Art and Craft Recipes


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This week is the first week we are introducing at our Preschool to Pre-K blog “the book of the week.” 

The current theme is Martin Luther King and our book of the week is “The Crayon box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig.

In Shane DeRolf’s deceptively simple poem, a child’s box of crayons conveys the sublimely simple message that when we all work together, the results are much more interesting and colorful.

Mommy and Me Toddler Discussion:
We talked about what is our favorite color and why? Mine is purple and son’s is green. We also talked about imagining if everyone was the same color and what we thought about that.

Art/Craft Activity
Make you multicolored crayons!
Ingredients:
Broken pieces of crayon
aluminum pan

Directions:
Peel broken crayons and melt in a small aluminum pan at 350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes. Cool and break into new multi-colored pieces.

Science/Art Actvity
Mixing colors and finding out what they make.
Materials: watercolors, brushes, water and paper
Here’s a Color Mixing Poster to learn what colors you can make! Use the color mixing activity page to mix your colors on.

Early Math
Make your own color book to help learn and remember colors!
Materials: Scissors, glue, magazines, construction paper, paper

Directions: Gather pictures of different colored items and place them in a photo album or glue onto paper. Your child may choose to draw pictures instead of cutting them out.

Color Mixing Snacks
Get blue Jell-O and yellow Jell-O. After jello sets, take a small zip lock bag and put a tablespoons of yellow on one side and a tablespoons of blue on the other. Then give child a bag and ask them what they think will happen when they squish it together.

After they guess, have them squish it and once it’s mixed to green, cut the corner off the bag and let them squeeze it into their mouth.

 

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Slime #1
Ingredients:
1 box Ivory Soapflakes
Gallon Water
Food Coloring

Directions:
Beat together all of the ingredients with a mixer.
Makes about 5 gallons 

Slime #2
Ingredients
1 c. glue
Liquid starch
Food coloring (if desired)

Directions:
Add starch slowly until mixture becomes the right texture… slimey.

Flubber
Ingredients:
2 c. Elmers Glue
Food Coloring
4 tsp. Borax
Warm water

Directions:
In one bowl mix in 1 1/2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of Elmers Glue, and food colouring. In another bowl mix in 4 tsp. of Borax and 1 1/3 cup of warm water. Pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture. Do not mix or stir, just wait. Then just lift out the flubber. Store in baggies.
 
Gunk
Ingredients:
1 Part Cornstarch
1 Part Water

Directions:
Mix and color with food color or Tempera paint.
 
Goop #1
Ingredients:
1 part Liquid starch
2 parts white glue
food colouring (opt.)

Directions:
Add starch to glue until mixture becomes a workable ball. Store in refrigerator in a covered container.
 
Goop #2

Ingredients:
2 c salt
1 c. water
1 c. cornstarch

Directions:
Cook salt and 1/2 of water for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cornstarch and remaining 1/2 of water, then return to heat. Stir until mixture thickens. You can also add food coloring to this.

Fruity Putty
Ingredients:
0.3 ounce package of sugar free fruit flavored gelatin
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Directions:
Mix the dry ingredients in a pan. Add the boiling water and cooking oil. Stir over medium-high heat until the mixture forms a ball. Place the ball on waxed paper and cool. Store in an airtight container. Use different flavors to make all different colors and smells.
 

Sticky Putty
Ingredients:
¾ c. and 2 Tbs. water
1 tsp. Mule Team Borax
8 ounces white glue
Food coloring

Directions:
Heat water over medium heat and add borax, stir with wooden spoon until dissolved. Add glue and a few drops of food coloring, stirring constantly until glue and water mix. Pour into a plastic bowl and cool.

Crazy Putty (will even bounce)
Ingredients:
3/4 cup of white glue
Liquid Corn starch
Food coloring

Directions:
Add enough liquid starch until a ball of dough is formed, then add food coloring and knead dough until it’s completely worked in.

