Make craft recipes for kids
I once saw a “recipe” for sidewalk chalk, but cannot seem to find it on your site. Can you help me? (Also, please share any other useful kids recipes.) — Dianne, e-mail
I have tons of recipes for kids such as flubber, play dough, dryer lint clay, bathtub paints, bubbles, etc., on my site, too. Just use the site wide search.
Here’s the recipe for chalk and I’ve added recipes for finger paint and mock silly putty, too.
paper towel or toilet paper tubes
wax paper or aluminum foil
3/4 cup warm water
disposable plastic container (a large margarine tub works well)
1-1/2 cups Plaster of Paris
3 tablespoons tempera paint
If you are using paper towel tubes, cut each tube in half. Cover one end of each tube with duct tape. Cut as many pieces of liner (foil or wax paper) as you have tubes. Each piece should loosely fit inside the tube (about 7 inches by 4-1/2 inches, depending on which tubes you use). Roll up each piece of liner and slip it inside the tube. Place each tube tape side down, on a flat surface. Pour the water into the disposable plastic container. Gradually add the Plaster of Paris to the water and stir well. Mix in the tempera paint. Spoon the plaster into the tubes. Tap gently with a spoon or fork so the mixture settles, which helps to prevent air bubbles. Set the filled tubes aside to harden for a couple of days. Once hardened, tear off the tubes and liners.
Homemade finger paint
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
containers for finger paint
In a medium saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch together. Add water. Heat over medium heat for 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Will thicken more as it cools. Divide into containers such as baby-food jars, and add desired food coloring to each container.
Mock Silly Putty
2 cups Elmer’s All Multi-Purpose Glue-All
1 cup Sta-Flo liquid starch
food coloring, optional
Add glue to a mixing bowl. Add starch and mix. Knead until it forms the desired texture. Fold food coloring into the putty. Knead until color is uniform. You might need to adjust the ingredient amounts slightly to get the desired texture, or you might prefer adding the food coloring to the glue in the beginning. Either way works fine. Store in an airtight container.
I’m making split pea soup for dinner from the ham bone from Christmas dinner. I thought I had 2 bags of split peas, but I only have 1. But I have 2 bags of lentils. Can I use 1 bag split peas and 1 bag lentils? Will I be able to taste a difference? — Rosa, Connecticut
Yes, you can use lentils, but it will taste different than your usual split pea soup. There are plenty of recipes that combine the two, so it’s not an odd combination at all. Add some carrots, celery, onion, a chopped tomato, zucchini, barley and ham or sausage to your soup. Or you could add pureed (frozen or canned) peas to your soup recipe, or scale your regular recipe down.
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