Neat Stuff I Learned From CACFP: Part 3, Recipes for Play

Oh my and what a fun learning experience this one was, my mind was filled with goodies to pass on to other parents and child care professionals. More Neat Stuff… the presenter passed out little books she made for the child care providers she serviced for CACFP. Mind you this is before everyone had access to computers and the internet, 

Edible Clay, You Say: Just take equal amounts of Peanut Butter, Powdered Milk and moisten with honey to the thickness of clay. Mold and decorate with stick pretzels, raisins, grated carrots, nuts, apples and bananas, etc.

Finger Paints: Oh my so many she had; 

Finger Paint No. 1: 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 cups cold water, 1/2 cup cornstarch, food coloring; Mix the first two ingredients and then add the water. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until well blended. Divide the mixture into 4-5 portions and add a different food coloring to each, plus a pinch of detergent. The latter helps with clean-up. 
Finger Paint No. 2: 
1/2 cup dry laundry starch, 1/2 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup cold water,1 teaspoon glycerine, 11/2 cups boiling water, food coloring. Mix starch and cold water in saucepan. Pour in the boiling water and cook over low heat till shiny. Remove from the heat and add soap and glycerine. Divide the portions and add different food coloring. VARIATION: Just beat warm water into Lux or Ivory Flakes till consistency desired and add paint or food coloring. 

Pudding Finger Paint: Mix Instant Vanilla Pudding with water and powdered tempera paint, or mix instant chocolate pudding with water. 

Home Made Finger Paint: 1 quart boiling water, 3 cups laundry starch, 11/2 cup soap flakes, 1/2 cup talcum powder, powdered tempra paint. 

Clown Paint: 1/4 teaspoon powdered tempra paint, 1/8 cup baby lotion, 1 squirt liquid dishwashing soap, Easily removed by soap and water. 

Funny Face Make-Up: 2 teaspoons white shortening (see its still good for something) 5 teaspoons of corn starch, 1 teaspoon of white flour, 4 drops of glycerin(just a touch of food coloring) If you need any brown, substitute 2 ½ teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa instead of food coloring. 

Play Dough: Dough it yourself style
1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, ½ cup of salt, 2tsp of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon of salad oil (food coloring optional.) Combine all ingredients in a pan and stir over medium heat until mixture forms a ball. Work with hands until cool. Store in air tight container. 

Silly Puddy: It's hard to stop playing with this the little one said! 
1 cup of Elmer’s glue, 1 ½ cups of liquid starch and of course food coloring. In a medium bowl, mix glue and starch together. Add a few drops of food coloring. Cover bowl and let it stand for several hours. Pour off extra starch. Store in covered container.