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Index: Flubber*Best Bubble Solution*Thin Paste*Paper Paste*Homemade Bath Salts*Silly Putty1*Eggshell Chalk*Clown Paint*Silly Putty* *Gunk*Slime*Peanut Butter Play dough*Play dough*Sidewalk Chalk*No Cook Play dough*Potters Clay*Durable Play dough*Kool-Aid Play dough* *Sugar Flour Paste*Salt Paint*Iridescent Soap Bubbles*Finger Paints* *Snow Paint*Sand Paint*Play dough for Baking*Easel Paints*Sand and Cornstarch Modeling Dough*Colored Salt Paste*Classroom Paste*Squeeze Bottle Glitter*Colored Bubbles*Fancy Bubbles*Cornstarch Clay*Mud Pies *Slate Bag*Goop*Crepe Paper Paste*Homemade Soap Balls*Soap Crayons

Some recipes may seem to be repeated. Their are many different variations. Below are 55 recipes


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

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 2

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.

Silly Putty 3

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.

 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.

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.