Gingerbread Play-Dough

1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Spices--Cinnamon, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg
*Green and Red food coloring to make Brown (optional--the spices usually
  give the dough a good Brown color.)

DIRECTIONS--
1.  Mix the dry ingredients.  Experiment with the spices until you get
     a scent and color that you like.
2.  Mix water and oil together first and then add them to the dry ingredients
     and stir.
3.  In a pot, cook the mixture for three to five minutes on low/medium, stirring     
     constantly.
4.  The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and
     stick together in a large ball.  I take it out of the pan when I see a VERY faint
     brown skin on the dough one each side when I flip it.
5.  Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft
      and smooth.
6.  Allow the dough to cool and then store it in an airtight container.

Total time to make dough:  10 minutes.  This is a very quick and easy recipe and the dough turns out great!  1 batch makes about the same amount as you would find in one small tub of store bought playdough.
The Kindergarten Kitchen
Cooked Play Dough

1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Food Coloring

DIRECTIONS--
1.  Mix the dry ingredients. 
2.  Mix water, a few drops of food coloring  and oil together first and then add them to the dry       ingredients and stir.
3.  In a pot, cook the mixture for three to five minutes on low/medium, stirring     
     constantly.
4.  The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and
     stick together in a large ball.  I take it out of the pan when I see a VERY faint
     brown skin on the dough one each side when I flip it.
5.  Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft
      and smooth.
6.  Allow the dough to cool and then store it in an airtight container.

Total time to make dough:  10 minutes.  This is a very quick and easy recipe and the dough turns out great!  1 batch makes about the same amount as you would find in one small tub of store bought playdough.
How to Dye Pasta

You'll need:

1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol
Food Coloring
Pasta

In a small tupperware container or ZIPLOCK bag put one tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol and a few drops of food coloring.  Place the pasta in the container or baggie and seal tightly.  Shake the container or baggie until all of the pasta is coated with the mixture.  Spread out the pasta on newspaper or paper towels to dry.
Baking Dough

You'll Need:
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
Water

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Add enough water to make a soft, workable dough.  Have children sculpt figures, or roll the dough and use cookie cutters to make shapes.  Bake the dough at 300 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on thickness of shapes.  When finished and cooled, shapes/figures can be painted.

Finger Paint

1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups water
food coloring

Mix ingredients in saucepan. Boil until mixture thickens. Allow to cool, then pour into jars or other storage containers and color with food coloring. Best when used on a glossy paper, such as butcher or shelf paper.
Oobleck

Corn starch
Water
Food coloring (optional)

Put cornstarch in bowl. Add enough water to make a paste.  you may also add food coloring if you'd like.. This makes a messy slime that turns from liquid to a solid.  The kids love playing with Oobleck!
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