I was going through a steno notebook my Grandma Lill kept with recipes, and came across these ideas for kids, clipped from a newspaper.
2 C. cornstarch
2 C. baking soda
1 1/4 C. water
Combine ingredients, cook till it reaches consistency of whipped potatoes. Put mixture on a plate, let cool and knead. Store in airtight container.
Bit O'Honey Playdough
1 jar chunky peanut butter (18 oz)
6 Tbs honey
Non-fat dry milk (to the right consistency)
Knead until pliable. Eat your creations when done!
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 c. cornstarch
2 c. cold water
Mix first two ingredients, then add water. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until well blended. Divide into 4-5 portions, add food coloring to tint.
2 parts glue to 1 part liquid starch
Pour starch into a bowl, add food coloring or tempera paint to tint the putty. Add glue to the starch mixture. Mix well; it will look stringy. Keep kneading until it's no long sticky. If too sticky, add more starch. If too stringy, add more glue. Refrigerate in tight container.
Lint Modeling Clay
4 C. clothes drying lint
3 C. water
1 2/3 C. flour
oil of wintergreen
Mix lint and water in pan; add flour and mix thoroughly. Add oil of wintergreen. Cook over low heat while stirring constantly. When mixture holds together, pour out onto newspaper and cool.
Clown Face Paint
1/8 C. baby lotion
1/4 tsp. powdered tempera paint
1 squirt liquid dish washing soap
Mix and paint! Easily removed with soap and water.
1 C. cornstarch
Add enough water so that the consistency is similar to glue. Tempera paint may be added for color.
4 4-oz pkgs gelatin
2 4-oz pkgs Knox gelatin
2 C. hot water
Dissolve gelatin in water, pour into a jelly roll pan. Refrigerate until firm. Using cookie cutters, cut out your favorite shapes and eat! Guaranteed to shake the sillies out!
Bread Clay Recipe
Remove crusts from 6 pieces of white bread and knead them together with 6 Tbs of white glue and 1/2 tsp. dish detergent.
Knead mixture until it is no longer sticky. Separate into portions and tint with food coloring. Shape when done, and brush with equal parts flue and water for a smooth appearance. Let dry overnight.
Peanut Butter or honey
Crushed cereals or rice krispies
Roll banana thirds into thinned-down peanut butter or honey, then into cereal. Insert popsicle stick, put on a tray and freeze prior to eating.
Fish in the Sea
Cream cheese (tinted blue)
Fish-shaped snack crackers
Spread the tinted cream cheese on a saltine cracker. Add 2 or 3 fish crackers to the top - fish in the sea!