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    Clay
    Make Your Own Clay
    Make Your Own Clay If pottery, ceramics, or polymer clay don't seem to do it, homemade doughs and clays are a great way to play with squishy stuff, use your collective imaginations, and barely feel it in the pocketbook. Here's a simple recipe...
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    Clay
    Crafting with Clay: Beads and Buttons
    Crafting with Clay: Beads and Buttons Before you can work with polymer clay, you need to soften it so it's of kneading consistency. You can do this by simply working it in your hands. (Some people put it in a plastic zip-top bag and put it in th...
  • 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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    Mother's Day Gifts
    Frolicking Fish
    Frolicking Fish Light up your mom's life by making her this interesting gel candle in a fish bowl. Gel candles are easier to make than you might think. After you make the fish bowl candle, try pouring gel wax into other unique containers such as...
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    Playdough
    Sculpting Beads
    Sculpting Beads You can mold various forms of sculpting materials into craft designs. Two of my favorites are store-bought and homemade types of clay or dough that you can roll and cut out or model into shapes. Projects made from both of these d...
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    Wax
    Creating Candles
    Creating Candles You can use several types of mediums to make beautiful candles from scratch. Basically, you can craft molded candles from melted wax pieces or melted gel wax, or you can roll candles from sheets of beeswax. There are many types ...
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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  • Papier Mache Balloon Art Activity for Kids
    Papier Mache
    Papier-Mâché Balloon
    Papier-Mâché BalloonMaterials Newspaper Balloon Flat dish or pan Paints and paint brushes Paste—wallpaper or wheat Yarn or rubber band Directions Mix the paste until it is thin and creamy, then pour a little into a flat pan. Tear the news...
  • Plaster Etching Activity for Kids
    Plaster of Paris
    Plaster Box Etchings
    Plaster Box EtchingsMaterials Plaster of paris Oil or Vaseline Aluminum pan Nails Paints and paintbrushes Damp cloth or sandpaper Directions Mix plaster of paris according to directions and pour into a pan. Let it set until quite dry and fir...
  • Cork Creations Activity for Kids
    Sculpting
    Cork Sculptures
    Cork SculpturesMaterials Corks of different sizes and shapes Glue Paints and paint brushes Directions Glue corks together to make familiar or imaginary shapes. Wait until glue dries. If your child wants to play with the sculptures in the bathtu...
  • 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...
  • Clay Sculpting Activity for Kids
    Clay
    Clay Sculptures
    Clay SculpturesMaterials Clay Paintbrushes Molding tools Paints Directions Making things out of clay is a challenging and gratifying experience for children. Give your child a lump of ready-mixed clay and let her create any kind of object or s...
  • Paper Sculpture Activity for Kids
    Sculpting
    Cylinder Sculpture
    Cylinder SculptureMaterials Construction paper Fabric Crayons Buttons and beads Yarn Glue Directions Lay some paper flat on the table. Cover it with decorative ideas using fabric scraps, buttons, and beads. Attach firmly with glue. Fill in s...
  • Plaster Handprint Plaque Activity for Kids
    Plaster of Paris
    Handprint Plaque
    Handprint PlaqueMaterials Plaster of paris Aluminum pie dish Water Nails Food color (optional) Directions Prepare plaster of paris according to directions. When ready, pour a small amount into the greased pie dish. Lightly grease your child's...
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    Plaster of Paris
    Plaster Hand and Footprints
    Plaster Hand and FootprintsMaterials Patch plaster or plaster of Paris 1 1/4 cups water Tin can Mixing spoon Paper plates Picture hook (optional) Directions To make the plaster mix, stir two cups of patch plaster or plaster of Paris and one and a...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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  • 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...