, brush thinly onto the back of a stamp or some paper and let dry. When applying to paper, just moisten it a bit. To keep, store in a small jar or bottle with a lid. Warm in a pan to turn into a liquid again.

Gouache Paint (opaque paint that dries quickly and can be painted on in layers)

2 cups dextrin (hobby stores have it)
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp boric acid solution
powdered or poster paints

Dissolve the dextrin in the water (will be foamy). Then add the honey, glycerin and boric acid. Stir well, or shake in covered jar.

Mix this base with powdered paint or poster paint and store tightly covered. Thin with water if too thick.


Put pieces of old crayons of the same or similar colors in a coffee can and set it in a pan of water on the stove. Cook until melted. Pour the wax into a mold and allow to harden.

Feelie Bags

1/2 cup dippity-do hair gel
food coloring
zip lock bag

Add food coloring and dippity-do to zip lock bag- make sure it is sealed well, and let children manipulate.

Materials to Collect for the ART center: (please keep in mind the age of children.....)

  • aluminum foil
  • ball bearings
  • barrel hoops
  • beads
  • belts
  • bottles
  • bracelets
  • braiding
  • brass
  • buckles
  • burlap
  • buttons
  • candles
  • cartons
  • canvas
  • cellophane
  • chains
  • chalk
  • chamois
  • clay
  • cloth
  • confetti
  • containers
  • copper foil
  • cord
  • corn husks
  • corn stalks
  • costume jewelry
  • crayon pieces
  • crystals
  • emery cloth
  • eyelets
  • fabrics
  • felt
  • felt hats
  • flannel
  • floor covering
  • glass
  • gourds
  • hat boxes
  • hooks
  • inner tubes
  • jars
  • jugs
  • lacing
  • lampshades
  • leather remnants
  • linoleum
  • macaroni
  • magazines
  • marbles
  • masonite
  • metal foil
  • mirrors
  • muslin
  • nails
  • necklaces
  • neckties
  • noodles
  • oilcloth
  • ornaments
  • pans
  • paper bags
  • paper boxes
  • paper cardboard
  • paper corrugated
  • paper dishes
  • paper doilies
  • paper napkins
  • paper newspaper
  • paper tissue
  • paper towels
  • paper tubes
  • paper wrapping
  • phonograph records
  • photographs
  • picture frames
  • pine cones
  • pins
  • pipe cleaners
  • plastic bags
  • plastic paint
  • plastic board
  • pocket books
  • reeds
  • ribbon
  • rings
  • rope
  • rubber bands
  • rug yarn
  • safety pins
  • sand
  • sandpaper
  • seashells
  • seeds
  • sheepskin
  • shoelaces
  • shoe polish
  • snaps
  • sponges
  • soaps
  • spools
  • stockings
  • tacks
  • tape
  • thread
  • tiles
  • tin cans
  • tin foil
  • tongue depressors
  • towels
  • tubes
  • twine
  • wallpaper
  • wax
  • wire
  • wire eyelets
  • wire hairpins
  • wire mesh
  • wire hooks
  • wire paper clips
  • wire screen
  • wire staples
  • wooden beads
  • wooden blocks
  • wood scraps
  • toothpicks
  • wool
  • yarn
  • zippers

Play dough

4 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered tempera
1/4 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 T oil

Mix together flour, powdered paint and salt. Mix water and oil, and food coloring if desired. Gradually stir the water and oil mix into the flour mix. Knead the mix as you add the liquid. Add more water if too stiff, more flour if sticky.

Alum Play Dough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 T alum
1 cup water
2 T oil
liquid food coloring

Pour dry ingredients into large pan. Stir together to mix. Stir oil and food coloring into the water. Pour liquid into the dry ingredients while mixing, squeezing and kneading the dough. If too sticky, add more flour. Keeps best in the fridge.

Just like the REAL Play dough (so they say)

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 T oil
1 T powdered alum
1/2 cup salt
2 T vanilla
food coloring

Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading.

Stay fresh Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 T alum
1 T oil
7/8 cup boiling water

Mix together flour, salt, alum and oil in a bowl. Pour in boiling water. Mix well and knead. Store in the fridge.

