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Fun crafts for the holiday vacation

fingerpaint.jpgThe holidays are so much fun–family, friends, presents, food. So what do you do with the other 2 weeks of your holiday vacation? Here are a few artsy craftsy things you can do with the whole family.

SILLY PUTTY—makes 1 cup

You will need: 1/2 cup Elmer’s white glue, 1/2 cup liquid starch, and 3 drops of any color food coloring.

Put the white glue in a medium sized, shallow bowl. Add the liquid starch, slowly, to the glue and knead with your fingers. Remember, the more you play with it, the better it will be. Add the food coloring and continue to knead it until the color is uniform. And WaLa…silly putty.

SPRAY CHALK—makes 1 cup

Start with: 4 Tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 cup of warm water, several drops of food coloring and a plastic mister bottle.

Grab a medium bowl and combine the cornstarch and warm water. Stir the mixture until it is smooth. Add the food coloring and mix. Now pour the mixture into the plastic mister bottle. Before you use it, shake it very well to break up any clogs. Now put some warm clothes on you and your kids. Go outside and color the snow and ice. If you don’t have any snow (lucky), you can still go outside and spray color stuff. What is your family going to color?

CHOCOLATE SCENTED PLAYDOUGH—makes 2 cups

You will need: 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 Tablespoon cream of tartar, 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 cup boiling water, and airtight storage containers.

Put a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt and cream of tartar. Next, add the boiling water and vegetable oil and mix very well. While stirring frequently, mix until it forms a soft dough. Take it off the heat and let it cool. After it has cooled, knead it with your hands. Store the delicious mixture in an airtight container. And remember, it really isn’t chocolate, so try your hardest not to eat it.

FINGER PAINTS—makes 5 cups

You need to get: 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 3 cups cold water, 2 cups hot water, food coloring, and storage containers.

Once again, get your medium saucepan and put it over a medium heat. Combine the flour and salt. Next, add the cold water and, while using a whisk or hand mixer, beat the mixture until it is smooth. Now add the hot water and bring it to a boil, all the while stirring until the paint is glossy. Take it off the heat and add the desired color of food coloring. Stir again until it is completely colored. You need to let the paint cool completely until you store it or use it to make fantastic painting.

—Now, here is my last artsy craftsy project—

SCENTED ROCKS—makes about 6 rocks

You will need: 1/2 cup wholemeal flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 teaspoon essential oil–any kind you desire, 2/3 cup boiling water, and some food coloring.

Take a small bowl and combine the wholemeal flour, salt and essential oil. Mix very well and add the boiling water. Now add the desired food coloring and mix very well. Let the mixture cool to where it is easy to handle. Roll the mixture into 2 inch to 3 inch balls. Shape them into rock shapes, or any shape you want. Place these “rocks” on a cooling rack in a warm and dry area. Let the rocks dry for several day. Put these rocks anywhere you want in your home for a fantastic fragrance.

I hope you and your family have fun doing these arts and crafts. Do you have any other crafts you can do with your kids? Share those crafts with our other readers in the comments.


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