May 5, 2009

On Saturday I was really fortunate to sneak in some time at the Living Green Expo. This years goal was to find a local beekeeper where I could start getting my beeswax from. While I was there I picked up the LivGreen Magazine and they had some really fun recipes for children inside. Since I probably can't copy word for word what they have in the magazine I decided to search on the net for the equivalent.

Handmade Play Dough:

1 cup salt

2 cups flour

4 tablespoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons cooking oil

2 cups of water

food colouring


1. Mix all ingredients in the saucepan.

2. Cook on medium heat for three to five minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes stiff.

Store in an airtight container (or a plastic bag) in the refrigerator. If stored this way the playdough will last for weeks, even a few months!


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.


1/2 cup vinegar
4 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 tsp peppermint extract

Bring vinegar to a boil. Add gelatin, reduce heat to low. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and add flavoring. Yields 1/2 cup.

To make stickers:
Brush on the back of your sticker page and let dry. Then lick and stick!

Finger Paint:

3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
food coloring


In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Dissolve cornstarch in a separate bowl with water. Remove boiling water from heat and add cornstarch mixture. Return to heat, stirring constantly. Boil until the mixture is clear and thick (about 1 minute). Remove from heat.

As the mixture is cooling, divide into separate bowls and add food coloring. Let the children carefully mix in the coloring.


Add 1 tbsp of glycerin to make the mixture shiny. You can find glycerin in most drugstores or pharmacies.

Funny Putty:

1 tablespoon liquid starch (found in the laundry aisle)
Food coloring
2 tablespoons white glue
Plastic Easter egg or zip bag

How to make this recipe:
1. Mix white glue and food coloring together in a glass bowl.
2. Pour liquid starch into a second glass bowl. Slowly pour the glue mixture on top of the the liquid starch.

3. Allow the the concoction to stand for 5 minutes, or until the glue absorbs the liquid starch.

4. Remove putty from bowl and knead. (At first the mixture may look as if it's a mistake -- but it isn't. The more you knead the putty, the better the consistency will be.)

5. Store funny putty in the plastic Easter egg or a zip bag.
Notes: Ideas: Press funny putty down on newspaper comics or pictures printed with an ink jet pritner. Slowly pull the funny putty off of the paper: the picture will transfer magaically onto the putty. You can also roll your funny putty into a ball and bounce it!
Amy W said...

I've made homemade play dough so many times, I can do it in my sleep! My girls are starting to outgrow it now though. Great stuff! My recipe doesn't have that much cream of tartar in it.
1 c. flour, 1 c. water, 1/2 c. salt, 1 tsp. oil, 1 tsp. cream of tartar. Cook on the stove until thick.

Michelle said...

Thanks Amy for sharing your recipe :)