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5 to 6 drops of food coloring
1/2 cup salt
Stir the ingredients well. Cook the ingredients in the microwave
for one to two minutes. Spread the glitter mixture out on waxed
paper and let it dry. Store the glitter in airtight containers
until kids are ready to use it.
Substitute sugar for salt and use the sugar crystals for
decorating cookies or cakes.
1/4 cup water
fragrance or flavor extract
2 cups Ultra Ivory Snow
Mix the first three ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix in the
soap. The mixture will look crumbly. Shape the mixture into balls
and pack firmly. Gently smooth the balls. Allow the balls to dry.
Wrap each ball in a square of netting and tie it with a ribbon
Fragrance balls make nice gifts.
2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
1 tablespoon food coloring
Mix the rubbing alcohol and food coloring. Stir uncooked macaroni
into the colored solution. Spread the colored macaroni on waxed
paper to dry.
Have children string the macaroni on a shoelace for jewelry. Or
kids can glue the macaroni on paper to make pictures.
Caution: Because of the strong alcohol smell, make the
colored macaroni yourself. Then let kids use the dry macaroni.
2 cups white flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix the flour and salt. Slowly add 1/2 cup water to the flour
mixture while turning the dough in a bowl. Form the dough into a
small ball and work in any remaining flour and salt. Add more
water, if necessary, to make a smooth, dry ball. Knead for five
minutes. Shape the dough into desired shapes or roll it out and use
4 tablespoons white or neon colored glue
2 tablespoons Sta-Flo liquid starch
Combine the ingredients. Allow the putty to dry until workable.
Use putty on a smooth surface.
2 tablespoons plaster of Paris
1 tablespoon washable tempera paint
Mix the ingredients. Place the ingredients on a square of waxed
paper. Roll the ingredients in the waxed paper, squeezing to form a
chalk shape. Or powder candy molds with plaster of Paris and press
the mixture into the molds. Let dry 24 hours before using.
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