Kids Corner Fun Recipes

 Note! You are advised to double-check the formulation of all recipes before making any of them. Recipes using sodium or potassium hydroxide should be run through a lye calculator before use.

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                                    If you have a recipe you'd like to include, please send it in!

                          Happy Putty
                                               1 cup cornstarch
                                               1 cup salt
                                               1 1/2 cups flour
                                               1/2 cup water (add more if needed)
                                  Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Slowly add water and mix with
                                  your hands until you get putty. Store in a zip-lock bag in the fridge.


                           This is so fun to make! Just like the Nickelodeon "Gak"....try to use
                                   glass bowls so the kids can see the chemical reaction. Great science
                                   project for a classroom.
                                   Solution 1: 1 1/2 cups warm water
                                                      2 cups Elmers white glue
                                                      desired  food coloring
                                   Solution 2: 4 tsp. borax (you'll find this under the name 20 Mule Team
                                   in the laundry aisle at the grocery store)
                                                      1 1/3 cups warm water
                                   Directions: Mix solution 1 in bowl until well mixed.
                                                       Mix solution 2 in a glass bowl until dissolved. Pour
                                                       solution 1 into solution 2; DON'T STIR, just pour in.
                                                       Lift out the glack and store in zip-lock bag.


                                              1 cup water
                                              2 Tbs. glycerin or light Karo syrup
                                              4 Tbs. dishwashing liquid
                                              Mix in a container and stir gently.......let settle for a few
                                              hours......the longer homemade bubble solution sits, the better
                                              the bubbles.


                      Sand Castles
                                    Mix a batch of this fun dough up on a yucky day and let the
                                               kids pretend they're at the beach. Let dry and you have a
                                               permanent sand castle.
                                                 1 Cup sand
                                                 1/2 cup cornstarch
                                                 1 tsp. cream of tartar
                                                 3/4 cup hot water
                                                Mix first 3 ingredients together in an old kettle. Add hot
                                                water and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until
                                                mixture is very thick and hard to stir. Remove from heat and
                                                let cool slightly and then form into shapes. When dry, you can
                                                decorate with paint. Store any leftover dough in an airtight


                             Puff Dough
                                               Kids can use this to form letters, numbers, etc. and paint when
                              they cool.
                                               1 cup flour
                                               1 cup water
                                               1 bag of cotton balls
                                          Mix flour and water together and make a paste. Gently roll the
                                          cotton balls into the mixture and let excess drip off over bowl.
                                          Arrange the balls on a baking sheet into desired shapes and bake
                                          at 325 degrees for 1 hour.


The following recipes were submitted by Denise, : )
Play Dough
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
1/2 cup flour
2 cups water
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together and cook until it gathers into a clump and forms a dough, about 6 minutes.  Cool and kneed in coloring.  Store in zip lock bags.

Rainbow Finger Paints
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
6-7 drops of food coloring
Cook over medium-high heat until thick.  Cool 10 minutes and stir before painting.  You can also use vanilla pudding that you color.  :)
Coal Crystals
6 tablespoons salt
6 tablespoons laundry bluing
6 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon ammonia
food coloring
coal lumps
Place the coal in the bottom of a shallow bowl or pie plate.  Combine all ingredients except for the food coloring.  Pour over the coal.  Add a few drops of different food coloring over the mixture.  Leave stand a few hours and you will see the crystals begin to form.  They will continue to 'grow' over the next few days.
Applesauce/Cinnamon Clay
1 cup ground cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce
Mix together until a stiff dough is formed.  Roll out into 1/4 inch thickness.  cut out shapes with a cookie cutters.  Make a hole in the top with a straw.  Air dry several days on a wire rack, turn ornament occasionally.  These smell lovely and are very pretty!  I put them on a rag garland with red beads in between.  These make great car air fresheners!
Fruit Clay
package of sugar free Jell-O
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons cream of tarter
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix the dry ingredients in a saucepan.  Add the boiling water and the vegetable oil.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a ball.  Place the ball on wax paper to cool.  Store in Ziploc baggies.  You can use different flavors to make all kinds of 'fruit' for their artwork.
Nature Walk Wreaths
"Your post reminded me of something else I've done with
the kids...go for that 'nature' walk but pick things
up to make wreaths; pine cones, dried berries, seed
pods, different kinds of pine boughs, etc.  These can
be wired onto a wire wreath frame or hot-glued onto a
straw or stryrofoam wreath.  Other cool things for
wreaths are nuts (bundle them up in a bunch of
tulle/netting and tie them on in bunchs).  Make
pinecone roses out of the big long cones (twist them
in half).  Oh, almost forgot...don't forget to bake
any of your pine cones that you find.  Putting them
into a 200 oven for a few hours will open them up and
keep them from reclosing. "