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Below are some craft recipes I have collected over the years. Enjoy!!!

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Gingerbread Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 T ground cinnamon
1 T ground cloves
water (about 1 cup)

Mix everything together. If making ornaments for Christmas time, have the children form the dough into desired shape, then lay them down to dry..

Snow Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 T vegetable oil(optional)

Mix all ingredients together. If you want the dough to harden, leave out the vegetable oil. If you want it pliable, add the oil.

Dinosaur Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 T. vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
2 pkgs. unsweetened Kool-Aid

Mix first four ingredients. Add Kool-Aid to boiling water. Mix everything together thoroughly. Knead when cool enough to handle. Store in sealed plastic bag.

Oatmeal Dough
Mix 1 part flour, 2 parts oatmeal and 1 part water. Add water gradually to bind the mixture.

Peanut Butter Dough
Mix 1 part peanut butter, 1 part non-fat dry (powdered milk) in bowl by hand. Add 1 T. honey per cup. Knead until stiff (1 cup peanut butter + 1 cup milk = enough for 1 child).

Fruity Putty
0.3 -ounce package of sugar free fruit flavored gelatin
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Mix the dry ingredients in a pan. Add the boiling water and cooking oil. Stir over medium-high heat until the mixture forms a ball. Place the ball on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Cut the fruit picture from the gelatin box and paste to the lid. Use different flavors to make all different colors and smells.

Favorite Play-Dough Recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup slat
2 cups water
2T. baby oil
2T. cream of tartar

Combine dry ingredients. Add liquids. Stir well. MIcrowave on high 4 to 5 minutes. Stir. Microwave an additional 1 minute. Repeat until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Cool enough to touch. Knead. Store in zip-lock bag.

Cloud Dough
1 cup vegetable oil
6 cups flour
1 cup water
food coloring

Add food coloring to water. Put the flour and oil into a large bowl. Slowly add the water, stirring as you pour. Continue mixing the ingredients until a soft dough forms. Add a little more water or flour if necessary. Knead until completely blended.

Cinnamon Dough
1 cup ground cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce

Mix cinnamon and applesauce until a stiff dough is formed. Roll out to a 1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. If the shape is to be used as an ornament, make a hole at the top of each shape to lace sting through. Air dry several days on a wire rack, tuning each ornament occasionally.

Sparkling Salt Clay
1 cup cornstarch
about 1 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups rock salt (regular salt can be used)
1 cup water

Thin cornstarch with 1 1/2 cups cold water until it is as thick as gravy. Boil salt in 1 cup water. Add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling salt water, stirring constantly to avoid lumping. Cook until mixture forms a large mass. Turn out onto wax paper and cool. Store in an airtight container. (finished project may be dried in 250 degree oven for 1 hour, or allow to air dry.)

Baker's Clay
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water
food coloring

Mix all ingredients. Shape and air dry about 48 hours, or bake in 250 degree oven for 1 hour. Paint or decorate, then shellac or varnish.

Bread Clay
6 slices white bread
1 T. white glue
1/2 t. detergent or 2 t. glycerine

Remove crusts from bread and knead them with white glue and detergent or glycerine. Knead until mixture becomes non-sticky. Separate into portions and tint with food coloring. Shape and when done brush with equal glue and water for a smoother appearance. Let dry overnight to harden.

Dazzling Tempera Paint
2 cups dry tempera
1 cup liquid soap
1 cup liquid starch

Mix paint and soap. Add starch and stir. Add more soap if it is too thick. Store in coffee cans with plastic lids.

Shiny Paint
Mix 1 part liquid glue to 1 part tempera paint.

3-D Soap Paint
6T. liquid starch
1 C. biodegradable soap powder

Whip ingredients with beater. Mixture may be tinted with tempera.

Finger Paint
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup soap flakes
2 drops of icing color paste (available at craft and baking supply stores).

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup of the water and mix until dissolved. Combine the cornstarch, soap flakes, and remaining 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the gelatin mixture to the saucepan, stirring until it becomes thick. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture equally into 4 containers. Cool 1 hour and then add a different shade of icing color paste to each container. Fold in color until thoroughly mixed. NOTE: undiluted color paste will stain hands and clothing. Store in refrigerator when not in use.