Multi-colored crayons
Ingredients:
Broken pieces of crayon
aluminum pan

Directions:
Peel broken crayons and melt in a small aluminum pan at 350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes.
Cool and break into new multi-colored pieces.

Soap Crayons #1 
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup Ivory Snow
50 drops food coloring
1/4 cup water

Directions:
Mix water and soap flakes together. Add food coloring and thoroughly mix. Put mixture into an ice cube tray and set aside to harden. Break or cut into pieces.
 
Soap Crayons #2 
Ingredients:
liquid food coloring for each color crayon
2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup soap flakes

Directions:
For each color you would like, put two tablespoons of hot water and one cup of soap flakes into a bowl. Add as many drops of food coloring to the mix as you think necessary. Stir the soap mixture until it thickens. Press spoonfuls of the first color of soap into sections of the ice tray. Mix enough soap in other colors to fill the entire tray, repeating the first two steps. Let the soap crayons dry for one or two days. Gently bang the ice tray to loosen the crayons.
 
Colourful Scrap Crayons 
Ingredients:
a variety of crayons broken up into small pieces
cupcake baking cups

Directions:
Place cupcake cups in a cupcake pan. Place broken up crayons in each cupcake cup. Bake in a 350 degree oven until the crayon pieces have melted. Remove pan from oven and peel paper off circles when the wax has cooled. You can also melt the crayon pieces in chocolate molds to make cute little shaped crayons.
 
Sidewalk Chalk 
Ingredients:
2 cups water
2 cups plaster of Paris
2 tablespoons wet or dry tempera paint
toilet paper tubes
duct tape

Directions:
Use duct tape to cover one end of each toilet paper tube. Mix all ingredients and set aside for 5 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or foil. Place tubes upright on paper with open end facing up. You might want to tabe the tubes upright onto the wax paper or foil to make it more steady. Pour mixture into holders. Leave standing until chalk mixture is almost firm. Rip off the toilet paper tubes and let the sidewalk chalk dry for about 2 more hours.
 
Eggshell Sidewalk Chalk
Ingredients:
4-5 eggshells
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon very hot tap water
food coloring (optional)

Directions:
Wash and dry eggshells, put in a bowl and grind into powder. Throw out any large pieces. Pour flour and hot waterand 1 tablespooin of eggshell powder in another bowl. Mix until mixture looks like paste. Add food colouring now if you’d like. Shape and press the paste into the shape of chalk sticks. Roll up tightly in a strip of paper towel and allow to dry for about three days.
*This chalk is only good for sidewalks.

Homemade Glue 
Ingredients:
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water

Directions:
Mix water, syrup and vinegar in saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Let stand overnight before using.
 
Waterproof Glue 
Ingredients:
2 packets (1/2 ounce) unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
3 tablespoons skimmed milk
few drops of wintergreen oil (optional)

Directions:
In a small bow. sprinkle gelatin over cold water and wait until softened. Pour milk into a pot and bring to a boil. Pour into softened gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add wintergreen oil (acts as a preservative) if you would like to keep it for longer than a day.
This is a good glue when you need to glue for objects other than paper.
 
Homemade Paste 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
cold water

Directions:
Add flour to a sauce pan. Add cold water until a thick cream forms. Simmer on stove for 5 minutes.
Warning:This paste takes a long time to dry.
 
Library Paste 
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. alum
4 cups water
30 drops of oil of cloves

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in saucepan and cook until clear and thick. Remove from heat and add drops of oil of cloves.
 
Clear Library Paste
Ingredients:
3/4 cup rice flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup cold water
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 teaspoon oil of wintergreen

Directions:
Mix rice flour, sugar, and cold water in a pan until smooth. Add boiling water and bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add oil of wintergreen.

Papier Mache Paste #1
Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/4 cup flour
5 cups lightly boiling water

Directions:
Mix flour into the water until mixture is thin and runny, stir into boiling water. Gently boil and stir for 3 minutes. Cool before using.
 
