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Playdough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tblsp oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in heavy pan. Add rest, stir well and cook until mixture leaves sides. Knead and store in airtight bag or container.

From the Dunvegan Nursery School Tips for Tots.

 

Microwave playdough

 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
15 ml cream of tartar
250 ml water
15 ml oil
coloring

Combine all dry ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add oil, water and coloring and mix well. Cook in microwave on full power for three minutes, stirring haldway. Knead well when a bit cooler and store in refrigerator in a bowl with a lid.
From the Dunvegan Nursery School Tips for Tots
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Salt dough

1 cup salt
3/4 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch

Stir in heavy pan. When bubbling, remove from heat and knead, Leave overnight and knead again. The dough hardens and sparkles in the sun. Great for holiday ornaments.
From the Dunvegan Nursery School Tips for Tots.

 

Bath Salts

2 tblsp cornstarch
3 oz / 85g baking soda
2 oz / 55 g cream of tartar
few drops perfume (optional)

Put ingredients into glass jar with tightly fitting lid and mix well. Leave to stand for a few days to allow perfume to impregnate mixture. Use pinches of mixture in the bath - it will fizz violently as it touches the water.
From the Dunvegan Nursery School Tips for Tots.

 

Bath Fizzies

 

2 Tbsp citric acid
2 Tbsp cornstarch 1/4 cup baking soda
3 Tbsp Coconut oil

Mix citric acid, cornstarch, and baking soda. Set aside. Melt coconut oil in a small bowl in a microwave. Add fragrance. Slowly add dry ingredients and blend well. Shape into 1 inch balls and allow to dry overnight on wax paper. Store covered. Can be wrapped in pieces of foil. NOTE: Coconut oil and citric acid can be found in health food stores.
Recipe by Sarah

 

Bath Fizzers

 

 

1 part citric acid
2 parts baking soda
sweet almond or grapeseed oil
fragrance or essential oil

 

 

 

 

Recipe by Jules in Vancouver

Combine the citric acid and baking soda in a zip-top freezer bag and mix well, working out all the lumps. Assuming you're working with a part that equals 1/2 cup, drizzle in about 1 Tbsp of almond or grapeseed oil and begin working the mixture well, incorporating the
oil evenly throughout. Pour another 1/2 Tbsp or so of oil into your spoon and add about 10 - 20 drops of your fragrance or essential oil. Drizzle this mixture into the bag and keep working. Continue adding small amounts of oil until you get a mixture with a consistency similar to wet sand or very dry pastry - a small amount gathered in your hand and squeezed tightly should hold its shape.

Once you've got it at the right consistency (and I can't be more specific because humidity levels will influence the amount of oil you need), pack into small molds that have been lightly greased with a swipe of oil. Ideal molds can be made with those clear plastic ornament "balls" from craft stores, but any simple container will work well. You can even use a melon baller and scoop out rough balls, packing them like snowballs.

Pack the molds REALLY firmly, smoothing the bottom with a spoon and quickly turn out onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet and set somewhere out of the way to dry for a day or so (if you live in a dry climate this time of year, you may only need a few hours). Check periodically to make sure that they aren't cracking - if they start to, gently press back into shape.

Once hard and dry, wrap in squares of cellophane and tie with a bow!

 

Bath Salts

 

1 part epsom salts
1 part coarse salt (kosher salt)
1 part sea salt (if you want)
glycerin
food colour
fragrance oil or essential oil

 

 

Recipe by Jules in Vancouver

In the bottom of a mixing bowl, pour about 1/2 teaspoon or so of glycerin. Add 10 - 20 drops of scent and a drop or two of food colour.

Start dumping in the salts, a bit of each at a time, mixing thoroughly with a spoon. Toss them a lot and kind of 'mash' them together as you add more salts. Keep mixing until you have a mixture that is quite dry and evenly coloured and scented. If you mess up and add too much glycerin, just add more salt. Same thing goes if you add too much colour or scent - just add the other ingredients until it 'works'. Leave out for a day to 'dry' a bit, tossing occasionally. It's not life-threatening if its too moist - the salts are just more likely to clump!

Once they're 'just right', package in pretty jelly jars, or even better, cellophane bags.


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