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Lesson Plans

Some Doughs and fun stuff

From: maryannkohl (maryann)
Date: Wed Jul 05 2000 - 16:44:00 PDT

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    These dough's and other recipes are from

    And some from a few of my books. Hope this list isn't too long. Just save
    it until one of those days you need it. Some good stuff in here.

    1. Bread Dough Recipe
    This recipe is trickyŠjust when it seems like it is not going to work;
    all of a sudden you have the most wonderful dough. It is 8 Slices of
    bread and 1/2 to 1 cup white glue. You can
    remove the crust if you want more "pure" white dough or you can leave it
    on and it will have a "wheat" color to it. Start with 1/2 cup glue and
    more as needed.

    2. Cloud Dough
    Food coloring; 1 Cup Water; 1 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil; 6 Cups Flour
    Add a few drops of food coloring to water. Combine water, oil, & flour in
    large bowl. Knead well. 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.
    Cloud dough is somewhat greasy. Make sure children play on a washable

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

    4. Cornmeal Playdough
    2 Cups Cornmeal; 2 Cups Flour; 1/2 Cup Oil
    Mix all ingredients, adding water to reach the desired consistency.

    5. Frosting Dough
    1 Can Frosting Mix; 1 1/2 Cups Powdered sugar; 1 Cup Peanut Butter; Spoon
    & Bowl
    Mix all ingredients in bowl with spoon. Knead into workable dough. Model
    as with any dough.

    6. Gingerbread Playdough
    1 Cup Flour; 1/2 Cup Salt; 2 tsp. Cream of tartar; 1 tsp. Vegetable oil;
    Cup Water; Food coloring (equal parts of red & green make brown);
    Allspice; Cinnamon
    Mix the dry ingredients. Add allspice and cinnamon (lots) 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 cooling. Store
    in an airtight container. It has a much nicer consistency and doesn't dry
    out like commercial play dough.
    Try different colors and scent combinations. Unsweetened Kool-Aid can be
    used in place of allspice and cinnamon.

    7. Oatmeal Dough I
     1 C Flour; 2 Cups Oatmeal; 1 Cup Water
    Gradually add water to flour and oatmeal in bowl. Knead until mixed. This
    dough is sticky, but unique in texture. Model as with clay.
    Variations: Add cornmeal or coffee grounds in small amounts, for texture.

    8. Oatmeal Dough II
    1 Cup Oatmeal; 2 Cups Flour; 1/2 Cup Salt; 1 1/2 Cups Water; 1/2 Cup Oil
    Mix all ingredients until the desired consistency, add more water or
    flour as needed.

    9. Peanut Butter Playdough I
    5 Cups Powdered sugar; 3/4 Cup Peanut butter (creamy style); 2/3 Cup
    Light Karo Syrup; 1/3 Cup Soft margarine (Country Crock works best); 1
    tsp. Vanilla; 1 tsp. Salt
    Wash hands well. Depending on the climate you may need to increase or
    decrease the Karo syrup. It is best to add it 1/3 cup at a time. In a
    large/jumbo zip lock baggie add all
    ingredients. Add the Karo last since you may or may not have to adjust.
    Close zip lock and knead until pliable consistency, then let kids go for
    Refrigerate after play if there is any left. After the initial use the
    peanut oil will separate so always re-knead before play. Also the peanut
    oil will be released some during play so
    make sure it is on a washable surface and kids are not clothed in
    non-washable clothing.

    10. Peanut Butter Playdough II (Edible)

    18 oz. Peanut butter; 6 Tbsp. Honey; Non-fat dry milk or milk plus flour
    to the right consistency; Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)
    Wash hands well. Shape. Decorate with raisins, sprinkles, etc. then EAT!

    11. Puff Dough
    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.

    12. Scented Playdough (Vibrant color, fruity scent)
    1 Cup All-purpose flour; 1/2 Cup Salt; 1 Package unsweetened drink mix
    like Koolaid;
    1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil; 1 Cup Boiling water
    Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in oil and water. Stir over
    medium heat until mixture forms a ball. Dump on wax paper. Allow mixture
    to cool slightly, then knead
    until desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight
    container. Cut the fruit picture from the box and 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!

    13. Shampoo Dough
    3/4 Cup Flour; 1/4 Cup White glue; 1/4 Cup Thick shampoo
    Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Knead dough. Add more flour as needed.
    Store airtight.

