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Create kids crafts in your kitchen

By on March 30, 2011

Craft recipes are fun to make. They’re ideal for preschool classrooms or as boredom busters for kids at home. In a previous column (, I shared recipes for chalk and mock silly putty, and readers requested more. While some craft recipes aren’t cheaper than their retail counterparts, it’s still a lot of fun and educational for kids to create and explore.



Mix 9 cups extra fine, colored play sand. Add 3 cups cornstarch and 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups water. Start with 2-1/4 cup and gradually continue adding water until you have the desired consistency. Mix well. Cover and store in an airtight container.


1/2 cup white Elmer’s glue
2/3 cup warm water
food coloring
1 teaspoon Borax
2 glass bowls

In a small glass bowl, mix together glue, 1/3 cup warm water and food coloring (add enough drop until desired color). In another glass bowl, mix Borax and 1/3 cup warm water. Pour glue solution into bowl containing Borax mixture, gently stir together. It will be wet, and within a few minutes it will set.


You’ll need 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/2 cup water and food coloring. Combine the cornstarch and water. Mix until smooth. Add a few drops of food coloring. Make a few batches of different colors. Use paintbrushes, foam paint rollers or sponges to paint the sidewalk.


Mix together equal parts dish washing liquid and washable liquid paint or powdered tempera. Mix until it’s a creamy consistency. Use paintbrushes. Easy to clean from windows with a moist paper towel, too.


1-1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1 packet Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
1-1/2 tablespoons oil
wax or parchment paper
airtight containers

Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add boiling water and oil; stir with fork until cooled, then mix with hands until well combined. Place on wax paper; knead until no longer sticky, adding additional flour 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency. Store in refrigerator.


Combine nongel shaving cream with a couple of drops of food coloring. Let your child use construction paper, a sliding glass door, a section of foil or a cookie sheet, or just sit in a tub for finger-foam fun. Easy to clean. Simply rinse with water. Puffy paint can be made from shaving cream, too. Use equal parts glue and shaving cream. Add a couple of drops of food coloring or tempera paint for color. Use a paintbrush and paint onto construction paper.


2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
food coloring

Mix the sugar and cornstarch in a small pan. Slowly add the cold water and mix thoroughly. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring frequently, until it is smooth and gel like. Once it starts to boil (5 minutes), turn it off. Add the dish washing liquid and stir. Divide the mixture into small containers. Stir in food coloring. Cover when not in use.


1 cup of Ivory soap, grated
1/2 — 3/4 cup water
food coloring
frosting tips
plastic baggies

Put the soap shreds in a food processor. Gradually add water until it is a gooey, sticky consistency.
Put frosting tips on plastic bags. Scoop the mix into bags. Add the coloring to the bags and mix with your hands to distribute color.


Visit for various bubble recipes, or try the one below.

1 gallon water
2/3 cup liquid dish soap
2 to 3 tablespoons glycerin or corn syrup

Stir together. Test and adjust ingredients until desired results are reached.

photo by frankenberryskiss


  1. leah holley

    7/12/2012 at 10:17 pm

    Been looking for this finger paint recipe for years. This is fairly close to the one my mom used to make for us. Thank you for pinning this. I appreciate it.

  2. Sue

    8/1/2012 at 1:18 pm

    Great activities for my preschoolers, thanks.

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  4. Karyl Webster

    11/3/2012 at 7:43 pm

    These Were Great!

  5. Audra

    11/14/2012 at 11:22 pm

    Just as a side note, when you make the “puffy” paint with the shaving cream and glue, you need to let it dry flat for about 24 hours. If you don’t it will run every where, learned that one the hard way šŸ˜‰

  6. [email protected]

    11/22/2012 at 8:31 pm

    Hi I just love the recipes, doesn’t the food colouring stain? I live in a rented home and am a little afraid to test in the white bathtub, would hate to stain as I would then have to replace with a new tub…expensive. Look forward to your advice…thanks, Louise

    • Lena

      12/24/2012 at 12:20 am

      Hi! I use food coloring in my son’s bath all the time. I just drop it into the bath water for some extra fun for him. It has never stained or left behind too much color that I couldn’t get off with a little swipe.

  7. Estella Cordes

    12/1/2012 at 2:13 pm

    Great ideas

  8. Sheila

    12/6/2012 at 12:56 am

    I made the Kool-Aid Dough with a 3-year old that I babysit. Excellent recipe! I want to make some “kits” for gifts for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Inspire Me

    12/31/2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes. I’m 40 and my daughter is 13 and we are still enjoying crafts like these. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Ingrid Jewell

    1/6/2013 at 5:47 pm

    WOW šŸ˜€

  11. Emma Dorsey

    1/13/2013 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for sharing love thess kind of projects for m g kids.

  12. Jennifer

    1/24/2013 at 11:24 am

    this is so great! I have a 2 year old at home and he loves getting messy but Im always afraid to by the stuff at the store I dont know what is in it and as you can imagine im always afraid he is going to eat some! Thanks so much for the recipes!

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  14. barb Lilley

    2/3/2013 at 1:11 am

    Great idea for something to do with my grandchildren.

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  16. tammee

    2/13/2013 at 5:12 pm

    Where do you borax?

    • DEB

      4/28/2013 at 7:59 pm

      Borax can be found in the laundry soap isle at the grocery store. We have the brand “Mule Team” in our area.

  17. Yasmeen

    2/15/2013 at 7:37 am

    excellent ideas

  18. Audrey

    2/20/2013 at 8:43 pm

    Excellent list! You can buy Borax at most super markets that aren’t WHole Foods or Trader Joes. It’s REALLY important to note with the flubber (slime) DO NOT put glue and borax into any drain separatly or together it will break your plumbing. It also ruins clothes so make sure to cover up or play naked.

  19. Jesi

    3/8/2013 at 2:59 pm

    So far I’ve made the play dough and the flubber, i love both. the play smells great and doesn’t stain hands. The only down side with the flubber is that is does stain and smells, but the kids love it!

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  22. Saige

    4/28/2013 at 6:20 pm

    I was wondering if the sidewalk paint stains or not?

    • Sheeda

      9/22/2013 at 6:13 pm

      Yes but it is very easy to get off. I have used it several times now and with a rinse it come right off. šŸ™‚

  23. Shala

    6/24/2013 at 8:13 am

    You can also make flubber with glue and liquid starch instead of borax.

  24. Lori Harrison

    9/13/2013 at 2:06 am

    Love these recipes!!! I’m a preschool teacher and can use these for crafts. Thanks for your creative ideas!!

  25. Jessica

    4/21/2015 at 10:40 am

    Instead of using colored sand for the moon sand can I use food coloring?

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