Friday, 20 May 2011

Crafty Recipes for Loads of Fun

Cornflour Goop

Slowly add 1 cup of cold water to 2 cups of cornflour in a bowl.

Stir until the water is absorbed by the cornflour.

Add food colouring if desired.

Play with goop in large containers with spoons, cups, hands, sticks, etc.

Handy Hint: To remove goop from carpets, allow it to dry, then brush or vacuum. Goop may be re-used after it has dried out. Crumble it to a powder then restore it to the original consistency by adding water, a spoonful at a time.


Dissolve 1 cup of soap flakes in 2 litres of warm water.

Add food colouring if desired.

Allow the mixture to stand until it becomes thick and slimy. Beat with eggbeater or fork to make it froth. Put slime in a wide, open container or trough. Provide children with eggbeaters, spoons, funnels, cups, sponges, sieves, whisks, etc., for them to experiment with.

Uncooked Finger Paint

2 cups corn flour

1 cup cold water

4 cups boiling water (a little more if necessary)

¼ cup soap flakes (optional)

Whisk the corn flour and cold water together in a large bowl until all the corn flour is suspended. Pour in four or a little more cups of boiling water while stirring and beat until the mixture sticks together. Continue until the mixture is smooth, thick and translucent.

Add the soap flakes if desired and keep stirring. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add a little more water.

The finger-paint should pour slowly and keep its shape for a short time when moulded or patterned with fingers.  You can now mix colour into the finger paint.

Uncooked Playdough

3 cups Plain flour

1½ tsp Cream of Tarter

3 Tbsp Cooking Oil

3 cups Boiling Water


Mix the dry ingredients and cooking oil together in a large bowl, then add the boiling water. Stir well until the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl. Add more flour if the mixture seems too sticky, then turn out and knead.

Play Dough - Cooked Version

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1-2 tablespoons oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup water

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a saucepan and then add oil and water.

Cook slowly over a low heat until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move with a spoon.

Remove from heat and cool until it can be handled. Knead. Add food colouring if desired. Store in an airtight container or zip lock bag.

Salt Dough

This makes enough for three to four children, or one really creative and busy child.

1½ cups Salt

¾ cup Cornflour

1 cup Water

If you want you can colour with food colouring when you add water, less colouring for a pastel colour is usually more desirable. If you want to make models to paint later leave the colouring out.

Mix ingredients together in a pot, then cook over a low heat, stirring frequently until th mixture becomes solid. Turn out and knead immediately.

This dough can be moulded into shapes, made into beads and used for making hanging decorations. Make any holes that might be required in the finished product before the dough is left to harden. It can also be painted after it has hardened.

Once you've made your models or beads, leave the dough to harden for for 36 - 48 hours.

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