Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fun kids crafts

Making your own finger paint

I came across this washable finger paint recipe and wanted to try it out. My kids loved helping me make it and then they enjoyed finger painting with it. It took about 10 minutes to make and it was very easy.

What you will need:

2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 cups water
large sauce pan
1/4 cup dishwashing soap (Dawn)
food coloring

Directions:
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and water.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat (under adult supervision), stirring constantly until the mixture thickens into a smooth gel. Stir in the dishwashing soap.

Pour into individual containers.

Place food coloring in each container and mix while it is still warm.

Let cool, then store in glass containers (or other container a lid).

And use like finger paint.

Everything you need
Our finished finger paints
My girls finger painting


Making your own edible play dough

I love watching Jon and Kate plus Eight on TLC. The latest rerun that I saw was when Kate made this edible play dough for her kids. I wanted to try it out! I found the recipe for it here.

Girl Scout Peanut Butter Play Dough

1 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, using your hands. Dough should feel soft and pliable. Form shapes and be creative!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.

5 comments:

mommaof4wife2r said...

so silly question...does the food coloring stay on the girlies hands when done?? it's a really fun idea...but i've always been leary of the staining.

Amy said...

That is so neat. I am going to try it. We have a party once a year with the everyone that lives around me this would be a fun way to keep the children happy.

Amanda and Katie said...

The food coloring did not stay on my girl's hands. It came right off with water!

Carebear said...

Good ideas - thanks for sharing. We tried fingerpainting with that "no-mess" stuff. It's clear, but shows up colored on specific paper. The colors are too muted and my little guy got bored with it really quickly. I'll try your recipe soon. I actually just came by to tell you that the randomly-selected winner of the Cheesecake Factory gift certificate is Joy from Joy to the Blog. Thanks so much for entering my giveaway, and for becoming a follower! I hope you enjoy my blog! I try to visit at least 2 of my followers daily to spread comment love so I’ll be seeing you soon!

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Aubrey said...

Thanks for sharing. Those are some really great ideas to try out with my toddler! I am always looking for fun, new, affordable projects!!

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