    14. Ultimate Playdough I
    2 Cups Flour; 1 Cup Salt; 1 tsp. Cream of tartar; 2 Tbsp. Oil; 1 tsp.
    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.

    15. Ultimate Playdough II
    2 1/2 - 3 Cups Flour; 1/2 Cup Salt; 1 Tbsp. Powered alum or 1 tsp.
    granulated alum (found in spice section); 2 Cups Water; 3 Tbsp. 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) the 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 kid's just play with it one day;
    add cookie cutters on another day.
    Try garlic press, 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!
    Storage: Store in a jar with a tight lid. Dough will keep several months
    without refrigeration.

    16. Ultimate Playdough III
    Blend Together:
    2 Cups white liquid glue; 2 1/2 Cups Water
    1 Tbsp. Borax powder in 1/3 C Water and add to the above. Blend together
    with your hands (messy but fun). Dissolve another Tbsp. Borax in 1/3 C
    Water and add again. Blend
    together with hands. You can probably vary the consistency of dough by
    using more or less Borax.
    Making this is a lot of fun as the consistency of the Playdough is kind
    of like oozy-slime. It's not suitable for rolling and cutting. Nor is it
    edible. Store in an airtight container. It
    doesn't have to be refrigerated. It bubbles a lot like fermenting yeast
    which also "adds" to the experience.
    It wiped up easily from the carpet and since everything's water-soluble
    should probably wash off the clothes as well.

    Clay, Goo & other Compounds

    1. Chocolate Clay
    10 oz. dark, milk or white chocolate confectionery coating (1-3/4 cup
    semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips may be substituted (chopped and
    melted)); 1/3 Cup light corn syrup
    Combine chocolate and corn syrup until just blended. Spread onto a sheet
    of waxed paper to 3/8-inch thickness (about an 8-inch square). Let stand,
    uncovered, at room
    temperature for about 2-3 hours or until dry to the touch. Wrap tightly
    with plastic wrap; let stand overnight. Use immediately or store up to 2

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

    3. Cornstarch Mix
    Put 1/2 C Cornstarch in a small bowl (a small margarine tub works well).
    Give each child a small container containing 1/4 cup of water. Then mix
    in a teaspoon at a time noticing
    the changes each time. It is an amazing sensory experience.

    4. Drizzle Goo
    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.

    5. Dryer Lint Clay
    2 Cups Dryer Lint (firmly packed); 1/3 Cup Warm water; 6 Tbsp. White
    glue; 1 Tbsp. Clear dishwashing liquid
    Tear the lint up into little bits. Mix everything in a bowl and knead
    until workable. Make things. Let them dry for several days.

    6. Edible Clay
    1/2 Cup Light corn syrup; 3/4 Cup Peanut butter; 1/2 Cup Soft margarine;
    1/2 tsp. Salt; 1 tsp. Vanilla; 1 Cup Sugar; 1 Cup Flour
    Mix ingredients well and knead until smooth - then play.

    7. Flubber
    Solution A:
    1 1/2 Cups Warm Water; 2 Cups Elmers Glue; Food Coloring

    Solution B:
    4 tsp. Borax; 1 1/3 Cups Warm water
    Mix Solution A in one bowl. Mix Solution B in another bowl. Dissolve both
    well. Then just pour Solution A into Solution B. DO NOT MIX OR STIR! Just
    lift out flubber.
    8. Fruity Putty
    3 oz pkg. Sugar free fruit flavored gelatin; 2 Cups Flour; 1 Cup Salt; 4
    Tbsp. Cream of Tartar; 2 Cups Boiling water; 2 Tbsp. Cooking Oil
    Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Add the boiling water and oil. 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.

    9. GAK--some people call it GLARCH (This resembles Nickelodeon "GAK")
    You can make it white and the kids can color it with markers. It's a
    surefire rainy-day hit! You can also color it with food coloring and cut
    it with scissors, etc. When colored with markers, it quickly turns
    slate-gray/brown, but it's cheap and easy to make another batch.

    2 Cups White glue; 1 1/2 Cups Water at room temperature; 1 Cup Hot water;
    2 1/2 Tbsp. Borax
    Thoroughly blend glue and room temperature 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.

    10. Glue Goo
    Stir together:
    2 Cups White glue; 1 3/4 Cups Water
    Separately, dissolve:
    1 tsp. 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.

    11. Goop (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/broiler pans that have ridged edges are a great play
    surface for goop and clays.

