“Youth comes but once in a lifetime.”–Longfellow

Fresh off the field, our “Little Women of the Harvest” found fun and refreshment testing out the following recipes for the do-it-yourself craft materials. Mix up a batch for your favorite kids, make a snack, and you have an instant summer party!

Play Dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tsp. cream of tartar
  • ½ cup salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 Tbls. vegetable oil
  • Food coloring

In a large pan, mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Add water, oil, and food coloring. Stir well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Dough will pull away from sides of the pan. At this point, pat flat in the pan and flip lie a pancake to remove excess moisture. Divide into four balls. Knead well. Place in plastic wrap/baggie.

Sidewalk Chalk

  • 1 cup Plaster of Paris
  • 1 cup water
  • Powdered tempera paint

Find a mold for your sidewalk chalk. You can use small paper cups, toilet tissue rolls, candy molds, etc. Mix Plaster of Paris and water together. For colored chalk, add powdered tempera paint. Let mixture stand for a few minutes and then pour into mold.

Set aside and let dry completely. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the mold you choose. Once dry, remove the chalk from the mold. If it is still moist, let air dry for another 24 hours.


  • ½ cup dish soap
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp. sugar

Mix all ingredients together, stir slowly. Store in sealed container.

Face Paint

  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Cold cream
  • Food coloring
  • Muffin tin

In each cup of muffin tin, mix 1 Tbls. Cornstarch and 1 tsp. cold cream. Gradually add water to get consistency of paint. Add food coloring.


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