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Favorite Preschool Recipes

Cooked Playdough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
2 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Food Coloring
Add food coloring to the water, or to the cooked dough before kneading (if you want more than one color in a batch).
Cook all ingredients on medium heat, stirring until a ball forms. (3-5 minutes).
Remove from heat.
Knead on waxed paper.
Does not need refrigeration.
Store in airtight container.
Keeps about 3 months.


Uncooked Playdough

(This does not keep as well as cooked playdough, but is fun for children to make).
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon alum
Combine all ingredients. Add water tinted with food coloring until mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough (no more than 1/2 cup water). Store in airtight container.

Kool-Aid Playdough

1/2 cup salt
2 1/2 cups flour plus extra
1 tablsepoon alum (available at drugstore)
2 pkgs. Kool-aid, unsweetened
3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups boiling water
Mix together the salt, flour, alum, and Kool-aid. Add oil and 1/4 to 1/2 cup boiling water, stirring constantly until mixture balls up, adding more flour as needed.

Pure White Modeling Dough

2 cups (one 1 1b. pkg.) baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups water
Combine in a saucepan, heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture reaches a dough-like consistency. When cool enough to handle, knead slightly. It will keep a month or two if stored in a plastic bag or airtight container. Dough is pure white and gentle on hands. Food coloring or tempera paint may be added to the water or it may be left white and drawn on with markers or tempera paint.

Salt Dough

2 cups salt
1 cup cornstarch
11/2 cups water
Mix ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. When mixture resembles bread dough, spread on waxed paper. When cool, knead 3 to 5 minutes. The dough will keep 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator.
To make ornaments:
Roll out dough. Shape ornament. Make a hole with a pencil tip or insert a paper clip for a hanger. Bake or dry in the open air.
Ornaments can be painted with water colors, acrylic paint, tempera paint, or felt pens, and decorated by gluing on glitter or sequins.



1 cup glue (Elmer's, or any white school glue)
3/4 cup water
Mix these two ingredients together. Next mix 1/2 cup water and 2 teaspoons of borax together. Then add this to the above mixture. To add color, use water soluble marking pens.

Bubble Recipe

For regular bubbles: Or for super bubbles:
10 cups warm water 1 quart warm water
1 cup Dawn or Joy dish detergent 2/3 cup Dawn liquid dish detergent
1 teaspoon glycerin 1/3 cup glycerin
(glycerin is available at the drugstore)

Mix all ingredients together. Store and use as wanted. Experiment with different kinds of bubble makers, like plastic woven-type berry baskets, sieves, or even hula hoops. Children are delighted with the results!


Giant Chalk

Mix plaster of Paris according to directions on package. Add tempera paint to color, and pour into a toilet paper tube lined with a plastic bag. When plaster is hard, remove the bag, and you'll have a giant chalk for use indoors or out.

Finger Paint

tempera paint
1 cup Ivory Snow soap flakes
1 cup Vano liquid starch
Mix soap and starch. Divide into cups; add about one tablespoon tempera paint to each cup. Use paper with a hard, shiny surface or a tabletop.

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