    12. Kool-Aid Clay
    3/4 Cup Salt; 2 Cups boiling Water; 1 or 2 pkgs. Kool-Aid; 3 Tbsp. 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 in plastic bags or containers
    while it is not being used. Refrigerate
    for a different texture.

    13. No Bake Clay
    1 Cup Salt; 1 Cup Flour; Food coloring, optional; 1/2 Cup Water
    Stir salt and flour together in a medium bowl. Add food coloring to water
    to achieve desired color. Pour water into salt and flour mixture and
    knead until mixture is doughy,
    adding more flour or water as necessary. Store in airtight container.
    Objects made with this clay will air dry in about 48 hours.
    Hint: As a variation, omit food coloring and let children paint their
    dried creations with tempera paint.

    14. Sand Clay
    1 Cup Sand; 1/2 Cup Cornstarch; 1 tsp. 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
    Will keep in an airtight container use with shells for seascape... shells
    will dry into mixture. 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!
    sculptures. It becomes stone-like when dry.

    15. Sand Coloring
    Fine sand; Water; Food coloring; Paper cups; Plastic spoons
    Fill paper cups half full with sand. Next, add water to cups to
    completely cover sand. Add food coloring to get the desired color. Stir
    with plastic spoon and let set for 15 minutes.
    Pour off water, spoon sand onto paper towels and spread the sand out to

    16. Sawdust Modeling Compound I
    1 Cup Fine Sawdust; Food coloring; Old newspaper; Shellac or Varnish; 1
    Cup 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 dough-like
    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.
    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 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.

    17. Sawdust Modeling Compound II
    2 Cups Sawdust; 3 Cups Flour; 1 Cup Salt
    Combine all. Add water as needed. This dough becomes very hard and is not
    easily broken.

    18. Silly Putty I
    1 Cup Cornstarch; 1 C Salt; 1 1/2 Cups Flour; 1/2 Cup Water (maybe take
    Mix together cornstarch, salt and flour. Add water. Then mix until right
    consistency. It's easiest and messiest to mix with hands! This can be
    stored in zip-lock in fridge.

    19. Silly Putty II
    1 part Liquid Sta-Flo Starch; 1 part Elmer's White Glue; Food Coloring
    Mix together until it feels like putty. If too sticky, add 1 tsp. starch.
    If too stringy - add 1/2 tsp. glue. Knead on a paper covered surface
    until smooth (takes a while). Doesn't store

    20. Slime I
    For a "silly putty" substance, mix equal parts of Elmer's glue with
    liquid laundry starch.
    For a "slimier" substance, mix cornstarch with water. It will be slimy.
    You can add food coloring to it to make it even more disgusting!

    21. Slime II
    1 Part Liquid starch; 2 Parts Elmer's Glue; Food coloring, optional
    Mix and enjoy. It's supposed to be like slime.

    22. Slime III
    1 box Ivory Soapflakes; 1 Gallon Water; Food color
    Beat with mixer - Makes 5 gallon bucket.

    Papier-mâché, etc.
    1. Dryer Lint Papier-mâché I
    3 Cups Dryer lint; 2 Cups Water; 2/3 Cups Flour
    Mix water and lint together in a large saucepan, stirring well. Slowly
    add flour, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring cm place for
    several hours or overnight. Makes 1 set of Watercolors.

    Bubbles, Chalk, Stamps, Make-up
    1. Beluga Bubbles
    1 Cup Warm Water; 1/4 Cup Blue Dishwashing Liquid; 1 tsp. Salt
    Combine all ingredients. Mix well until salt dissolves.

    2. Bubble Recipe I
    2 Cups Joy or Dawn (dishwashing soap); 6 Cups Warm water; 3/4 Cup White
    Karo corn syrup
    For best results: combine and shake. Let settle for 4 hours (the longer
    the better!) This is great bubble soap for those big wands you wave

    3. Bubble Recipe II
    1/2 Cup Water; 1/2 Cup Liquid Detergent; 1 Tbsp. Cooking Oil
    Mix together and use.

    4. Bubble Stuff
    1 Part Dishwashing detergent; 1 Part Sugar, Gelatin powder, or Glycerin;
    8 to 10 Parts Warm water
    Mix all gently (making suds will weaken mixture). The sugar or gelatin is
    added to make bubbles sturdier.

