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These recipes have been tried and tested by others but not necessarily by me personally.
Unfortunatly I cannot recommend where to buy all these supplies or tell you what to substitute. I added these recipes for those that are adventurous
with their daycare children but strongly recommend you try them first to make sure they turn out as it should before you email me during your cooking experience to ask questions.

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Mix 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup glue. In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup water with 2 T Borax (You'll find this hidden away in a tiny recess of your detergent aisle) Now, while stirring the Borax mixture constantly, add the glue mixture. It should immediately glump up and look like blubber (Or at least what we imagine blubber to look like.) If it isn't really glumpy and tough, mix up more Borax mixture and add that to it. Use the same toys as with silly putty. This does not stick to things as much as silly putty.


10 ounces of chocolate (chopped chunks or chips)
1/3 cup light corn syrup
Note: the chocolate can be substituted with almond bark, or colored candy disks to create different colored flowers.
Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If chocolate is not completely melted, return to the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. If you don't have a microwave, place the chocolate in the top of a double broiler over hot water and stir until melted. When the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and blend. Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet. Spread the chocolate with your fingers until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for at least a couple hours or overnight. The chocolate will become very pliable.


3 ounce pkg. sugar free fruit flavored gelatin
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 Tbs. Cream of Tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 Tbs. Cooking Oil
Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Add the boiling water & oil. Stir over med. heat until mixture forms a ball. Dump on wax paper. Cut the fruit picture from the box & glue it to the lid you use to store it in.


2 C Flour
1 C Salt
1 t Cream of tartar
2 T Oil
1 t Food coloring
2 C Water
Mix all in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until dough leaves sides of pan. Remove from pan, and when cool to the touch, knead for a few minutes.


2.5 - 3 C Flour
½ C Salt
1 T Powered alum or 1 tsp. granulated alum
2 C water
3 T oil
Wilton's paste food coloring (using a third or half a jar makes the brightest playdough you've ever seen). Mix together dry ingredients. Have kids measure 2 cups of water and 3 T oil and the food coloring into a pot. Put the pot on the stove to boil. The children measure 3 flour, salt and alum into a bowl (if you use granulated alum, put this in the water instead so it can dissolve). The kids take turns stirring the dry ingredients. After the water boils, have the children stand back, pour the boiling mixture into the dry mixture and stir quickly. Roll a small handful of HOT playdough between your palms until just barely cool enough to touch (still pretty hot) then give to a child. Children LOVE to feel the warmth and it's not hot enough to burn them.

Other options: add glitter (for fun sparkle) or unsweetened kool-aid powder (for scented rich color). Let the kids just play with it one day; add cookie cutters on another day. Try garlic presses, plastic knives and forks. Add a few trays to display their baked goodies. Bring out the candy molds and muffin trays on yet another day to extend the play!


2 cups White all-purpose glue
1 cup Liquid starch
WARNING: Non-Edible! Mix together well. Set on trays for play, or use waxed paper. Can be used as the commercial Silly Putty is. Store in an airtight container.


1/2 cup Elmer's Glue
1/4 cup liquid starch
food coloring
Mix with hands. When the mixture clumps, pour it hand to hand, kneading it and adding the liquid starch until the texture and consistency desired is reached.


1C cornstarch
1C salt
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C water
Mix until right consistency. (Mine took more than the 1/2 cup of water, add more as needed) It's easiest and messiest to mix with hands! This can be stored in zip-lock in fridge.


For a "silly putty" type substance mix equal parts of elmers glue with liquid laundry starch.... for a slimmier substance mix cornstarch with water....it is slimy..and can add food coloring to it, to make it even more disgusting....


2 cups sand
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
Mix the sand, cornstarch, and water together in a saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat and keep stirring; remove from heat when the mixture is thick. Let the mixture cool, then make your sculpture. Allow sculpture to dry and harden.