Modeling "Goop"

2/3 cup water
2 cups salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
beads, colored macaroni and other small objects

Add 2/3 cup water to the salt in a pan, stir and cook over med. heat, stirring 4-5 minutes until salt is dissolved. Remove mix from heat. Gradually mix 1/2 cup water with the cornstarch in a separate container. Stir until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture. Return to low heat and stir and cook until smooth. The goop will thicken quickly. Remove from heat and use for modeling objects. Objects made from this goop can also be hardened in the sun. This mix will not crumble when dry. Objects like macaroni, etc. can be added to the goop, and adhered to the models.

Craft Clay

1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda (a one pound box)
1 1/4 cups water

Combine cornstarch and baking soda in pan. Add water gradually, stirring until smooth. Place mix over med. heat and cook until thick and dough like in consistency, stirring constantly. Turn mix out on a pastry board and knead well. Cover with damp cloth or keep in plastic bag. This is good for plaques and other models that will be painted when dry.

Cooked Play dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 T oil
1 tsp food coloring

Combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Mix liquids gradually and stir into dry ingredients. When mix is smooth, cook over med. heat, stirring constantly until ball forms. Remove from heat and knead until smooth.

Baked dough

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2- 2 cups water
small pebbles, macaroni, buttons, etc.
condensed milk
food coloring

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Mix together flour, salt, and enough water to make a stiff dough. Provide macaroni, etc. to children to press into the dough shapes. Bake completed dough models for one hour. For antiqued effect, brush on condensed milk before baking, or use a mix of condensed milk and food coloring.

Dough (uncooked)

What you need:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
food coloring

What to do:
1. Mix flour, salt, oil
2. Add food coloring to water
3. Gradually add water to flour mixture
4. Knead
5. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Dough (cooked)

What you need:
4 cups water
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
4 Tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring

What to do:
1. Combine ingredients
2.Cook in electric skillets, stirring constantly, until most of the moisture is absorbed
3. Store in a covered container (does not need to be refrigerated)

Finger Paint (uncooked)

What you need:
1/2 cup liquid starch
1/2 cup soap powder
5/8 cup water

What to do:
Beat together until the consistency of whipped potatoes

Finger Paint (cooked)

What you need:
2 cups flour
4 cups cold water
food coloring or dry tempera

What to do:
1. Mix flour and water and cook over low heat until thick
2. Cool
3. Add a pinch of salt
4. Add dry tempera or food coloring, if desired
5. Store in covered jar in refrigerator

Slime (like "Silly Putty")

What you need:
1 cup Elmer's glue
liquid starch

What to do:
1. add starch to glue until mixture becomes a pliable ball
2. Store in refrigerator in a covered container

Soap Paint

What you need:
Warm water
3 cups Ivory Snow Powder
paint or food coloring

What to do:
1. Add water, a little at a time, to Ivory Snow
2. Mix to consistency of heavy cream
3. Color with small amount of powder paint or food coloring

(the above recipes are located at http://www.kiddiecampus.com/artcook.htm)

Kool-Aid Finger Paint

2 cups flour
2 packs un sweented 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.

Jello Finger Paint

any kind of flavored jello
enough boiling water to make it a goo consistency for finger paint.

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

Oatmeal Dough

1 C. Flour
2. C. Oatmeal
1 C. Water

Gradually add water to flour and oatmeal in bowl. Kneed until mixed (this dough is sticky, but unique in texture. Model as with clay.

Add cornmeal in small quantity for texture, Add coffee grounds in small quantity for texture.

Frosting Dough

1 Can Frosting Mix
1 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
1 C. Peanut Butter
Spoon & Bowl

Mix all ingredients in bowl with spoon. knead into workable dough. Model as with any dough.

Puffy Paint

Tempera Paint

Mix equal amounts of flour, salt and water. Add liquid tempera paint for color. Pour mixture into squeeze bottles and paint. Mixture will harden in a puffy shape.

Soap Paint

1 C. Laundry Soap Flakes
1/2 C. Cold Water
Food Coloring

Mix together. Beat with an egg beater until fluffy. Finger paint.

More Soap Paint

1 C. Laundry Soap Flakes
1/4 C. Water
1/3 C. Liquid Starch

Mix together. Beat with a whisk for 3 minutes.

Salt Paint

1/8 C. liquid Starch
1/8 C. Water
1 Tbl Tempera Paint

Mix together and apply to paper with a brush. Keep stirring mixture. Paint will crystallize as it dries.

Sand Paint

Tempera Paint (powder)

Mix dry tempera paint with sand. Let kids spread glue on picture and sprinkle on sand.

