Children's Projects

This page is dedicated to posting ideas, recipes and hands-on projects that foster children’s imagination and creativity using ingredients that are healthy for humans and our environment.  If you have ideas in this area that you would like to share with others, send your information and pictures to
Creative Ideas for Kids
Homemade Play Doughs
Cooked Play Dough
Combine 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, and 2 tsp. Cream of Tartar in a large saucepan.  Gradually stir in 1 cup of water mixed with 2 Tb. Cooking oil.  For coloring, we substitute part of the water for one of the following: strained juices (grape juice, beet juice, carrot juice, greens juiced).  The playdough in the picture was made with homegrown Concord grape juice.  Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms.  Remove from heat and knead until smooth.  Store in air-tight bag or container in the fridge when not in use.  Moisten the dough with wet hands if it starts to dry out.
Salt Clay
½ cup cornstarch, 1 cup fine salt, 1 cup white flour.  Mix together and add enough water to form a stiff dough.  Knead well.  Store in air-tight container.
For more great DIY Children's Projects check out our ebook:
Creative Play Areas
This book was originally published in 1990.  It has been out of print for some time but will be available again as a downloadable e-book on this website.   For decades we have been concerned about the decline of children's imagination, innovation, and creativity in our society.  This book offers many ideas to help inspire children to naturally create.