Condensed Milk Dough

Use 1/4 cup of condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring for pastel paint that will dry with a glossy finish. Use the paint sparingly or it will take forever to dry!

Sparkly Paint

Premix liquid starch with powdered tempera or pour liquid starch on the paper. Have kids spread it around and then sprinkle on powdered tempera from a big holed salt shaker. Spread it around some more. This works well on slick, or "finger paint" paper or the slick side of freezer paper, but special paper isn't required. Add salt for more sparkles. Coarse salt works best.

Gak (Homemade Silly Putty)

1 cup white glue (Elmer's) food coloring 1 cup liquid starch Put glue and coloring in plastic container. Add starch a little at a time, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture holds together like putty. Test with your fingers, if too sticky, add more starch in small amounts until mass is smooth and rubbery. Have fun pulling, stretching, bouncing and taking transfers off of the Sunday comics, etc. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container.

Finger Paint

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 package unflavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
food coloring or poster paint
In saucepan, mix cornstarch with 3/4 cup cold water to a smooth paste. Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside. Pour boiling water slowly over cornstarch mixture, stirring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and clears. Remove. Stir in gelatin. Cool and divide into separate small screw top jars. Add color. Refrigerate to store. Paint is transparent, strong and durable with high gloss finish. May be used on dry or wet paper.

Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
food coloring
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup water Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. Knead until smooth. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Monster Bubbles

6 cups water 3/4 cup corn syrup 2 cups Joy dish washing liquid Mix together. Let set 4 hours (to let bubble settle), then enjoy.

Singing Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 squares bitter chocolate, melted
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
4 cups sifted flour
1 cup strawberry jam
1 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons baking powder mixed in 1 cup buttermilk
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and stir. Add melted chocolate and stir. Add raisins. Add cinnamon, cloves, and flour, stir. Stir in nuts and jam. Now add the baking powder to the buttermilk and quickly stir into the cake mixture. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Quickly pour mix into greased and floured angel food cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees until cake stops singing, about 45 minutes. Make sure you time this so your guests are present during the baking. Once the cake is baked, the effect is over.

Cornstarch Clay

1 cup cornstarch
2 cups salt
1 1/3 cups cold water Put salt and 2/3 cup water in pan and bring to a boil. Mix cornstarch with 2/3 cup water and mix well. Blend 2 mixtures together and knead into clay. Makes about 3 cups. This clay can be air dried and then painted. Store unused clay in airtight container in the fridge.

Silly Putty

1/2 cup liquid starch
1/2 cup elmers glue Mix starch and glue together until it feels like silly putty. Store in airtight container in the fridge.

Edible Fun Dough

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
2 cups powdered milk (use just the powder) Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add more powdered milk to make a more workable dough if needed. This dough is great for little ones who put everything into their mouths. Form the dough into shapes, eat for snack.

Fun Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oil
food coloring if desired Add food coloring to water, then mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture forms a thick dough. Remove from heat and cool. Knead until smooth. Keep in airtight container in fridge.

Finger Paint

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring
Mix ingredients in saucepan. Boil until mixture thickens. Cool, pour into containers I usually double this recipe, omit the food coloring, and pour this into several jars, then add the food colors.

Goop, or Oobleck (play slime)

corn starch
food coloring
Put some cornstarch into a bowl. Add just enough water to make it pasty. Add food coloring. This makes a messy slime, that can go form liquid to solid.....just play with it for a while!

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