Papier Mache Paste #2
Ingredients:
one part flour
one part water

Directions:
Mix flour and water in a bowl until you get a smooth consistency. Use.
 
Wheat Flour Papier Mache Paste
Ingredients:
1/2 cup nonrising wheat flour
1/4 cup powdered resin glue
1/2 cup warm water
1-1/2 cups hot water
4 drops oil of wintergreen

Directions:
Mix the flour and resin glue in a saucepan. Slowly pour in the warm water. Then add the hot water and stir vigorously. Cook over low heat stirring until paste is smooth,thick and clear. Should be used in 2-3 days.
 
Dryer Lint Papier Mache Paste
Ingredients:
3 cups lint from your dryer
2 cups water
2/3 cup wheat flour
3 drops oil of wintergreen
newspaper

Directions:
Put lint and water in a large saucepan. Get all of the lint wet. Add flour and stir constantly so lumps won’t form. Add oil of wintergreen. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly,until mixture holds together and forms peaks. Pour out onto several thicknesses of newspaper to cool.

Modeling Clay
Ingredients:
1 c. cornstarch
1 ½ c. water
16 ounces baking soda

Directions:
Combine cornstarch and baking soda together in large saucepan. Stir in water and cook over low heat until the mixture becomes thick and forms a ball. Remove from heat and cool. Knead the dough on a countertop dusted with cornstarch until smooth.

Air Dry Clay
Ingredients:
3 c. flour
1 c. salt
½ c. white glue
1 c. water
1 tsp. lemon juice

Directions:
Mix together until well blended. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Let dry overnight before painting.

Baking Clay #1 
Ingredients:
1 part salt
2 parts flour
1 part water

Directions:
Mix and knead all the ingredients for about 2 minutes. Mold the clay into creations. Place them on a foil-covered cookie sheet, prick larger areas with a fork. Bake at 275 degrees Farenheit (140 degrees Celcius) for about 1 hour or until golden and hard. Cool and paint. Preserve by spraying with clear varnish.
 
Baking Clay #2 
Ingredients:
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tbs. cooking oil

Directions:
Mix and knead all the ingredients for about 2 minutes. Mold the clay into creations. Place them on a foil-covered cookie sheet, prick larger areas with a fork. Bake at 300 degrees Farenheit (150 degrees Celcius) for about 1 hour or until golden and hard. Cool and paint. Preserve by spraying with clear varnish.
 
Cornstarch Clay
Ingredients:
1 cup cornstarch
1-1/4 cups cold water
2 cups baking soda
Food coloring

Directions:
Mix all ingredients except paint in saucepan over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring constantly until thick (like mashed potatoes). Add food coloring to mixture. Remove from heat, turn out onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool. Knead like dough. Store in airtight container.
 
Bread Dough Clay
Ingredients:
6 pieces of day-old, white bread
3 Teaspoons white glue
2 Teaspoons Water
parchment Paper

Directions:
Remove crusts from bread, and cut into small pieces. In a large mixing bowl, add water and glue to the bread pieces. Mix with your hands until a dough forms. When it’s ready, the mixture should be the consistency of pie dough. Roll out or pat out until flat on parchment paper. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and set on a drying rack or roll into beads.
 
Sand Clay
Ingredients:
1 cup clean sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp. alum (find in spice section of your grocery store)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Pour the sand into an old cooking pot. Add cornstarch, water and alum. Stir. Place on stove and cook at medium heat. Stir constantly. As it gets warm it begins to liquefy. In 2-3 minutes it will get thicker. As it stiffens and clumps like stiff cookie dough, remove from the heat and keep stirring for a few more seconds as it cools down. Put it onto a cutting board or tough surface, spread it slightly for further cooling. When comfortable to touch begin creating.
 
