Bubbles to Puffy Paint



1 C water

2 T Karo syrup

4 T Dishwashing liquid

Notes and Comments:

  • If bubbles pop easily or solution does not work well, add more water.
  • Dawn and Joy seem to be the best choices for bubbles. It is the antigrease agent.
  • Bubbles work best on an overcast day.
  • Bubbles love moisture so right after a rain also works well.
  • To catch a bubble just get your hand wet.

Silly Putty – a.k.a. GAK & now…Flubber!

Mix 2 parts Elmers Glue with 1 part liquid starch. Add food coloring if desired. Mix well in a cup using a craft stick first. It will be stringy! Then place the mixture in your hands and play with it. Add a little liquid starch if it continues to stick to your hands. The mixture will eventually be able to be handled without sticking to your hands. It will be solid and bounce! Children may color with markers if you did not add food coloring.

Playdoh – COOKED

Mix food coloring with 2 cups of water. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix 2 c. flour, 1 c. salt, 2 T. oil, and 1 T. cream of tartar. Add colored water to dry ingredients and mix. Cook mixture over medium heat until spongy. Let cool. Store in an air-tight container.

Playdoh – UNCOOKED

Mix food coloring with 1 c. water, set aside. Mix 2 c. flour, 1 c. salt, 2 T. alum, 2 T. oil in a large bowl. Add colored water, and mix well. Knead until firm. Store in an air-tight container.

Playdoh – SMELLY

Mix 2 pkg. of unsweetened Kool-aid with 2 c. hot water until dissolved. Add 1 T. vegetable oil to kool-aid water. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine 2 1/2 c. flour, 1 c. salt, 1 t. cream of tartar. Add kool-aid water to dry ingredients and mix well. Add 2 – 3 additional cups of flour as needed. Store in air-tight container.

Puffy Paint Mix equal parts of salt, flour, and water in a large bowl. Place mixture into squeeze bottles. Add paint into bottles and shake well. Best used on poster board.

Finger Paint In a sauce pan, mix 1/2 c. cornstarch and 3/4 c. water until it becomes a smooth paste. Soak 1 kg. unflavored veggie-gelatin with 1/4 c. water. Set aside. Pour 2 c. boiling water slowly over cornstarch mixture and stir. Cook mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture boils and becomes clear. Remove from heat. Stir in gelatin mixture. Let cool and store in small screw top jars. Add color as desired. Store in refrigerator. (Thanks to Julie in CA for this recipe)

No-Bake Clay Beads (from Schultzlm@aol.com)

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup corn flour

1/2 cup salt

Powder Paint

3/8 cup warm water

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add water gradually until mix. can be kneaded into a stiff dough. To reduce stickiness dust with dry flour. Pierce each bead with a tooth pick or large blunt needle and allow to dry for a few days. Holes may need to be repunched before stringing. Paint if desired. Coating beads with clear gloss enamel brings out the color.

Lint Modeling Clay (from Maryann@brightring.com)

3 cups drier lint

1 cups cold or warm water

2/3 cups flour

3 drops oil of cloves, optional

old newspapers


boxes, bottles, balloons or other objects to mold

Stir lint and water in saucepan, add flour and stir to prevent lumps. Add oil of cloves to keep recipe “fresh”. Cook over low heat and stir until mixture forms peaks pour out and cool on newspapers. Shape over boxes, bottles, balloons or press into a mold or use like paper mache

Hints: makes 4 cups; dries in 3 to 5 days; is very hard and durable; dries smooth if pressed into a mold; dries rougher is shaped over an object.

Papier-Mache (from MaryAnn@brightring.com)



White flour (one part flour to one part water)

Strips of Newspaper, about 1″ wide

Acrylic, tempera, or poster paint


  • Mix flour and water in a large bowl (2 cups of each is a good amount with which to start) until it makes a smooth paste.
  • Dip in the newspaper strips, one at a time, remove the excess paste from your fingers and lay the coated newspaper on the form to be papier mached.
  • Smooth out the wrinkles and continue to place coated newspaper over the surface until completely covered.
  • When the surface has totally dried, paint your own design using acrylic or poster paint, and decorate with craft supplies

Oil Paint

Mix 1 T. powdered paint with 3 T. vegetable oil. To use, place water in a pie tin or other container. Using a spoon, children drop oil paint onto water, which will float. Place a piece of paper (any kind will do, I prefer finger paint paper) on top of water and paint, then lift! That’s it! Continue to place new paint on top of old, change water as needed.

Soap Crayons

Mix 2 parts Ivory Snow powder with 1 part water until thick and creamy. Add food coloring or tempera for color. Pour into ice cube trays, molds, or cookie cutters. Allow to harden, then use as crayons. Thanks to Nancy for this recipe.

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