Pudding Paint

Instant Vanilla Pudding
Food Coloring

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

Snow Paint

Food Coloring

Place water and food coloring in empty spray bottle. Let children spray colors on the snow to make designs

Water Paint


Fill bucket with water and use brushes and sponges or other materials to paint water on sidewalk. "Paint" will disappear as it dries. (this has been known to also create wet children.)

Nutty Butter Play dough

1 C. Peanut butter
1 C. Powdered Milk
1 C. Honey
1 C. Oatmeal

Mix together and play and/or eat.


2 1/2 C. Flour
1 Tbl Alum
1/2 C. Salt
3 Tbl Vegetable oil
2 C. Boiling Water
1 Pkg Unsweetened Kool-aid

Combine Flour, Alum, Salt, add Oil, Boiling Water. Stir or kneed to mix. Add food coloring or before liquids, add a package of unsweetened Kool-aid for color and scent.

Sidewalk Chalk

2 C. Water
2 C. Plaster of Paris
2 Tbl Tempera Paint (Wet or Dry)
Toilet Paper Tubes with duct tape over one end

Combine and stir together. Let stand a few minutes. Place tubes on cookie sheet lined with foil or wax paper. Pour mixture into holders, let stand until semi-firm. Remove holders and let dry completely - ready to use in about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. (reminder, never pour plaster down sink)

Beluga Bubbles

1 C. Warm Water
1/4 C. Blue Dishwashing Liquid
1 Tsp. Salt

Combine all ingredients. Mix well until salt dissolves.

More Bubbles

1/2 C. Water
1/2 C. Liquid Detergent
1 Tblsp. Cooking Oil

Mix together and use

Soap Crayons

1 3/4 c Ivory Snow; (powder)
50 drops food coloring
1/4 c water

Mix water & soap flakes together. Add food coloring & put mixture into an ice cube tray. Allow to harden. Break or cut into pieces. Fun to write with on the tub when bathing & face & hands!!!

Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts

1 lb jar sweetened applesauce
8 oz cinnamon

Drain 1# jar of SWEETENED applesauce overnight (you will be amazed at how much water seeps out!!) Add 8 ounces of cinnamon to this and mix together well. Pat into a ball, press hard to solidify and mix. Then pat out in 1 cup units onto wax paper, push to 1/4" thickness (although many of my girls did 1/2 " or so) and cut with cookie cutters. dry.

Quick and Easy Modeling Dough

3/4 c Flour (not self-rising)
1/2 c Salt
1 1/2 t Powdered alum
1 1/2 t Vegetable Oil
1/2 c Boiling Water
Food Coloring

1. Mix flour, salt, and alum in a mixing bowl.
2. Add vegetable oil and boiling water. Stir vigorously with a spoon until well blended. Dough should not stick to the sides of the bowl and should be cool enough to handle.
3. Add food coloring and knead into dough until color is well blended and the dough is the desired tint.

Makes about 1 cup. Double the recipe for large projects. For groups, mix several double recipes rather than one large amount.

The is an excellent play dough. It has a smooth texture, takes about 15 minutes to make, and dries to a hard finish overnight. You can you can make lovely dough flowers as well as animals and other figures with it.

Store in a jar with a tight lid. Dough will keep several months without refrigeration.

Rainbow Stew

1/3 c. sugar
1 c. cornstarch
4 c. cold water

Cook until thick. put in bowls, add food coloring. Put in zip lock baggies. Let the kids play with it while it is in the bags for a neat sensory experience or use it to mix colors.

papier-mâché, Extra Soft Pulp

Paper Napkins, Cleansing Tissues or Toilet Tissue
Thin Paste or white glue

1. Crumple napkins or tissue and cover with paste.
2. Model to desired shape.
Use to add details such as noses, ears, eyebrows, and so forth to larger pieces.
NOTE: This mixture does NOT keep and must be used immediately.

Dryer Lint Modeling Material

3 c Lint (from laundry dryers)
2 c Cold or warm water
2/3 c Non-self-rising wheat flour
3 drops oil of wintergreen
Old newspaper

Put lint and water in a large saucepan. Stir to dampen all parts of the lint. Add flour and stir thoroughly to prevent lumps. Add oil of wintergreen. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture holds together and forms peaks. Pour out onto several thicknesses of newspaper to cool. Use as you would papier-mâché pulp or shaped over armatures (boxes, bottles, balloons, and so forth) or press into a mold. This material will dry in 3 to 5 days to a very hard, durable surface. When wet it has a felt like consistency. It dries to smooth or rough, depending on how it is used. When pressed into a mold, a hard, smooth finish is obtained. Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for several days.

