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Kid Craft Recipes

Bread Dough


4 pieces of bread (remove crusts & make bread crumbs for cooking or feed the birds on your next nature walk)
4 Tablespoons of white craft glue
a small amount of acrylic paint to color
zipper type plastic bag.


Tear bread in small pieces and place in zip bag, add glue. Mix well until it starts to form a ball.

Add paint to color and mix well. It will form a smooth ball collecting all scraps when ready to use.

This takes a while so an adult may want to start before time for project

Keep stored in zip bag in refrigerator until ready to use.

Shape as desired and allow to air dry (depending on thickness of shape and humidity can take several days to cure.

The project can be made without color and finished shape painted if you prefer.

Salt Dough


2 cups of salt,
2/3 cup water,
1 cup cornstarch,
additional 1/3 cup COLD water
acrylic paint or food coloring.


Place salt and 2/3 cup water in small saucepan and heat until quite warm. Remove from heat.

Mix cornstarch and COLD water together, add to salt mixture stirring constantly.

Return pan to heat and keep stirring until mixture forms a smooth mass.

Turn out on a plate and cover with damp cloth until cool.

Work in color as desired or leave natural. Place in zip bag & refrigerate.

Salt Dough will keep indefinitely.

Shape on foil covered cookie sheet and let dry (Several hours in a warm oven or several days at room temperature).

You can sand rough edges with an emery board when dry.

Industrial Salt Dough


1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon oil
Food coloring

This is a long lasting dough that requires cooking. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly and knead. The dough will be very pliable and easy to sculpt.

Place in plastic bag or airtight container to store. Bake in a low oven and paint.

Cornstarch Clay


1 cup cornstarch
2 cups salt or baking soda
1 1/3 cups cold water
Food Coloring

This is a gooey clay that is great for sculpting. Bring the salt and 2/3 cup water to a boil. In a separate bowl mix the cornstarch with 2/3 cup water.

Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt water and knead into a clay. This clay should be air dried and then painted. To prevent cracks when drying cover with a damp dish towel . Keep unused clay in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

This is an air dry clay.

Baker's Clay


4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon powdered alum
1 1/2 cups water
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients in bowl. If too dry work in extra water with hands.

Bake on un-greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes in 250 degree oven.

Turn over and bake another 1 1/2 hours. Remove and cool.

When done, sand lightly if desired and paint

Edible Doughs

Yummy Honey Peanut Butter Dough

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
2 cups powdered milk

This dough is naturally yummy!
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead until smooth with your clean hands.
Form the dough into shapes and then eat them for a snack.

Peanut Butter Dough

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup karo syrup
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups powdered milk

Although a little on the sweet side, this dough is also very yummy. Mix together with your clean hands.

Summer Kool-Aid Dough

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water

Choose your flavor! This dough smells and looks pretty but tastes yucky!
First combine and mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot. Next add water and oil. Stir over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat when the mixture begins to form a ball. Knead until smooth.
Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Fall Applesauce Sculpty Stuff

3 3/4 ounces of ground cinnamon
23 ounce jar applesauce

If you like apples and cinnamon this doughÕs for you.
Mix ingredients until the dough is stiff.

Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Clay

instant mashed potatoes water

Potato spuds makes a nifty dough. Make just like you were cooking for Thanksgiving dinner. Cover the table with wax paper and play.

Finger Paints

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup detergent or soap flakes
food coloring to desired color intensity

Divide cold water, dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup and dissolve cornstarch in 3/4 cup cold water.

Add hot water to cornstarch mixture and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it comes to a boil and is clear.

Remove from heat blend in softened gelatin.

Add detergent or soap flakes and stir until dissolved. Store in closed jars.

Add food color as desired. Use on coated paper such as shelf paper or butcher paper.

Poster Paint

2 parts powdered pigment
1 part liquid starch

Powdered pigment is great to have around. While powdered pigment can be mixed with plain old water, liquid starch is better.
This is a thin quality paint that works great for printmaking, silk screening, etc.

Deluxe Poster Paint

1/4 cup flour
1 cup water
3 tablespoons powdered tempera paint
2 tablespoons. water
1/2 tsp. liquid starch or liquid detergent

Measure flour into saucepan. Slowly add 1 cup water until mixture is smooth.
Heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cool. Add 1/4 cup flour paste into small jar or plastic container. Add tempera paint and water for each color. For opaque finish add liquid starch. For glossy finish had liquid detergent.

Monets Water Color Paints

1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon glycerine
food coloring

Do like the famous impressionist painters did and bring your watercolors outside to paint.
To make your own watercolors, first mix vinegar and baking soda.
Next slowly add cornstarch and glycerine to the mixture. Poor into small paper cups to let dry.
Add food coloring. The color is not as intense when it is dry so remember to add a lot of food coloring.
When dry peel away the paper cups.

Shinny, Glossy and Shimmery Paints

Moooo Paint

1 cup condensed milk
Food coloring

Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring. This makes a very bright, glossy colored paint.

Egg Yolk Paint

1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. water
Food coloring

Mix egg yolk with water and lots of food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint on baked cookies. Return cookies to oven until egg has solidified.

Translucent paint

4 ounces school glue
1/4 cup liquid starch
Food coloring

This is a short-lasting paint that works well for easel painting. Mix together all ingredients and store in small glass jars. Make only as much as you will need. The paint will last for almost a week.

Artist Quality "Oil" Paint

Tempera paint
Liquid dish washing soap

This paint has a smooth, glossy effect and holds color well. Mix together tempera paint and soap. Store in glass jars.

Crystal Paint

1/4 cup hot tap water
3 teaspoon epsom salts

Sparkle and Shine! Mix hot tap water and epsom salts. Brush the mixture onto a dark colored paper. When dry the salt will form crystals that shine in the light.

Dazzling Paint

White school glue
Food coloring
Small zip type freezer bags.

Pour glue and glitter into small freezer bags. Add food coloring if desired. Mix by squishing around in your hands. Snip off a small corner of the bag and squeeze to paint.

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