Playing in the Kitchen
Now that your kids are out of
school are you scrambling to keep them busy? Get them off the
couch and into the kitchen and have them whip up some of these
not so yummy recipes.
Cooked Play Dough
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Food coloring
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon oil
Mix together over warm heat until thick. Knead with hands
until smooth. If the cream of tartar is added while kneading,
play dough will have a marbled look.
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cold water
Mix to smooth consistency. Cook until clean and pudding
thickness. Add poster paint or other coloring while warm.
- 1 box cornstarch
- Food coloring
Mix cornstarch with enough water to make a pliable wet
substance. The mixture holds its shape when worked with hands,
but "melts" when hands are still. Food coloring can be added
- 1 cup liquid starch
- 1 cup white all-purpose glue
This is similar to a homemade putty-style mixture that is
"gooey and stringy with a different texture." Add glue to the
starch. When glue starts to solidify, pour off the starch.
Work with hands until the glue is more solid. Rinse with cold
water to rinse off excess starch. If the mixture is too
sticky, add more starch. An apron or old T-shirt should
be worn while mixing the glurch because the combination can be
hard to remove from clothing.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups baking soda (a 1-pound
- 1 -1/4 cups cold water
Stir starch and soda. Mix in cold water and stir over heat
until mixture has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Turn
onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool enough to
handle. Then knead. Use immediately or store in an airtight
container. Clay can be modeled or rolled thin and cut with
cookie cutters. Clay creations will dry at room temperature in
three days or can be dried in a 200 degree oven.
These are also
great for serving when your kids have friends over! You can
top it off with a visit to the local playground for playtime