Powdered Milk Paint Medium

1/2 c Powdered nonfat milk
1/2 c Water

Powdered Paint Pigments
1. Mix milk and water. Stir until milk is dissolved.
2. Combine only as much solution with powdered pigments as you intend to use in one sitting.
Makes about 3/4 cup. For a large group, combine any amount of powdered milk with an equal amount of water. This paint dries quickly to a glossy, opaque finish. It does not dust, chip, or come off on your hands the way poster paint does. Mix a small amount of the solution with powdered pigment in a palette pan. Work smooth with a brush. Use water to thin paint and to clean your brushes. Store this medium in a tightly capped jar in the refrigerator.

Coffee Dough

4 c Un-sifted all-purpose four
1 c Salt
1/4 c Instant coffee
1 1/2 c Warm water

1. Dissolve the coffee in the warm water.
2. In another bowl, mix the flour and the salt.
3. Make a hole in this and add 1 cup of the coffee water into it.
4. Mix with a fork or hands until smooth.
5. Add more coffee water if needed: dough should be smooth and satiny, not sticky or crumbly.
Store in a plastic bag to prevent drying of the dough. Bake finished designs in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour or more (until hard). Add 2 coats of shellac to preserve.

Flower Preservative with Cornmeal

1 pt Powdered Borax
2 pt Cornmeal
Covered cardboard box (shoe or stationery box)
Fresh flowers

1. Thoroughly mix borax and cornmeal.
2. Cover the bottom of the box with 3/4 of an inch of this mixture.
3. Cut flower stems about 1 inch long. Lay the flowers face down in this mixture. Spread the petals and leaves so that they lie as flat as possible. Do not place flowers too close together.
4. Cover the flowers with 3/4 of an inch of the mixture.
5. Place the lid on the box and keep at room temperature for 3 to 4 weeks.

This is an excellent way to preserve corsages or flowers from someone special.
Try daisies, pansies, apple blossoms, asters, violets, and other flowers with this method. They will stay summer fresh indefinitely.

Flower Preservatives with Borax

Fresh Flowers (roses, (pansies, violets, sweet (peas, chrysanthemums, zinnias, marigolds, daisies)
Florist's wire
Airtight container such as -a coffee can
Plastic bag
Wire or string
Soft brush

1. Pick flowers at the peak of their bloom.
2. Remove the stems. Make new stems with florist's wire. Run wire through the base of the flower and twist the two ends together.
3. Line the coffee can with the plastic bag.
4. Pour enough borax into the plastic bag to cover the bottom to a depth of 1 inch.
5. Place flower face down in the borax. Pour about 1 inch of borax over the top of the flower. Add more flowers and borax until the container is full.
6. Gather the top of the bag, squeezing out all the air inside it. Fasten shut with wire or string.
7. Place lid on can and set aside in a dry place for at least 4 weeks.
8. Remove flowers from borax and carefully brush away all borax with a soft brush.

Flowers preserved in this way make colorful "permanent" floral arrangements. Flowers picked at the peak of their bloom remain fresh looking indefinitely.

Using the wire stems, make an attractive flower arrangement as you would a fresh-flower bouquet.

Sawdust Modeling Compound

1 c Fine sawdust
Food coloring
Old newspaper
Shellac or Varnish
1 c Thin Paste or Paper Paste

1. If desired, dye sawdust with food coloring. Drain and spread on newspaper to dry before using.
2. Mix sawdust and paste to a thick dough like consistency. Knead until thoroughly mixed. The amounts of paste may vary according to the kind of sawdust used. If the sawdust is coarse, more paste may be needed to obtain the proper consistency.
QUANTITY: Makes about 1 cup.

Model as with clay. Articles molded with this compound have a lovely wood grain appearance.

Pieces of dough may be added to the basic piece by moistening and sticking them down. Within two to three days, the finished article will harden. To speed up drying bake in a 200-degree-F. oven for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the article. To give the article a permanent finish, spray with shellac or varnish. They can also be sanded to give a smoother finish.