Apple Cinammon Clay
Ingredients:
1 part cinnamon
1 part store bought applesauce

Directions:
Stir together cinnamon and applesauce with a spoon until the dough becomes stiff, then use your hands to create a ball of dough. Place the ball of dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers. Place a second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters or your own template shapes. Air dry creations on a waxed paper-covered cookie sheet or a cooling rack for at least 24 hours until they are completely hard. Paint.
 
Coffee Clay 
Ingredients:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1/4 cup instant coffee
1-1/2 c warm water

Directions:
Dissolve the coffee in the warm water. In another bowl, mix the flour and the salt. Make a hole in this and add 1 cup of the coffee water into it. Mix with a fork or hands until smooth. Add more coffee water if needed. Form into creations and bake in 300 degree oven for 1 hour or until hard.
 
Sawdust Clay
  (for use by Adult/Teacher)
Ingredients:
1 cup fine sawdust
food coloring
old newspaper
Shellac or Varnish
1 cup thin paste

Directions:
If you would liike the clay to be coloured dye the sawdust with food colouring, drain and spread it on newspaper to dry before using. Mix sawdust and paste to a thick doughlike consistency. Knead until thoroughly mixed. Add more paste if necessary.
Can dry creations in air, or in a 200 degree oven for 1 to 2 hours.
 
Crepe Paper Clay
Ingredients:
1 cup tiny pieces of crepe paper (one colour)
1 cup warm water
1/2 to 2/3 cup non-self rising wheat flour

Directions:
Place tiny pieces of crepe paper into a bowl and pour the warm water over it. Let sit for several hours until soft and pliable. Pour off excess water. Add 1/2 cup of flour and stir until mixed thoroughly. Pour out onto a floured surface and knead. Add enough flour to make a piecurstlike dough.
This clay will adhere to glass and it can also be used to sculpt over wire.
 
Rose Petal Clay
Ingredients:
1/3 cup non-self rising wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons water
3 cups of rose petals

Directions:
Mix flour, salt, and water to make a stiff dough. Cut rose petals into tiny pieces and then crush by rolling them between your palms. Knead enough petals to the dough without making it crumbly.
 
Mock Marble (casting compound)
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons white glue
1/2 cup water
plaster of Paris
tempera paint

Directions:
Mix glue and water. Stir in enough plaster of Paris until the mixture looks like thick frosting. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl. Pour a thick layer of tempera paint on top of the mixture. Fold in the color to make marblle streaks. Don’t blend. Pour the mixture into a mold.

No-cook Playdough
Ingredients:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
food coloring

Directions:
Mix flour, salt, oil. Add food coloring to water. Gradually add water to flour mixture. Knead. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator
 
Playdough (cooked)
Ingredients:
4 cups water
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
4 Tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring

Directions:
Combine ingredients. Cook in electric skillets, stirring constantly, until most of the moisture is absorbed. If you like you can knead in glitter for sparkly playdough when the dough cools. Store in a covered container.
(does not need to be refrigerated)
 
Oatmeal Playdough
Ingredients:
1 part flour
1 part water
2 parts oatmeal

Directions:
Mix all ingredients until smooth. Knead.
(non-edible)
 
Kool-Aid Playdough
Ingredients:
1/2 cup salt
2 cups water
2 tbsps. salad oil
2 cups flour
2 tbsps. alum
Kool-Aid for colour

Directions:
Boil salt in water until salt is dissolved. Add Koolaid for color. Add salad oil, flour and alum. Knead until smooth. Keeps for two months or longer.
 
Salt Playdough 
Ingredients:
1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup flour
Directions:
Mix ingredients and cook over medium heat. Remove from heat when thick and rubbery. As mixturecools, knead in enough flour to make a workable dough.
 
Peanut Butter Playdough
Ingredients:
18 oz. peanut butter
6 tbsps. honey
Non-fat dry milk
Cocoa for flavor

Directions:
Mix all ingredients, adding enough dry milk to give make dough workable.
(edible)

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