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Toddler Celebrations: Craft Tips

Paint

Try making your own paint by mixing one part powdered tempera paints to two parts dish soap.  This paint is very easy to clean up.  We like washable powdered tempera paints from Oriental Trading.

Playdough

I have adapted this recipe for homemade playdough from a recipe in Trish Kuffner's The Toddler's Busy Book.  Combine 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar in a saucepan.  Heat until warm.  Remove from heat and add in 1 cup of flour.  Stir it in, then knead the dough until it's smooth.  Divide the dough into portions and mix a different color of food coloring into each portion.

Potato Prints

With a sharp knife, cut a potato in half widthwise.  Use the tip of the knife to draw a simple shape into the cut edge of the potato, about 1/4 inch deep.  Cut away the portions of the potato that are between the edges of the potato and the edges of the shape you drew.  Leave the center portion intact, so that you have a raised shape to use as a stamp.  Dab the stamp with a dry paper towel to remove some of the moisture from the potato.  Dip the stamp in paint, then press it to paper.

Sponge Stamps

Use scissors to cut a simple shape into a clean, dry household sponge.  Dip one side of the stamp into paint, then press it onto paper.