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What did you do while it was snowing? March 19, 2007

Filed under: links,messy play day,recipe,stuff to do,stuff to make — zannestar @ 4:03 pm

I made this really cool modeling clay that air hardens. I found the recipe on WhipUp.net via the StudioCAM blog. It’s super easy to make, it feels sooooo wonderful in your hands, and cleans up pretty well too. It does dry the hands out if you play with it for hours, but a little soap and water, and hands are back to normal.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a big ball. Turn out onto a board and knead once. Let it sit and cool off. Once it’s cool enough to handle have fun! Keep the unused portion in aluminum foil or a sealed container. For this to dry properly, poke holes in it (could be whiskers or eyes or dots….) and let sit. Depending on size and thicknesss, this dries pretty quickly!

I made beads and Izzy made a “shmoo” (remember …) . I’m going to have Izzy paint the beads later and we’ll string them up as necklaces for her grammies.

So – what did you do while you it was snowing? Post a comment here!

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Messy Play – Painted Sculpture November 8, 2006

Filed under: messy play day,photos,playgroup,stuff to make — zannestar @ 12:57 pm

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Originally uploaded by zannestar.
This week was fun, we had a lot of kids come and help make some sculpture. We mixed some plaster with some water in a ziploc bag. We mushed it around for a bit (this actually took longer than expected and the adults had to finish!). Once our sculptures dried, we took them out of the bags and painted them. Remember to hold on to any artwork made during a CFC event, we are going to have an Art Show in May!

Here’s the sculpture recipe:

  • 2 parts plaster (in this case we used 1 cup of plaster of paris)
  • 1 part water (here we used 1/2 cup water)
  • ziploc bag

Directions:

  • Place ingredients in a ziploc bag
  • Seal the bag, squeezing out all the air
  • Start mushing the bag around until mixture is hard.
  • Let sit for a few minutes – then rip/cut the bag away from the plaster.
  • Let sit for about 10 more minutes allowing all the moisture evaporate and the sculpture to cool.
  • Paint with paint!

VOILA! Sculpture…

Hints:

  • Try mixing with warm water and letting it sit for a few minutes before the kids start mushing it about, probably won’t take so long to set.
  • Mix in a few drops of paint so the plaster has a color.
  • HAVE TONS OF FUN!!! and take pictures of your kids making art.
 

Messy Play Days October 18, 2006

Filed under: messy play day,photos,playgroup — zannestar @ 11:22 pm

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I think the name says it all. Every Wednesday, during the drop in playgroup from 9:30am to 11:30am come and get in the goo! We paint, we stamp, we glue, we play with moon mud and make contact paper pictures with glitter, leaves, feathers and whatever else will stick.  Kids that don’t want to get into the mess can play with toys or read books.  The perfect chance to make messy stuff and not have it in your house!