• Make Your Own Play Dough
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    Homemade Play Dough
    Homemade Play Dough Materials 1 cup salt 1 cup flour 1 cup water Cookie cutters Rolling pin or narrow bottle Food coloring (optional) Directions Put salt and flour in a deep, unbreakable bowl. Drape an old shirt or smock on your child and al...
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    Playdough
    Refrigerator Magnets
    Refrigerator MagnetsMaterials 1 cup flour Liquid tempera or acrylic 1/2 cup salt paint and paintbrush Water (optional) Food coloring (optional) Clear acrylic spray Baking sheet Magnetic strip Glue gun Directions Preheat your oven to 200ºF. Mix t...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Playdough
    Super Goop
    Super GoopMaterials Saucepan 2 cups water 1/2 cup cornstarch Food coloring Mixing spoon Ziploc bags (optional) Directions Boil water in a saucepan. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add food coloring and stir--adjust the amount of food colori...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Playdough
    Playdough Jewelry
    Playdough Jewelry Materials Playdough Toothpick or large, blunt needle Clear gloss enamel or nail polish String Directions Have your child roll small pieces of playdough into balls to make beads. Pierce each bead with a toothpick or large blunt n...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Playdough
    Playdough Printing
    Playdough Printing Materials Playdough Tools for making a design (pencil, bottle cap, cookie cutter, cooking utensils) Print pad Paper Directions Roll playdough into a ball and flatten it until it is about two inches thick. On one side of the dou...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Make Your Own Play Dough
    Playdough
    Homemade Play Dough
    Homemade Play Dough Materials 1 cup salt 1 cup flour 1 cup water Cookie cutters Rolling pin or narrow bottle Food coloring (optional) Directions Put salt and flour in a deep, unbreakable bowl. Drape an old shirt or smock on your child and al...
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    Playdough
    Alphabet Playdough
    Alphabet Playdough Materials Playdough or modeling clayDirections Help your child form letters out of playdough or modeling clay. Then, have her close her eyes, feel a letter, and try to identify it by shape. As a tasty variation, make some Alpha...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book