1 c Fine sawdust
Food coloring
Old newspaper
Shellac or Varnish
1 c Thin Paste or Paper Paste
If desired, dye sawdust with food coloring. Drain and spread on newspaper to dry before using. Mix sawdust and paste to a thick doughlike consistency. Knead until thoroughly mixed. The amounts of paste may vary according to the kind of sawdust used. If the sawdust is coarse, more paste may be needed to obtain the proper consistency.
QUANTITY: Makes about 1 cup.
USES: Model as with clay. Articles molded with this compound have a lovely woodgrain appearance.
TO USE: Pieces of dough may be added to the basic piece by moistening and sticking them down. Within two to three days, the finished article will harden. To speed up drying bake in a 200-degree-F. oven for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the article. To give the article a permanent finish, spray with shellac or varnish. They can also be sanded to give a smoother finish.
Another version: 2 cups sawdust, 3 cups flour, cup salt - Combine all. Add water as needed. This dough becomes very hard and is not easily broken. Good for making objects which ones desires to keep.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
1 package unsweetened drink mix
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in oil and water, allow mixture to cool slightly, then knead until desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Stir over medium heat until mixture forms a ball. Dump on wax paper. Cut the fruit picture from the box & glue it to the lid you use to store it in. Hint: Let the children play with the playdough when it is still warm (not hot!) - calming!


3/4 c flour
1/4 c white glue
1/4 c thick shampoo
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Knead dough. Add more flour as needed. Store airtight.


2 cups Baking soda
1 1/2 cups Water
1 cup Corn starch
1. Mix with a fork until smooth. 2. Boil over moderate heat until thick (about a minute or so) 3. Spoon onto a plate or waxed paper.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-10 minutes until satiny smooth; this prevents cracking and uneven baking. After molding, bake @ 300 for 30-40 minutes. Check often. Apply color via a paste food coloring brushed on with egg whites prior to baking for golden brown finish. Spray with a clear sealer (polyethylene or resin-based.)


Makes permanent sand sculptures that become stonelike when dry.
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon alum (this is found in spice section of store)
3/4 cup hot water
food coloring (optional)
Mix sand, cornstarch and alum in bowl. Add water, stirring vigorously. Add food coloring if desired. Cook over medium heat until thick. Cool and model. Dry in sun for a few days. Will keep in an airtight container use with shells for seascape...shells will dry into mixture. What a fun way to make permanent sand castles for your sandtable (with those new sandcastle/beach plastic pail sets). Add some plastic people figures and instant kingdom! USE OLD POT FOR COOKING ON STOVE. SAND WILL SCRATCH.


2 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
2 cups Water
Food coloring
4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
Mix the food coloring into the water and then add the other ingredients. Cook on top of the stove over medium heat until the mixture comes away from the side of the pan. Cool until you can handle it and then knead out the lumps. Cool completely for children to handle. Store tightly covered.


1 cup Salt
1 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Water
2 tablespoons Oil
Food coloring
Mix the oil and food coloring into the water. Add the salt and flour. Mix all together, then knead to get out the lumps. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.


3 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1 cup water with food coloring
1 tablespoon salad oil
Combine all ingredients and mix. Add more flour if too sticky. Add more water if too stiff.


1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 bag cotton balls
Mix flour & water together to make a paste. Roll cotton balls in paste & carefully lift out, allowing excess to drop off. Form into desired shapes on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. Can be painted when cool.


1 jar peanut butter (18 oz.)
6 tablespoons honey
non-fat dry milk or milk
flour to the right consistency
OPTIONAL: Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor
Shape..... Decorate w/raisins, sprinkles, etc. & and EAT IT!


This one sounds dumb, but your kids will like it. In a large pan with sides or on a tray with sides, pour in a bunch of cornstarch. Add a little bit of water. Let the kids mix it up with their fingers. If it's too stiff to mix, add more water until it's just a little bit stiff. Add toys like funnels, measuring cups, wooden spoons, spatulas, or be creative! To save this mixture, let it dry out completely, then put it in a plastic bag for another rainy day.


1 C. oatmeal
2 C. flour
1/2 C. salt
1 1/2 C. water
1/2 C. oil


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 t cream of tartar
2 T oil
1 t food coloring
2 cups water
Mix all in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until dough leaves sides of pan. Remove from pan, and when cool to the touch, knead for a few minutes.


3/4 cup salt
2 cups boiling water
1 or 2 pkgs. Kool-Aid
3 Tbs. oil
4 cups flour
Mix first 4 ingredients. Add flour. If dough is too sticky, add more flour. Knead the dough a few times. Store play-dough in plastic bags or containers while it is not being used. Refrigerate for a different texture.


