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Ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 teaspoons cream
of tartar, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon oil, food coloring. Combine
flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Mix liquids
and gradually stir them into dry ingredients. Stir until smooth.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms.
Remove from heat, cool to touch, and knead until smooth. To
give the dough a nice smell, use unsweetened Kool-Aid instead
of food coloring. This dough is very pliable and lasts about
three or four months.
Butter Play Dough (Edible)
Ingredients: 2 cups peanut butter, 6 tablespoons honey, Nonfat
dry milk. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix, adding enough
dry milk to reach the consistency of bread dough. Shape, decorate
with m&m's or other edible treats. Enjoy!
This play dough is colorful and has a wonderful fragrance
too. The kids just love it!
cups boiling water
Mix dry ingredients. Add oil. Add water and knead. Store in
plastic bags in the refrigerator.
Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1/4 cup flour, 5 cups boiling
water. Mix flour into one cup water until mixture is thin
and runny, stir into boiling water. Gently boil and stir
for 3 minutes. Cool before using. (Use with newspaper/newsprint
strips for Paper mache).
Ingredients: A DISPOSABLE plastic bowl, plastic spoon,
something tube-shaped like a toilet tissue roll, wax paper,
duct or electrical tape, plaster of Paris (available at
craft supply store), water, and tempera paint.
Tape the bottom end
of the tube with duct tape. Line the tube with wax paper.
(Cut a piece of wax paper to fit inside tube.) In the
bowl, mix 1 cup plaster of Paris with 1/2 cup water and
2 Tablespoons of paint. (For pastels, use white with a
touch of primary paint.) Stir until all lumps are gone
. Set tube upright and fill with
colored Plaster. Tap to release air bubbles. Let dry -
may take 1 or 2 days. Remove mold and enjoy! (WARNING:
plaster of Paris will clog up drains!)
Ingredients: 2 cups salt, 2/3 cup water, 1 cup cornstarch,
1/2 cup water (cold). Stir salt and water over heat for about
5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch and cold
water. Mix until smooth, return to heat and cook until thick.
Cool before using. Store in plastic bag.
Add 5 drops of food coloring and 1/2 tsp vinegar to 1/2 cup
rice. Mix until all the rice is colored. Spread on a baking
sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes or until the
rice is dry. Cool and place each color in a ziplock bag to
keep. You can use colored rice for "coloring" pictures,
mosaic art projects or just plain creative art work. (You
can dry more than one color on a sheet by keeping them separate.
Try making smaller foil trays to put each color in and then
set on the cooking sheet.
Aquarium. Here's a fun activity to cook up when studying
need 1 (4 serving size) pkg. Berry Blue flavor gelatin,
1 cup cold water, 1 cup hot water, Gummy fish
the gelatin in boiling water.
the cold water and stir until dissolved.
until slightly thickened.
into 4 dessert dishes.
the gummy fish in the gelatin so it looks like they are
swimming in water.
Make your own bubbles! Stir together: 1/4 cup Dishwashing
Detergent, 2 cups water, and 1 tbsp. glycerin. Store in covered
Ingredients: 2 Cups granulated sugar,
heavy string, 1 cup water, 1 drop of food coloring,
glass jar, and pencil
Put 1 cup of water and 1 drop of food coloring into a small
saucepan. Cook over medium heat. Add sugar slowly stirring
until the sugar melts. Continue adding sugar slowly until
the sugar will dissolve no more. Remove from the stove and
cool until it is warm. Pour the liquid into a clean glass
Tie one end of the heavy string around the middle of a pencil.
Place the pencil over the top of the glass jar letting the
cord hang into the warm sugar mixture. A rock formation will
form in a few hours. The next day reheat the sugar mixture
in a saucepan. Pour mixture back into the jar and hang the
rock formation again in the glass jar. Repeat this procedure
every day until the rock formation is as big as you want it.
This moon rock is edible! Have each child make a different
color moon rock for fun!
cups smooth peanut butter
cups powdered milk
cups powdered sugar
cups white corn syrup
together to make a dough. Form the dough into the shape of
a map on wax paper. Use blue icing to mark bodies of water,
m&ms for capitals and major cities, and chocolate chips
You'll need: 1 round balloon, old newspapers, 1 cup
flour, water, plastic container, spoon, color picture
of the earth, pencil, blue and green tempera paint, paint
brushes, black marker.
together 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water. Stir into 4 cups
boiling water. Simmer 3 minutes, then cool.
up the balloon and tie it off. Tear newspaper into strips
about 1 inch wide. Dip each strip of newspaper into the flour
glue and wrap around the balloon. Cover the balloon completely
with strips. Let it dry overnight. Repeat with a 2nd and 3rd
layer. This will take a few days. When it is completely dry,
pop the balloon. Using your color photo of the earth (or a
globe) as a reference, draw and color the following on your
a line around the middle of the balloon for the equator
the seven continents and label.
the north and south poles.
the oceans. major rivers, and lakes.
the continents green. Let dry.
the oceans, seas, and lakes blue. Let dry.
where you live.
need: cookie sheet, pop bottle (large), dirt, 1 tablespoon
baking soda, 1 cup vinegar
colored with red food coloring.
Place the cookie sheet on the ground and set the pop bottle
in the middle. Pack the dirt around the bottle (moisten the
dirt, if needed) until it forms a mountain - all way up to
the opening of the bottle. (Don't get dirt in the bottle!)
Add 1 Tablespoon of baking soda to the bottle. Pour the colored
vinegar into the bottle and watch out for the lava explosion!
need: 6 oz. package blueberry flavored gelatin, oreos, cool
the jello according to package directions and pour into glass
pan. Refrigerate until set. Crush oreos and mix with one container
of Cool Whip. Pile on gelatin creating an icy blue glacier
with silty snow on top.
sandwich bread into circles. Fill two circles between with
cream cheese or peanut butter. Insert eight, short pretzel
sticks into filling. Top with chocolate chips for eyes.
small pkg. unflavored gelatin
small pkgs jello (with or without sugar)
pkg Kool-aid (sweet or not)
cup boiling water
all in bowl. Pour into loaf pans about 1/2" deep.
Refrigerate until set. Cut into strips to make "gummy
& MINERALS UNIT RECIPES
Rock Recipes (on a separate page)
Spoon 1 pkg instant chocolate pudding mixed according to recipe
into bowls. Crumble chocolate cookies into pieces. Spoon pudding
into bowls and sprinkle cookie crumbs on top. Voila! Instant
need: pinecones, peanut butter, popsicle stick, bird
seed, and a piece of strong string or rope (this will
be used to hang the cone on a tree).
the string or rope on top of pinecone. Using the popsicle
stick, spread peanut butter all over the pinecone. Roll pinecone
into bird seed until it is covered with seeds. Take it out
to the yard and tie it onto a tree. Watch for the birds that
cup of whipping cream
whipping cream and salt into jar. Close tightly shake until
butter forms. Pour off the liquid. Spread on crackers and
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