Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Easy Preschool Crafts - Sand Play Dough

Good Morning,

Summer here in the US is coming to its unofficial close this weekend-- Labor Day Weekend. Schools will all be in full swing next week. I checked my files for easy preschool crafts and found this craft that one of my readers sent in to share. Give it a try with your kids!

This idea is a great one to help your kids create a souvenir of sorts from those summer beach days. It is also a fun idea to use in the winter when you want a diversion from cold and snow!

Let the kids help to measure and to stir and knead the dough, then let their imaginations create!

Sand Play Dough

Here is one that we like to cook with the kids and use to make great sand castles and sculptures.

Need: 2 Cups fine sand, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 ½ cups cold water.

Mix in an old pan. Stir 5-10 minutes over medium heat until thick. Let cool and knead for a bit. Store in a plastic bag or container until ready to use. This should yield enough for 6 children. Give children a paper plate and an assortment of small shells, stones, beads, straws, anything to decorate their creations. These will dry hard if left to set for a few days.

We call it a piece of Island when the children add shells and small tree branches.

If you have ideas to share, send them along and I'll post them here for all of us to use and enjoy.



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