Goop (Make your own Slime)

1 Part Liquid starch
2 Part Elmer's Glue
Food Coloring (opt.)

Mix and enjoy. It's supposed to be like slime.


Solution A:
1 1/2 C. Warm Water
2 c. Elmers Glue
Food Coloring

Solution B:
4 tsp. Borax
1 1/3 C. Warm water

Mix solution A in one bowl, mix solution B in another bowl. Dissolve both well. Then just pour solution A into solution B, DO NOT MIX OR STIR! Just lift out flubber. I made this with my daughters class, and the teacher & children loved it! It's neater than "Gak" or "slime". And it also a safe chemical reaction for the kids to see. I used a glass bowl for solution B so the kids could see the flubber form in the bowl. It just becomes a big "cloud" of rubbery stuff. Store in baggies. If you half the recipe, you only need to half the solution A and it will work the same.

Best Bubble Solution

1 c Water
2 tbsp Light Karo syrup OR 2 Tablespoons Glycerin
4 tbsp Dishwashing liquid

Mix together and have fun!

Thin Paste

1/4 cup sugar;
1/4 cup non-self-rising flour;
1/2 teaspoon powdered alum
1-3/4 cups water;
1/4 teaspoon oil of cinnamon

1. In a medium-sized pan, mix together sugar, flour and alum.
2. Gradually add 1 cup water, stirring vigorously to break up lumps.
3. Boil until clear and smooth stirring constantly.
4. Add remaining water and oil of cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
Makes one pint. How to use it: Spread paste with a brush or tongue depressor. Thin Paste is an excellent adhesive for scrapbooks, collages, and Strip Papier-mâché'. This paste can be stored in a jar for several months without refrigeration.

Paper Paste

1/3 cup non-self-rising wheat flour;
2 TBLS sugar;
1 cup water;
1/4 tsp oil of cinnamon

1. Mix flour and sugar in a saucepan. Gradually add water, stirring vigorously to break up lumps.
2. Cook over low heat until clear, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from stove and add oil of cinnamon. Stir until well blended. Makes about 1 cup.

Spread paste with a brush or tongue depressor. Soft, smooth, thick and white, Paper Paste has a good spreading consistency and is especially appropriate for use with small children or for any paste-up work. This paste can be stored in a covered jar for several weeks without refrigeration.

Home made Bath Salts

2 1/2 lb Epsom Salts
Food Coloring

Combine Epsom salts with food coloring and perfume in a large bowl. Mix well so color is even. Put into smaller jars and let stand 4-6 weeks before using. This causes the odor to blend with the salts. This bath salt is very soothing and makes for a very relaxed bath.

Silly Putty

1/2 Cup Elmer's glue
1/2 Cup Starch --
liquid Food coloring

Do NOT substitute any other glue for Elmer's glue! Slowly add starch to glue and knead with fingers. The more you work with it the better it jells. Add food coloring if you want.

Eggshell Chalk

4-5 eggshells
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon very hot tap water
food coloring (optional)

Wash & dry eggshells. Put into bowl and grind into a powder. A mortar and pestle works fine for this. Discard any large pieces. Place flour and hot water in another bowl and add 1 tablespoon eggshell powder & mix until a paste forms. Add food coloring if desired. Shape & press mixture firmly into the shape of a chalk stick, and roll up tightly in a strip of paper towel. Allow to dry approximately 3 days until hard. Remove paper towel & you've got chalk! Eggshell chalk is for sidewalks only.

Clown Paint

1/8 C. Baby Lotion
1/4 tsp Powdered Tempera paint
1 Squirt liquid Dishwashing Soap

Easily removed by soap and water

Silly Putty

Mix well:
2 parts White Glue (Elmer's)
1 part Sta-Flo Liquid Starch

If you use Elmer's School glue instead of regular white it doesn't bounce or pick up pictures.

Another Silly Putty

Mix Equal parts cornstarch and Elmer's Glue


1 Part Cornstarch
1 Part Water

Mix and color with food color or Tempera Paint


1 box Ivory Soap flakes
1 Gallon Water,
food color

Beat with mixer - Makes 5 gallon bucket

Peanut Butter Play-dough

Recipe One

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

Mix together and use.

Recipe Two

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 tough the dough on their plates.

