Homemade Play Dough
2 cups of plain flour
2 cups of coloured water
1 Tbsp. of cooking oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup of salt
Place all of the ingredients in a medium size or large pan. Cook slowly on medium-high and stir it until the playdough thickens. Keeps best in the fridge in plastic containers.
Slime #1 (from familyfun.com)
Mix together ¾ c. warm water, 1 c. glue and several drops of food coloring in the first bowl. In the second bow., mix together 4 t. borax and 1 1/3 c. warm water. Pour the contents of the first bowl into the second, but don’t stir. Let it sit for 1 minute, then lift the now-congealed slime out of the bowl. To minimize accidents (can stick to certain fabrics), give each little monster a zip-loc bag to store it in. If slime is too sticky, add a little more borax. If slime is too slippery, add a little more white glue solution.
1 c. water
½ c. cornstarch
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cornstarch, then food coloring while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temp. This makes a messy slime that goes from liquid to solid, and is great fun to play with.
Combine the following in a bowl:
1 part self-raising flour
drops of food colouring
1 part salt
Then add some water to make a nice smooth paste. **I ended up doing 2 c. flour + 2 c. salt and enough water to make somewhat thick consistency.
Paint away on a nice thick sheet of cardboard (we used plastic spoons to spread on cardboard, could try cotton balls or paint brushes). Microwave the design on high for 15 - 30 seconds (depending on how big and thick the painting is) until the paint puffs and it's all nice and dry.
Edible Finger Paint
*from ourbestbites.com - awesome website!
3 T. sugar
1/2 c. cornstarch
2 c. cold water
Mix sugar and cornstarch together in a sauce pan. Add cold water and combine with a whisk. Cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens to a thin pudding consistency. Stop the cooking process a little before it's the consistency you'd like because it thickens upon standing. Once removed from heat, COOL and then separate into bowls and colored as desired. Spread out big sheets of paper or newspaper. Or let the kids paint all over the shower walls. When they are done, you just wash it down!
*Another great option for finger paint is adding a few drops of food-safe coloring to vanilla yogurt or pudding. Both are fun to play with and taste super yummy!