Recipes for Crafts

Paint Recipes:

Fast drying scratch off paint:

1 tsp flavoring extract
3/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup  black paint
Use a very light coat of paint over a very heavy coat of crayon.  Spread with a foam brush because it will be easier to get a thinner, more ever layer of paint.  It will start to dry in 5 min.   At that point if you are in a hurry, you can let the children scratch and it will turn out great still.  (just a little more messy)  It takes about 20 min. for it to completely dry.  (A very light coat of paint means that you can see some streaks of crayon through the black.)

Red Cabbage Paint (Click to link to post)

Slim Recipe: (Click to link to post)
2 cups water boiling water
1/2 cup cornstarch
5 drops green food coloring
1 cups cold water (try 1 1/2 cups water and let me know)
Bring 2 cups water, 1/2 cup corn starch, and food coloring to a boil.  Mix continually.   When it congeals take the pot off the burner and add one cup of cold water.  Store with the lid on.  I doubled the recipe because I had a glass gallon jar with a wide mouth.

Sock Bean Bag Instructions: (click to link to post)
4 small baby socks (ex. 6-18months)
1 cup small white beans or lentals
4 rubber bands or sewing machine
Pour .25 cup uncooked lentils or white beans in each sock and use the rubber bands to close the socks.  You can sew the top of the sock for more security.

Play Due in a bag
Materials in the bag:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp alum
1 quart ziplock
Directions for Bag:  Add the dry ingredients to the quart bag.  I.e. flour, salt, 5 drops food coloring  and alum
Directions for Activity:  Add 1 cup warm water, 1 Tbsp oil, and 1 tsp vanilla to the quart bag and have your child squish it in the bag until it resembles a lump of play due.  Take out the play due and play.  You may want to add a rolling pin and spoon to the playing equipment.  Use wax paper to protect your table. (Tower of Babel)