Many of these can be made in your kitchen with available ingredients, your time and a little imagination!

Note: Parental or adult supervision is highly recommended with all activities at all times!

         
 

You will need:

  SILLY PUTTY  
  1 c. Elmer's glue
2 1/2 c. liquid starch
Food coloring
  In a medium bowl, mix glue and one cup of the starch together. Add a few drops of food coloring, if you wish. Cover bowl, and let it stand overnight. The next day slowly stir in with a spoon 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the starch until a big blob forms. Pour off extra starch. Store in an air tight container. (NOTE: It's hard to stop playing with this stuff.)   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  PLAY DOUGH  
  1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. water
2 tbsp. oil
Drops of food coloring
  Mix thoroughly and store in plastic bag or covered jar. Children can pull and pound it and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. If left to dry will harden and then it can be painted. Non-toxic. Hint: If kids dust their hands with a little flour before play, the dough won't stick to their hands.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  SOAP BUBBLES  
  1 c. soap flakes or 1/4 c. liquid dish soap
1 c. water
1/2 tsp. cooking oil
  Mix in cup or old juice can. Give kids a plastic drinking straw. This makes a good bathtub toy or outdoor play idea.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  FLOUR AND WATER FINGER PAINT  
  1 c. flour
1 c. water
2 tsp. salt
  Mix to consistency of thick gravy. Food coloring as desired small margarine tubs work well for the individual colors. Mix flour, water and salt to make the paste the consistency of thick gravy. Sprinkle in the food coloring. Be sure to dress little ones in an old apron or shirt. Put spoonfuls of paint on kitchen table or sheets of butcher paper and let them create. Cleans up fairly easily.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  FUN CLAY  
  1 c. cornstarch
2 c. salt
Enough water to make a thick paste
  Stir while cooking, and cook until stiff. Allow this to cool, and cover with a damp cloth until ready to use. Coloring may be added before cooking or when molded; let dry, then paint with water color. Clay can always be broken up, dampened, and used again - even after it has been painted. When it has been used, but has not been allowed to become hard, poke holes in the clay with your finger or with a pencil, fill these with water (to restore the original dampness) and place in an airtight container with a tight cover. A damp cloth placed over the clay will keep it moist until the next time.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  SPRING POTPOURRI  
  4 oz. rosebuds
2 oz. lavender flowers
2 oz. peppermint
1 oz. marigold flowers
1 oz. bay leaves
10 drops blue lilac oil
  Mix all dry ingredients, then add the essential oils, which have also been pre-mixed. Mix and store away from direct sunlight. Store in cool dry place. Use only glass, wooden or ceramic container and utensils. Add oils with an atomizer or spritzer or eye dropper. Age in airtight container for a few days to a few weeks - gently stirring once or twice a week.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  HOMEMADE MODELING CLAY  
  1 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 tbsp. powdered alum (opt.)
Water
  Mix just enough water to make it smooth and workable. If clay gets dry, mix in a little more water. Store tightly covered.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  CHRISTMAS SPONGE ART  
  White paper
Scissors
Dry sponge
Ballpoint pen
Water colors (red & green)
  Draw a yuletide motif on white paper. Then, with your parents help, cut out and place on a dry sponge (one with tiny holes in the sponge are the best). Then trace the pattern with your ballpoint pen and cut out the shape (again, with your parents help). Then, dip in paint, squeeze excess paint out and blot onto either plain white or solid colored wrapping paper. You can stamp each sponge several times before re-dipping in the paint. This even dresses up plain newspaper wrapping! Great for any time of the year!   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  ROSE WATER  
  1 qt. distilled water
1/2 pt. 70% proof alcohol (not Isopropyl)
2 c. rose petals
10 drops rose oil
1 gallon clear jar
  Place rose petals and 1 cup of distilled water in blender and blend until fine. Pour into one gallon jar and add remaining ingredients. Cover tightly and set in sun to steep for two weeks. Strain into clean large bowl or container. Pour into small glass containers or antique perfume bottles. Use to scent bath water or as an after bath splash.   
         

 

         
 

You will need:

  GELATIN CRITTERS  
  2 envelopes gelatin
1 pkg. (4 - 1/2 c. servings) sugar free strawberry-banana flavor gelatin
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c. boiling water
  In a medium bowl, stir gelatins together with a fork. Stir cinnamon into boiling water until dissolved. Add water to gelatin and stir until dissolved. Pour into an 8" to 9" square pan. Chill about 2 hours, until firm. Using 2" to 3" animal cookie cutters (such as cat, owl, horse) cut out shapes. (These little critters do not melt at room temperature.) Makes 8 servings. (You could also use any cut out shapes, according to the holiday at hand!)   
         

 

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