Art Recipes for Children 1


Art Recipes

Non-Hardening No Cook

2 cups self-rising flour
1 T. Alum
2 T. Salt
2 T. cooking oil
1 cup plus 2 T. boiling water
Mix and knead. (Due to boiling water, cannot be made with the children)

Dry Salt Paint

1 cup salt
½ tsp food coloring
Spread in pan to dry. Put in shakers. Shake onto paper brushed with glue.

Cooked Playdough

1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 cup water
1 T. vegetable oil
1 tsp cream of tartar
Heat until ingredients form a ball. Add food coloring.

Finger Paint

1 cup elastic dry starch
1 cup cold water
3 cups boiling water
1 cup Ivory Snow Flakes
oil of cloves (few drops)
vegetable coloring
Dissolve elastic starch in cold water. Smooth lumps and add boiling water. Stir constantly. Thicken but do not boil more than 1 minute. Add rest of ingredients. Use on glazed paper or wrapping paper.

Soap Bubbles

1 cup water
2 T. liquid detergent
1 T. glycerin
½ tsp. Sugar
Mix all ingredients. Use bubble wands to blow bubbles.

Sawdust Modeling

4 cups sawdust
1 cup wheat paste
2 ½ cups water.
Mix. Add color.

Easy Playdough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
tempera paint
Mix flour, salt and paint with enough water to make the correct consistency.

Sally’s Playdough Recipe

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 T. oil
1 T. alum
½ cup salt
2 T. vanilla
food coloring
Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat, add vanilla and color. Divide into balls and knead in color.


½ cup flour
½ cup water
Clean Mud
4 rolls of toilet paper (torn)
3 bars Ivory Soap (shaved)
1 gallon warm water
½ tsp. bleach
large tub
Place torn toilet paper in tub. Add grated soap. Add warm water. Mix and knead.Add water when dry.


Mix equal parts white glue to liquid starch. (Gak has the texture and consistency of Silly Putty)
½ cup cornstarch
¼ cup water
food coloring
Mix in media table. Let children explore texture – it is wet, but feels dry to the touch.

Puffy Paint

Mix equal parts of flour, salt, water, liquid tempera (for color). Put in squeeze container. Use on heavy paper.

Scribble Cookies

Put old stubby crayons in muffin tins (lined with cupcake papers) Place in warm oven. Let melt. Pop out of paper when cool.

Sparkly Salt Paint

2 cups salt
½ cup liquid starch
1 cup water
tempera paint or food color
Thoroughly mix liquid starch, salt, and water. Slowly add food coloring or tempera powder. Use as paint. Pictures will sparkle when the salt paint dries.

Dry Sand Paint

½ cup sand (washed, dried)
1 T. powdered paint
Mix. Put into a shaker
Shake onto glue on paper

All projects require adult supervision

Cathy Abraham

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December 27, 2007

Janet McCann @ 10:20 pm #

I found your article on capturing the child attention to be very inspiring.

Thank you,

Janet McCann

December 28, 2007

Admin @ 10:49 am #

Thanks for your comment Janet. It's always great to get positive feedback. Fiona

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