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TOP    Play Dough

5 Cups white flour
1 Cup of salt

Food coloring as required (same color)

6 Tbsp. vegetable oil

4 Cups of boiling water

Mix, knead and cover when cool.

This is a large recipe and you could easily cut it in half.  To keep it soft for a maximum amount of time it is a good idea to keep it refrigerated (mine has lasted for well over four months of constant play).

TOP    Homemade Silly Putty
Mix well:
2 parts glue
1 part liquid starch
It needs to dry a bit before it is "workable." It may be necessary to add a touch more glue or starch. You will have to experiment. Store in an airtight container.

TOP    Witch's Brew
4 1/2 cups cornstarch
2 cups water with food coloring added

Mix above in bowl. Give some to the kids in their hands.  It is a liquid in their hands and turns into a solid when it hits the table. If it drys up add water sparingly.

TOP    Finger Paints
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring
Mix the first ingredients and then add the water. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until well blended. Divide the mixture 4 or 5 portions and add a different food coloring to each, plus a pinch of detergent. The latter facilitates cleaning up.

Mix together gently:
4 cups water
12 teaspoons glycerine
8 teaspoons liquid tincture of green soap (available from drugstore but as a substitute, grate or grind very pure toilet soap and use 8 teaspoons of the resulting powder or use a quality dishwash liquid) Best if you let the mix stand for 24 hours before using.
Pour soap bubble liquid into a large tub or bucket. Bend a wire hanger into a hoop. Hold it by the handle and dip into the liquid. Raise it up slowly and wave it through the air gently to make really BIG bubbles! Experiment with various loops. Try using a fan!

TOP    Soap Crayons
Kids will love to write with these in the bath tub!
You will need:
1-3/4 Cups Quality Soap Powder
1/4 Cup Water
50 Drops Food Colouring
Plastic moulds
Mix the soap powder and the water together in a large bowl. If you want many colors, pour small amounts of the mixture into separate bowls. Add the food colouring and stir until the soap has the consistency of a very thick paste.
Pour the mixture into the moulds. Allow the crayons to harden (this will take a few days to a week).
Pop the crayons out of the moulds and allow to dry a few more days before using.

TOP    Papier Mache
To make the paste:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
3 tbsp. sugar
Mix together flour and cold water in a bowl. Add this mixture to the boiling water and allow it to return to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. As the mixture cools it will thicken as it does.
You can also just make a quicky paste by putting flour in a bowl and adding water until you have kind of a soupy paste. If you're planning to make something you want to last for a long time, be aware that flour paste can get mouldy, especially in humid environments. You might want to try using powdered wall paper adhesive (non-pourous) mixed with water.

TOP    Sand creations you can keep!
You Need:
3 cups of sand
1 1/2 cup of cornstarch
1 1/2 cup of water
Old cooking pot
Large spoon
How To Make It:
Mix the ingredients together in the pot.
The next two steps require a grownup. The grownup should cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly.
When it gets thick, take it off of the stove and let it cool.
Once it is cool, use the spoon to turn it out on the newspaper.
Now you can make it into any shape you like, let it dry, and keep your creation forever!

Cook up a Smell ! with INCENSE
There are quite a few of these recipes so I thought it easiest to put them on a
seperate page. HERE