(Recipe #1 is a little bit more grainy than #2 because of the oats)


1. Blend Together:
2 cups white liquid glue (weld wood or bond fast)
2.5 cups of water
2. Dissolve 1TBSP of Borax powder in 1/3 cup of water and add to the above.
3. Blend together with your hands (messy but fun)
4. Dissolve another TBSP of Borax in 1/3 cup of water and add again. (even more fun as it's getting thicker)
5. Blend together with hands.
6. You can probably vary the consistency of dough by using more or less Borax. I haven't experimented yet.

Making this is a lot of fun as the consistency of the play dough is kind of like oozy-slime. It's not suitable for rolling and cut- ting. Nor is it edible. Store in an airtight container. It doesn't have to be refrigerated. It bubbles a lot like fermenting yeast which also "adds" to the experience.

Sidewalk Chalk

2 C. Water
2 C. Plaster of Paris
2 T Tempera Paint
Toilet Paper Tubes
Duct Tape

Seal one end of each toilet paper tube with duct tape.

Mix all ingredients and let stand for 5 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, and place tubes upright on paper with open end facing up. Pour mixture into holders. Allow to stand until almost firm. Remove holders and dry approximately 2 more hours, depending on humidity.

Non hardening No Cook Play dough

3 cups flour
3 T alum
1/2 cup salt
2 T cooking oil
2 cups boiling water

Add 10 drops food coloring to liquid or 2-3 T dry tempera to flour. Adjust color intensity as desired. Mix in order given. Can use a dough mixer, mix master, or stir with a spoon. Knead well. Keeps up to 6 mos. in heavy plastic loc bag.

Potter's Clay

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup salt dissolved in 3 3/4 cup boiling water

Blend flour and cornstarch with enough water to make a paste. Boil water and salt. Add to cornstarch mix and cook until clear. Cool overnight, and then add 6 to 8 cups of flour and knead until you have the right consistency. Note: Keep a metal salt shaker full of flour handy for the children to keep their clay from sticking.

Bookbinder's Paste

2 T flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1-2 tsp powdered alum
2 cups water

Mix dry ingredients. Add water slowly, stirring out lumps. Cook in a double broiler over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when paste begins to thicken; it will thicken more as it cools. Keep covered and thin with water when necessary.

Durable Play Dough

Mix together in a heavy saucepan:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup cream of tartar

Add 1 cup of water and 2 T cooking oil

Stir while cooking over medium heat until it sticks together in a ball and looks like stiff mashed potatoes, 3-5 min. Dump onto a plate to cool a few minutes and then knead into the clay about 1 or 2 cups of flour. Store in a plastic bag (no need to refrigerate).

Kool-Aid Play Dough

2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
2 cups boiling water with 1 pkg. kool-aid (any flavor)
3 T corn oil
1/2 cup salt
1 T alum

Mix ingredients and knead with flour (may take up to 1 cup). Use more if the dough draws moisture in high humidity. Keeps well, nice fragrance, very colorful and very flexible.

Sugar Flour Paste

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 quart water (2 cups cold, 2 cups hot)
1 T powdered alum
3 drops oil of cloves

Mix flour and sugar together. Slowly stir in 1 cup of water. Bring remaining water to a boil and add the mixture to it, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir (1/2 hour in a double boiler) until fairly clear. Remove from heat and add oil of cloves. Makes 1 quart of paste. Paste keeps a long time. Keep moist by adding small piece of wet sponge to top of small jar of paste.

Salt Paint

1/3 cup salt
1/4 tsp food coloring

spread in pan to dry before putting in shakers

Iridescent soap bubbles

1 cup of water
2 T liquid detergent
1 T glycerin
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients

Finger paint

2/3 cup dry starch or cornstarch
1 cup cold water
3 cups boiling water
1 T glycerin
1 cup ivory soap flakes or 2 T liquid soap
calcimine pigment or food coloring

Dissolve starch in cold water. Smooth lumps and add boiling water. Stir constantly. Thicken until clear but do not boil more than one minute. Add rest of ingredients (hot or cold). Use on glazed paper, newsprint, wrapping paper, or on washable surface for mono prints.

Variation: Snow Paint

To 1 cup of the above finger paint mixture add:
1 T white tempera paint or 1 1/2 cups soap powder or flakes
1 cup hot or warm water
1 tsp glycerin

Whip with an egg beater

Sand Paint

1/2 cup sand
1 T Powdered paint

Mix and Shake onto surface brushed with watered glue.

Play dough for Baking

Use for making nearly unbreakable miniature tree ornaments and figures.

