Dolly's Playtime recipes
Home Made Baby Wipes
You will need:
Container with seal tight lid
1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels
2 Tablespoons of baby oil
2 Tablespoons of baby bath
2 cups of water
Cut the roll of paper towels in half.  Remove cardboard center.  Mix liquid ingredients, pour on top of paper towels, and pull first towel up.
Each roll of towels makes 2 containers of wipes.
Bounty towels seem to work best.  If you let the wipes sit a while, they will absorb the liquid.
"I have found that if you add approximately 1/8 cup more water to the mixture then add the paper towels (with the cardboard center), let soak for a couple of hours, then the cardboard center pulls out with great ease!!  I also use Bounty Select-a-Size.  They make better sized wipes."

2 C Dawn/Joy (generics work fine)
4 oz glycerin
Enough water to fill jug.

Place Dawn and glycerin in 1 gal container add enough water to fill. Let set at least over night.

Corn Starch goo

Corn starch
shallow tub or bowl
Pour a small box of corn starch into the tub. Mix small amounts of water. Play - The goo will harden in your hand when you squeeze it but melt when you open your hand.

Cornstarch Modeling Mixture

1 cup salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup boiling water

Mix salt, cornstarch and water in saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is too stir to stir. When cool, knead until smooth. Paint masterpieces when dry.
Can make necklaces, punch small holes in rounded pieces, let dry and paint. Also Christmas decorations, animals, etc.

Easel Paint

1 spoonful powdered tempera paint
1 spoonful wall paper paste

Add warm water. Mix well. Consistency of paint should just be thick enough to drop from a brush.

Extender Base For Powdered Tempera Paint

1/3 box cornstarch

Add a small amount of cold water to cornstarch. Four boiling water in slowly, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Add a few drops of dish soap for easier washing. This is ready for finger painting. Just sprinkle on tempera paint powder. With the leftover mixture, add color and store in a jar for brush painting.

Finger Paint

2 c. cold water
3 t. sugar
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 T. light corn syrup
Liquid food coloring
Small bowls or jars with lids

1. In a small pot, stir water, sugar, and cornstarch. Whisk over low heat
for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in corn syrup. Pour paint into small containers with lids.
3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each. Place lid on container and
shake until color is well mixed.

 Paper Mache

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 inch strips of newspaper

In a large bowl, mix flour and water so it is not sloppy (dripping). Stir until completely mixed. Let stand 1 minute. In the meantime, blow up balloon and knot. Place balloon in a large bowl to set. Do not cover the knot with mache. Put newspaper strips into mixture, then smooth on balloon. You may also put a thin layer of flour mixture on the balloon, then put the newspaper strips on, making sure each one is moist but not soaking wet. Cover balloon completely twice, letting dry in between layers. To dry , place in a warm place (not near direct heat) for 2-3 days. When dry, pop the balloon with a pin, make sure the mache is dry. Paint, glue things on, use spray paint and glitter, etc.


1 c. peanut butter
2/3-1 c. nonfat dry milk
2 tbsp. honey

Mix ingredients. Add enough powdered milk to make playdough dry enough to handle. Shape into balls. Add raisins to make a face. Or stir in chow mein noodles and make a bird's nest. Or stir in Cheerios or chocolate chips for fun. Eat and enjoy!

 Play dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 TBSP cream of tartar
2 TBSP cooking oil
food coloring (optional)

Add food coloring and oil to water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat, add dry ingredients to liquid, stirring quickly. Dough will very quickly form a ball. Turn onto floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes.

 Salt Dough

1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup warm water

In large bowl, mix together. On a floured surface, roll dough out about 1/4 inch thick with a lightly floured rolling pin. If using cookie cutters, dip in flour first, or make your own designs using knives (under supervision) , butter spreaders, cups, etc. You may use toothpicks, straws, the heads of screws, forks, etc. for special effects (under supervision). When done, place on cookie sheet and bake 325 degrees F for 30 minutes. Cool and decorate with paint. If making ornaments, mobiles, wall hangings, etc. you may wish to make a hole in the top with a toothpick or straw, BEFORE cooking. Unused dough to be stored in a covered container in fridge.

Sidewalk Chalk

The shells of 6 eggs
1 tsp. very hot tap water
1 tsp. flour
wash the egg shells dry and grind them with a rock on a concrete surface *( clean the rock so you wont get dirt in this), Grind the shells into a fine powder. You will need 1 tbsp. powder.
Sift the egg shell powder, If you have enough the sift again with the flour. Mix this mix with the water to form a paste and mix well add food color if you want.  Shape this into a chalk stick and wrap in a paper towel and set aside to dry. This will take about three days. Then peel off the paper and you are ready To use.

Silly Putty

Mix together:
2 parts Elmer's glue all
1 part liquid starch ( not homemade)
Gradually pour starch into glue and mix. if it is too sticky add more starch. You can color it with food color if you want. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
1c. white glue
2 c. water
food color
1 tsp. Borax
Mix the glue, 1 1/2 c. of water and color. In a separate bowl dissolve the borax in 1/2 c. water. Add to the glue mixture.  You will get a very thick clump of slime when these two are mixed. Now, with clean hands knead to mix about 10 min.
If you want to make it more slimy add more water- careful, The slimier it is it will stick to fabric.

Soap Crayons

1 3/4 cups Ivory Snow (powder or flakes)
50 drops food coloring
1/4 cup water

Mix water and soap flakes together. Add food coloring and put mixture into an ice cube tray. (I am wondering if we could use cookie cutters or somehow get them into better shapes than just the ice cube tray, but haven't tried yet). Allow to harden. Break or cut into pieces. Fun to write with on the tub when bathing and face & hands!!!
More Playtime recipes.

Sticker Gum

We made this for a class Christmas party and designed stickers with artwork we found on the web. I then painted the back of the printed artwork with sticker gum and hung them on a small laundry rack to dry. The kids in class loved their stickers, and the parents thought it was pretty neat. We used a drop or two of peppermint extract instead of lemon, but the solution did not keep. Try lemon extract for long-term use.

1 packet (1/4 oz) unflavoured gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
3 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 teaspoon white corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin into cold water. Put aside until softened.
2. Pour softened gelatin into boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
3. Add corn syrup and lemon extract. Mix well. Make 4 ounces.

To use: Brush gum onto the back of paper. When dry, cut out "stickers" and moisten glue with tongue. Fix to whatever you like.
To store : If stored in a pill bottle or other tightly sealed container, it should last several months
Note: This gum will gel. Top return it to a liquid state, warm it in a pan of hot water, just like you would warm a baby bottle. Heck, warm it with the baby bottle!