Art Recipes

There are lots of fun 'art' recipes you can make at home!  Try some of these, or check out the book The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions from our library.  Have fun!

FLUBBER
borax (look in the laundry isle at the supermarket)
Elmer's glue
food coloring
water
one cup container with a screw on lid

Add:  1/3 c glue, 1/3 c water and a few drops of food coloring to the container with a lid.  Mix together.
Fill an empty cup with 1/3 c water.  Slowly pour in 2 T of borax and allow it to settle for 1 minute.  Pour off the excess water and discard the water.
Scrape the wet borax into the  mixture in the container with the lid and close the lid.  Shake vigorously until the flubber solidifies and the sides of the jar look clean.
*It's best to play with this outside only- can be messy indoors.

PEANUT BUTTER PLAYDOUGH
Stir peanut butter and powdered milk (or powdered sugar) together -about 2 parts peanut butter to one part powdered milk.  Add a spoonful of honey to make the playdough smooth.  Stir.  If the dough is too sticky, add more powdered milk.  If it is too stiff, try adding a little more honey.  Play with this with clean hands as it tastes great, too!

BUBBLES
2 1/2 qts water
1/2 c light corn syrup
1 c liquid dish detergent

Mix water and corn syrup together until completely blended.  Stir in the liquid dish detergent.  
Tips:  Try adding a little food coloring to your bubbles!  Also, try making your own bubble wand!  Use a plastic strawberry basket, bent pipe cleaners, a bent coat hanger, a colander, or try a wire whisk.