Art supplies for home daycare businesses can be expensive. However you can save some money by making simple craft materials. These are the craft materials that children in your home daycare use over and over in creative arts activities or free play. Here are some recipes for play dough, face paint, silly putty, decoupage glue, crayons, finger paint, and bubbles.
1 tsp. washable tempera paint
1 cup of hot water
1/2 cup of cornstarch
Squirt of dishwashing liquid
1 squirt bottle
Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps. Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid. Mix well. Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well.
Oatmeal Play Dough
1 part flour
2 parts oatmeal
1 part water
Mix ingredients together and form into shapes.
Ice cube tray
Fill your container with water and add 5 drops of food coloring in each section. Make as many colors as you wish. Insert the Popsicle sticks into each section. Cover with cling wrap and insert the sticks through the wrap to keep them straight. Freeze until solid and then you’re ready to bring them outside. Paint on paper or paint the side walk or fence.
Water Color Recipe
3 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp cornstarch (cornflour/kornflor in Israel)
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
food coloring, add sparingly to individual pots
watercolor paper, you know like that $2 pad you’ve been saving for 7 years (just like me!)
This batch was more than enough for one mom and three kids, but if you have a bigger group, you may want to double the recipe. You can let the paints dry out after use and add just a bit of water to re-use. You may have to mix the paints while in use, as the white base tends to settle.
Nutella Play Dough
2 cups flour
1/2 cup of powdered cocoa
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoons nutella
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
Boil the water in a small sauce pan.In a medium sized pan mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt and cream of tartar. Add the boiling water, oil, and nutella to the mix and stir on medium-low heat until it is thick. Cool completely before kneading the dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it no longer sticks to your hands.
2 cups water
1/2 cup liquid dish soap
1/8 cup corn syrup
Large container for mixing
Pour all the ingredients into a large container and shake it up. (Empty milk bottles or Tupperware containers with a tight seal work great.) Allow the bubbles to settle for a few minutes before using.
Mixture 1: 1 1/2 cups very warm water, 2 cups white glue or 2 cups all purpose washable clear glue, 3 -5 drops food coloring or 3 -5 drops glitter if using clear glue (optional)
Mixture 2: 1 1/3 cups very warm water, 2 teaspoons borax
Mixture#1: Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a large bowl.
Mixture#2: Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl.
Use your hands to mix the contents of the Mixture#2 into the Mixturel#1.
Lift and turn the mixture until it is fully combined.
Discard any leftover liquid.
Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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