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Indian Bracelet

16-18" leather lacing
8 -10 pony beads, any colors

String all but one of the beads onto the lacing; center.
Tie knots on both sides of the beads allowing enough room for the beads to move a little.
String the remaining bead on one end of the bracelet.
Force the other end of the lacing through the bead the other way... so the ends of the lacing are both going through the bead, but in opposite directions. Kids will probably need some help from Mom or Dad at this point.
After you have pushed both ends through the last bead, tie a knot in each end. The ends can be pulled on to adjust the fit of the bracelet. If the ends are too long, they can be trimmed before knotting.
Just be sure to leave enough so the bracelet can be expanded to fit over the hand.
A word of caution: I would not allow this to be made as a necklace for obvious safety reasons. It could, however, be made large enough for an ankle bracelet.
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Apple Animal

Half an apple
5 Toothpicks
1 Big Marshmallow
4 Carrot Circles
3 Mini Marshmallows
3 M&M's

Push a toothpick into the apple and cut 4 carrot circles for feet and push toothpicks into them. Push the toothpicks into the bottom of the apple.

Glue on mini-marshmallows for ears and muzzle with peanut butter.
Glue on M&M's for eyes and nose with peanut butter.

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Finger paints

1/2 c Flour
1/2-3/4 C water
1/2 c Salt
Food coloring

Use enough water to make the consistency of the paint about the same as a thick gravy.
Mix the food color into the water first and then add the flour and salt.

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DO-IT YOURSELF CLAY THAT'S SAFE FOR KIDS 2 cups baking soda 1 cup Argo Corn Starch 1 1/4 cups water Mix cornstarch and baking soda, add water, mix. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Thicken to consistency of mashed potatoes. Form clay into desired shapes, let dry for 36 hours, color with paint or felt-tip marker, and coat with shellac or clear nail polish.


Sawdust Clay Mix 4 cups of fine sawdust (can usually be obtained for a minimum or free at the lumber yard), 1/4 cup dry plaster of paris, 1 1/2 cups of dry wallpaper paste. Add water slowly to the combined dry ingredients until the mixture is moist enough to hond together. Knead clay until well mixed. Use as you would any other clay. Keep unused portion in a sealed plastic bag. Allow several days to dry finished item. Finished item can then be painted if desired. Bread Dough Clay Mix 3 tablespoons of white glue with 3 crumbled up slices of bread (crusts removed). A few drops of water may be needed if the bread is very dry. Knead clay along time until it is very smooth. This clay is especially good for making bread dough flowers and miniature sculptured items. Food coloring can be added to tint the clay different colors. By doing so, the items will not have to be painted when the clay is dry. Play Dough Mix 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon alum (for preservative), and food coloring can be added if desired. Mix ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until it forms into one ball (about 5 minutes) Store in air-tight container when not in use. (Cookie cutters from garage sales along with this dough in a sand-bucket or similar continer makes for a nice childrens gift) Modeling Goop Mix together 1 cup of salt and 2/3 cup water in a pan and stir until mixture is well heat4ed. Remove from heat and add a paste made from 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Stir in quickly. Mixture should be the consistency of stiff dough. If it is not stiff enough, place in pan over low heat and stir for about one minute. Goop can be colored with food coloring or left white and painted with tempera when dry. No refrigeration is necessary. Objects will dry at room temperature in about 36 hours. Soap Suds Paint Mix one 12 ounce box of cold water starch with an equal amount of Lux or Ivory soap flakes. Add two cups of cold water and mix well. beat this mixture with an egg beater until it reaches the conistency of stiff meringue. Add powdered tempera to color and finger paint pictures or designs on slick shelf paper that has been taped to the table or to cardboard. (This will keep the paper from curling up) Finger Paint Mix one 12 ounce box of argo cornstarch, 1 cup wallpaper paste, 1 cup cold water. Add 1 quart of hot water and cook until thick. Add 3 drops of oil of wintergreen to keep it sweet, and 6 drops of glycerine to prevent cracking. Make several colors by adding powdered poster paint to portions and store in baby food jars. Use slick shelf paper or freezer paper to finger paint projects. Lasting Finger Paint Recipe 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 cup cold water, 1 envelope knock's gelatin, 2 cups hot water, 1/2 cup soap flakes or detergent all purpose liquic dyes. Mix cornstarch and 3/4 cup of cold water in sauce pan. Soak gelatin in remaining 1/4 cup cold water. Stir hot water slowly into cornstarch mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils and is clear. Remove from heat; blend in softened gelatin. Stir in soap until mixtures thickens and is thoroughly dissolved. Cool and divide into jars then stir in coloring. GLARCH Adapted from the Kid's Squish Book. Resembles commercially available Gak. If Sta-Flo is not availalbe, add 3/4 to 1 cup of cornstarch to recipe. School glue works better than white glue. Materials: 1/2 cup white school glue (see above) 1/4 cup liquid Sta-Flo starch (see above) Food coloring (optional) Mix ingredients in disposable plastic container. Stir well. Knead mixture in a newspaper-covered surface until smooth. Add starch if mixture sticks to hands. Add 1/2 teaspoon glue if the mixture is too stringy. Use the day it is made; does not store well. GLOOP Can be pulled to and fro for a snap-and-crackly tug-of-war. Materials: 4 ozs. white glue 1 1/2 cups water 1 teaspoon borax powder Food coloring Pour glue into clean jar. Add 1/2 cup of water and 10 drops of food coloring. Stir. COmbine borax and 1 cup of water in a medium size plastic bowl. Slowly pour glue mixture into the borax mixture and stir until well mixed. The borax causes the mixture to congeal. Scoop the gloop out of the water and knead in hands until it becomes dry enough to play with. Stored in a sealed container this should keep for several weeks. Gloops dries out after alot of handling. By: Mark Steele GOOP * Suggested ages are 18 months and up COOKED PLAY DOUGH Materials: 1 cup white flour 1 cup water 2 teaspoons cream of tarter 1/4 cup salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Food coloring (optional) Waxed paper Mix all ingredients in pot. Cook over moderate heat stirring constantly with metal spoon. The dough will become harder to stir after about five minutes. It will begin to "gather" on the spoon. Dump the dough onto the waxed paper and allow to cool slightly. Knead until smooth. Will keep up to two weeks stored in a tightly sealed container. Activities: Cover cardboard with dough and use different items (combs, toothbrushes, etc.) to form different textures. Make small sculptures-will harden in one or two days. Make vase and seal with acrylic paint after it hardens. SLURCH This doesn't hold shape like "play dough" but is oozey Materials: 1 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup water Food coloring (optional) Mix all ingredients in plastic bowl. Consistency can be changed by adding more water, then more cornstarch. Activities: Put in hand and let run through fingers. Place a toy on top of the slurch in the bowl and see what happens. By: Cindy Adams Re: Koolaid dough Mix together: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 cup salt 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar 2 packages UNSWEETENED Koolaid Add and stir until well mixed: 3 Tablespoons salad oil 2 cups boiling water I have never tried baking this, but it is wonderful for children because of the color and smell.