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We've collected plenty of tried and true home made recipes for craft paints and play modeling dough for kids that are safe, made with kitchen ingredients.

Here are our favorite recipes for crafty art mixes that have been delighting the children in our family for more than 35 years: home made safe play dough,  face paint,  finger paint,  soap bubbles and a nontoxic, safe and lickable Stamp and Sticker Glue Recipe.

Modeling Dough Recipe

3 cups flour
1-1/2 cups salt
1-1/2 cups water
2 tbs. oil
food coloring

Mix all ingredients together. Divide into small portions and
add food coloring for the color you want.
Some folks like to use Kool-Aid as the coloring - it also adds a scent.

If the dough is too moist, add more flour. Store in covered containers and keep cool - stores for a few days.

Home Made Finger Paint Recipe

3 tbs. sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring

Mix sugar and cornstarch in pan.
Add water; stir.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Mixture will boil, then thicken.
Cook about 5 mins. Remove from heat; cool.

Separate into 4-5 cups. Add food coloring a drop at a time. Add a drop of dish detergent in each cup to make clean-up a breeze.

Paint on paper, cardboard or posterboard.

Simple Sticky Finger Paint Recipe

For very young toddlers you'll find this finger paint recipe as smearable and messy as the commercial finger paints, but much safer if they lick their fingers.

Combine a small amount of natural food color (available at health food stores) with a couple tablespoons of corn syrup. Mix well to blend in the color, then let kids paint.

Soap Bubbles Recipe

1/2 cup dish detergent
5 cups cold water

Mix together gently and pour into bottles.

Face Paint Recipe

1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
food coloring

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