AP Craft Ideas

Simple Play Dough


3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
3 cups water
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
a few drops of food coloring (color of your choice)


1. Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.

2. Cook over medium low heat, stirring intermittently, until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and becomes thick so it is difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat.

3. Let play-dough cool in the pan until it can be handled.

4. Turn play-dough out on counter or on wax paper and knead 3 - 4 times.

5.Play! Store in an air tight container.



2 cups of corn starch
3 drops of green food coloring
2 cups of water


Mix the ingredients and allow children to play with the mixture. When"pushed" together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid.

Some other fun things to observe about OOBLECK:

Oobleck is a solid and a liquid at the same time.

If you make a ball and throw it up in the air, it loses shape and becomes flat in the air.

Oobleck can be molded in a container and when taken out does not keep shape.

If you fill a balloon with 0obleck, the air presses or forces the Oobleck back out.

When you leave Oobleck in the sun, the color evaporates, it turns hard like cement on the top and like jelly on the bottom. When heated this also happens and it is sticky.

Oobleck does not bounce.

Fish Soap Crayons


2 four-ounce bars of natural soap
½ cup of water
Food coloring
Mixing bowl
Cheese grater
Glass measuring cup
Plastic ice cube mold—in a fun shape, like stars or a fish
Latex gloves (optional)


1. Grate soap into the mixing bowl.

2. Put two tablespoons grated soap into glass measuring cup. (Here's where you and your child may want to put on your gloves.)

3. Add one to two tablespoons of water to the measuring cup and mix well with your fingers.

4. Add five drops of one food color and continue to mix until the color is incorporated into the mixture of soap and water. Depending on the soap texture, you may need to microwave the mixture for one minute to make it a little more mushy.

5. Have your child knead the soap into a ball; press the ball into one of the ice cube cavities.

6. Wash your hands and repeat the process with all of your food colors. Allow the crayons to harden in the freezer for an hour.