1 cup of cornstarch
1 cookie tray
apprroximately 4 cups water with a spoon
Mix together the cornstarch & water to make a thick liquid. This is awesome I'm told!

GAK--some people call it GLARCH

(it resembles the Nickelodeon "Gak" you can buy at the store)--with Elmer's glue, water and Borax. I make it white and the kids color it with markers, and it's a surefire rainy-day hit! You can also color it with food coloring and cut it w/ scissors, etc. When colored w/ markers by 2-year-olds, it quickly turns slate-gray or brown and then isn't very attractive, but it's cheap and easy to make another batch. Recipe follows:

2 cups white glue
1-1/2 c. water at room temp.
1 c. hot water
2-1/2 Tbs. Borax
2 mixing bowls
mixing spoons
Thoroughly blend glue and room-temp. water. In larger bowl, combine hot water and Borax, stirring until Borax is dissolved. Slowly pour glue mixture into Borax mixture, stirring constantly. Turn out and knead until it isn't sticky anymore. Will keep for weeks in a tightly covered container in the fridge.


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
food coloring (equal parts of red and green make brown)
Mix the dry ingredients. Add allspice and cinnamon (lots --- play until you find the amount you like) for a wonderful scent. In another bowl, add food coloring to water (the color blends better this way.) Add colored water and oil to dry ingredients and stir. In a pot, cook the mixture for two to three minutes, stirring frequently. Knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container (i.e., Tupperware.)
Try different colors and scent combinations. Unsweetened Kool-Aid can be used in place of allspice and cinnamon.
Almost daily we use a batch of this dough that I made last September. It has a much nicer consistency and doesn't dry out like commercial play dough.
It's fun to add this to your program in conjunction with a unit on The Gingerbread Man. There are several different versions of the story. You can do a different version (story, flannel, video, etc.) each day and compare/contrast as endings differ. The children love the repetition and getting to scream, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me. I'm the Gingerbread Man!"


2 cups white glue
1 3/4 cups water
Separately, dissolve:
1 teaspoon Borax in 1/2 cup warm water
Add to the glue mixture. Repeat twice. In order to get the mixture smooth, you will have to mix these three separately at the same time.

Fun because it seems both wet and dry at the same time!

1 box (16 oz.) cornstarch
1 cup water
Food coloring (optional)
Let children add water to the cornstarch in small additions, and mix the ingredients by hands. Add a few drops of food coloring into the mixture, if desired. Hint: Cookie trays or broiler pans that have ridged edges are a great play surface for goop and clays.


2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch
Food coloring
Boil water in saucepan - add cornstarch stirring until smooth. Add food coloring and stir. Remove from heat and cool. Child can play with the goop on any plastic covered surface.


1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup water
food coloring
Mix all together and put in squeeze bottle. Drizzle on paper, or on a hot day - your friends!

Edible Clay

1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup soft margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
Mix ingredients well and knead until smooth - then play.


1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon food coloring
Mix flour, salt, and cream of tarter. Combine water, oil, and food coloring and add to flour mixture. Cook in a saucepan over medium heat until dough follows spoon and leaves the side of the pan. Cool and knead. Store in airtight container.


2 C. cornmeal
2 C. flour
1/2 C. oil


4 c Unsifted all-purpose flour
1 c Salt
1/4 c Instant coffee
1 1/2 c Warm water
1. Dissolve the coffee in the warm water.
2. In another bowl, mix the flour and the salt.
3. Make a hole in this and add 1 cup of the coffee water into it.
4. Mix with a fork or hands until smooth.
5. Add more coffee water if needed: dough should be smooth and satiny, not sticky or crumbly.
Store in a plastic bag to prevent drying of the dough. Bake finished designs in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour or more (until hard). Add 2 coats of shellac to preserve.


2 rolls toilet tissue, torn into pieces
1 1/2 bars Ivory soap, shaved
2 quarts warm water
Let your children help combine all ingredients in a big plastic dishpan or large bucket. Knead by hand until soft and gooey, adding more water as necessary.


Food coloring
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
6 cups flour
Add a few drops of food coloring to water. Combine water oil, and flour in a large bowl. Knead well on a countertop or other surface. If necessary, add more water in small amounts until the dough is soft and elastic. To store the dough, refrigerate it in an airtight container. Hint: Cloud dough is somewhat greasy ... make sure children play with it on a washable surface.

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