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Face Paint
Finger Paint #1
Finger Paint #2
Finger Paint #3
Finger Paint #4
NOTE: You can buy grocery freezer paper for an
inexpensive finger paint paper; cut to desired size.
Puffy Paint
Rainbow Crayons
Sidewalk Chalk

Face Paint

1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon Water
1/2 teaspoon Cold cream
Food coloring

Combine cornstarch and water in a small dish.
Stir together until mixture is smooth.
Stir in food coloring and cold cream.

Finger Paint #1

1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups Cold Water
food Coloring

Mix cornstarch with cold water in saucepan. Bring
to a boil and continue boiling until it thickens.
Let mixture cool slightly, then pour equal amounts into
small jars and color with desired drops of food coloring.
Store in the fridge and use within a week.

Finger Paint #2

Mix 2 cups flour
2 teaspoons Salt
2 1/4 cups Cold Water

In a large saucepan, mix flour and salt with
1/4 cup of warm water until smooth. Gradually
add 2 cups hot water and boil till thick and clear.
Color with food coloring or Tempera Paint.

Finger Paint #3

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup Ivory flakes
1/2 cup Salt
1 quart Water
Poster Paints or food colors

Mix all ingredients together in a large saucepan.
Cook together until thick. Color with dry poster
paint or food coloring.

Finger Paint #4

4 cups Liquid Starch
1-1/2 cups soap flakes (NOT detergent!)
1 Tablespoon Powdered Tempera Paint

Place the tempera paint in 2 quart bowl and add
just enough hot water to make a creamy paste.
Gently stir in the soap flakes and blend together.
Add the liquid starch, 1 cup at a time, stirring
until you get the consistency you want.
Store in a covered container in the refriderator.

Puffy Paint

2 cups Salt
2 cups Water
2 cups Flour
Food coloring or Tempera paints

Mix water, salt and flour together. This recipe
can be doubled or tripled if needed. Add food
coloring or tempera paint to mixture until desired
color is obtained.
Spoon the colored mixture into squeeze bottles.
Have the children squeeze the mixture onto a thick
paper plate or piece of cardboard. Have enough
colors of the puffy paint available so that they
can mix the colors. Let their creations dry
overnight on a flat surface. When this dries
it is rock hard and the salt sparkles.

Rainbow Crayons

Broken crayon pieces - all colors
Muffin tins
Aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Line each muffin cup with a separate piece of foil.
Take all paper off crayons. Break crayons into
1-inch pieces. Put assorted colors of crayon pieces
into each lined muffin cup, filling each half way.
Put muffin tin in preheated oven and time for about
5-7 minutes. Watch CAREFULLY, since they melt quickly.
Do not melt the crayons completely, just enough to
blend them all together. Carefully remove from oven
and allow to cool completely, in the muffin tin,
without shaking the tin (about 30 minutes). When
completely cool,remove from tin and peel off foil.

Sidewalk Chalk

3/4 cup Warm Water
1-1/2 cups Plaster of Paris
2-3 Tablespoons Powdered Tempra Paints
Containers for Mixing
Empty Toilet Paper Tubes

Cover one end of tissue tube with duct tape. Place a loosely rolled piece of wax paper into the tube to create a liner to keep the plaster from sicking to the tube.

Pour water into mixing container then sprinkle plaster; a little at a time, into the water until plaster no longer dissolves (approx.1-1/2 cups). Stir thoroughly. Mix in 2-3 Tablespoons of tempra paint in your choice of colour.

Place tubes sealed end down on a flat surface. Pour plaster mix in. Tap side of tube to release air bubbles. Let dry 1-2 days, pull off mold and have fun drawing!

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to rinse container and spoon outside or in a container of water to avoid clogging indoor sink drains.

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Last modified: 15 April 2000
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