2 C Flour
1/2 C Salt
2 Tb Cream of Tartar
2 C Water
2 Tb Cooking Oil
Food coloring as desired
Oil of cloves, wintergreen
In a large saucepan, add flour, salt, cream of tartar, water and oil. Cook
over a low heat until of dough consistency. Let cool, then add food coloring
and flavorings. Makes 4 cups.
Wildflower Bookmark Craft
A small collection of wildflowers, ferns, and grasses
2" x 6" piece of white poster board
3" x 7" piece of clear contact paper
Embroidery floss or yarn
Combine your child's love of nature and reading by making a wildflower
bookmark! This project also makes a wonderful, homespun gift.
1. To find decorations, take a nice long walk with your child to collect
beautiful wildflowers and grasses. Buttercups and other wildflowers with small
heads and pretty colors are a good choice, as are ferns, grasses, and pine
2. When you've brought your collection home, have your child spread out his
finds, and then experiment with laying them out on a rectangle of poster board.
(Make sure you leave room at the top of the bookmark, since you'll be punching
a hole there later.)
3. Once your child comes up with a design he likes, lay the clear contact
papersticky side downover both the leaves and the poster board
bookmark, centering it as carefully as possible. There will be a ½"
border of contact paper all around the poster board.
4. With the scissors, make a diagonal cut from each corner of the contact paper
to each corner of the poster board.
5. Now, fold the edges of the contact paper over to the back of the bookmark on
6. Center a hole near the top of the bookmark with the hole punch.
7. Let your child pick out a colorful piece of embroidery floss or yarn. Run it
through the hole and tie it in a knot to form a tassel. Your bookmark is
Faces Artsy Craft
One oak tag backing for each group
Crayons and colored markers
Children create flip books in which eyes, noses, and mouths get all mixed up
to produce some very funny faces.
Divide children into two or three groups and distribute a copy of the head
outline to each child. Tell children that they are going to use their
imaginations to draw a funny face.
Point to the horizontal lines and explain that these lines are the secret to
making the faces really funny. Demonstrate how children should place the eyes
above the top line, the nose centered below the middle line, and the mouth
below the bottom line.
Encourage children to add anything else they wish to the picture, such as wild
hair or a silly hat. After children finish their drawings, have them carefully
cut along the horizontal lines.
Next, children in each group sort the strips into three piles, eyes, noses, and
mouths and then staple each section carefully to an oak tag backing. Children
can sit in a circle to pass the flip books around and create funny faces.
Animal Finger Puppets
Bits of String
Small Pom Poms
BODY BASICS Use scissors to shape the puppets'
midsection from a 3-inch square of craft paper--perhaps a round potbelly for a
pig or a rectangular body for an alligator.
For legs, roll and glue four 1 1/2- by 3-inch paper strips into cylinders. Make
them wide enough to fit your child's fingers, so she/he can walk the puppet
Attach each leg to the midsection with a piece of masking tape, pressing one
end inside the cylinder and the other onto the back of the body.
TALKING HEADS A dog, lion, bug, or deer: Draw a
suitable head and ears on a piece of craft paper. Then cut out the shape and
glue it onto the body. Glue on wiggley eyes and distinguishing details, such as
a pom-pom nose, a mane fashioned from snips of string, waxed-paper wings, or
A PIGLET With a small half circle, form and glue a
paper cone. Flatten the tip of the cone with your thumb to create a pig snout.
Glue on big floppy ears and attach the head to the body with tape.
AN ALLIGATORMatch up a pair of 2 1/2- by 1
1/2-inch rectangles with the shorter edges at the top and bottom. Glue together
the very tops, then fold back the glued portion and make a crease. With pinking
shears, trim the sides and bottoms of the rectangles to create a tapered,
toothy jaw. Glue the folded edge to the back of the body. Finally, glue on a
pair of googly-eye stalks.