~ Fun & Easy Crafts for
Dough (Not Edible)
1. Stir baking mix, salt and
cream of tartar in 4-cup microwavable measuring cup until mixed. Mix water
and food color in liquid measuring cup.
2. Stir liquid into dry
mixture, a small amount at a time, until all liquid is added. Microwave
uncovered on High 1 minute. Scrape mixture from side of cup and stir.
3. Microwave, uncovered, 2 to
3 minutes longer, stirring every minute until mixture almost forms a ball.
Let dough stand uncovered about 3 minutes.
4. Remove dough from measuring
cup, using spoon. Knead dough in your hands or on the counter about 1
minute or until smooth. (If dough is sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons baking
mix) Cool about 15 minutes. Use dough to make shapes and designs.
Make various colors for more fun! Store in tightly covered container in
Note: This dough is to play
with, not to eat.
Get a bunch of fabric paint and however many new white t-shirts you
need to have one for each child. Let them dip their hands into the fabric
paint and and use their hands to make butterflies and birds on their
t-shirts. Dip fingertips to make dots all around the shirt.
Get at least 4 or 5 different colors of construction paper. Use one
color for the mat itself. Make cutout forks, knives, spoons and a plate. Dot
each cutout with glue so it will stay on the place mat for the following
step. Cover front and back with clear adhesive vinyl and trim edges for a
Make your own sand jars from salt and small jars. Tint salt by
mixing in colored chalk (rub with sandpaper to make a chalk powder). Then
layer into jars. Bend paper to use as a pourer, tamping down to make salt settle
as you go. Use at least 4 different colors for the best effects. If the jar
has a lid with writing on it, paint the lid with one of the colors of the
On construction paper, using string and glue, draw a picture. When
satisfied with the picture, cover with crumpled aluminum foil and press
until the string picture is showing up well through the foil. Paint the foil
and let dry. These make cute pictures to frame.
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Cut a cardboard egg carton in half, and trim away everything but the
egg cups themselves. Be sure to keep the egg cups connected to each other.
Then brush on acrylic paint, a different color for each egg cup. Glue on
fuzzy pipe cleaners for the legs and the antennae. Glue fuzzy dots on top of
each egg cup, a color different from color of the egg cup. Draw a face with
pen or cut out using construction paper.
Edible Play Dough
Kids will have a blast with this, they can create a yummy sculpture
and then dig in and gobble it up! A fun pick-me-up for the rainy day blues.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup powdered milk
Mix all ingredients to get a good consistency. And away we go!!!
Make Your Own Play-Dough
To make a non-toxic dough for children to play with. Mix 1 coup flour,
1/2 cup salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon
cooking oil. Mix and cook over medium heat until it becomes the consistency
of dough. Let it cool and add a few drops of food coloring.
Easter Chick Nursery
What you'll need:
twelve 1" yellow pompoms
twelve 1½" yellow pompoms
orange felt for beaks
24 tiny black beads for eyes
twelve 3/4"-diameter plastic Easter eggs that open
Empty 12-egg carton
Glue a small pompom to large pompom to form chick's head and body
(separate some fibers to attach them more easily). Cut diamond shape from
felt small enough for the little chicks' beaks. Fold in half. Using a
toothpick, run glue along the inside of the fold and press together to
hold beak shape. Put glue on outside of beak fold and insert between
fibers on heat. Glue beads on, above the beak for eyes. Place small
amount of glue in bottom of Easter egg half, place chick on glue with head
up (as if cheeping). Note: Some kids like to take the chicks out of the
eggs, so the glue is optional here. Arrange chick-filled Easter eggs on
plastic grass in an egg carton.
Tip: For more fun, paint and decorate the egg carton in pastel
Handprint Coasters for Kids
What you'll need:
Pour enough red paint onto a paper plate to over a hand and a foot
of a small child. Repeat this step for the green paint. Taking your foam
brush, lightly paint one child's hands with paint. After covered, place
hand onto heavy craft paper for a hand print. Alternating colors, repeat
this step for remaining hand and both feet. When paint is dry, write
child's name and date on them. Cover with clear contact paper and trim
them in a circular shape around prints. On a small gift tag, attach the
"I know my
hands are little and sometimes make a mess,
So I've made
for your some coasters to give your drinks a rest.
Christmas, Mom and Dad (or whomever),
It's kind of
funny, can't you see?
Now I'll be
helping you, by putting the mess on me!"
Quickie Kid's Craft - Autumn Wreath
Add color to your front door with this fall wreath. To
make, cut out the center of a paper plate and glue on an assortment of
bright fall leaves, covering the entire rim. You can use real leaves
or colored paper cutouts. Finish with a large raffia bow, some twigs and a bright
green chenille stem caterpillar. Kids have a blast making this wreath!