Thursday, December 30, 2010

Homemade Fun

We are all looking for fun things to do with our kids during these cold winter days.  I'm going to share some of my mom's secrets.


1 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp cooling oil
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in heavy saucepan.  Add oil, water, and coloring.  Cook 3 min. (med heat) until mixture pulls away from sides of pan.  Knead almost immediately.  Store in Ziploc bag.

Quick and Easy Playdough

1 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 tsp. powdered alum
1 c. water

Add flour til the texture is right.  Add coloring.


Bubbles for Blowing

1 c. water
4 T detergent - liquid
few drops of vegetable oil

Painted faces

Preschool children find Halloween masks difficult to deal with at times. Why not apply face paint?

2 T white shortening
1 t. white flour
5 t cornstarch
food coloring

Blend to form a smooth paste.  Add 3 - 4 drops of glycerin for creamy consistency.  Yield should be enough for a child's face.  Using fingers, stroke in one direction, spreading the mixture over the face.

For brown face paint, use 1 T of white shortening to 2 1/2 t. Cocoa