Wednesday, September 23, 2009

play dough

I have always loved art/craft projects and have been so excited to do them with my own kids. Indie is almost to the point where she can start to enjoy some projects. One such project is playing with clay or play dough. This book is full of fun and unique recipes to create your own play doughs.
Here are some of my favorites:

FRUITY PLAY DOUGH

what you will need:
2 1/4 cups flour
I cup salt
2 Tbs. unsweetened powdered drink (like kool aid)
4 Tbs. cooking oil
1 cup water

how to concoct it:
1. combine flour, salt, and powdered drink mix in a large bowl
2. stir in cooking oil and water
3. continue stirring until mixture is the consistency of bread dough
4. remove dough from bowl and knead on a floured surface 2-3 minutes until firm

concoction tips & ideas:
*mold different fruity play dough colors/scents into pieces of make believe fruit.
*store leftover fruity play dough in an airtight container or plastic zip bag.

PLASTIC DOUGH

what you will need:
4-6 drops food coloring
1/4 cup whit glue
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water

how to concoct it:
1. mix white glue, water, and food coloring together in a small bowl until well blended
2. combine flour and cornstarch in a separate bowl
3. add the flour/cornstarch mixture to the water/glue mixture. Mix until a stiff dough is formed
4. remove dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surface for 2-3 minutes
5. mold plastic dough on a surface covered with wax paper. Drying time will vary according to the size and thickness of your creation

concoction tips & ideas:
*plastic dough can be used to create a wide variety of different items, including beads, jewelry, paperweights, bookmarks, or anything else your imagination will allow

WOODY WOOD DOUGH

what you will need:
1 cup clean well sifted saw dust
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbs liquid starch
1 cup water

how to concoct it:
1. mix ingredients together in a bowl until a stiff dough is formed. Add extra water if the dough is too dry.
2. allow woody wood dough to dry 2-3 days. Sandpaper can be used to smooth woody wood dough after it is completely dry.

concoction tips & ideas:
*press woody wood dough into cookie cutters and candy molds to create paperweights, beads, and tree ornaments.
*finished pieces can be painted or stained with a mixture of food coloring and water (6 drops of food coloring to 1 tbs. of water)

3 comments:

liko said...

looks like some fun concoctions in that book!
thanks for sharing! i will definitely try these out with my kiddos!

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

i tried a koolaid one recently, but nothing this cool! i will have to try it out too!

stef j. said...

i'm so excited to try this!!