Blend in a bowl:
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup white glue
1/4 cup ivory liquid SHAMPOO
food coloring

Knead the mixture together thoroughly, dusting with flour. Roll dough out flat. Make it thin because it expands when baked. Cut the dough with small cookie cutters. If you wish to hang the cutouts, poke a hole through the top. Bake on a cookie sheet for 2 hours at 200 degrees F. When cool, decorate with acrylic or tempera paint.

Easel Paint #1

6-8 T extender (above or other)
1 one- pound can of powdered paint
3 cups liquid starch
2 T soap flakes

Put the extender in a large container, such as a one-quart plastic juice container. Gradually stir in the powdered paint and liquid starch, mixing well. Add soap powder. Add water until mixture reaches desired consistency.
This recipe makes a large enough quantity so that it can be stored and poured out into small juice cans each day as needed. The paint will thicken and will need stirring and possibly more water.

Easel Paint #2

1 part powdered paint
2 parts powdered detergent
2 parts water

Mix powdered paint and powdered detergent together. Slowly mix in two parts water, stirring to eliminate any lumps. This basic recipe can be used to mix either large or small amounts as long as you keep the proper proportions.

Easel Paint #3

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup liquid starch
1 one pound can powdered paint
1 T soap powder

Pour liquids into blender. Gradually blend in the powdered paint, using a rubber spatula to scrape the paint down from the sides of the blender jar. Add soap powder, and blend. Paint should be very smooth and thick. Add more liquid if necessary.

Finger Paint #1

1 cup dry laundry starch or 1 cup cornstarch
1 cup cold water
4 cups boiling water
1 cup soap flakes
1/4 cup talcum powder

Put the starch in a large saucepan. Add the cold water gradually, stirring until there are no lumps. Continue to stir while adding the boiling water, and cook over medium heat until clear, stirring constantly. When mix thickens, add the soap flakes and talcum powder. Remove from heat and beat with an egg beater until smooth. Mixture should be thick. Store in a plastic container in refrigerator or use while still warm.

Fingerpaint #2

1 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup soap powder
2 quarts boiling water
glycerine or oil of wintergreen
liquid food coloring

Put 1 cup cornstarch in pitcher or bowl. Gradually add 2 cups cold water, stirring until smooth. Pour this mixture slowly into two quarts of boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook until the mixture is clear and thick. Add the soap powder. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add a few drops of glycerine or wintergreen and food coloring.

Fingerpaint #3

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 saucepan. Gradually add the cold water, stirring until smooth. Add the boiling water, stirring rapidly and continually. Add the detergent and stir again until smooth. There is no need to cook this recipe.

Fingerpaint #4

1 cup dry laundry starch
1 cup cold water
3 cups soap flakes

Mix all ingredients together for a quick, no-cook fingerpaint. The texture will not be as smooth and thick as the cooked kind.

Fingerpaint #5

1 part liquid soap (NOT detergent)
4 parts liquid starch
powdered tempera

Add soap to liquid starch and let children use this mix on a smooth washable surface. Sprinkle tempera on the liquid to provide color.

Fingerpaint #6

1 T soap powder
1/4 cup liquid starch
1/3-1/2 cup water
1 one pound can powdered paint

Pour soap powder, starch, and water into blender. Gradually add powdered paint while machine is running. Blend until smooth. Use this recipe for extremely bright colors.

Fingerpaint #7

1 cup flour
1 cup cold water
3 cups boiling water
powdered tempera or food coloring

Mix the flour and water, stirring until smooth. When mix is smooth, pour it gradually into the boiling water and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the coloring.

Sand and cornstarch modeling dough

3 cups sand
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
3 tsp alum
2 1/4 cups hot water
food coloring

Mix sand, cornstarch, and alum in saucepan. Add hot water and food coloring. Cook over med. heat until mix thickens. Remove from heat and knead until smooth. Store in air tight container.

Colored salt paste

2 parts salt
1 part flour
powdered paint

Mix salt and flour. Add powdered paint. Gradually stir in enough water to make a smooth, heavy paste. This mix can be used like regular paste. Store in airtight container.

Thin Paste

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup nonself-rising wheat flour
1/2 tsp alum
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 tsp oil of wintergreen

Combine sugar, flour and alum in saucepan. Gradually stir in 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir until mix is clear and smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup water and oil of wintergreen. Makes 1 pint.

