On some reflection here is my choice: Papier-mâché.
There are 2 main reason for this.
When different coloured mala (this is what we used to call it - we couldn't afford r's) are mixed by some silly langers, the resulting colour is invariable disgusting to the human eye and this process can never be reversed.
A head made from papier-mâché helped, in no small way, Clint Eastwood to escape from Alcatraz Island.
Is it wasn't for papier-mâché, cinema classics like Dirty Harry and In the Line of Fire would never have been made.
You may argue that he could have made the head from mala too.
And you may be right.
But, mala would never have made it into a grown mens prison.
Newpapers get in everywhere.
(1) Home Made Playdough 2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
2 cups of water
1 tablespoons mineral oil
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until
stiff. Allow to cool, then knead.
(2) Home Made Playdough
1 cup flour
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoons Cream of Tarter
1 tablespoon of Oil
Cook this ingredients until it forms an item in the pan. Pour it out
onto a Tupperware lid. Cover with damp cloth. Add food coloring if you
like. Store new playdough in the fridge in an airtight container. This
is non-eatable playdough.
(3) Peanut-Buddy Play Dough (eatable)
3 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
4 cups powdered sugar
4 cups powdered milk
3 1/2 cups corn syrup
Mix ingredients by hand. Share. Can decorate with sprinkles, M&Ms
(4) Salt playdough (not-eatable)
1 cup water
1 cup salt
1/2 cup flour
Mix ingredients in pan. Add food coloring. Stir on low heat. When
thickens remove from heat. Put some on waxed paper or floured surface
and roll out. Cut out objects. Air dry objects few days. Store un-used
portion in air-tight container.
Variations: use straws to punch holes for hanging. Glue sequins to clay.
(5) Oatmeal Buddy Dough
2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups powdered milk
2/3 cups Honey
Optional-Rice Krispes, Coconut Sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Red hots,
Mix ingredients until combined. Wash hands. Lay down wax paper. Let them
play. Store in air-tight container.
3 cups Flour
1/2 cups salt
2 Koolaide packages
2 cups Boiling water
Mix dry ingredients together. Add boiling water. Knead on floured board
can add flour by sprinkles until desired consistency. This playdough
will last for a long time when stored right.
(6) yummy playdough (eatable)
2 cups of honey
3 cups of peanut butter
3 packets powdered milk
Stir all ingredients together until smooth. Add more powdered milk
if desired. Is sticky.
1 cup water, 1 1/2 c vegetable oil, 6 c flour
Add a few drops of food coloring to water. Combine water, oil and flour
in a large bowl. Knead well. Add more water if necessary in small amounts
until the dough is soft and stretchy. Cloud dough should be used on a
washable surface for it is very greasy.
4 cups unsifted all purpose flour, 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup instant
coffee and 1 1/2 c warm water
Dissolve the coffee in the warm water. In another bowl, mix the flour
and the salt.
Make a well and add 1 cup of the coffee water into it. Mix with a fork
or with your hands until smoother. Add more coffee water as needed: dough
should be smooth not sticky or crumbling. Store in air tight container.
When your done making figures, bake in oven for 1 hour at 300 degrees
or until hard. A coat or 2 of shellac keeps it well preserved for longer
lasting gifts. Enjoy!
9.) Fruit Playdough
2 cups flour 1 cup salt 4 tablespoons cream of tarter
2 cups boiling water 2 tablespoons of cooking oil 3 oz package
sugar-free fruit flavored gelatin
Mix dry ingredients in pan. Add the water and oil. Stir over medium heat
until mixture forms a ball. Pour onto a sheet of wax paper. Enjoy!
1/2 cup salt
6-7 drops food coloring
Add food color to salt adjusting to desired color shade. Cook in the
microwave 1-2 minutes or you can also air dry your product. To keep
soft store in air-tight container.
11.)Frosting Playdough (eatable)
1 can Frosting Mix
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter(smooth)
Mix together until it reaches your wanted consistency. Enjoy!
12.) Jell-O finger paint fun
Any flavor gelatin and boiling water (adults need to help)
Use water and add to Jell-O until finger paint consistency. Paint away
freely, it smells great and the children like to feel of it.
13.) Kool-Aide Finger Paint
2 cups flour, 2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid, 1/2 cup salt, 3 cups
boiling water, 3 tablespoons oil.
Mix all ingredients together. The children like to watch the batter mix
and let them put it to paper.