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DIY Play Dough and Sidewalk Chalk The Kids Are Sure To Love!!

on July 10, 2012

Summer is here and with that comes the occasional rainy afternoon.  Why not get the kids together to have them help make their own play dough and sidewalk chalk that they can not only customize their own colors but also enjoy when the sun comes back out!  Here are recipes that are not only easy to make but also require little ingredients which makes them easy to pull together, especially with the extra helping hands in the kitchen!  Enjoy!

Jello Playdough– This recipe uses a staple in most homes, the color possibilities are endless.  Let your kids pick out their favorite colors and enjoy!

white flour – 1 cup
warm water – 1 cup
salt – 2 tbsp
cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
cooking oil – 2 tbsp
Jello – 1 3oz pack

1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan.

2. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens into a ball of dough.  This step does take a little while.  Just keep stirring, you’ll know it’s ready when won’t be able to stir anymore.

3. Once it has finished cooking, place the dough onto a silpat mat or floured cutting board and wait for it to cool.

4. Once it is cool (at least 20-30 minutes) let the little ones knead it, adding in flour until it is no longer sticky (about 1/2 cup).  At this point, you can add in extra food coloring to make the colors more vibrant, or even add glitter.

5. This recipe makes a lot of play dough.  You could easily half the recipe, and there would still be plenty to play with.

6. When you are finished playing, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  It will keep for at least a few weeks in the refrigerator, with daily use.  If at any time it starts to be a little sticky, just add more flour.

Sidewalk Chalk

Plaster of Paris
Disposable mixing containers
Disposable mixing utensil such as a Popsicle stick
Tempera paint
Wax paper
Duct tape
5 to 8 toilet paper rolls
Scissors

1. Tape off the bottom of your toilet paper rolls with duct tape nice and securely. Then line the insides of the rolls with wax paper.

2. Place rolls on a wax paper lined baking dish, or cookie sheet. Set aside.

3. Mix one cup Plaster of Paris to the ratio of water recommended on the box. Mix in tempera paint – whatever amount to reach your desired color. A few tablespoons should do the trick.

4. Mix thoroughly.

5. Pour the mix into the toilet paper rolls and let sit a few hours. When plaster is hardened, peel the roll away from the chalk and continue to let dry a few days. Throw used containers and mixers in the trash.

Tip: If you want a rainbow effect, or to make striped chalk, allow the plaster to set a bit before pouring. That way you can layer it easily. For a swirl, layer the colors and then take a bamboo skewer and run through the liquid plaster.

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