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2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
1 cup water
2 packages unsweetened fruit drink mix or 1 package flavored gelatin
Mix ingredients in a saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat until dough pulls away from the sides. Remove from heat and place in resealable bag. Knead dough through bag for 2 minutes. Seal bag and dough is ready to use. Store in refrigerator.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
About 1 cup water
Food coloring
Mix flour, salt and oil together in a large bowl. Add several drops of food coloring to the water. Stir the flour mixture as you slowly add the water until a ball of dough forms. Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
2 cups sand
1 cup water
1 cup cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until thick. Cool and store in an airtight container. Shape, then let dry.


1 tablespoon all spice
1 tablespoon nutmeg
¾ cup cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cloves
1 cup applesauce
Mix ingredients in a large bowl. To use, roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Poke a hole at the top of each shape. Place shapes on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper. Air dry for several days, turning often.
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
1 ¼ cups water
Food coloring or tempera paint

Mix ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 4 minutes, or until the consistency of mashed potatoes, making sure to stir the mixture every 30 seconds. (Or place ingredients in a sauce pan and stir over low heat until thickened, about 15 minutes.) Spread out the mixture in a baking pan until cool enough to handle. Tint the clay with food coloring or tempera paint. Let your child use the Play Clay to make shapes, sculptures, or whatever they wish. Allow the Play Clay creations to dry on a baking rack for 24 hours or until dry.

Variation: Instead of tinting the Play Clay, let your child paint her dried creations with tempera paint.

Hint: If you would like to make the Play Clay ahead of time, put the cooled dough in a zipper-top bag, seal out all the air, and store in the refrigerator.


1 cup salt
¾ cup cold water
½ cup cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Stir over low heat until thick.  Place on a board or on waxed paper until cool.  Knead the dough then store in an airtight container.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup nonfat dry milk

Mix together, adding more peanut butter or milk until you have the consistency you desire.  This dough is edible, but you decide if you want to encourage your children to eat art materials. Actually, this dough is perfect for toddlers since it doesn't matter if they eat it.