    5. Eggshell Chalk
    4-5 Eggshells; 1 tsp. Flour; 1 tsp. very hot tap Water; Food coloring,
    Wash & dry eggshells. Put into bowl and grind into a powder. A mortar and
    pestle works fine for this.
    Discard any large pieces. Place flour and hot water in another bowl and
    add 1-tablespoon eggshell powder & mix until a paste forms. Add food
    coloring if desired. Shape & press
    mixture firmly into the shape of a chalk stick. Roll up tightly in a
    strip of paper towel. Allow drying approximately 3 days until hard.
    Remove paper towel & you've got chalk!
    Eggshell chalk is for sidewalks only.

    6. Fruit Flavored Stamps
    1 Tbsp. Fruit-flavored gelatin mix (with sugar); 2 Tbsp. Hot water;
    Glossy pictures cut from magazines, mailings, old posters, etc.
    Place the gelatin in a small bowl. Add water and stir until dissolved.
    While the "stamp glue" is still warm, spread onto the back of paper with
    fingers or a brush. The stamps
    may take several hours to dry. If they curl, flatten them by placing the
    dry stamps between the pages of a heavy book. When ready to use, lick the
    back of the stamp and stick it to

    7. Funny Face Make-up
    2 tsp. White shortening; 5 tsp. Cornstarch; 1 tsp. White flour; 4 drops
    Glycerin; Food coloring; 2 1/2 tsp. of unsweetened cocoa (optional)
    In a small bowl, mix shortening, cornstarch and white flour. Add four
    drops of glycerin. Stir to a creamy consistency. Add any food coloring
    that you wish.
    For brown make-up, add unsweetened cocoa instead of food coloring.

    8. Sidewalk Chalk
    2 Cups Water; 2 Cups Plaster of Paris; 2 Tbsp. Tempera paint ; Toilet
    paper tubes with duct tape over one end
    Combine and stir together. Let stand a few minutes. Place tubes on cookie
    sheet lined with foil or wax paper. Pour mixture into holders and let
    stand until semi-firm. Remove
    holders and let dry completely. Ready to use in 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.
    (Reminder, never pour plaster down sink).

    Art, Activities, Gifts
    1. Candles
    Paraffin; Old crayons; Cold water; Hot water
    This one needs some supervision, but it's awfully fun.
    Take paraffin and melt it (boil some water in a big pot and put the
    paraffin in an old coffee can inside the pot of water). Fill some small
    little water balloons with water. Take old
    crayons and melt them into the paraffin to add color. Dip the water
    balloon (holding the tied end) into the melted paraffin. Keep the
    paraffin about 1/2-inch from the top of the
    balloon. It works great if you dip in hot water then dip in the bucket of
    cold water to cool it. Just keep dipping until there is a thick layer of
    paraffin around the balloon. Let it
    dry overnight and harden. Then pop the balloon, and fill the shell with
    more melted paraffin and a wick. The candles turn out really cool shapes.
    You could try dipping hands in
    the mixture and make candle handsŠ

    2. Cinnamon Ornaments
    1 large bottle ground cinnamon (about 1 cup); 3/4 Cup applesauce
    Combine cinnamon with applesauce to form stiff dough (adding additional
    applesauce if necessary). Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with
    cookie cutter. Make hole for
    ribbon. Carefully place of wire rack to dry. Let air dry several days but
    turn occasionally. Makes 12.

    3. Colorful Creative Salt
    Food Coloring, 5 to 6 drops; 1/2 Cup Salt
    Add food coloring to salt. Stir well. Cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes
    or spread on waxed paper and let air dry. Store in an airtight container.
    Use, as you would glitter.

    4. Flower Preservative I
    1 pt Powdered Borax; 2 pt Cornmeal; Covered cardboard box; Fresh flowers
    Thoroughly mix borax and cornmeal. Cover the bottom of the box with 3/4
    of an inch of this mixture. Cut flower stems about 1 inch long. Lay the
    flowers face down in this
    mixture. Spread the petals and leaves so that they lie as flat as
    possible. Do not place flowers too close together. Cover the flowers with
    3/4 of an inch of the mixture. Place the lid on the box and keep at room
    temperature for 3 to 4 weeks. This is an excellent way to preserve
    corsages or flowers from someone special. Try daisies, pansies, apple
    asters, violets, and other flowers with this method. They will stay
    summer fresh indefinitely.

