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Art Recipes

(Adult supervision is needed for these recipes. Use recipes that are safe and age appropriate for your children.)


FUN DOUGH  (teacher approved as the best recipe!)

Mix together in a large bowl:
2 ¼ Cups of all-purpose wheat flour
1 Cup salt
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
¼ Cup vegetable oil

Stir in and quickly beat 1 ½ Cups Boiling water
Divide into several sections and knead into the dough a few drops of  food coloring or natural dye.
Your child can help you knead the colors into the dough.
If you want just one color, add the color to the boiling water.
Add water if the dough is too dry.   Add flour if the dough is too wet.

Makes about 3 Cups
Store in covered airtight container.


Easy Flour Paste

½ Cup cold water (Add more water if the paste is too thick)
1 Cup flour

Mix the flour and water with a fork until smooth. This is a great activity to do with your child. Store in a covered jar & refrigerate


Wheat Paste

1 ½ Cups of boiling water
2 teaspoons of wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt

Mix the wheat and salt slowly into the boiling water. Store in a covered jar & refrigerate.

You can use this thin paste for decorating a cardboard box with fancy paper.


School Paste

1 Cup of sugar
1 Cup flour
1 teaspoon alum (instead of adding this preservative I refrigerate my paste)
4 Cups boiling water
A few drops of peppermint or vanilla extract to make a yummy smell.
Place in a covered jar.


Shape Crayons

Here is a great way to make your own big crayons

Line your favorite forms with plastic wrap and spray with cooking oil.

Collect all your old and broken crayons.
Take off all the paper
Put pieces of the same or similar colored crayons in clean soup can. Set it in a pan of hot water on the stove. Heat until the crayons melt. Pour one melted crayon color into one of the forms. Continue until each form is filled with a different color.  Use a clean can for each color you melt. When the wax is cool, pull out it of the tin and unwrap it. Get big pieces of paper and have fun coloring.


Nature’s Egg Dye

Color your hard boiled eggs by soaking them in these dyes:

Melted frozen dark purple grape juice- makes lavender
Melted frozen cranberry juice- makes red
Pickled beet juice- makes light pink
Dark tea-makes light brown to rose
Strain the cooked items from the juice before soaking
Cooked yellow onion skins make -yellow to orange tan.
Cooked blueberries-make blue
Cooked carrot tops-make yellow
Cooked purple cabbage leaves-make purple
Cooked parsley leaves- makes green
Cooked spinach leaves- makes green


Soap Sculpting Clay

1 ½ Cups Soap Flakes (Ivory Laundry Flakes)
4 Tablespoons hot water (add food coloring if you'd like)
Hand mixer
Large bowl

Mix together the hot water and food coloring. Using mixer to beat together the soap flakes and water until thick.
Let your child shape the soap clay into a fun creation.

You can use this as a soap making project.

Also, your child can sculpt the hardened soap with a plastic knife to make features.


Food Finger-Painting

This is great for kids who still like to taste their work.

Pudding-you can make different colors by adding food coloring to vanilla pudding
Yogurt-plain yogurt can be made into different colors by adding food coloring
Whipped cream

Use a plastic garbage bag or plastic tablecloth to spread the medium of choice. I used to put it on my baby’s high chair table. You can do this out side as well. In order to save the work, take a piece of construction paper, spread it over the work, press down, and lift. It’s a great way to make a print of the masterpiece.


Play Sand Clay



6 cups of fine sand

1 cup white school glue

water, enough to make clay form

outdoor working surface

old mixing container and a stirring stick

Mix Glue and sand together, add enough water to make the sand stick into shapes

Now to make a permanent sand castle!

Pack into different shape containers Turn upside down, and air dry. You can use small recycled scoops, tubs, cardboard tubes, small boxes, orange juice cans, and cups.

Silly Stuff

GACK Recipe:

Materials needed:
1 cup of white glue
Food coloring
1 cup of liquid starch
Pour the glue and food coloring into a plastic container
Stir well until color is thoroughly mixed
Add starch, a little at a time, stirring with a spoon, and eventually knead with your fingers
when the mixture thickens
Keep mixing until the ingredients hold together like putty

Test with your fingers; if too sticky, add more starch in small amounts until the mixture is smooth and rubbery

You may need to add more glue, if the texture doesn't act like silly putty in its elasticity. Store in an airtight container

Note-This may stick to clothing, so make sure your child is wearing old clothing or an apron.


Silly Putty Recipe

This stuff will bounce and pick up pictures from newspaper, just like the real thing!

Materials needed:
White glue (not school glue)
Food coloring

In a plastic bowl add:
1/2 cup of water to 1/2 White Glue
Mix and add 3 drops of food coloring

Make a Borax solution:
take 2 Tablespoons of borax (you can buy this in the laundry section of the grocery store) and add to 1 cup of water and stir.
Add ½ cup of borax solution to water and glue mixture Stir and mix it well.

Let it dry for about an hour. It should turn into a nice firm blob. When ready, it will be smooth and rubber-like. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag.


Face Paint for kids

1 teaspoon corn starch
½ teaspoon water
½ to 1 teaspoon white cold cream
2 to 3 drops of non toxic paint

Stir together starch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir, then add nontoxic food coloring. Use a small paintbrush or disposable cotton swabs to paint designs on face. Remove with soap and water. Store in airtight container.


Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

This makes one big piece of chalk- just increase the recipe to make more. Also, you can make several batches of different colors. (Use ½ cup of plaster of Paris to ¼ cup of water ratio)

You may want to use a pollen mask or a hankie over your nose and mouth to prevent from breathing the fine dust from the plaster.

Plaster of Paris, water, liquid tempera paint-your favorite color, one throw away mixing bowl, a stick or old spoon, mold from small paper waxed cup or empty paper or toilet paper roll lined with waxed paper and the bottom taped shut.

Pour ¾ of the water into the bowl, gradually stir in plaster of Paris. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of liquid tempera, mixing well, scraping the bottom.
Add the rest of the water and stir well until the mixture thickens.
Pour into upright mold. Gently tap the sides to get out the air bubbles.
After the chalk is completely dry (2 or 3 days) remove the molds.

These make great gifts or party favors. I would recommend parents do most of this project.
Happy sidewalk art!


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