Easy Finger Paint
3 cups Vano starch
1/2 cup Sta-Flo liquid starch

Mix together. This mixture will need to dry slightly before it is pliable. Store in airtight container.

Soap Flakes Finger Paint
1 1/2 cups dry laundry starch
1 1/2 cups soap flakes
1 quart boiling water
food coloring

Mix starch with cold water enough for a paste. Add boiling water and stir until clear. Cool and add flakes and food coloring. Store in sealed containers.

Flour and Salt Finger Paint
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup water

Mix flour and salt, then add water. Mix thoroughly. This paint is very grainy, unlike other finger paints. As a result, the children will enjoy touching the artwork after it is dried.

Pudding Paint
Cook 1 pkg. pudding according to directions. Pour 1/4 cup on waxed paper. Allow children to make designs with their fingers. Have kids lick their fingers! You may also want to place a small amount in a ziploc bag and have children paint on the bag.

Salt Paint
Mix 2 teaspoons salt to 1 teaspoon liquid starch and add to paint. You can also just add a lot of salt to paint, but you have to use quite a bit, if not using the starch.

Silly Putty
1 part Elmer's Glue
1 part liquid starch
food coloring

Stir with a spoon, then with hands. Add more starch if too sticky.

Magic Putty
2 parts White Elmers Glue (not school glue)
1 part liquid starch

Mix-let air dry.

2 cups salt
2/3 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

Heat salt and 2/3 cup water over low heat until almost boiling. Mix together cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Add cornstarch mixture to salt mixture.

1 cup cold water
1 cup flour
2 1/1 cups boiling water
1 T. powdered alum
3/4 tsp. oil of wintergreen

Mix the cold water and flour together, stirring until smooth. Add the boiling water and mix well. Pour the mixture into the top of a double boiler. Cook over low heat until smooth. Add the alum and stir. Remove from heat. When the mixture is cool, add the oil of wintergreen.

Cornstarch Paste
1/4 tsp. alum
1 T. flour
2 T. cornstarch
3 oz. water

Mix the alum, flour, and cornstarch together. Slowly add the water, stirring to remove the lumps. Cook in a double boiler over low heat, stirring constantly. When paste begins to thicken, remove it from heat. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cooks. If necessary, thin with water. Store in airtight jars.

Bookbinding Glue
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3 T. boiling water
1 T. vinegar
1 t. glycerine

Add gelatin to water. Stir until dissolved. Add vinegar and glycerine. Stir until well mixed. Makes about 1/3 cup. Binds leather to leather or gluing cloth to cardboard for notebook binders or scrapbooks.

Bubble Solution
3 cups water
1 cup liquid soap (baby bath or baby shampoo)
1 T. sugar

Mix well. Try blowing bubbles with a fly swatter, berry basket or tissue tube!

Long-Lasting Bubbles
3/4 cup liquid soap
1/4 cup glycerin
2 qt. tap water

Mix well. If using straws to blow bubbles, poke a small pinhole near the end of the straw to prevent sucking in the solution.

Paper Mache #1
liquid starch
newspaper strips

Mix equal parts of liquid starch and water. Stir until starch is dissolved. Soak newspaper strips in liquid mixture and pat into place.

8 packets unflavored gelatin
1 pint boiling water
shallow baking pan
5 pints cold water
oil paints
brown paper bags or brown wrapping paper

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water and pour into shallow pan and add cold water. Mix oil paints with a bit of turpentine to the consistency of thick cream. Drop a few drops of color into solution in shallow pan. If color sinks, it's too thick. If it spreads too much it is too thin. When just right, drop large spots of color, one at a time into the solution with a spoon or stick. Swirl into patterns. Cut a piece of brown paper the size of the pan. Hold on opposite corners an lower into the solution. Lift carefully and lay right side up on newspaper to dry. Use to cover scrapbooks, notebooks, lampshades, wastebaskets, and lots of other things. Clean the pan with turpentine.

Crystal Garden
a few pieces of coal or some rocks
a shallow bowl
6 T. salt
6 T. bluing
6 T. water
1 T. ammonia
food coloring

Place the coal or rocks in bottom of bowl. Combine salt, bluing, water and ammonia in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over the coal or rocks. Add a few drops of different food coloring over mixture. Let stand a few hours. Crystals will begin to form. They will be colorful and interesting in a few days.




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