    5. Flower Preservative II
    Fresh Flowers (roses, pansies, violets, sweet peas, chrysanthemums,
    zinnias, marigolds, daisies); Florist's wire; Airtight container such as
    -a coffee can; Plastic bag; Borax; Wire
    or string; Soft brush
    Pick flowers at the peak of their bloom. Remove the stems. Make new stems
    with florist's wire. Run wire through the base of the flower and twist
    the two ends together. Line the
    coffee can with the plastic bag. Pour enough borax into the plastic bag
    to cover the bottom to a depth of 1 inch. Place flower face down in the
    borax. Pour about 1 inch of borax
    over the top of the flower. Add more flowers and borax until the
    container is full. Gather the top of the bag, squeezing out all the air
    inside it. Fasten shut with wire or string.
    Place lid on can and set aside in a dry place for at least 4 weeks.
    Remove flowers from borax and carefully brush away all borax with a soft
    USES: Flowers preserved in this way make colorful "permanent" floral
    arrangements. Flowers picked at the peak of their bloom remain fresh
    looking indefinitely.
    TO USE: Using the wire stems, makes an attractive flower arrangement as
    you would a fresh-flower bouquet.

    6. Fragrant Soap Balls
    Have children make homemade soap balls to give as a holiday gift or just
    as a middle of the year surprise to someone special in their lives.
    Water; Ivory Soapflakes
    Use water to moisten Ivory snowflakes to the consistency of very stiff
    dough. Divide the dough into several bowls. Add a different perfume and
    food coloring to each bowl for
    Have children shape large spoonfuls of the soap into balls. Have them
    make about three balls each. Place the balls on trays (labeled with their
    modeler's name) to harden for
    several days.
    Have children wrap their three soap balls in colored cellophane paper and
    tie the package with a pretty ribbon.

    7. Homemade Bath Salts
    2 1/2 lb. Epsom Salts; Food Coloring; Perfume
    Combine Epsom salts with food coloring and perfume in a large bowl. Mix
    well so color is even. Put into smaller jars and let stand 4-6 weeks
    before using. This causes the odor to
    blend with the salts.
    This bath salt is very soothing and makes for a very relaxed bath.

    8. Spicy Applesauce Ornaments I
    3/4 Cup Ground cinnamon; 1 Cup Applesauce; 1 Tbsp. Ground nutmeg; 1 Tbsp.
    Ground allspice; 1 Tbsp. Ground cloves
    Mix together above ingredients. Roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch
    thickness (dust the tabletop and rolling pin with cinnamon to prevent
    sticking). Let the children use cookie
    cutters to cut shapes out of the dough. Place the shapes on waxed paper.
    If you plan to hang, poke a hole in the top of each shape. Allow the
    shapes to air-dry for several days (or
    bake them on a cookie sheet for several hours at 250 degrees). Turn the
    shapes often to prevent curling. To complete the spicy ornaments, tie on
    loops of ribbon or yarn for

    9. Spicy Applesauce Ornaments II (Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts)
    1 lb. jar sweetened applesauce; 8 oz. Cinnamon
    Drain jar of applesauce overnight (you will be amazed at how much water
    seeps out!!). Add cinnamon and mix together well. Pat into a ball, press
    hard to solidify and mix. Then
    pat out in 1-cup units onto wax paper, push to 1/4" thickness and cut
    with cookie cutters. Dry on wax paper. Oh - poke a hole in the top with
    toothpick (I used a chopstick!). Turn
    over and dry in a warm place for several days. Then hang a ribbon through
    the hole, use as a decoration or a kind of sachet. They are definitely
    NOT edible.

    10. Rainbow Stew I
    1 Cup Cornstarch; 4 Cups Water; 1/3 Cup Sugar; Food coloring; Large
    ziploc bags; Duct tape
    Mix above ingredients together into a large fry pan. Cook until
    thickened. Remove and stir until cool and add coloring. Make three or
    four different colors of rainbow stew. Put
    two different colors into a large ziploc bag. Push the air out of the
    bags, seal and duct tape to top of ziploc bag.
    Let the children squeeze the bag and see what happens. This will keep for
    about 2 weeks. This is a wonderful lesson on primary color mixing.

    11. Rainbow Stew II
    1/3 Cup Sugar; 1 Cup Cornstarch; 4 Cups Cold water
    Cook until thick. Put in bowls and add food coloring. Put in ziplock
    baggies. Let the kids play with it while it is in the bags for a neat
    sensory experience or use it to mix colors.





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