Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Craft: Make Your Own Paste Recipe

When toddlers first experiment with paste I find they are more interested in getting their hands in it to feel it. So instead of putting some in front of them to stick together, just make a batch and let them play with it a bit. 
Squish! Squish! Messy fun!

Homemade Paste
1/2 Cup of Flour (we use all -purpose organic)
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 1/4 cups Water
any extract (vanilla, orange, peppermint, etc. for smell)
OR 2 drops food coloring

We combine our sugar, flour, and 1/4 cup of water in a bowl. 
Then bring 3 cups of water to boil in a saucepan. Stir in the flour mixture
and reduce the heat. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes (but stir constantly!)
Once it is thick remove it from stove heat + add your extract or food coloring (or both).
We save ours in an airtight container in the refridgerator for up to two weeks when not in use. 

Voila! Try it out and let me know what you think! We won't be selling this (we are starting to sell our organic playdough). But we do use this in our classes. Whatever we can make ourselves or recycle/precycle we do!

I will take some pictures later this afternoon for you to see it's consistency.

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