Paper paste

1/3 cup nonself-rising wheat flour
2 T sugar
1 cup water
1/4 tsp oil of peppermint or wintergreen

Mix flour and sugar in saucepan. Gradually stir in water and cook over low heat until mix is clear. Remove from heat and mix in oil of peppermint or wintergreen. Make about 1 cup.

Classroom Paste

1 cup nonself-rising wheat flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water
4 cups boiling water
1 T alum
1/2 tsp oil of wintergreen

Mix flour and sugar in saucepan. Gradually stir in cold water to make a paste. Slowly stir in boiling water. Bring to a boil and stir until mixture is thick and clear. Remove from heat and mix in alum and oil of wintergreen. Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

Squeeze Bottle Glitter

1 part flour
1 part salt
1 part water

Mix equal parts of flour, salt and water. Pour into plastic squeeze bottles, such as those used for ketchup and mustard. Add liquid coloring for variety. Squeeze onto heavy construction paper or cardboard. The salt gives the designs a glistening quality when dry.

Colored Bubbles

1 cup granulated soap or soap powder
1 quart warm water
liquid food coloring
plastic straws
small juice cans

Dissolve soap in warm water, stir in food coloring. Give each child a can about 1/3 full of mix and a plastic straw to blow the bubbles.

Fancy Bubbles

1 cup water
2 T liquid detergent
1 T glycerin
1 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.

Cooked Home Made Finger paint

4 cups cold water
6 teaspoons of cornstarch

Mix a small amount of cold water with cornstarch until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the water. Cook the mixture over low heat until it is clear and the consistency of pudding. Add tempera for color.

Play dough

2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 T alum
1 3/4 cup boiling water
2 T vegetable oil
food coloring if desired

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Mix alum, water, oil and food coloring in a separate bowl; add to flour mixture. Knead well. Add more flour if sticky. Keep in airtight container.

Salt dough

1 cup salt
4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups water
4 T oil

Mix flour and salt. Add water and oil slowly to the dry ingredients, stirring with a spoon until well blended. Knead dough until soft and pliable. Sculpt objects or use cookie cutters. Bake 45 minutes in 350 degree F oven until hard. Paint with acrylic or varnish to seal.

Silly Putty

1 cup white glue
1 1/2 cup liquid starch

Mix glue and starch in a bowl. You may add a few drops of food coloring if you wish to color the putty. Cover bowl and let stand for a few hours. Pour off extra starch. Knead well, store in a covered container.

Cornstarch Clay

1 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup flour

Pour cornstarch into a bowl and add oil. Stir until syrupy. Gradually add the flour until thick and doughy. Knead well and store in airtight container.

Mud Pies

1 puddle
Plastic sand pails
Cookie sheet

The "original" clay- dirt and water! Dig mud out of bottom of puddle and mix in sand pails. Spoon globs onto cookie sheets. Remove worms. Place in the sunshine until mud pies dry.

Slate bag

Tempera Paint
Zip lock bag

Place paint in bag and smooth out bubbles. Make sure the bag is locked completely. Thick paint such as finger paint works best. Allow children to press the bag with their fingers to make designs.


Mix together food coloring, 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup water. Fun Fun Fun!

Crepe Paper Paste

Cut or tear 2 T crepe paper of a single color. The finer the paper is cut, the smoother the paste will be. Add 1/2 T flour and 1/2 T salt and enough water to make a paste. Stir and squash the mixture until it is as smooth as possible. Store in airtight container.

Home made Soap balls

Ivory Snow
plastic trays
food coloring optional
fragrance optional (like perfume or cologne)

Moisten Ivory Snow with water in a bowl to the consistency of very stiff dough. Food coloring and fragrance may be added if desired. Have each child shape large spoonfuls of soap into balls with their hands. Place shaped balls on plastic trays to harden- about 3 days.

Soap Crayons

Ice cube tray
liquid food coloring for each color crayon
2 T hot water
1 cup soap flakes

For each color, put two tablespoons of hot water and one cup of soap flakes into a bowl. Add as many drops of food coloring to the mix as you wish. Stir the soap mixture until it thickens. This takes time, so be patient. Press spoonfuls of the first color of soap into sections of the ice tray. Mix enough soap in other colors to fill the entire tray, repeating the first two steps. Let the soap crayons dry for one or two days. Gently bang the ice tray to loosen the crayons.