Clay Bake Shapes

STEP ONE Stir 1 cup salt into 1½ cups warm water. Let cool. For colored dough, add food coloring to the salt and water mixture. Add 4 cups flour and knead for 8-10 minutes.

STEP TWO Create shapes (no thicker than 2”) and bake at 325° F for 30 minutes to 1 hour (until all the moisture is gone).

STEP THREE Paint creations when cool. You can also seal the completed work with a non-toxic, water-based sealer.

TIPS: Make beads by making donut shapes. Use cookie cutters to make other fun shapes. A straw is a great tool to make a round hole in anything you want to put a string through.

Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumb Print Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup butter (softened)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup jam (raspberry, cherry, strawberry, apricot, etc.)


DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients until mixed well. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto greased cookie sheets. Kids can press thumb prints into the center of each dough ball. Fill each indentation with jam. Bake for about 15 minutes. Makes 1½-2 dozen yummy cookies.

 

Leftover Cereal Cookies

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Leftover Cereal Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup butter (softened)
  • ¼ cup white sugar 
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crushed cereal
  • Optional: chopped walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries or coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients until mixed well. Stir in cereal and optional ingredients. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. Makes 1½-2 dozen cookies. Bake for about 15 minutes. Makes 1½-2 dozen yummy cookies.

TIPS

*Add ¼ cup more sugar if using cereal low in sugar.
*Experiment with using multiple types of cereal.
*Use all the little bits at the bottom of the cereal bag.

 
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Multi-Sensory Foam

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STEP ONE In a blender, or food processor, add 4 tbsp of Dish Soap and ½ cup of water. Add a few drops of food coloring for colored foam.

STEP TWO Mix on high for 1-2 minutes. Your foam should take shape and be able to form stiff peaks. Scoop out into your container. A plastic storage bin works for transferring to the tub, or take the bin outside.

STEP THREE Repeat steps 1-2 as many times as needed to fill your container. Try different colors in each batch to make a rainbow of foam.

HOUSEHOLD HINT Using Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap is a great way to add to the sensory experience of this project. Our Dish Soap is made with essential oils and comes in many garden-fresh scents. Clean up messy hands with our new Foaming Hand Soap.

Rubber Band Painting

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STEP ONE Lay a piece of plain paper on an old baking sheet that has edges.

STEP TWO Stretch four or more rubber bands around the baking sheet, over your paper.

STEP THREE Apply different colors of paint to the rubber bands. A little goes a long way here!

STEP FOUR Snap the rubber bands and watch the paint splatter. Rotate the paper and repeat. You will be left with a unique piece of splatter art.